Cofounder at JeanStories.com, Jane Herman Bishop, is in L.A. to celebrate the city’s denim designers and culture at a special dinner. L.A., of course, is where some of the country’s—really, the world’s—most directional jeans are conceived. The ultra-skinny? Thank you, J Brand. The boyfriend? We could tell it was going to be huge when, back in 2008, everyone who saw Current/Elliotts hanging on a rack in the Vogue offices had to have a pair. When Jane and I worked at Vogue together as fashion writers, we were lucky enough to witness firsthand the rise of designer denim, and it’s safe to say the best pairs were coming out of L.A.
Of course, the city’s fashion isn’t just about jeans. Some of our favorite designers are there making other amazing things: Jennifer Meyer, a native Angeleno, creates very chic and personal jewelry; Scott Sternberg gives wit and humor to everyday dressing at Band of Outsiders; and Greg Chait of The Elder Statesman, simply put, makes the most beautiful and imaginative cashmere pieces around.
These folks, cohosts of tonight’s event, also happen to have really good denim style, which Jane, on a recent trip out West, took in for our site. We also talked to model Frida Gustavsson, who’s currently sojourning in Venice Beach, to tell us all about her latest love, a pair of ’90s-style Acnes.
At Jean Stories, we see denim as a way into people’s lives, their histories. What struck us about Jen, Scott, Greg, and Frida is just how different their stories and their denim are. Jen’s Current/Elliotts have seen the streets of Paris, as well as the delivery room. Greg has a secret way of tailoring his Levi’s 505s. Scott’s Band of Outsiders jacket reminds him of Penthouse 29 at Chateau Marmont. And Frida likes to skateboard around Venice in her oversize Acnes. But there’s one thing they all agree on, and that’s the fact that life in L.A. and wearing denim go together. And that makes for a lot of great stories.