3 New Denim Brands & a Tribute to LA Jeans

Denim fans the world over have a few new reasons to celebrate. Fashion brands both high-end and fledgling are launching brand new jeans lines in upcoming months. First up is a collaboration between Current/Elliot and Marni. The former is an LA denim brand from two former stylists whose styles range from straightforward beat-up boyfriend jeans to skinny and slightly flared styles, all of which lack any over-the-top embellishment. Meanwhile, Marni is the relatively young (launched in ’94) Italian high-fashion label. “Dyes and washes span from light azure to indigo and from faded to saturated,” says Women’s Wear Daily of the collaboration. “A few styles will be sold with a black cotton belt that Castiglioni likes knotted as a ribbon. Other details include cloth borders, either press studded or piped in leather.” All of the aforementioned pairs, which look especially slouchy and loose-fitting from WWD‘s images, will range in price from $200-$500.

Getting into denim for the first time is fellow Angeleno, Vince–a men’s and women’s wear brand that looks like the love child of J. Crew and RRL. Included in styles skinny and straight that will appear for FW10 are jeggings (the offspring of leggings and denim’s affair). Also new to the scene: Our Legacy, a men’s denim brand that’s vying hard to become your new favorite A.P.C. selvedge alternative. Although, where Our Legacy may have A.P.C. beat, as Selectism points out, is the fact that its styles aren’t so skinny. So if you’ve got meatier thighs, these are the dark, raw denim jeans you’ve been longing for.

Speaking of the denim scene in the City of Angels, there’s a new documentary on the Sundance Channel that’s based around just that. In the past, documentary filmmaker Douglas Keeve has set his lens on the likes of Isaac Misrahi in Unzipped and everyone from Mayor Bloomberg to Carolina Herrera in Seamless. But, this time around Keeve is exploring the “the dog-eat-dog world of high-end denim” by way of LA’s denim washhouses. Valet speaks with Keeve’s about the project here, but to see his cameras in action check out Sundance’s website.

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