Yes, You Can Wear Heels When You’re Eight Months Pregnant

we headed to Scandinavian candy shop Sockerbit with stylist Sarah Clary to talk maternity style (she made our white maternity toothpick jean her own with a dip-dye DIY)—and to indulge her sweet tooth a little, of course.
How has your style changed since becoming pregnant?
I’ve learned to keep it simple. Pattern doesn’t always work for my new shape, so I stick to basic colors with maybe a stripe here and there. Clothing that shows off my belly makes me feel more beautiful.

Do you have a go-to maternity outfit?
Dresses with stretch! For me, dresses that show off my belly rather than hiding it make me feel more confident about all the changes I’m going through. To create more outfit options, I pair crop tops or blouses that are too small over the dress, so it looks like a high-waist skirt.



How did the maternity toothpick work out for you? What do you like about it?
This maternity jean is a great fit and slimming. I have carried low throughout my pregnancy and most pants would slide south midday, but this one hugs perfectly under my belly.

Any nonmaternity clothes that ended up working really well for you during your pregnancy?
I’ve become very good at shopping my husband’s closet. I love his button-down shirts, sweaters and even pants. Don’t be afraid to go to the men’s department; some items can help when you are in between sizes.




What about shoes? We always see you wearing heels…
I love heels, so yes, I do continue to wear some of my favorites—but in moderation. And never so high that I feel uneasy walking. Kitten heels are a great balance, I feel sexy and low to the ground!

We love how you made the denim your own! Tell us about the DIY process you did on these.
I cut the bottom of the jeans off so they hit above my ankle and slit one knee. Then, I frayed the fabric with sandpaper and scissors and washed the jeans so they appeared more destroyed. I wanted an ombré-dyed look so I held the bottom of the pants in a cup of dye to the height I liked, holding the ends in longer so the dye was darker. They are far from perfect, but that’s what I love about them.




Meet…Sophie Buhai
we couldn’t wait any longer for the sun (or warmer weather), so armed with Point Sur jeans, we headed to LA—the denim capital—to meet up with a few of our beach-loving counterparts. meet Sophie Buhai, a tried-and-true California girl who cofounded the line Vena Cava and has a thing for high-waist denim.


Hometown & current home
Los Angeles and Los Angeles.

You recently moved back to Los Angeles from New York. What has that transition been like?
It has been fantastic. LA is a very exciting city to live in right now. The city is really evolving. It feels like a very healthy, positive and inspiring place to live. Things feel new here—and people are very supportive of new galleries, fashion companies, book fairs, food spots, etc. I like to think LA has always been this great, but there is a new energy here, and people are responding.

Tell us a bit about what you’re up to these days.
I just moved into a house, so I’ve been really getting into interiors. I’m loving early ’80s interior books, old Terence Conran books and old issues of Casa Vogue.




Since moving back to the West Coast, how, if at all, has your style changed?
I’ve gotten into being chic and effortless. I know everyone says that’s the goal, but in LA, you really look silly if you’re even slightly dressed up. There is a lot of linen, denim, gauze and rattan happening in my outfits these days.

Speaking of easy dressing, do you remember the first pair of denim you really loved?
Yes! I still have them. They are a pair of high-waist Levi’s from the ’70s that I got at Wasteland in LA. I’m a big fan of the high waist—it’s so flattering.


So safe to say you’re a vintage addict. What’s your most recent acquisition?
My mom just gave me a pair of tan ’90s DKNY Grecian sandals. They are delicate and perfect, made in Italy. It’s the classics that get me.

Five things you can’t live without? Go.
1. My boyfriend
2. Sitting in the sun
3. Pilates with old ladies every week
4. Aesop geranium hand balm
5. The wonderful Internet


Photography by Bryan Derballa. Hair by Sabina Yannone for Ramirez Tran Salon and makeup by Gabi Pascua for the Wall Group.

To learn more about just how Point Sur denim is made in downtown LA, click here. Then, shop our entire assortment of Point Sur jeans here.

