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January 2010

The HAND PAINTED O.R. Denim Jeans

The HAND PAINTED O.R. Denim Jeans

RMC Denim Jeans has always been synonymous to the usage of heavy weighted denim fabric, high quality embroidery and details. The latest release from them saw a simplify version with hand painted stripes on the back pocket.

Heavy Denim Jeans

The HAND PAINTED O.R. DENIM uses the cutting of the 1001 model with slimmer cut. The details remain but with 2 hand painted stripes. Mr. Martin Ksohoh demonstrated to us the painting process which involves the use of special paint, careful execution and repeated touch up. Each painting process took about half an hour to complete. Due to the time consuming painting process, the quantities produced are very limited and available now in four colour: Red, Blue, Off White and Yellow.

Slim Cut Jeans

Because of the hand painting process, each denim produced is unique in its own way. So grab it before it’s gone

Limited Edition Jeans

MKWS – 9/F, Cheung Kong Electronic BLDG.,4 Hing Yip Street, Kwon Tong, KLN., H.K

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Japanese jeans

Hong Kong Jeans

Emma Watson for Burberry Video

Burberry has launched its spring 10 advertising campaign, which once again features actress Emma Watson and was shot by Mario Testino.

In this season’s campaign, Watson’s younger brother Alex Watson is also featured, alongside British musicians Matt Gilmour and George Craig and actor Max Hurd.

Denham Jeans AW 2010

Denham Jeans AW 2010

The DENHAM label, launched for Spring 2009, represents Jason Denham’s personal vision and demonstrates his modest but sincere resolve to resist compromise.

The DENHAM HOUSE has opened its doors on the Prinsengracht in the desirable “9 streets” area of Amsterdam. An authentic, naturally beautiful space has been refitted to give shape to the design studio, showrooms and 1st store.

AW10 is inspired by practical utility embodied by the journeyman dockworker, the unique mix of textures and unpretentious approach to layering.

– Highly restrained mix of colour [‘black-and-bruised’]
– Texture contradiction
– Midlayer-Outerlayer Reversals
– Unspoiled Denim, Denham Virgin.

Ted Baker Clothing – On the rise!

Ted Baker Clothing - On the rise!

Ted Baker Clothing – On the rise! Is this an indicator that consumers are looking for cheaper fashion?

The trends seen during the period have continued into the New Year. Trading in the post Christmas sales period has been strong and we expect to end the season with a clean stock position.

Commenting on trading, Ray Kelvin, Founder and Chief Executive, said: “I am pleased to report that trading continued to exceed our expectations in a very competitive environment. This performance is testament to our innovative product design, quality, attention to detail and excellent customer focus. I would like to thank the team at Ted Baker for their continuing hard work and dedication.

The outlook for 2010 is again uncertain but we remain well placed to deal with the challenges ahead. Our collections continue to be positively received by our customers and the brand is well positioned globally to benefit when growth in consumer demand returns. We remain focussed on investing in the business through our multi-channel distribution strategy.”

Sustainable Fashion – Fashion Fusion Expo 2010

Sustainable Fashion - Fashion Fusion Expo 2010

To raise awareness about fashion and sustainability, Fashion Fusion Expo 2010 is hosting an event on 12-13th March to show that sustainable fashion can still be stylish. The event will feature sustainable designers including Ethical, African, Caribbean, Asian Oriental and European clothing, shoes and accessories. Fashion Fusion aims to attract more than 6000 visitors.

Expo 2010 will present new talent, and showcase a high pro?le list of UK designers appealing to media, consumers, celebrities and stylists. To raise as much awareness as possible, Fashion Fusion teamed up with companies including Ethical Fashion Forum, London College of Fashion, Centre for Sustainable Fashion, Fair Trade, Pesticide Action, and Eco Design.

Vegan Shoes – NOHARM Shoes, Clothes & Accessories

Vegan Shoes - NOHARM Shoes, Clothes & Accessories

Whilst studying at a London Uni a meat eating antagonist highlighted the glaring hypocrisy in my defence of a vegetarian lifestyle. “Why,” he asked, “do you trumpet the health benefits and compassionate virtues of a vegetarian and/or vegan diet whilst wearing a square metre of cow’s skin on your feet?” I had no adequate reply to this valid question apart from to say I was on a journey and although I felt I was on an honorable path I still had much ground to cover.

