There are times when a standard, well-fitted, plain pair of jeans can be just the ticket. This is not one of those times. The Diesel Ultra-Flare Jeans ($190) feature a weathered look with a fit that is tight around the knees then flares to the bottoms, as well as worn edges on the hems and distressed stitching on the back pockets. What really makes these attractive for us is their similarity to Abercrombie's now-deceased Barstar Flare line, which were some of the coolest jeans ever made.
Levi’s new Capital E line of jeans has caught our attention, all with one pair — the Skinner Manchester ($180). Low rise with a tight fit through the knee and a flare leg starting at the calf, this pair of denim also features an intense weathered look that is hand-finished — no less than fifteen craftsman work on each pair before they head out the door. Hey, it’s hard to doubt the company that started the jean business in the first place.
The folks at Levi's informed us a very cool fashion art project they recently completed. In honor of the iconic Levi's 501 jean, Caroline Calvin, Levi's U.S. Senior Vice President of Global Creative Design, has created a huge mural using 35 pairs of 501 jeans as a blank canvas. Inspired by the theme of "Love and Peace," she referenced the famous "Great Wave" woodblock painting by Japanese artist Hokusai and handpainted a large crashing wave over the jeans. The complete collection was shown at a private event last night in Los Angeles for the first and last time. Only 12 pairs
($1000 each) are being sold in the U.S. — five pairs are at the Levi’s San Francisco flagship store, two at the Levi’s Beverly Hills store and five at Barneys in New York.
Everybody needs their own favorite pair of "weekend jeans." If you haven't found yours yet, take a good look at the Diesel Zaf 772 Jeans ($170). They've got a mid-weight whiskered wash, a slight flare at the ankle, and with a cut that's comfortable, but not too extreme, they'll be your go-to jeans for a long time — no matter if you're watching the game or shopping for drapes with the wife.
If you've graduated to slimmer-fitting jeans, but still like a little flare, then you'll want to take a look at the Fiji Deco Flynt Jean ($200) from 7 for all Mankind. The low-rise jeans are bootcut and have a deep indigo wash with subtle fading and whiskering. The Art Deco-like double-7 stitching on the back pockets set them apart from average jeans, like those J.C. Penny Arizonas haunting you in your sleep.
As much as we dislike them pasting a logo or their name on practically everything they sell, Abercrombie still manages to pump out some kick-ass, durable jeans. These Kilburn Destroyed Low Rise Bootcut Jeans ($80) sit below the waist and are available in seven different levels of destruction. Our favorites are the “Dark Dirty With Repair,” as they look awesome, and unlike some more expensive jeans we’ve featured, they come in 30” length — which saves our short-legged butts from having to get them altered.
We promise we'll find you some affordable jeans real soon, but first let us point out the killer ones from True Religion you see to the left. The Low-rise Joeys ($240) in medium vintage wash are fashioned from premium Japanese denim and feature flare legs with the retro twisted-seam thing going on. The button-close back pockets bring a very unique look to your backside — trust us, there's way more of a chance that hot chick at the bar will be checking out your butt instead of the dude next to you in his Lee's.
They don't get any more authentic than this folks. After acquiring the oldest know pair of jeans in the world in 2003 — the Levi's "XX” jean, dated circa 1880 — the company is now ready to release a limited edition run based on the style. For those of you who don't know your denim history, the XX jean was the 501 before it was called the 501 (1890 was the first use of the well-known 501 style number). It got its XX moniker from a reference used in price lists back in the day meaning "extra, extra strong." Like the original, the Re-issued XX Jeans ($501; available late July) feature only one back pocket (a second back pocket was added to the 501 in 1901), two front pockets and watch pocket, a back buckle cinch closure and suspender buttons. Each hand-numbered pair will come in a hand-crafted wooden box with a leather handle and an engraved silver plate that reads "Levi Strauss & Co."
Jeans with holes all over them are great and all, but sometimes when it’s time to go uptown they just don’t cut it. For times like those, let the Zaf 832 Jeans from Diesel ($160) help polish your image with a slim cut, button fly, and slight flaring at the knees. Because we all need a pair of jeans that looks as good with a nice pair of kicks and a blazer as they do with flip-flops and a t-shirt.
Ever see a rock star wearing an awesome pair of Levi’s and wonder where they came from? I mean they obviously don’t sell these at your local Sears. They come from specially selected retailers that carry Levi’s Vintage line. Of this vintage line, the most rockin’ item is the 1971 646 Flare Leg Jeans ($200). The well-worn look and ultra-soft denim of these will have you believing that they are from 1971 — and they’ll have everyone else wondering what band you're in.