By  on March 23, 2011

LOS ANGELES — Lelan Zales is making the jump from funk drummer to denim designer with his new premium jeans label Nockauf.

The former drummer of George Clinton’s P-Funk All Stars, the 52-year-old Zales decided to start designing jeans in June 2008, when he noticed the draping of his girlfriend’s pajama pants while on a vacation in Hong Kong. What he dubbed the “crazy angle” of her pants sparked an idea in his head that would later become one of Nockauf’s trademarks: an asymmetric slanted waistband.

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