Situated in Southgate, Calif., is a 400,000-square-foot laundry and manufacturing facility that churns out some of the most perfectly aged and treated denim in the U.S. It’s the home of Koos Mfg., the parent company of AG Adriano Goldschmied, whose AG-ed line of vintage-wash jeans has become one of the industry’s success stories despite the current economy.
Even with price tags of $225 to $325, consumers have been drawn to the expertly laundered jeans, which are merchandised by the number of years each style looks like it has been worn in, from 1 to 25 years—sort of like a wine vintage. “It’s a simple way for the consumer to understand the washes, rather than a random name,” said Samuel Ku, design director for the brand, showing off the range at Project Las Vegas. “Our most popular wash for guys has been the 10-year, which is a great medium-vintage look.”
Unlike less-expensive competitors, the AG-ed line features 3-D whiskering, which means that the fabric itself is crinkled and raised in ridges—as denim would be through natural wear through the years. The alternative, flat whiskering, is where sanding and potassium are used to create bleached-out effects, which can often look ersatz and cheap. “It’s a new technology we’ve invested a lot of money in,” noted Ku of the 3-D effects. “It really helps emulate a true vintage jean.”
The pricey AG-ed line has grown in just one year to account for 40 percent of AG Adriano Goldschmied sales, with sell-throughs of some styles reaching 30 to 40 percent a week at retail— impressive in any economy.
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)
Discovery is collaborating with British pop artist @philipcolbert on a new line of clothing and accessories called Discovery Shark. The collection, which will launch next summer for Shark Week’s 30th anniversary, features a whimsical line of women’s and men’s bomber jackets, sweatshirts, bags and more. #wwdfashion
“I’m always a big champion of a female rapper, and I’m glad to see a new voice that feels unique and authentic that’s coming up, and I think we’re going to see more great things from her,” said @itsjeremyscott about @iamcardib, who performed at @moschino’s Art Basel Miami Beach party last night. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
@janellemonae’s “What’s Your Frequency?” room in @refinery29's #29Rooms made its debut this week at the opening of the Los Angeles art exhibit. “It’s about the ongoing conversation around mass surveillance, the weaponization of technology and cultural uniformity. My space was created so that we can come together and talk about the complexities of our humanity,” said Monáe. #wwdeye (📷: @bucknerphoto)
@pantone announced their Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet. Nearly 20 months after the musician Prince’s death, fashion is having a purple moment. Varying shades of purple appeared on spring or fall runways, from @christopherkane to @calvinklein. @gucci’s Alessandro Michele bathed his fall runway in ultra violet-colored light at one point. Pantone 18-3838 is meant to “push the boundaries of what inspires us to look upward and outward to the future.” #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)