Naked & Famous is hosting their fourth fading contest right now, this time using the new Okayama Spirit jeans. We know these babies won’t be ready in time for our 3rd annual Fade February contest, but we thought we’d let you in on the contest anyways…
To enter, purchase a pair of Okayama Spirit here, and send a photo of the front and back of the jeans to email@example.com and include your name and email address. For the best chance of winning, wear the heck outta your jeans until June 1st, 2014, and then send a photo of the front and back of your jeans to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you already have a perfectly worn-in pair of jeans and don’t want to wait all the way until June 2014 (we don’t blame you!)? Keep posted about our annual Fade February contest by subscribing to our emailer here (sign up box at the bottom of the page). Who knows… your fades could win you a free pair of jeans!
A little while ago, we had a chance to catch up with Pete Searson of Tellason. Below is the audio and transcription of a few minutes of the interview that we found interesting.
Pete Searson: “Now we’re designing our own fabrics and they’re exclusive to us…”
Eric Dickstein: “What do you have to do, a thousand yards, what is it?”
Pete Searson: “A lot more than that, the minimums are high – it’s more like 10 thousand, so you better like what you’ve designed, you know, ’cause it’s yours and we even buy the seconds so we’re nuts about it… you know, and one of the questions and maybe this is on your list too is like, “what makes Tellason different?” or whatever, it’s like hey, there’s so much great denim out there and good for everybody, that people are raising the water line for these qualitative notions of men’s blue jeans, you know, that’s what happening, that’s what really exciting about the denim market to us – not just what we’re doing, but like these other brands, they all have a real passion for this craft and good for them. But for us, designing and having the real privilege and direct contact with Cone Mills and to sit there and formulate a new fabric is just an awesome experience, and to think that we are so small and they are so big and they are like, going through the rigorous motions of making that fabric that we’ve formulated perfect by their standards is honestly like a real thrill, and we take it very seriously and going as far as buying the second quality just so we can control it all, you know – maybe we can use some of that second stuff…”
Eric Dickstein: “Do they charge second quality, so basically you make a 10 thousand square foot run and the second is what they screw up, is that how it works?”
Pete Searson: “… well, in any production run in anything there is always like a seconds pile you know, and I don’t know what the percentage is, if we order 10 thousand yards, you know, maybe they cut extra, and Tony would have the answer to that, but to just to accommodate our request for 10 thousand, maybe they make a little extra knowing that there will be some seconds – i mean you know these machines you know, they are crusty old machines still running on leather straps and wood shuttles, so it’s like, there’s gonna be some irregularities now and then and ultimately if it takes away from that section of fabric than it’s not to be used, but clearly there’s a lot of denim guys out there that these really subtle flaws if you wanna call it, or irregularities or whatever, they give the jean a lot of character as well, so we take all that into consideration and buy the seconds and use some of it probably, and then others at our factory in the city, there’s a guy that comes around and takes these denim scraps and makes insulation for homes out of it, so that’s kind of a cool element to the recycling, to the process and the life of this fabric that comes out of North Carolina.”
We are proud to announce that the DENIM + ART Raffle and Fundraiser was an overwhelming success. Thanks to the support of all of the attendees – friends, family members, customers, neighbours – and the artists involved, we were able to reach our fundraising goal. We hope that everyone enjoyed the show; for those that weren’t able to attend, the art will be on display at the dutil. Vancouver store until November 24th, 2013.
We would also like to say a big thank you to Cariboo Brewing for supplying us with refreshments for the evening.
7pm-9pm – October 24, 2013 @ dutil. Denim 303 West Cordova St., Vancouver, BC
10 local artists in the Vancouver community have been chosen to participate in our up-coming DENIM + ART show. dutil. Denim has supplied the denim; and the artists are given complete creative freedom – the only catch is that the finished piece must be non-wearable.’ The DENIM + ART show will be held this October 24th, 2013 at our Vancouver location. RSVP HERE!
Leading up to the event, the artists will be raising funds via online donation pages (seen below). During the night of the event, donations will be made via an art raffle, in which patrons increase their odds of winning an artwork by purchasing additional raffle tickets.
dutil. strongly believes that the artist should earn a living through their work. No one should work for free. We want to give the artists a head start in earning cash for their contribution to the fundraiser show held this October 24th. 75% of your donation will be divided equally among the 10 participating artists – check out their individual donation pages linked to their names (below).
dutil. also recognizes the inextricable link between art and mental illness. The Art Studios of Vancouver offers mental health and psychosocial rehabilitation/recovery to people with a diagnosed mental health illness. Their mandate is is to create an art community to help people with mental health issues explore and develop individual talents and interests in a safe, respectful and accepting environment. 25% of your donation will go toward helping the Art Studios stay open to provide this incredibly important program to those suffering from mental illness.
This season, men are being pushed to try something different when it comes to their denim. Rather than the typical dark wash, slim-straight jean that has solidified itself as a staple in men’s wardrobes, designers are daring men to try prints, colours and interesting cuts.
Perhaps inspired by the endearing bearded men of Duck Dynasty, camouflage has made a massive comeback, with the print showing up on denim and corduroy alike. This season’s camo is subtle and accessible to any guy interested in amping up their wardrobe. Brands like Globe and Naked & Famous make choosing a camouflage print economical.
