Editor’s Letter: The Denim Dilemma

Karen Alberg Grossman

Karen Alberg Grossman: Weʼre not in a brand cycle and weʼre not in a denim cycle, so
how do we sell more jeans?

The bolder the better

Colored denim

Elise Diamantini: Retailers build off the momentum of colored denim for 2013.

Robert Graham jeanswear: standing apart

Gary Sims and Robert Stock

Karen Alberg Grossman: The addition of a jeanswear component that easily competes with the best denim out there brings Robert Graham to another level.

Contemporary: Denim direction

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Elise Diamantini: Bootcut styles and color are triggering new interest in denim.

Sportswear: Bottoms on top

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Jillian Sprague: Non-denim pants and shorts lead sportswear’s surge.

Putting denim in Context

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Since opening Madison, Wisconsin’s Context Clothing, Ryan Huber, Sam Parker and Ben Parker have adopted more of a lifestyle approach to buying and merchandising.

Armani bans sandblasting after activists campaign

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Italian fashion house Giorgio Armani SpA is joining Gucci and Versace in banning sandblasting from its clothing supply chain after a sustained campaign by activists.   The technique is used to give jeans a used look but is highly dangerous to work…

Catching up with Jerome Dahan, Citizens of Humanity

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Jerome Dahan moved to LA in the ’80s (he was born in France and then lived in Montreal) to pursue his career in designer denim. Over the years, Dahan created an impressive resume: he launched 7 For All Mankind, and has had a hand in brand-building both Guess and Lucky Brand jeans. He took his […]

Context: Madison, Wis.

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By Sydney Burdick You can call Context the little store that could. The tiny 780 square feet contemporary men’s shop in Madison, Wis., has that particular “it” factor that has made it a fast favorite in the city. Wisconsin natives Sam and Ben Parker (from Madison) and Sam’s friend Ryan Huber (from Kenosha) opened Context […]