UNIFORM | James Jeans


Lately I've been getting a bunch of emails about denim. I haven't posted much about jeans because I always feel like it's so much based on personal fit that my two cents might not be helpful. I can tell you there are a lot of great brands out there that I love: J.Brand, Current/Elliott, Levi's and James Jeans. Being that L.A. is the premium denim capital of the country, I thought I'd try and dig a little deeper. Today I visited the downtown design studio and factory of James Jeans, possibly the most under-the-radar of the brands I listed above. I specifically remember the first time I heard about James Jeans in college during the era when the premium denim market was starting to explode with brands like Earl Jean (R.I.P.) and Seven. James Jeans, like many companies that produce a really well-made product, doesn't need a massive marketing machine, their product is their PR.
For the past eight years James Jeans has stuck to its core of striving to be the best fitting top-notch premium denim on the market. They don't go for fast trends (ahem...True Religion), they just stick to what they know: a good fit and good craftsmanship. What I learned today though is that James Jeans is one of the only denim brands that hand-cuts their fits, their sizing is not done on a computer and then increased incrementally and mathematically from the model size, it's based on real bodies and I think it shows. So when it comes to recommending denim, this is one that I can say will likely fit you well, feel good, and look good.
I sat down with James Chung, the label's CEO, and his wife Seun Lim, the creative director, and asked who their idea of the James Jean woman is. They said, "She's not a fashion follower, she is self-confident and owns her own style." I can certainly get on board with that. James Jeans is also proud to make their jeans here in the USA. My picks from their latest collection: Twiggy in Shadow Blue ($123); Twiggy in Sienna ($158); Jagger in Shadow with studs ($198).

As a super-generous offer to Tomboy Style readers James Jeans is offering a 25% off discount through 12/31/2012. Use the code: JJ010 when checking out online.

16 comments:

Amielle said...

The Jagger in Shadow pair is perfection! I love it!

Anonymous said...

The Sienna is the office fav - often three girls show up wearing it on the same day!...by accident of course.

Anonymous said...

Tomboy? The inseams are 34-35 inches. The average woman would have to wear them with huge heels. Definitely not Tomboy.

Anne said...

My favorite jeans brand - bar none!

Nomadic D. said...

James Jeans is one of the few denim brands that fits my curvy body well. So interesting what you said about the sizing and the hand cut patterns, I bet that is what makes all the difference! Great post.

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Katie said...

I was just on a long search for a good pair of jeans and settled on Citizens of Humanity. I love them (though in response to a previous comment, mine were also long as well and I had to have them shortened). I love my new jeans - I don't like jeans that are really tight but they still fit well. I will check out the James Jeans styles though - they sound like well-made jeans. One question - the dye in my new jeans rubs off on a light pair of boots even after a couple washings - any suggestions??

Kelly and Kelly said...

I can't get the code to work.

Kathy Leeds said...

I'll probably order a pair - I've heard they're great and love the Hunter straight leg style. Have you heard of Stronghold jean in Venice? A store and denim you'd love.

Anonymous said...

So tired of emaciated models.

Lexie said...

Wow! What a great price point for a made in the US 'luxury' product. I've stayed true to Gap's Always Skinny jean myself, but I may have to splurge and try James... (though my inseam preference is 28 in - 5'2'' over here!).

Anonymous said...

Not sure what above is talking about. I just bought the Twiggy Clean II's with a 29" inseam. Perfect.

Anonymous said...

This are my favourite brand of denim. I had been waiting for a sale to buy a new pair and then this came along! Thank you so much! I love your blog.

Anonymous said...

I LONG for an old-fashioned 100% cotton high-waisted not tight jean---you know, JEANS, before they got all glam. Even Levi's doesn't really do this anymore.

That 1950s rolled-bottom belted look. But without the bulge in front that you have to have with a man's jean.

Or even a 100% cotton jean with a rise higher than 10 inches.

Any suggestions?

Eileenie said...

Ahh James Jeans Jagger col is such perfection!!!

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Urban Styles said...

I love this! Thanks for sharing. I have a lot of denim leftover from a couple of jean quilts that I made.