Brooklyn Magazine & The L Magazine called Williamsburg Garment Company’s designer Maurice Malone, “The Steve Jobs of Denim.” Recorded at Brooklyn Denim Company where WGC has a wide selection of men’s and women’s jeans, Designer Maurice Malone of Williamsburg Garment Company discusses his “Small Time Operation.”WGC Jeans can be found locally in Williamsburg at Brooklyn Denim Company and Bird. In other parts of Brooklyn at Bird, Wealthy Hostage and Vinnies Styles. Downtown Manhattan at Opening Ceremony and uptown at Vittone.
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Lingerie is a term used in English to refer to women's undergarments. It is borrowed from the French. In France, the term is used more generically, to refer to undergarments in general, which is actually the original usage of the word. Within most English speaking nations, lingerie is associated with garments which enhance and flatter the female figure, making the wearer seem more attractive or sexually appealing. However, they can also be designed with comfort or even modesty in mind.
The word comes from a Latin word, lineus, which means “made from linen.” Lingerie was originally made from linen or cotton. Both men and women have worn an assortment of undergarments for hundreds of years. Most of the items linked with lingerie today, such as bras and panties, are actually relatively modern, however. Most up to the 18th century was designed to provide an extra layer of insulation, or to address hygienic and modesty issues. It tended to be simple and often cumbersome in design.
In the 18th century, French courtesans started to realize the potential appeal of undergarments that were designed to titillate the viewer. Most other members of society continued to wear plain lingerie in the form of corsets, petticoats, and slips. It wasn't until the 1960s that companies started to manufacture lingerie with specifically ornamental purposes in mind, alongside more conventional undergarments.
Most modern lingerie falls into two camps. The first consists of undergarments that are designed with function or modesty in mind. Slips and camisoles, for example, are intended to be worn under overgarments. Foundation garments help to smooth the figure, while bras provide support and coverage to the chest. While many of these garments may be attractive, their primary function is to be unseen. Many nightclothes are designed to be warm and comfortable in bed or around the house, while house robes offer additional coverage. Cotton, flannel, and comfort fabrics are often employed in the creation of these garments.
The second category of lingerie is more racy. It consists of garments that are designed for show. Many ornamental corsets, fancy bra and panty sets, and nightgowns fall into this group. Short robes and dressy camisoles are also sewn with this in mind. Many of these garments can also be worn underneath regular clothing, but they appear more frequently in the bedroom, and they are intended to spark interest in the wearer. Silk, lace, and synthetics are commonly used to make this type of lingerie.
Both types of lingerie are readily available at department stores and stores which specialize in these items. Some types cannot be tried on, due to hygiene issues, so women should be certain that they know their size before purchasing garments. When looking at lingerie to buy, women may also want to consider how and when they will wear it, if the material looks comfortable, and what the care instructions involve.
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Waxed jeans, also known as waterproof jeans, painted jeans, or black-coated jeans, are denim trousers coated with paint, beeswax, or a wax glaze to create a shiny finish. The jeans were introduced in 2007 and became a popular trend in many spring and summer 2008 collections offered by most designer labels and denim brands. The style can be replicated at home using acrylic paint or beeswax on an existing pair of jeans.
This variety of jeans starts out as a pair of raw denim jeans, which are coated in a thin layer of wax glaze called a cire. After the cire is applied to the fabric, the jeans get heat-pressed with a roller, allowing the denim to absorb the wax. The dried cire creates the stiff texture, the oily feel, and the gleaming finish that characterize the trend.
As the trend became popular among consumers and fashion critics, many denim brands started adding a waxy finish to classic-cut jeans for men and women. The shimmer from the original designs was toned down to make the waxed jeans suitable for casual occasions. Though many wear them to enjoy the trend itself, the jeans are also a popular alternative to leather pants because they share the same slick aesthetic. The difference is that these jeans are more affordable and allow skin to breathe easier.
Waxed jeans can be bought at various price points, from expensive designer labels to accessible high-street brands. Despite their availability, many people choose to create their own pair at home using an ordinary pair of denim jeans. One common way to accomplish the project is by painting jeans with a layer of acrylic paint. Since acrylic paint dries quickly, this is the fastest way to get a do-it-yourself pair, but it is important that the jeans come a size or two larger than the usual because the acrylic can make the fabric shrink, creating a tighter fit.
Another way to wax jeans is to use a mixture of beeswax and raw linseed oil. Caution must be exercised while using this method because the resulting mateiral is very flammable. Beeswax should be melted with linseed oil in a double-boiler, with turpentine added to the melted solution to thin it. The solution is then brushed onto the jeans with the mixture and left to dry with a heat gun so the fabric can absorb the wax.
