Denim Beyond Jeans
We think denim, we think jeans, right? I love the fact that such a simple term brings up such simple thoughts amongst most people, but when it comes to creativity, the sky’s the limit. Denim is obviously a staple fabric around the world, and has been for years and years behind us, but it hasn’t only been used to cover your butt. I love repurposed items as it is, but denim is just a fun medium to go crazy with and it is always somehow appealing no matter how it is applied. Denim comes in so many shades and washes to provide a myriad of possibilities. I’ve been running across some amazing uses of denim lately that is far beyond your typical (or not so typical) pair of jeans that I figured it warranted a post. I know there’s a lot more out there, but these are the items that stood out to me the most! Now I feel like rummaging through all the scraps of denim left over from hemming jeans at home and getting crafty…
You might remember my post about Diesel’s sunglasses made from denim, but Ray-Ban is also following suit. I’m not exactly who came first with the idea, but it’s pretty cool either way. It adds such a unique look that I’m sure would turn heads everywhere! Yes, these are crafted with real denim, and Ray-Ban states that “this new design is the result of two years of research, which have resulted in a high-tech layering process that gives each pair a completely authentic, unique look.” Grab a pair right here.
Nudie isn’t new at all to denim applied to furniture and rugs…I posted about this as well not long ago. This brand is huge in the world of raw denim, but they really do go all out beyond that in terms of sustainable design. This time around, the brand collaborated with Swedish brand Swedese to create a new version of the 1956 ‘Lamino’ chair on its 70th birthday. The chair is unique in regards to its bentwood veneer and a plush, sheepskin seat, and now is an even bigger collector’s piece with Nudie‘s work, even after being “considered one of the country’s best pieces of furniture” in Sweden. Read more about this awesome collab at Vogue, and at Nudie.
Now we’re getting into the independent, crafty side of things…I just found this guy’s work as I was looking for some additional content for this post! How amazing is this? I’ve seen a few examples of denim art here and there but this takes the cake. Ian Berry is a British artist living in Sweden (I guess all cool denim things are coming from Sweden now?) who repurposes old jeans into beautiful landscapes and portraits. All this took was a glimpse of a pile of discarded jeans headed for the charity shop when he was a child in Huddersfield, and he was forever inspired to enter the world of denim as art. His website Denimu states “Over many weeks he cuts, stitches and glues using only the varying shades of the fabric to provide contrast and shadow.” Learn more at his websites Ian Berry and Denimu, and his Facebook page.
Guess was probably an easy one…being a denim brand and all. But along with denim sunglasses, denim watches are pretty awesome. I spotted this one and kinda fell in love. This watch features a blue denim leather strap, a round stainless steel 39mm rose gold-tone bezel case with crystals, a blue multi-function dial with rose gold-tone numerals, three hands, crystal indices, three subdials (day, date, 24-hour/international time) and of course, the Guess logo. Grab it at Macy’s.
Levi’s x Converse
Two American icons in once…you can’t go wrong with denim Converse shoes. Unfortunately though, these were created for Japanese retailer BEAMS. Still cool though. These launched February 9th, and the notable part here is that these are limited edition shoes crafted with selvedge denim, marked by the red signature red stitching on the heel. I could go on to an entirely different post about what selvedge denim is, but for now, I’ll just state that for serious denim aficionados, selvedge denim is super high quality and is kind of a big deal in the denim world. I’ll just leave this Denimology article here to explain what it is for those who are curious. These shoes, like selvedge or raw denim, is promised to break in very well with wear.
This bicycle seat is probably the most unique item of this post, as most likely the least expected. I randomly spotted this today and I give it credit for inspiring this post. It probably doesn’t mean much to those who aren’t cyclists, but it’s still a pretty neat piece, especially because it’s made from recycled denim. Brooks England is known for their high quality bicycle seats, and now they are yet another company to pair up with Levi’s for a truly one of a kind item! Bicycling.com states that these seats are “made from recycled denim that was collected in donation boxes at Levi’s Commuter Workspaces, pop-up shops offering free bike tune-ups and on-site tailoring for bike commuters in New York, Los Angeles, and London last summer,” which makes for a wide variety of washes which makes each seat so unique. These bicycle seats are limited to 1,000 pieces and are hand-numbered, so grab one here while you can.
I apologize in advance…I just HAD to post this here after finding it featured on a Huffington Post article about denim as furniture (I will apologize again for losing the link) even though it is a sold out item from more than two years ago. I wish it wasn’t, as it’s just such an awesome example of denim as furniture. I’d hate to sell the item with intricate details since it’s not available anymore, but it is still up for your viewing pleasure at Anthropologie. I am looking forward to seeing more denim furniture like this at the popular online shop soon! It’s popped up at several home decor blogs since then and I would be more than thrilled to have this beautiful piece in my living room.
I hope this post spiked your curiosity of the possibilities of the wonder fabric known as denim as much as it did for me…please feel free to share any other neat non-jean denim items you’ve ran across as well!