Look Who We Fell In Love With When Searching For The Perfect High-Waist Jean
I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of cropped jeans. I want full length, and never too tight! My favorite style since many years has been a Wrangler Western Cowboy Cut, probably at least four decades old (you can find them on eBay, search for the style 14MWZWK).
I don’t think I’ve bought new-new jeans in years, but I recently stumbled upon a style that caught my interest. Vivien Ramsay used to be Design Director at Levi’s but now has a studio on the northern coast of the Philippines. It’s a vertical workshop, meaning design, patterns, sewing, dyeing and printing are all done there, overseen by Ramsay. Her Standard Jean is a product of years of denim experimentation. The perfect high waisted, straight leg jean, like the 501 improved.
I asked my beautiful best friend Lina try them on when we were in Los Angeles a few weeks ago. The inseam is extra long, so that anyone can cut them to their perfect length. They must have been like 4o inches, no one can possibly have legs that long! and it felt a little wasteful, but the fit was great and I think these unwashed jeans will age with such grace.
And I’m so inspired by Ramsays work. She harvests her own dyes and uses botanical color from such things as indigo flowers, almond leaves, ginger, and coffee musk to create her palette. Natural fibers such as wool, cashmere, silk, hand-woven silk lace and cotton jersey are the backbone of her designs and the almost experimental layering of color on these fabrics makes each piece slightly unlike any other.
Check her out here and follow her on Instagram here. Buy the jeans here and note: Lina’s also wearing the perfect black top by Baserange, also available via Kindred Black, our favorite eco-luxury destination.
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