In reality, I felt humiliated and something of a hypocrite. I went back to my bed-sit a little dejected. After a few moments cogitating I decided to catch a tube to the westend to buy a pair of smart vegan shoes I could use for both job interviews and evenings out. I arrived at Oxford Street full of enthusiasm and a hundred pounds in my pocket. Where should I start? There were so many options? At least, that’s what I thought until I entered over 10 shoe shops and not one could offer me a smart pair of vegan shoes.

Surely, there must be somewhere I desperately proclaimed to one shop assistant who looked at me like I was asking for directions to the Sangraal. After over 4 hours of searching it became patently obvious that footwear manufacturers and retailers had decided there was no market for smart vegan shoes, or vegetarian shoes or vegetarian boots for that matter. In the end I bought a pair of canvas shoes and just hoped the glue and sole didn’t have any dead animal ingredients. Well, that was over fifteen years ago and I am happy to say things have improved considerably for vegans and/or vegetarians wishing to buy decent vegan shoes or vegetarian shoes over the years.

NOHARM, without question, produce the ultimate vegan shoes. Visit:

Natural Indigo – Gilded Age Jeans

Natural Indigo - Gilded Age Jeans

In today’s market place Natural Indigo Jeans are a very rear fenomenon. These type of Jeans are very expensive and require lengthy and time consuming process to get made. There are only few companies in the world that make Natural Indigo Jeans, one is Gilded Age. Almost all blue jeans are chemically dyed these days. Unofrtunatelly, chemicall dyeing usually involves toxic agents and heavy metals. Yet, even clothing produced with organically grown fibers using “low impact” dyes, requires the same toxic agents. “Low impact” means the dye is absorbed better and chlorine is not used for bleaching (usually hydrogen peroxide is used).

So what did people do before these processes were even available?

They used plant based dye such as indigo and madder. These natural dyes tended tof ade after repeated washings, but that was considered appealing. Each piece of clothing took on its own unique character by the variation of color.

Natural Indigo is perhaps the oldest dye known to men and the oldest fragments of clothes found are dyed with it. Natural Indigo is also one of the “fastest” dyes known. It was the original dye of the “Levis” blue jeans.

It also takes quite few highly skilled people, taught through generations in the old ways of dyeing and weaving. Firstly the yarns are ring spun. This process is slower and more labour intensive then the method used in

mass production today. It uses a longer fiber that results in a yarn that has a characteristic natural slubs and unevenness. Then the yarn needs to be dyed.

Gilded Age Indigo Jeans are 100% pure plant indigo: Pollygonum. The ring spun yarns used for these jeans are rope dyed. That means that the yarns are hand twisted into ropes before being dipped into the barrels of indigo dye. They are then squeezed and oxidized by hand when they are still in ropes. After repeating the process over and over again, the ropes have deep blue color.

The yarns are then seperated from the ropes and set out along a warp bobbin so that all different yarns from different batches are mixed together. This explains streaky aspects of the fabric, with streaks ranging from deep indigo purple through indigo blue to indigo green. This depth of color cannot be achieved with chemical indigo.

Then the denim is woven on the Vintage shuttle looms. These old machines can only make cloth about 29″ wide, whereas modern projectile looms can make fabric 70″ or even wider. Wider is cheaper but not necessarily stronger or better.

Denim produced on these old rickety shuttle looms has selvage edges. It comes from the phrase “self-edge” which refers to the edge being finished by the loom instead of sewn together after weaving. Selvage is the term commonly used to refer to denim that has been produced on a shuttle loom. Since the amount of fabric produced from a shuttle loom is significantly narrower than a

projectile (wide) loom, the cotton consumption is higher and the time required is greater.

This one is owned by the Okamoto Textile Company down in Ibaraichi in Okayama prefecture – typical of the smaller textile companies (total number of employees: 10!). They do their own rope-dying and have 9 or 10 shuttle looms.

Over the years these Selvage Natural Indigo jeans will change color and develop their own character as the uneven ring spun yarns are brought to life. Natural Indigo plant color slowly fades

over the time. As you’d expect all this makes for a true authentic jean, but also pretty expensive one too.

Got To Dance – Ashley Banjo wears RMC

Got To Dance - Ashley Bango wears RMCThis January, the biggest national dance competition to ever hit UK TV screens comes to Sky1 HD.

Scouring the nation for Britain’s best crews, troupes and solo dancers of all styles and ages, Got To Dance looks to discover the country’s most talented dance floor divas. The one and only Davina McCall hosts the glittering competition that will push its contestants to their limits as they strive to win the life-changing cash prize of £100,000.

