I’ve been reviewing jeans for my blog and Denimology for several years now…since 2013 I think? I can’t believe it’s been so long! I always seem to get pinned with the dark skinny jeans, but I don’t complain…I always feel they are the best when it comes to flattering my more athletic figure! Even though we’re all familiar with the usual 5-pocket, zipper fly jeans, no skinny jean is alike, which is why even though they might look all the same in my photos, they definitely do not all feel the same. I had heard of something a little different a few years ago: the pull-on skinny jean. Of course, we all think about frumpy sweatpants or “mom jeans” when we think about denim with elastic waistbands, but hear me out here. This month, I got the chance to review a pair of super cute pull-on jeans—the Farrah High Waist Pull-On Skinny Jeans by Liverpool, for Denimology, and I was super exited to finally see what this was all about.
If you haven’t yet noticed, music festival life is at my core along with my affinity to denim and sustainable, ethical apparel. It’s rare to get all three together! Last May, I had the awesome opportunity to review a pair of eco-friendly, Burning Man inspired jeans from a San Frandisco-based brand that definitely deserves more recognition, Sonas Denim. I was stoked to discover a company that fit all three, AND donates a portion of proceeds towards future construction of an animal sanctuary. It just so happens that this is one of the main things I would do if I ever won the lottery! Of course I had to present this brand to all of you, my readers. They are definitely now one of my favorites and I still talk about them with all my friends and acquaintances, especially those in the festival circuit.
Ok. I’ll warn you ahead of time, this is going to be a long post, but I’m quite excited to share this subject brand with you guys! There’s really never any time when I receive a pair of jeans to review that I don’t like, as it’s always cool to try out and report on a variety of different styles. There’s usually something about brands that I work with that I completely respect and jive with that makes me add them to my ever growing list of favorites and makes me excited to share them with all of you! However, rarely is there a time when I discover a brand that truly hits home to me from every angle. This is a review of the ethical Burning Man inspired jeans from Sonas Denim, and I have to say I am totally in love with this brand! I can’t even remember how I stumbled across them…probably because I was so immediately impressed that I forgot how it all came to be.
Sonas Denim is stationed in San Francisco (where all the manufacturing magic happens), with a story beginning in 2001 at a vintage store on Haight Street. It was then that Dublin-born Gerry, the brand’s founder, found himself after a few years of traveling and discovered a totally unique pair of patchwork jeans. He was on his way to the most famous party in the desert, Burning Man, and the jeans were a match made in heaven. After nine trips to Burning Man, he was determined to replace his beloved (and now worn out) jeans, which proved unsuccessful. The idea to create his own sprouted a project between him and his wife Christine, and wearing these homemade jeans while out on the town gathered a lot of attention and accolades. The two created several more pairs and sold them at flea markets in and around San Francisco. One hundred more were made and were taken down to a trade show in Los Angeles. This resulted in a short article in the California Apparel News, which caught the attention of legendary fashion veteran Allen Chevalier. Allen loved what he saw and helped take Gerry and Christine’s vision to the next level, which led to the creation of Sonas Denim in 2011. These patchwork jeans are still available, and are made to order! Sonas is the Irish word for “happiness,” which goes into everything the brand creates. Their mission is simple: “To create happiness and share it with others—a happiness not limited to human beings, but for our animals friends as well!” Solid.
Everything out of Sonas Denim is one hundred percent cruelty-free, and made almost exclusively from recycled or re-purposed materials. Christine spent seventeen years in a law career defending animal rights, and Sonas’s entire line is ethical and completely vegan. This definitely warms my heart, but what hit me even harder is that a portion of all profits from Sonas Denim will be used to create an animal sanctuary for rescued animals so people can “experience their unconditional love and purity of spirit” as well as learn how we can help keep animals from a life of exploitation and suffering. I actually have a dream of one day opening an animal sanctuary (lets hope I win the lottery), so I was super excited that this brand basically aligns with so many things I love! Not only are they inspired by Burning Man (and similar festivals) and believe in the importance of sustainable materials, but they also believe in the ethical treatment of animals and have a dream like me to one day open a sanctuary for them. Amazing.
OK, on with the actual jeans!
Sonas Denim implements this awesome patchwork design within their denim collection, beyond the famous design that got them started, with beautiful frayed details throughout each section. Every jean is made from fifty individual pieces! The jeans almost seem to be constructed in part like bricks are laid, with each vertical seam in line with the center of the adjacent piece. Gerry sent me a beautiful pair of black and white low rise skinny tie dye jeans and I couldn’t be more impressed! I went with my usual size of 26, which were a bit snug at first but stretched out to fit me perfectly. The fabric content is 98% cotton and 2% lycra, so they are super soft and just a little bit stretchy to hug in all the right places, but they feel very durable. They are pretty low rise, but stay put…although this is the first pair I have enjoyed wearing a belt with because it just looked so cool with them! I’d say they have an inseam of 30”, as they hit just below my ankle. They look so cute cuffed up a little with booties though!