Stephen Kenn’s New Denim Sofa Will Make Your Jeans Jealous

this LA-based furniture designer has fast become a favorite of ours—from head men’s designer, Frank, to our store design team (his utilitarian-style sofas sit in several of our stores, including New York Fifth Avenue and Los Angeles’s the Grove). we swung by Stephen’s studio for a cup of coffee (Handsome Coffee Roasters) and some design talk.
Stephen, photographed in his downtown LA loft wears the 484 selvedge jean in raw indigo with the Wallace & Barnes workshirt in indigo dot and vintage boots.


You’re from Canada, what brought you to LA?
When I was 20 years old, my friend Steve Dubbeldam and I started a denim line in Edmonton called Iron Army. It was an idea that led us on a crazy adventure that landed us in Los Angeles. I was hooked. I haven’t been able to stop making things and exploring stories that inspire me.

Do you have formal training in furniture design?
I didn’t go to school for any type of design. I’ve always been curious. I learn so much from taking things apart, which leads me to understanding how things are made.


The East LA warehouse where you uncovered military materials ended up inspiring your Inheritance Collection. Is that where your love of craftsmanship began?
That warehouse is a very special place for me. I can get lost for hours climbing the piles and picking up objects and inspecting them.

Start to finish, how long does it take to design a piece of furniture. (They’re all made to order, right?)
Well, designing something can take months and months of stewing over ideas in my head, definitely a few sleepless nights and usually a few not-quite-right prototypes. But actually making a piece from the collection usually takes us four to six weeks. This gives us some leeway in case something unexpected happens along the way. And yes, they are all made to order.

Made in LA seems to be a buzzword right now, and you’re doing just that. Tell us a bit about what it’s been like to design and create a furniture line here.
I love LA because I live in LA. There are so many talented craftsmen embedded throughout the city. As for the appeal of making products in LA, it’s about more than the object itself at the end of the day—how it’s made, why it was made and who made it tell a rich story. That story, if communicated clearly, gets to live on after the object is purchased.


Are there a few places in LA that inspire you as a designer?
LA is too huge to list all my favorite spots. Strictly downtown, I love Alma for fine dining, Honeycut for cocktails, G&B in the Grand Central Market for coffee and the new Ooga Booga gallery space on Mission Road in Boyle Heights. The Arts District and Broadway are changing a lot right now, and I’m excited to see what happens next.










Photography by Bryan Derballa.

To shop Stephen’s jeans, click here, and to shop his shirt, click here.

we’ve got denim on the brain. with our new J.Crew denim in hand, we asked a few friends to pick a favorite pair to take for a spin. here, Roanne Adams Wahba, the founder of creative agency RoAndCo, shows us how to make a boyfriend jean office appropriate.



What person—dead, alive or fictional—wore denim best?
Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall. Both were perfectly built for high-waist jeans.

Do you remember the first pair of denim that you really loved?
I was an avid vintage shopper back in my early teens. I used to rummage through my Aunt Louella’s attic—she had an amazing wardrobe—and once found the perfect high-waist, wide-leg, worn-in pair of Lee jeans up there. I don’t think I took them off for at least two years.

Denim aside, what’s your necessary indulgence?
Jeni’s salty caramel ice cream.



Photography by Alexey Yurenev. Hair by Nathan Rosenkranz and makeup by Moani Lee, both for Beauty Exchange NYC.

To shop our assortment of J.Crew denim, click here.

Meet…Paloma Jonas
we couldn’t wait any longer for the sun (or warmer weather), so armed with Point Sur jeans, we headed to LA—the denim capital—to meet up with a few of our beach-loving counterparts. meet Paloma Jonas, codesigner of Valentine NYC (a line of sweet, lacy lingerie), sometime model and mom to Vedder—a Great Dane who totally stole the spotlight.
Hometown & current home
I’m from Sydney, Australia. But these days, I keep it bicoastal between New York and LA. I get the best of both worlds.

