It’s always good fun discovering and trying out new denim brands…it always amazes me how many there are out there that I still somehow don’t know about to begin with, but it impresses me how many new ones pop up all the time, despite the crazy competition in the industry! My stint at Denimology as a product reviewer has been such an amazing opportunity to try all sorts of brands, both new and some I’ve known and wanted to try for a long time. The latest for me to discover and review is a new denim line from a brand born in 1987 and inspired by the California boho and beach life, Johnny Was. After 30 years of always searching for the best jeans to pair with their flowy, feminine tops, they decided to introduce their own denim line, Johnny Was Blue! The line consists of three signature fits: The Flare, The Skinny (in a medium blue or black wash) and The Tomboy, each made with supersoft Tencel-infused fabrics thanks to designer Christy Whitley. When I got the chance to review one of these styles for Denimology, I chose The Tomboy! I’d normally grab a skinny jean, but I’ve done sooo many of those and lately I’ve been more partial to, and curious about, more relaxed vintage-inspired fits.
When I’m shopping for a pair of shoes or a bag, I usually gravitate towards leather goods in a desire for something that will last me more than just a few months. I know leather is a byproduct that would otherwise be thrown out, but I also know that the meat industry can be pretty bad for our environment. It’s a bit of a trade-off that sometimes I decide to settle with, since I know buying quality leads to less purchases, and thus less waste overall. However, I’ve been surprised lately by some vegan brands that have come out of the woodwork and proven to me that faux leather CAN be just as durable! Brands like Matt & Nat, MeDusa and BLANKNYC have been my favorites in that realm so far, and I might just add a fourth with Eve Cork!