Oh, but we were totally doin’ it right this weekend.

Comin’ alive! Yeah, you better bet we were caught in a southern summer, barefoot, blue jean night… I mean, day! I mean NYC Barefoot, blue jean day. Love that song. Love you Jake Owen! – Remember imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and this “quoting thing” is just, you know, us showing you how much we love your music… and soul. We good?

Jake Owen – Barefoot Blue Jean Night

DENIM AND GOOD PEOPLE… AS FAR AS THE EYES CAN SEE
A Barefoot Blue Jean Weekend

Nothing is more American than denim, and some country music right?

The fact is, The Denim Days Festival shows us that this remarkable fabric is international in its appeal, and crosses cultures. They are as fashionable as they are sexy… and urban too. With the opportunity to so easily immerse one’s creativity as oil onto a canvass, it often presents the question- What really is Art? And what really is denim? Let’s start there: at what philosophers like to call- the beginning. Denim, a sturdy cotton twill fabric, typically blue, used for jeans, overalls, and other clothing, according to modern dictionaries.

As the Flawless.Fab team walked the festival, we were excited to be introduced to emerging stand-out brands from as far as Amsterdam and South Korea like the duo team Atelier & Repairs from LA, and the designer Moon Heemin with ITS Group from S. Korea to home grown denim consultants like the Godmother of Denim.

Larger, more established brands and names were represented as well too, like Madewell, and the collection by Michael Strahan.

Wall to wall makers and creators, proud of their designs, swooned as multitudes of attendees experienced their work. Swonne’s Katie Golinczak offered us insight into the creation of her brand, and learning about the development of the brand and her inspirations intrigued us.

A native of Surrey, England, Katie has a Master’s Degree in Men’s Fashion Design, and after fifteen years of working in denim and menswear with the likes of Ralph Lauren, John Varvatos, DKNY, Levi’s, Paul Smith, John Galliano and Vivienne Westwood, Katie established her own remarkable design label SWONNE. It’s contemporary, season-less, essential denim pieces are designed for comfort, durability and timelessness. 

A native of Surrey, England, Katie has a Master’s Degree in Men’s Fashion Design, and after fifteen years of working in denim and menswear with the likes of Ralph Lauren, John Varvatos, DKNY, Levi’s, Paul Smith, John Galliano and Vivienne Westwood, Katie established her own remarkable design label SWONNE. It’s contemporary, season-less, essential denim pieces are designed for comfort, durability and timelessness. 

She says ,

denim is an ageless material that transcends generations and plays a significant role in every-man’s lifestyle.

Katie

She’s right! Her debut collection for Spring/Summer 2019 shows that. 

It’s a learning curve, for sure, getting to know the intricacies of this fabric, its impact on the environment, the advances in technology and all the new things that are happening within this industry, but New York Denim Days helped with that. Popping into the Denim Days Talks educated the masses about the ins-and-outs of the industry, and our brief talk with Peter van Rhoon, author of Book of Denim reminded us about the passions creatives have, and the joy they feel when they wear something cool. Another one of our favorite talks was Look Good. Do Good. Feel Good by Abrima Erwiah from Studio 189, the African Fashion Collective.

All in all, Flawless.Fab posits that ‘hey, there might be more to this denim thing than just your granddaddy’s hardcore blue jean overalls.’

 Rock on Jake Owen!  

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