Tell us about Valentine NYC, the line of girly underpinnings you started.
My friend and cofounder, Whitney, and I wanted to create comfortable but sexy lingerie. We wanted to design pieces that could be worn every day and at an affordable price point.
You guys maintain an addictive blog too. What came first, the blog or the line?
The blog was a springboard for Valentine NYC. We focus mostly on women, but also couples, asking them things we’re all curious about but are afraid to ask: “What’s the most romantic thing anyone has ever done for you? What’s the craziest thing you’ve done for love?” Whitney and I think of ourselves as women on a mission to revive romance.

Speaking of romance, do you remember the first pair of denim you really loved?
It was a pair of vintage high-waist Levi’s cutoffs. It’s funny to say out loud now because they sound trendy, but at the time, they really weren’t fashionable. I still have them.

Let’s play a little either-or: “California Girls” by the Beach Boys or “California Love” by Tupac?
Beach Boys. I’m a sucker for vinyl from before my time.

Your best-kept LA secret?
Vintage! It’s not a secret, but it’s one of my favorite things about living here. Every Sunday, there’s a vintage market that travels around LA. I’ve found everything from rare furniture to perfectly worn-in T-shirts.


Photography by Bryan Derballa. Hair and makeup by Gabi Pascua for the Wall Group.

To learn more about just how Point Sur denim is made in downtown LA, click here. Then, shop our entire assortment of Point Sur jeans here.

Meet…YACHT’S Claire Evans
we’ve been known to sing along to YACHT’s infectious LA love song, “Shangri-La.” so when we headed to the West Coast, we called up our friend Claire Evans, the songstress behind our favorite lyrics (“If I can’t go to heaven, let me go to LA”), and asked her to show us around the city she calls home.
Hometown & current home
Born in the UK, formative years spent in Paris, adolescence in Portland, Oregon, adulthood in Los Angeles… Tomorrow, the moon!

Occupation
I’m the lead singer/co-conspirator behind the pop group YACHT. My partner Jona and I make music, videos, apparel, apps—really whatever seems like an interesting project to take on. I’m also editor at large of OMNI Reboot, a reinvention of the classic ’80s science magazine OMNI, and I write for lots of different publications on culture, science, technology and science fiction.

Musician, science writer, app designer—any other hidden talents we should know about?
I make a mean old-fashioned.
Let’s play a little either-or: “California Girls” by the Beach Boys or “California Love” by Tupac?
Not going to make any friends by saying this, but despite my undying allegiance to all things West Coast, I always preferred Biggie to Tupac. So, in this case, I choose the Beach Boys.

Your best-kept LA secret?
The thing about LA is that everything good is a well-kept secret. That’s partially why Jona and I made our app 5 Every Day, which gives people five interesting things to do in Los Angeles every day. Not just shows and events, but things like hikes, strip-mall ethnic food and forgotten fragments of LA architecture and history.
Speaking of forgotten fragments, do you remember the first pair of denim that you really loved?
There was one pair of denim overalls that saw a lot of wear in the early ’90s. I was a tomboy as a kid—still am now to a certain extent—and I remember never washing those overalls, taking pride in the increasingly threadbare knees and accumulating paint splotches.

Photography by Bryan Derballa. Hair and makeup by Gabi Pascua for the Wall Group.

To learn more about just how Point Sur denim is made in downtown LA, click here. Then, shop our entire assortment of Point Sur jeans here.

Meet…Jessica de Ruiter
we couldn’t wait any longer for the sun (or warmer weather), so armed with Point Sur jeans, we headed to LA—the denim capital—to meet up with a few of our beach-loving counterparts. first up? stylist Jessica de Ruiter, a girl who certainly knows her way around a pair of high-waist skinny jeans (barefoot and all)…
Jessica, photographed at her home in Silver Lake, wears the Point Sur hightower skinny jean in drifter wash and an Isabel Marant blouse.


Hometown & current home
I’m originally from Toronto, but I’ve been living in Los Angeles for the past 12 years—with a stint in NYC somewhere in between.

Occupation
Fashion editor, stylist and consultant.

“California Girls” by the Beach Boys or “California Love” by Tupac?
Tupac. Hands down.
Do you remember the first pair of denim that you really loved?
Of course! A pair of Guess jeans that had the upside-down triangle label on the back pocket and zippers down the sides of the ankles. It was the mid-’80s, and I was probably six years old. It was a very important fashion moment for me.