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Stretch jeans are a style of denim pant composed of cotton and spandex, which is a type of synthetic, elastic fiber. Jeans that contain a little bit of stretchy material look like regular jeans, but they stretch with the wearer's movements. Both men and women usually purchase stretch denim jeans because they are formfitting, yet comfortable and lightweight.
Stretch denim is a relatively new form of jean material. People have been wearing regular denimjeans for more than 100 years, ever since Levi Strauss® invented the first pair for working men. Lycra, the brand name for spandex, has been around since the late 1950s. Lycra is popular because it is actually more durable than rubber. It is only recently that spandex was integrated with denim to create stretch jeans.
Jeans that are advertised as "stretch" contain about one or two percent of a spandex material and 98 percent of a denim cotton. This tiny amount of elastic gives the denim a softer, stretchier feel. The jeans can be washed, dried and ironed just like regular denim jeans.
Most companies that manufacture jeans offer stretch jeans, usually for women and girls. Thejeans are designed to hug the wearer's body while allowing him or her to move with ease. They are priced about the same as non-stretchy jeans.
Stretch jeans also come in a leggings form. These jeans have much more spandex and less denim. They look like regular stretchy jeans, but they feel and fit like leggings. The fabric is more lightweight and form fitting. These leggings-like jeans are popular with women who want a lightweight pant.
Skinny jeans almost always contain spandex, which gives the pants a tight, yet bendable fit. This style of jean tapers at the ankles to hug the entire lower body. Skinny jeans were popular in the 1960s, 1970s, and early 21st century. Some people call this style of jean "hipster," "emo," or "rock star."
Both men and women can wear jeans with spandex. Men who prefer to wear skinny jeans are usually wearing jeans that contain spandex. Children can also wear spandex jeans.
These garments last a long time and do not show much wear due to the durability of spandex. Over time, spandex jeans can get stretched out, which is permanent. Jeans that contain elastic materials will probably be on the market for a long time due to their comfort and versatility.
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Blue jeans are a type of cottony fabric worn on the lower body. While they were originally utilized as rugged work apparel, modern blue jeans come in many brands and varieties and are often viewed as a fashion statement. Boot cut jeans are one of several styles of blue jeans. Originally used as an accessory to boots, the main feature of most boot cut jeans is a widening of the lower legs. Alternatives to this style include skinny jeans and straight-legged jeans.
Boot cut jeans have many of the same features as other jean varieties. Denim, a cotton-based fabric, comprises the greater part of the jeans. Durable thread helps hold the jeans together. Small metal fasteners called rivets help strengthen strain-heavy areas like pockets. Like most of its counterparts, the boot cut jean also comes in different styles and colors. For example, designs may be sewn into the backside or legs, or the jeans may be washed and manufactured in a way that creates a desired aesthetic effect.
The guiding difference between these jeans and other styles is the lower leg structure. While traditional jeans are fitted to lay against or close to the lower leg and ankle area, the lower legs of boot cut jeans create space between the pants leg and the actual leg. This is also known as a flared legs style because the pants flare away from the leg. Although widening typically begins at the knee or lower, some men’s styles of boot cut jeans will begin to widen at the hips.
Boot cut jeans derive their name from their original use. In certain cultural regions, boots are the preferred footwear, but individuals may find it difficult to fit a traditional jean leg around a boot. Such a task either requires stretching the lower pants leg to fit over the boot or stuffing it into the boot. Boot cut jeans eliminate this hassle by allowing the the boot to slide underneath the jeans.
Any individuals who wear bulky shoes may find boot cut jeans convenient. The trend may have actually begun with sailors, who must often use heavy boots. Some may also view the flare style as fashionable. As a result, many leading jeans manufacturers now offer boot cut style trousers. A related style of jeans, bell-bottoms, that featured extremely widened legs from the knees to the ankles became popular in some regions in the 1970s. Hip-huggers, which consisted of a wide leg bottom and a tight fit for the upper legs and hips, have also existed as a fashion trend.
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Skinny jeans can have several definitions. They may refer to very tight fitting jeans that have a tapered leg and are usually made of denim. They’re also sometimes the pants women refer to as the elusive pair of jeans they could fit into if they just lost a few pounds. The first definition is more common.
The skinny style wasn’t always seen only in jeans when it was first worn in the early 1950s. The pants had other names like pencil pants, and they were noticeably tapered to fit the leg with a very slim cut leg bottom that hugged the ankles. Such styles were worn by men and women, and were popularized by people in the rock and roll industry, in country western music and also by several noted actresses like Sandra Dee.
