You Must Read: Denim Design Lab LE

by Jaime on August 26, 2009

There are two things I’m a true sucker for. Okay, maybe there are more than two.

But the two biggest? Denim and books.

The first one is probably a given for most of you. I mean, you are here, right? But, for those of you who don’t know me well off of the site, I’m a huge reading buff. I graduated with an English degree (and yes, I’m aware that this has probably played a part in the fact that I don’t have a job.) and was an avid reader ever since I was one and a half… just ask my parents!

So, tying these two loves together is a pretty impressive feat. I’ve read a couple of books on denim (which I might get to at some point in time), but there’s one that has surpassed them all so far.

Brian Robbins, the creator and designer of Denim Design Lab sent me Denim Design Lab LE to pour over… and boy, did I ever. Just touching it made me happy. Why?

The book is covered with ultra premium, 100% organic selvedge denim from Cone Denim in Greensboro, NC (if you know anything about the history of denim, this means something BIG to you. If you don’t… look up “Cone Denim” and you’ll find out!), and each book is different because they’re all laundered to have their own looks of wear and tear. Mine has a cool bleached design (as you can probably see above) that I can’t stop swooning over.

But, more than its looks, this book is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to all things denim. Starting with a truly thorough historical background of brands and the creation of denim itself, Denim Design Lab LE really gets going when it hits the last section: the Project Gallery. You’ve seen how interested I am in DIY denim (and you’ve seen the outcomes of that interest) and this makes everything I’ve done up until now look like pure child’s play. From the ideas of using wood stain to make natural looking marks on the jeans to using a 1500 grit sandpaper (which I so wonderfully already had in my garage. Thanks, C.) to sand the jeans rather than your basic like 50 grit, the ideas that Brian gives keep getting better and better with each read.

And yes, I’m on read-through number three. It’s my new must-have book if you care at all about denim… I appreciate my jeans and where they came from so much more now that I’ve read it.

Want to get your own copy? Well, there are only 5000 in circulation. Each is numbered and, like I said earlier, totally unique. They’re available off of Amazon, but you can get them directly from Brian if you email him at [email protected]

Want to learn more about Denim Design Lab? Just wait… I’ll have a review of the jeans available later in the week! But here’s your little detail-oriented sneak peek (courtesy of the 2009/10 Lookbook):



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