DIVERSITY star Ashley Banjo is loving his stint a judge on a new dance show – Got To Dance – is seen here wearing RMC t-shirt and dragon jeans.
Got To Dance

Barbour Clothing Autumn/Winter 2010

Barbour Clothing Autumn/Winter 2010
For Autumn/Winter 2010, Heritage garments based on Barbour’s extensive archives incorporate authentic International motorcycle styles together with fresh influences from the brand’s equestrian, military and transport past.

Barbour continues to collaborate with Japanese designer Tokohito Yoshida on the exclusive Beacon Heritage Range. This season he includes Barbour’s iconic quilting with a Sporting and Motorcycling Quilt in both traditional material and wax alongside a collection of limited edition jackets inspired by Barbour’s archives.

Pringle of Scotland – 195 Collaborations

Pringle of Scotland - 195 Collaborations

Pringle of Scotland is taking an artistic turn this spring. The label is set to partner with London’s Serpentine Gallery to commission a group of artists to create works inspired by Pringle’s heritage — taking items such as Pringle’s twin sets or its argyle pattern as a starting point — to celebrate the label’s 195th anniversary. Mary-Adair Macaire, Pringle’s chief executive officer, will together with Julia Peyton-Jones, director of the Serpentine, and Hans Ulrich Obrist, co-director of the gallery, reveal which artists the label will collaborate with on Jan. 14. The project, called 195 Collaborations, will have the artists each produce 195 editions of the new works they create for Pringle. The works will launch during February’s London Fashion Week, and a series of events and retail projects are also planned for the project’s launch.

On|Off at Victoria House Bloomsbury Square

On|Off at Victoria House Bloomsbury Square
Following the success of last year’s collaboration with The British Fashion Council, On|Off is delighted to announce Victoria House Bloomsbury Square as their February 2010’s London Fashion Week venue from February 19th-22nd 2010.

After 12 incredible seasons, On|Off continues to show collections from designers of the highest caliber, such as Jasper Conran and Gareth Pugh, and with another top line-up scheduled for February 2010, On|Off is set to storm the fashion streets of London and as always push the boundaries of both emerging and established talent in London.

Victoria House is situated on Southhampton Row and has been a top venue for catwalk shows used by brands including Aquascutum and Sinha-Stanic. It will also be the chosen location for the highly anticipated On|Off London Fashion Week party of which details will be announced later in the year.

The space itself, will not only hold all catwalk shows but will also include all exhibitors and an exclusive press lounge to give journalists a chance to meet and interview designers, show organizers and exhibitors.

Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1B 4DA

Dirk Bikkemberg 2010 Fashion Show

Dirk Bikkemberg 2010 Fashion ShowBelgian designer Dirk Bikkembergs, famous for his sports couture and a member of the Antwerp 6, the designers that rocked and changed the fashion world during the 1980s, is holding a fashion show for charity.

On Monday 18 January 2010 at 11 AM, Dirk Bikkembergs will host its winter 2010 fashion show at the Teuliè Military School in Milan.

Tickets are exclusively available via the Dirk Bikkembergs website and require a donation of 11 Euros or multiples thereof – so 22 Euros, 33 Euros, etc.

All profits from ticket sales will be donated to a non-profit Cancer Research Foundation, IFOM (The FIRC Institute of Molecular Oncology).



Emma Watson for Burberry S/S 2010 Ad Campaign

Emma Watson for Burberry S/S 2010 CampaignBurberry has launched its spring 10 advertising campaign, which once again features actress Emma Watson and was shot by Mario Testino.

In this season’s campaign, Watson’s younger brother Alex Watson is also featured, alongside British musicians Matt Gilmour and George Craig and actor Max Hurd.

Burberry Clothes 2010

Christopher Bailey, Burberry chief creative officer, said: ”This campaign celebrates our heritage and our timeless Burberry icons. The energy of the images and the dynamic cast reflect the different attitudes and expressions of the Burberry guy and girl.

“We’ve worked again with Emma Watson who has a classic, effortless beauty and is incredibly talented.

“I wanted to capture some of the excitement that you feel on set when all these different creative attitudes and personalities come together. Mario has shot these as both stills and video so we can share some of that energy with a wider audience”.

Burberry Jacket and Coat 2010

T.I. in RMC Jeans

T.I. in RMC Jeans
Here’s T.I. wearing RMC Martin Ksohoh jeans.

Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr. (born September 25, 1980), better known by his stage name T.I. or T.I.P., is an American recording artist, producer and actor. He is the founder and co-chief executive officer (CEO) of Grand Hustle Records.

G-Unit artist Young Buck asked fellow Southern rappers T.I. and Ludacris to appear on his new record on the track “Stomp” but later T.I. was replaced by The Game on the original version. T.I. then recorded a disrespectful verse against Ludacris. Ludacris heard it and decided to fire back at T.I. The beef originally started when T.I. saw Disturbing Tha Peace rapper I-20’s video. In the video, a guy was wearing a shirt with the words “Trap House.” The guy was getting beat up and stomped in the video. T.I. thought it said “Trap Muzik.”

On June 24, 2007 at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood, California, T.I. was involved in a brawl. During a luncheon held by Kevin Liles of Warner Music Group (parent company of T.I.’s label, Atlantic Records), the MC got into a fight with Ludacris’ manager Chaka Zulu. According to witnesses, T.I. punched Zulu in the face and choked him and a small, brief melee ensued.

T.I. brought home the award for Best Hip-Hop Artist at the BET Awards, and took the opportunity to apologize for his scuffle with Disturbing tha Peace executive Chaka Zulu earlier in the week. While accepting his award, he expressed regret over the situation. “They say it’s a fine line between brilliance and insanity,” he said, in an apparent reference to his troublesome alter ego, T.I.P. During the broadcast, cameras showed his onetime rival Ludacris smiling in the audience. The audience stood up and clapped for T.I.

The two rappers have resolved the beef and have collaborated on two songs: “Wish You Would” off Ludacris’s sixth studio album, Theater of the Mind, and “On Top of the World” off T.I.’s sixth studio album, Paper Trail. The original version of the latter had Kanye West.

Lee Cooper Jeans A/W 2010

Lee Cooper Jeans A/W 2010Lee Cooper A/W2010 has two strong influences, expedition, taking the successful 1953 Everest climb as inspiration, has cable knits, puffa jackets and heavy weight denims, the second is folk vintage, with soft checks, washed out muted tones.

RDLC A/W2010: the rock&roll dandy, inspires this fashion leading collection, with sleek silhouettes and tailored styling, for the edgy denim consumer.

British denim company Lee Cooper born in London in 1908. Drawing on its strong links with music influenced lifestyles of the ted’s, the mod’s and rockers and of course the punks, Lee Cooper have led and innovated the denim market not only in the country of birth but worldwide. Innovation that has been anti establishment and caused public outcries and of course sales, from the new front zip in ladies jeans in the 50’s to the “packet” jeans and going commando jeans of the 90’s.

Lee Cooper entered the new Millennium with innovative products, launching the industry firsts of water resistant aqua denim, flexease denim the stretch jean for men, the reverso (reversible) jeans, jogging jeans that mixed sport and jeans wear fashions together the list is endless.
Lee Cooper is now recognized as one of the top selling brands for the authentic jeans and continues to perform on its basic offer and develops market right stylish collection such as rdlc that combines the British lifestyle and rock and roll attitude.

PRPS Jeans – African cotton, Japanese denim?

PRPS Jeans - African cotton, Japanese denim?A product with purpose – African cotton, Japanese denim

At Prps, authenticity is our first priority.
Each item in the collection is conceived with a specific purpose and function in mind. Before fashion, Prps is designed to be worn and utilized.
Prps uses African cotton combined with expert Japanese construction to create what we believe to be the finest product available.

The quality of the cotton used to make Prps products is an extremely important factor in creating perfect fabrics and determining the value of our garments. We found the finest organic cotton in the African continent, where there are the perfect climatic conditions for growing the strong, resilient, pure cotton that we utilize. Prps’ presence in these countries creates myriad positive humanitarian effects that advance our workers’ quality of life and furthers our mission of purpose.

Bruised never broken – our jean that evolves with you

Jean enthusiasts regard the distressing and aging process with utmost importance. That is why we put some of our styles through a very aggressive aging process, and the end results are as natural and authentic as possible. Every stain, nick and prick or abrasion is painstakingly produced by hand, to replicate real wear and age. No two pairs of Prps jeans are alike. Our time tested classic pieces transcend fads. We stand behind the quality and longevity of each jean. While they may be bruised they will never be broken

adidas Originals 2010

adidas Originals 2010
The 2010 adidas Originals collection reflects what makes adidas Originals truly unique: a diverse mix of styles & stories, collaborations & creativity. From football lifestyle product to fine Japanese streetwear designed in Tokyo; street artist collaborations & customizable on-the-go product; refreshed classics or re-introduced vintage styles.