Naked & Famous and Globe Both Do Camo
In addition to camouflage, washed denim is back and badder than ever. Deliberate, high-contrast washes are being paired with leather jackets and chukka boots, freshening the style and bringing it into 2013 and beyond. Scotch & Soda isn’t afraid to show bright fades on dark denim (seen below).
Scotch & Soda Drake Flashlight
More eco-friendly denim has also been showing as we become more and more aware of the importance of preserving our planet. Brands like Nudie and Tortoise have made it their mission to not only cut back on, but to eliminate the harmful processes typically used, all the way from how the cotton is grown, to how the jeans are washed.
Tortoise Hermann Red Line Selvedge
Scotch & Soda Leather Sleeve Denim Jacket
This Fall, it is evident that the motorcycle chic look is reigning supreme. With leather details showing up in unexpected places, the “bad girl” look is as easy as pulling on a t-shirt and pair of jeans with leather knee details, or pairing a leather sleeved jacket with a little black dress. You don’t think you can pull off the “bad girl” look, but want to participate in the trend? Try pairing denim and leather articles with a softer, more feminine piece, such as silk blouse.
Neuw Marilyn in China Blue Wallpaper
It is becoming obvious that prints are here to stay. Wearing your printed jeans with a solid coloured top can make the trend very wearable on a daily level. Ballsier girls can pair their printed legs with a printed top in a complimentary colour family. When pairing prints, it is best to balance the busyness of the look by using one small print and one large print so the two don’t compete.
Another major trend we are seeing is the double denim look. Whether you wear a pair of jeans and a chambray shirt, or a denim dress with a jean jacket, it is easy to participate in this look. The only caveat; try to wear two different denim washes together. A black pair of jeans is nicely paired with an indigo denim jacket, and dark wash jeans look great with a light wash denim shirt. Two pieces in the same tone can look a little too Canadian tuxedo-y.
We are very proud to present the brand new, Tortoise Jeans hailing from Los Angeles, California. The brand boasts artisanal denim masterpieces, which utilize the highly eco-friendly “Wiser Wash” washing processes outlined below.
Wiser Wash is a multi-pronged, eco-friendly initiative concentrated on revolutionizing the most environmentally harmful, but essential, step in the process of making jeans – the wash.
1) 3. O-Zone: a revolutionary, patent-pending ozone application. This wash process uses a new generation of ozone technology in place of traditional, outdated methods that use toxic and harmful chemicals. This means, less machine time, lower temperatures and less compound processes. As a result, the energy consumed at TORTOISE Jeans is 85% less than many other wash facilities.
2) In conjunction with the patent-pending “3. O-zone process”, the “Starfish” washing process, eliminates the need for pumice stone, which is crucial when considering the environmental impact of using the stone; excavating the material, processing, transportation, and the sludgy byproduct that is left after processing. Starfish is a locally sourced ingredient that can be used over and over again, creating nearly zero waste.
3) “Nue Water” is what separates TORTOISE from other garment laundries in the world. The idea is to reduce the total amount of water exposure by using 80% less water than traditional laundries. “Nue Water” is used water that has been filtered for use again. 99% of what is used is transferable to subsequent washings. Zero water is disposed of, and only “Nue Water” is gained in the process.
Long before it became the fashion and art commodity it is today, denim was the adopted utilitarian uniform of artists. Painters such as Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning (pictured above) and Diego Rivera have famously been immortalized in blue jeans and overalls. Although trends will continue to change over time, the history of denim and art are inevitably intertwined.dutil. Denim wants to pay homage to the long-running relationship between denim and art, in order to continue its legacy and relevance.
Local artists in the Vancouver community are invited to participate in our up-coming ‘denim art’ show. We want you to showcase your creativity by repurposing and reinterpreting blue jeans into literal ‘denim art’. dutil. Denim will supply the denim (up to 3 pairs per artist; artists are responsible for additional media); the artists are given complete creative freedom – the only catch is that the finished piece must be non-wearable.
This call for submissions is open to the public; you must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the the greater Vancouver area. A total of 10 artists will be selected to participate, raffle and exhibit their finished projects at an art opening and raffle event (anticipated date is mid-October 2013), and showcased for a pre-determined amount of time at dutil.’s Vancouver location. All proceeds from the raffle will be divided evenly among the participating artists, with 25% of the total amount raised donated to The Arts Studio. dutil. Denim will not keep any of the proceeds from this event.
To participate in this EXCITING event, send your full name, city of residence, email or phone number and an example of your previous artwork (a link to a website or picture attachments will suffice) to email@example.com.
The deadline for applications is September 15th, 2013. The 10 artists selected will be invited to participate and will be notified on September 16th, 2013, where-in details regarding supply pick-up and art drop-off times will be disclosed.
Thank you to everyone who made the launch of dutil. Records and Serotonin – To Long For – You, Sessions Vol. 1 a success! We had a great time celebrating in our Toronto and Vancouver locations, and we couldn’t have done it without our greatest supporters – you guys!
Before the launch of the album we had a chance to catch up with Jason from ACTORS (featured on side dirty of Serotonin). Check the video to find out why the ACTORS have dubbed themselves as such.
For those of you who haven’t had a chance to hear the album yet, it is available for purchase in both of our stores, as well as on our online shop.