LOS ANGELES — Two decades before he would go on to launch Joe’s Jeans and become one of denim’s most influential designers, Joe Dahan spent his afternoons careening around downtown L.A. on a moped, fetching dress patterns, picking up buttons and zippers, and delivering wads of cash to textile manufacturers for his older brother, Albert. “I was probably all of 14,” he says. “One time I lost an envelope with 20 grand in it.” He stares blankly, as though this were clearly the end of the anecdote.
“And?” Albert says as the two hung out recently at Albert’s L.A. office. “What happened?”
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"