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Are Your Jeans Responsible For Polluting China’s Pearl River?

Pollution of the Pearl River has long posed a problem for China’s ecosystem; however, the degree of contamination has become twice as bad since 2007. One reason, according to a new Greenpeace report, points to the denim factories lining the banks of the water. Clearly, China is a huge manufacturer of consumer goods, and the denim industry also relies heavily on Chinese production. According to CNN, Xintang (a town that is home to many of these factories) “produces 200 million pairs of jeans per year including 60 different foreign brands. That is just under half of the 450 million pairs of jeans sold annually in the United States.” During the dye process, garments are bathed in harsh chemicals, and while many of these companies claim that they recycle this contaminated water, the truth is that it’s simply dumped into the river. This isn’t just an environmental issue; several of the toxins released are cancer-causing. Keep reading »

Net-A-Porter’s “Jean Team” Will Make Your Denim Dreams Come True

In an apparent bid to make the Canadian Tuxedo cool, Net-A-Porter will open a denim e-boutique this Wednesday. Given Net-A-Porter’s history of awesomeness, we’re pretty excited about the whole thing. The site’s denim selection is already pretty legit, with everything from straight-up jeans to jackets to bags included, which makes us a little too excited. Yes, with names like J Brand and Victoria Beckham denim, most of it will be out of our price range, but it makes research for a jean splurge really, really easy. Plus, a Jean Team is on hand to help you find the right fit, and it never hurts to have someone tell you whether or not your ass is going to look good in them jeans. [Elle UK] Keep reading »

Shocker: Victoria’s Secret Jeans Are Actually Kind Of Rad

Honestly, we expected jeans from Victoria’s Secret to be rhinestoned and distressed to the point of being so not permissible outside of areas like oh, say, the Jersey Shore. So we kind of wrote them off. As it turns out, they’re a decent fit, nice price and come in some pretty legit styles. Our bad. The ones at left are only $59.50, super simple and cute and come in three different lengths, meaning you maybe don’t have to feel like a midget as your tailor hems them three inches. Check out the site for more styles, avoid uber-distressing and save $15 if you spend $100 right now. Not a bad deal if you ask us. Keep reading »

End Your (Very Serious) Jean-Tucking Problems!

For some reason, I’m completely incapable of tucking my jeans into boots. Try and try as I may, I inevitably end up with an excess of jean above my shoes, causing me to abandon the effort and move on to heels or flats instead. It could be due to the fact that I rarely wear jeans, or maybe my boots are not the right design for stuffing, or maybe it’s just me. Whatever the reason, someone finally came up with a solution and I’m a little excited. Meet the Küza Strap, a suspender-looking device which hooks to the bottom of your jeans, ensuring that your pants are pulled tight to avoid those awkward fabric rolls and inadequate tucks. It’ll set you back $16, which is a lot for a simple device, but we’ll leave it to you to decide if the price is worth jean perfection. Or you can just buy riding pant clips for $3.99. [Racked] Keep reading »

Who Knew: The Cutthroat World Of $200 Denim


Making jeans is a sketchy business according to a new online documentary called “Dirty Denim.” Meet Chip of Chip & Pepper, a Budweiser-guzzling Cali dude who explains that the industry is “hard-core, dude. You’re on kill kill kill mode.” Why so? Apparently jeans designers are backstabbing d-bags who steal each other’s samples, spy on their competitors to copy their washes, and blackmail the workers in the manufacturing plants, all to make sure their however-many-hundred-dollar jeans are the “it pants” of the season. Dude. [NY Mag]

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Finding Perfect-Fitting Jeans Is Hell

Two years ago I found the perfect pair of blue jeans. I love them. I love them the way I love ice cream on hot summer days or smiles from strangers. They make me feel good because they’re perfect. They’re a dark-wash that makes colored shirts pop and my thighs shrink as if by magic. None of my other jeans compare. But even though I’d like to grow old with them, I know I can’t have a monogamous relationship with my perfect pants. I need to find new ones, but shopping has been torture. Keep reading »

May We Introduce You To Denties?

As we watch them get ever thinner and tighter jeans certainly seem to be on a pretty clear trend path. Taking that notion to extremes, Topshop presents these “denim look” boyshorts (OK, so they’re not real jeans, but still). What would you call these? Denties? Junderwear? Jeanderpants? [$8, Topshop] Keep reading »

What Fashion Has Come To: Martin Margiela Duct Tape Jeans

$300 ripped jeans we have come to accept. Understand? Not so much. But these? Altogether unforgivable. Brought to you by Martin Margiela, these shredded, duct-taped pants look like they went through the garbage disposal and then were pieced back together. We’re sure they come with a price tag that’s just as hideous, too.

Our best guess as to why these even exist: a Margiela intern’s mistake? [Kingdom of Style] Keep reading »

A More Wearable Skinny Jean

For so long the skinny jean has either been uber-hipster or uber-sexy. Now it’s found some middle ground by becoming just a bit boyish, thanks to Forever 21′s construction pocket cut which has been adapted for a tight leg. The flattering back pockets add a little something different too, so maybe, for the first time, you won’t be wearing the same jeans as every other girl in the room. [$22.90, Forever 21] Keep reading »

Olsens Do Denim—Hot Or Not?

The Row, Elizabeth & James, Olsenboye, acting, writing, being generally fabulous … It’s not as if Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen actually need to add to their already A-list resumes. But ever the ambitious businesswomen, we weren’t surprised to hear that they’d crammed another professional activity in. The fashionable twins are launching a small luxury denim collection. Called Textile, the denim trio is technically part of the Elizabeth & James model, but nevertheless counts as a new endeavor with a new vision. The focus: styles the girls wore in high school. Talk about bringing back trends we now consider unpalatable, the designs go back to the early ’00s with worn, flared legs, and yes, even the baby boot cut! (We called it!)

What do you think of these Textile preview shots? Anything you’d drop a couple hundo on? [Grazia] Keep reading »

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