With a controversial name, a sexy fit (many of their cuts, including the Trouser and Legacy, are ideal for all figures) and the constant celebrity following, Rich & Skinny denim has made a name in the industry as the go-to brand for something a little different.
Know nothing about this line? Here’s a little background, courtesy of Groove Effect:
After creating Seven for All Mankind and Citizens of Humanity, two of the most popular designer denim brands around, Michael Glasser decided it was time for a break. While on hiatus, a trip to a department store left him disillusioned. Glasser determined the “sea of denim” flooding the stores were in desperate need of an intervention. He called Joie Rucker, a denim connoisseur in her own right as former VP of Design for Guess and Levi’s, with a great idea. He convinced her to partner up and create a new denim line destined to “shake up the sea of blue.”
The pair launched their first collection in 2006 at the Coterie Show under the name Rich & Skinny Jeans. The line was made up of 13 different skinny styles in 15 rich colors. Color is the foundation of Rich & Skinny and as designer Joie explains, “Color is evolving, so even when it “goes out,” people will want new ways to do color whether it’s in style or not.” But don’t think for a minute these designers are trapping themselves in a one dimensional world. Aside from an array of bold colors you will also find the industry standard indigo blue on a variety of styles and fits.
What can you expect from Rich and Skinny Jeans that you can’t get in other brands? A lot of luxury, that’s what. These designers took their creative forces to a level unmatched in the denim industry. These jeans feature silk-lined pockets and waistlines adding not only extra comfort but a notch of magnificence. The intricacies of the hardware are inspired by jewelry from past collections of coveted Cartier designs. By paying close attention to the particulars they’ve added lavish sophistication to the everyday blue jeans.
As for fit, R&S tends to run about a half to a whole size small (this does not go for the Bellissima or the Trouser, which run true to size) but I’ve found that the slimmer cut isn’t uncomfortable.
Why, you ask? Silk-lined pockets and waistband. You know how some jeans you have to pull and tug at to get them to sit where you’d like? These do not have that problem. I think the silk lining even makes it a bit more comfortable to wear these as a lower rise and it makes taking your jeans off a little more fun.
The weight of the denim is definitely on the lighter end – some of it is around the thickness of the legging-style denim, giving you a sleeker fit while not being uncomfortable and constricting. They’ve also brought a lot of color into their line and some fits that work for everyone.
I’ve got about four pairs of Rich & Skinny jeans and I do like them. Most of their styles are slim and better for thinner women (though that’s why I love the Bellissima and Sleek, as they’re more universally wearable), and they don’t run to larger sizes (their basic range seems to be 24-32 and that’s it).
That being said, I love their pocket styles, Cartier-inspired hardware (if you have a pair, check out the front button. Too fabulous!) and the comfortable, breathable fabric. This brand would be ideal with a better sizing range and more depth beyond the multitude of colors.
What is your experience with the Rich and Skinny brand?