The detailing on these skinnies is just gorgeous. There’s no brand insignia anywhere other than a little button on the hip-side edge of the right front pocket (and also on the fly button), so the pure artistry of these jeans do all the talking. Each of the patchwork pieces have an alternating vertical edge that’s frayed out but reinforced so it lies down flat and does not fray any further (see the closeup shots at the bottom of this post). By alternating I mean, one piece has one that frays to the left, and the piece above or below it has one that frays to the right, and so on. It almost gives an inside-out effect, but much cooler. I seriously want to wear these jeans everywhere, and everywhere I have worn them has garnered a ton of compliments and questions! That’s how I like it…to bring something different out into the world of mainstream copycats and predictable trends. For those who like a jean that can take the attention off the slimming effect on the body for once (although they do look and feel totally flattering on) with a unique look and feel, Sonas is your brand. I have to say these jeans definitely have made me happy, from the original design to the strong values in the realm of sustainability, animal rights and ethical practices that the brand shares with me! Mission accomplished.
Just look at those details!
These particular jeans were a design from the past, but check back as I will update this if and when they are available again! Shop the entire available Sonas Denim line here, and sign up to their newsletter for 20% off your first order. Shop the original patchwork flare jean from Haight Street here!
It’s been almost two years since I last wrote about Fran Denim, and I’m glad to see them still going strong! It’s great to see such a huge response in the denim industry for fits that are made for body shapes outside of the typical model type; more and more big names (and some new) are putting out collections fit for the curvy ones among us. However, there still isn’t a whole lot out there for athletic types, even though sometimes we can fit in the “curvy” demographic. I might not have a super muscular shape, and I do easily fit into most jeans on the market, but I am a gym rat (#ISquat), and many of those jeans I do fit in could definitely fit a little better. I have the larger bum and smaller waist which often leads to a least a slight waist gap, causing me to hike jeans up a few times throughout the day. Or, sometimes the waist is fine, but the legs don’t quite accommodate much muscle. I even have situations where the whole jeans do fit, thanks to stretch, but they are tighter in my more toned areas which still make them slide down or shift throughout the day. Enter Fran Denim…a true lifesaver! Read on for my review of the Fran Denim Kelly Crop—a new release!
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.
I just can’t get enough of comfy, stretchy, legging-like skinny jeans! It’s been fascinating seeing the denim market’s response to the rapid rise of athleisure and the popularity of wearing leggings as pants. The development of new fabric technologies has been on overdrive in the past few years, and jeans have never been so comfortable. Brands are coming out with denim that isn’t just stretchy, but also super soft, curve-hugging (with enough give to avoid being tight) and the amazing ability to snap back and keep its shape. A little while ago I wrote about another great line of jeans for active individuals, from Mavi. Their Indigo Move collection is one of the newest ones to make waves in the denim vs athleisure movement, and I’m stoked to be able to try on a pair to share it with all of you!
A Casual Evening in STRÖM Brand
I’m still loving these longer summer days, but as we get nearer to Fall, I’m definitely noticing we’re having to rush out of work more often to catch a quick shoot before the sun goes down! It’s definitely tougher to keep up with the blog and Denimology reviews in the winter time because of this. Photos always look better in the early evenings due to less brightness and shadows, so it’s not like weekends can all be used for catch up. Either way, we bloggers do what we gotta do!
I’ve known about Mavi Jeans for quite awhile, ever since they used to grace a late boutique we had here in my town that I designed displays and window posters for back in 2008. However, I didn’t really get to try them out until 2014 for a Denimology review featuring the Emma Slim Boyfriend, and once again last year featuring the ultra soft Serena Jogger. This time though, I’m even more excited because I got to try the brand new Feather by Mavi Gold line, which I wrote about last month! These are really something special, and I’m excited to show off this pair which was my favorite from the line and stood out to me right away…the Alexa Ankle Skinny in Green Indigo Gold Feather!
I can’t ever get tired of reviewing jeans for particular brands, but it’s fun to shake it up a bit from time to time…especially when it comes to reviewing jeans from a denim mill that supplies jeans to the brands I know and love! SOORTY is one of those, and this is my second review for them. They actually custom made this pair of jeans to my measurements for review purposes! It’s easy to go shopping around and sporting our favorite pieces from our favorite brands constantly, but I like to take it a step further with anything I’m passionate about and learn about how they are made, and about the source! So read on for my SOORTY Denim VIP Jeans in Freja review.
Joe’s Eco Friendly Cigarette in Shayla Review on Denimology
I always enjoy reviewing Joe’s because I already know I’m going to just love whatever is sent to me! They are always so soft and figure-flattering and I never really need a belt with them. Their vintage looks are so top notch and add such a cool appeal to any outfit. The brand is always on top of it, constantly coming out with new innovative collections that cater to a season, consumer demand, or even to a particular technology. I love seeing what Joe’s is going to churn out next, and I was so so excited to see them come out with a new eco-friendly denim line which only makes perfect sense with today’s growing awareness of conservation issues! Sustainable fashion is definitely a huge thing for me. I actually just wrote about this new eco conscious line (see post here) and now I’m stoked to share this review with all of you! I am also wearing a new favorite necklace from a new favorite independent artisan, Third Eye Pinecones, which I wrote about last month (see post here)!