Biggest misconception about style in LA?
That there isn’t any.



Photography by Bryan Derballa. Makeup by Lauren Andersen for the Wall Group.

To learn more about just how Point Sur denim is made in downtown LA, click here. Then, shop our entire assortment of Point Sur jeans here.



we’ve got denim on the brain. with our new J.Crew denim in hand, we asked a few friends to pick a favorite pair to take for a spin. here, photographer Bibi Cornejo Borthwick (all 5’3” of her) gets into our vintage straight jean.







What person—dead, alive or fictional—wore denim best?
Bianca Jagger. And Jane Birkin.

Do you remember the first pair of denim that you really loved?
The OshKosh overalls I wore when I was teeny tiny.

Your father (Mark Borthwick) is a photographer and your mom (Maria Cornejo) is a fashion designer. Was there a moment when you knew you wanted to follow in their footsteps?
I went on a trip to South Africa with my dad at 16, and it really blew me away to be surrounded by such beauty. Instinctually, it felt right to document everything.

Is it true that you only shoot film?
Yes. For the aesthetic I love, I shoot film. It’s so important to me—I don’t get the same feeling when I’m shooting digital. I also love the process of shooting film—waiting for the film to develop is the best part.



Photography by Alexey Yurenev. Hair by Nathan Rosenkranz and makeup by Moani Lee.

Special thanks to the Standard East Village.

To shop our newest assortment of J.Crew denim, click here.

Meet…Chioma Nnadi, Vogue.com Fashion News Director

we spent a Friday afternoon playing hooky in Bed-Stuy with the finger-on-the-pulse editor.
Chioma, photographed at Saraghina in Brooklyn, wears her own sweater, J.Crew boyfriend jean in Ontario wash and Manolo Blahnik pumps.

Hometown & current home.
London, England. Brooklyn, New York.

How did you get your start as a fashion writer?
I actually got my start on the features desk at a magazine of a newspaper in London called the Evening Standard. It really helped me learn what it takes to make a good story. The fashion part came later.
Do you remember the first pair of denim that you really loved?
Yes, I remember saving up and buying my first pair of Levi’s. Growing up in London, the idea of American denim was really exotic. It took me ages to break them in, but I wore them into the ground. I wish I still had them now.

What person—dead, alive, fictional—wore denim best?
Jimi Hendrix, hands down. He did jeans with so much flair.


Best way to spend the day in your neighborhood?
I would start the day by getting lost in Prospect Park. Even though I’ve lived in Brooklyn for over 10 years, I’m still discovering new corners. Did you know there is a waterfall there? I didn’t. It’s magical. Then I’d head over to the Vintage Loft on Vanderbilt Ave. It’s by appointment only, and their selection of vintage clothing is really special. If I had time to kill before dinner, I might go by Circa Antiques on Atlantic Ave. I know nothing about antiques but love looking at them, and this store is chock-full of interesting furniture. I would end the day by getting a burger at Kaz An Nou. I used to live in the French Caribbean—and the owner is from Guadeloupe and cooks all his mother’s recipes. The burger is made with a rich marinade of island spices. I’m still trying to figure out what’s in his secret sauce.

So here we are at Saraghina, another favorite of yours—what’s your order?
The Coppa & Carciofi pizza is one of my favorites—I love anything with spicy roasted artichokes on top. Their burrata is flown in from Italy and you can taste the difference. I won’t leave before I’ve ordered the chocolate mousse.


Photography by Bryan Derballa. Makeup by Deanna Melluso for the Magnet Agency.

Special thanks to Saraghina.

To shop our newest assortment of J.Crew denim, including Chioma’s boyfriend jean in Ontario wash, click here.



we loved so many of the 3,000-plus submissions on Instagram with the hashtag #jcrewdenim that it was hard to choose our favorites. Jenna and the team narrowed it down to the top three that really inspired—and even surprised—us. (surfing in jeans? nicely done!)







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