Alexa Chung for Pepe Jeans S/S 2010

Alexa Chung for Pepe Jeans S/S 2010Pepe Jeans’ decision to sign up IT girl, Alexa Chung, may have been greeted with indignation in some quarters. Nonetheless, Pepe Jeans have a reputation for unsurpassed advertising campaigns. Pepe Jeans spring summer 2010 advertising campaign will feature Alexa Chung and male models Tom Guinness and Boyd Holbrook. This is definitely a new direction for Pepe Jeans who in past advertising campaigns have opted for the more sizzling style of Sienna Miller, Kate Moss, Daria Werbowy, Natalia Vodianova, Ashton Kutcher and Cristiano Ronaldo. Let’s see if fortune favours the brave!

Givenchy Clothing x Mariacarla Boscono and Natalia Vodianova

Givenchy Clothing x Mariacarla Boscono and Natalia Vodianova

Givenchy’s Spring/Summer 2010 ad campaign is predictable, staying true to Riccardo Tisci’s sense of fashion design. The ad campaign is boldly black and white and stars Mariacarla Boscono and Natalia Vodianova. Photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, the ad campaign is classy and concise and let’s the Givenchy brand do most of the talking.

Fashion Designer Hubert de Givenchy was born to a wealthy family 1927 in Beauvais, France. He studied at the ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. His first job in the fashion industry was when he worked for Jacques Fath in Paris in 1945. He then worked briefly for Robert Piguet and for Lucien Lelong (1946) where he worked with Lelong’s assistants, Pierre Balmain and Christian Dior, and finally for Elsa Schiaparelli (1947- 1951). He opened the House of Givenchy in 1952. He named his first collection for Bettina Graziani, Paris’s top model. Balenciaga was his mentor, although he never worked for him, whose atelier was just across the avenue George V.

Vivienne Westwood follows NOHARM Organic T-Shirt

Vivienne Westwood Shirt
It turns out those green slogans in Vivienne Westwood’s spring ’10 collection weren’t just for decoration. In fact, the dame takes her environmental statements quite seriously and has followed the NOHARM organic vision. Most recently she teamed up with Anvil Knitwear to design a sustainable T-shirt to raise awareness about and help stop global deforestation, announced in time for the UN Climate Change Conference taking place in Copenhagen. Images have yet to be released (it must be hard to upload JPGs while climbing over barricades and battling riot police), but we’re guessing they’ll look something like Seditionaries meets Captain Planet.

Organic T-Shirt

Rag & Bone Boots in for a rough ride

Rag & Bone in for a rough ride
WWD report Danner footwear is suing rag & bone for copyright infringement. The Portland-based boot-maker, which launched its first pair of boots in 1932, claims that rag & bone designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville created a combat boot that was too similar to some of its own styles. One of the biggest similarities seems to be that the designer style was actually named “Danner Combat Boots by rag & bone.” The footwear is sold at Barneys New York and Saks Fifth Avenue, and while neither retailer features the shoes as available online anymore, Danner named both as co-defendants in the case. Danner is seeking an injunction, recovery of lost profits, legal fees, and some other unspecified damages. And if the lawsuits brought against Steve Madden by Balenciaga and Alexander McQueen taught us anything, it’s that “inspiration” happens all the time, but getting caught can cost you.

Evisu Jeans from gull to pheonix

Evisu Jeans from gullwimgs to pheonix
Six months into his tenure as global chief executive officer of Evisu, Scott Morrison has moved rapidly to reposition the denim and sportswear brand and revamp the company’s infrastructure. Of course it’s far too early to say whether the Mr Morrison’s vision will help the gullwings flap again but that hasn’t stopped the wild speculation. It’s been virtually a decade since Kitmeout first offered Evisu online so the brand is look on with much affection here. We’re also hearing rumours of a possible RMC colab. Things are certainly looking up for Evisu.

Hugo Boss suit some but not all

Hugo Boss suit some but not all
Hugo Boss, the premium German brand, said it planned to close a men’s suit factory in the US.

Hugo Boss said that the factory was not being used to capacity and therefore was not competitive. The closure will threaten 300 jobs.

Hugo Boss employs around 900 people in the US, including those in its stores, showrooms and administrative positions.