Appreciating Premium Denim
In 2002, I remember buying my first pair of premium denim, called 7 For All Man Kind. Remember those? At that time it was the beginning of high-end denim lines and Barney’s New York were one of the only stores that carried them. I’ve never bought a pair of jeans for more than $70. When I found out these low rise boot leg denim were $125, my jaws dropped at how expensive they were. Well at that time I had to have them, because if Barney’s New York carried them, then they must be the next big thing and they were! Nowadays, a pair of premium denim starts at least $200, if you’re lucky.
Why are they so expensive, you ask? Well, it all comes down to time and craft. Denim experts put trials and research in making each piece special by using handwork to make them look distress, embellished and reworked. Whether it’s the stitching, enzyme washing or embroidery, it all takes the perfect craftsmanship to finish each piece. The “fading” and “whiskers” are methodically place in a specific part of the denim. The fabric should have a bit of stretch to help retain its shape after wear and wash. Lastly from the labels to the zipper, all are high quality trims for that finishing touch. Don’t even get me started talking about the fit! That’s a post for another day.
I was lucky to find these Stella McCartney Tie Dye Denim Trousers on sale. Score! I love the high waisted fit with a bit of stretch that holds all the “goods” together. The boot leg shape is fitted on the thigh and flares out perfectly to an ankle length, which I can easily transition into Spring with some cute sandals. The engineered tie dye is the REAL reason I bought this statement piece. Tie dye is not anything new, but treating it on denim makes it unusually novel. This treatment is hand tied and dipped in a dye bath leaving each piece special, as each one is never identical. The engineer placement of the tie dye is flattering, as it’s focus only on the bottom legs and goes back to mostly solid at the waist making it easier to style back to almost anything.
I always love combining navy and denim. The wool blend double breasted peacoat works back perfectly without taking away the focus of the tie dye pattern. Its light weight is a great in-between-season piece and the length hits right at wear the tie starts so it doesn’t cover the pattern. I bought these calf hair slides from my last trip to Japan and it’s finally warm enough to wear it. The neutral camel color works well as a slight contrast back to the navy + denim outfit.
Next time when you’re shopping for premium denim, look out for the details, washing and fit. You will have a new appreciation.