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Perfect pairing: RE/DONE jeans + modified Margiela

Re/Done jeans Martin Margiela jumper

My best ever denim discovery was the in-house hem shortening service at the Levi’s flagship store. My second best could well be RE/DONE, the L.A denim brand that does the modifying for you.

I’m old enough to have a deep connection to Levi’s 501s, the iconic jean that hooked me in the 80s, hung on in the 90s, slightly lost us in the 00s and is back and thriving in 2015. But while the market for new or new-old is healthy, it seems there’s still a hunger for genuine, aged, lived-in Levi’s jeans, which is where RE/DONE comes in.

Founders Sean Barron and Jamie Mazur handpick the jeans from their secret suppliers, then with the expertise of their tailor, unpick the seams and restitch them into modern, more flattering cuts. It’s a labour intensive process and so a costly one, but it’s for a specific, discerning customer who wants her jeans to fit just so. In the UK, Selfridges has a selection and as you can see, the modified cut is pretty spot on. You can go for a slouchy boyfriend fit or a slimmer cigarette, or you can try the new-for-summer shorts versions (I love the loose knee-length shorts, but would rather they weren’t quite so distressed).

And to go with the RE/DONEs? I have just the thing. I’m the lucky recipient of Mr DRG’s favourite old Margiela sweater, the one that he recently grew out of, so shrunk in the wash especially for me. The resultant boiled wool effect makes it thicker and cosier, plus – bonus eco points – the leather elbow patches were added by his local dry cleaner, who upcycled them from an unloved Calvin Klein coat. It all chimes nicely with the eco-aware credentials of both Margiela and RE/DONE. Gotta love a happy accident…

ReDone jeans vintage Levi's modified with a contemporary fit
ReDone jeans and customised Martin Margiela jumper
ReDone jeans - vintage 501s modified with an updated cut

Shop RE/DONE at Selfridges here or shop the post below…

WORDS AND IMAGES: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: MARQUES’ALMEIDA, KAREN WALKER, LN-CC, RONNIE NORTHAMPTON

Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…

1. MARQUES’ALMEIDA WINS THE LVMH FASHION PRIZE

MarquesAlmeida LVMH Prize

Exciting news of the week was the announcement of Marques’Almeida as the winner of the LVMH prize. I love what these guys have done, consistently refining their raw-edged aesthetic and building their business at a steady pace. (more…)

Hot or not?

Lightweight knits for Spring

What to wear when it’s spring, sunny but chilly in the shade? I default to merino knits that are lightweight but warm and don’t pill up like fluffy cashmere. And denim of course, but I’m looking beyond just jeans to all the clever shapes that have emerged in stiff deep indigo, or gentle chambray blue.

Some of my best merino wool finds come from the men’s department, especially Reiss, whose menswear is brilliant right now, while Paul Smith menswear has lovely extra fine merinos is gorgeous colour palettes. J.W. Anderson is another find, and Vivienne Westwood’s knits are all-year perennials. I can’t not mention my favourite Sibling sweater right now, featuring Madonna in the ‘Borderline’ days. Hell yes please to that.

Denim-wise, Joseph is killing it with its structured shapes in classic sky blue – a bit offbeat but still very wearable. And MIH Jeans just gets better and better – I’m still obsessed with this kimono jacket

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGE: Bruce Weber

Perfect pairing: Levi’s 501s and fancy flats

levis 501 Repetto

Stretchy skinny jeans are out and old school boy-cut Levi’s 501s are back in a big way, if my Pinterest feed is anything to go by. I wear my 501s with as few rips as possible and I get them custom hemmed at the Levi’s store to sit just on the ankle bone. Spring feels like the right time to switch my heavy-soled Church’s lace ups for my balletic Repettos with gamine ankle ties. On top I’m thinking puff sleeved Victorian blouses or something similar from MIH jeans, Chloe or Margaret Howell.

Repettos are best worn sans socks, but then there are the many options of fancy flats cropping up everywhere which look great with fine gauge Falke socks or fluffy cashmere equivalents. My favourites are pancake flat with a pointy toe and an ankle strap or T-bar.

Miu Miu, Tabitha Simmons and Bionda Castana are on my fantasy wish list, the more bejewelled the better. Shop the edit below…

WORDS AND IMAGE: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl