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!
Being a huge fan of music, I always gravitate to apparel brands that are inspired by rock n’ roll and the like. Just a little over a year ago, you may remember me bringing up Nok Nok, a London-based denim brand that excels in hand-painted denim inspired by “vibrant subcultures mixed with the freedom, hippie vibe and nightlife from Ibiza, the Spanish island in the middle of the Mediterranean sea.” Of course this caught my attention, being a DJ myself and dreaming of making the notorious party capital of Ibiza a vacation destination some day. Angel NokoNoko is the designer behind the brand Nok Nok, and he and his sister Montse are both from Ibiza. Angel is actually an electronic music DJ himself! So, as you can see, I immediately felt like I could relate to this brand.
California’s finally dipped into cold territory (by our standards I guess), which means I can finally enjoy some cozy layering and some fun outerwear. At least, there was one new piece I knew I had to add to my closet: The BLANKNYC Embroidered Moto Jacket in As You Wish. I saw this beauty when I was writing an editorial for Denimology back in October! It’s rare I see something and know I need it right then and there…normally I’ll step away from the computer for a bit and if whatever item I was oogling is still in my head the next day, I might come back and grab it. However, this amazing piece just screamed my name! Unfortunately, when I went to purchase it, it was out of stock almost everywhere already. I lucked out and scored it at Nordstrom! It’s been one of my favorite purchases I’ve ever made, and it’s so fun to throw on over just about any outfit for some added edge! Photos just do not do it justice…it looks far more expensive than it is, and BLANKNYC did an incredible job with gorgeous floral embroidery, studs and zipper detailing. The vegan leather feels real, too! I read a ton of reviews before I purchased it because I know BLANKNYC sometimes runs snug. Based on those reviews, I sized up and got a medium so I could layer sweaters underneath it, and I am so glad I did! So if you are as enamored as I am, I would suggest doing so as well.
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!
Flares are really growing on me. The raw hem thing doesn’t hurt either!! This is the AGOLDE Madison 70s Flare in Starwood Distressed that I recently received for a Denimology review, and I am absolutely loving them. I wore them with a black lace headband from CVS, my Lucky Brand Whipstitch bag (yet another eBay score) and a crop tee I got from American Eagle Outfitters last year to showcase my high rise jeans during product reviews. I had so much fun with this shoot! My hubby and I ran out as quickly as we could after work to catch the sun before it went down in a local park, and the light was just perfect. Vintage looks are so in right now and although I don’t yet have any true vintage jeans, I love the vibe and suddenly my skinny jeans are getting some decent competition!
The Joe’s Finn and AEO Tie Dye
Another warm day at work…but not too warm to wear one of my favorite pairs of jeans I got recently from Joe’s! The black skinny with knee rips thing somehow got super huge all of a sudden, and although I don’t usually care for trend following, I fell for this one. The Joe’s Finn in Regan are super soft, the denim fabric is stretchy enough that the holes won’t break open further, and I’m digging the cherry on top: the raw hem! This Soft & Sexy Muscle Tee from American Eagle is indeed soft, and loose fitting enough for the warm weather. I’m wearing an organic bra from Nomad’s Hempwear since it looks stylish enough and not much like a bra when it peeks through. The wrap is from Lucky Brand that I grabbed for $10 with a recent sale they had (yeah really!). I’m a huge fan of wraps and they are just perfect to stay just a little warm in the mornings during this super hot California summer before it warms up as the day goes on. I just love how all of these colors come together! And don’t mind my ugly feet…I need a damn pedicure…
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Summer Days with AEO and G-Star RAW
I’m pretty sure I’m not alone when I say I love the longer days that come along with the summertime…they give me plenty of time after work to get some shots taken for the two blogs I run! I had these shots taken a few weeks ago for a Denimology review but I was just too stoked on this new Soft & Sexy Cold Shoulder tee from American Eagle Outfitters and G-Star RAW 5620 Elwood Ultra High Waist Skinny in Medium Aged. I’ve been a fan of AEO for a long time now but recently I’ve fallen back in love with them thanks to their newest supersoft tees and Don’t Ask Why collection which was a smart move on their part…it helped spread their demographic across a wider age range.
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!