Since the 1950s, skinny jeans have come in and out of style, depending on the preference of the moment. In contrast to the bell-bottoms worn by many in the 1970s, punk rockers often defined themselves away from the Disco movement with tighter jeans. Both New Wavers and Heavy Metal artists in the 1980s could wear pants that closely fit the body. These weren’t alwaysjeans, and might be more similar to leggings, or were sometimes made out of leather
The slim fit was on hiatus for most of the 1990s, as wide leg or less tapered styles become more popular. In the 2000s, many people started wearing skinny jeans again, and incorporated some fairly new features from the 1990s in new skinny jean styles. These features include the use of nylon or spandex with denim, which makes the jeans stretch slightly, allowing the wearer to fit into a fairly tight pair of them. Also, the lower waist style of women’s jeans that began to be popular in the late 1990s and early 2000s is now featured in many styles.
This style of jean doesn’t flatter everyone, and is really best worn by those who are thinner than average. The tapered leg can make even medium sized hips look fairly large, and larger hips may look quite big. Wearing pants that fit well is important to showcase the wearer's figure to its best advantage, and wider leg styles are often better suited to people with medium or large hips. Fortunately, these styles often remain popular, while the skinny jean appears to come in and out of style, but isn’t worn by everyone even when it is fashionable.
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Blue jeans are denim pants that people of all ages wear. Most are made with rivets and contain front and back pockets. They can be worn for casual occasions, more formal outings, or even while working in the yard, depending on the style of the jeans and the accessories worn along with them.
The first pair of blue jeans was created in 1873 by Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis. These early bluejeans were made to be strong and durable in order to withstand strenuous work. Miners of that time wore blue jeans as dug for gold during the California Gold Rush. At first, the blue jean was sewn by women working in their homes, but eventually the riveted pants were manufactured in a San Francisco factory.
The blue jean grew in popularity as the years passed. In the 1930s, the introduction of the cowboy movie made the rugged pants popular with men of that time. Soldiers during World War II wore jeans in Europe when they were off-duty. This introduced jeans to the rest of the world. In the 1950s, American teens wore jeans during their free time since the blue jeans were forbidden in schools.
In the 1960s, hippies wore jeans in psychedelic colors and jeans that were embroidered. The 1970s brought about the bell-bottom and stonewashed jeans. In the 1980s, people ripped their blue jeans in order to make them look worn out. During this time, jeans began to rise in price as designers made designer jeans the must-have for young people everywhere. In the 1990s, hip-hop artists popularized baggy jeans.
Today, blue jeans can be purchased in a variety of styles. Consumers can buy jeans in several fits, including relaxed, classic, straight leg, and boot cut. A pair of jeans exists to fit every type of personality and body type. Blue jeans are sold in discount stores all the way up to high-end boutiques. Some people like to buy jeans in consignment or thrift stores in hopes of findingjeans at a cheaper price or with a suitably worn appearance.
Jeans are manufactured in every color of the rainbow, including the traditional blue, black, white, and dark blue. They vary in price, but some of the most expensive jeans can cost as much as $4,000 US Dollars. Today's blue jeans are suitable to wear in a variety of places, whether a person is going to the movies or a night on the town. From their humble origins as clothing for 19th century miners, jeans have transformed into stylish apparel that people around the world wear on a daily basis.
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Alex Riley thinks he's immune to brands. When it comes to fashion, technology and food brands he just goes for the cheapest and what works for him. He's convinced he's not seduced by the advertising, celebrity endorsements and hype which surrounds the big global brands. So how did that pair of Adidas trainers get in his wardrobe? And how did that can of Heinz Baked Beans make it into his shopping trolley? And why does he have a Nokia mobile phone in his pocket rather than any other make?
With the help of marketeers, brain scientists and exclusive access to the world of the superbrands Alex sets out to find out why we buy them, trust them, even idolise them. Programme created by the BBC
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Linen is one of the oldest woven fabrics in human history. Made of fibers from the flax plant, this material was once considered suitable only for royalty. Purple linen was the material for a king’s robe. The Bible mentions coverings of this material used in the Tabernacle and the Temple, and references to “fine linen” are found throughout.
This is an expensive fabric to manufacture. Flax is a temperamental plant to grow, and the quality of the finished product depends largely on the quality of the plant itself. The flax fibers are found in the stalk, which is picked by hand to preserve the fibers’ integrity — another reason flax is expensive. Separating the fibers is also a long and tedious process if performed correctly. Some flax is processed on cotton machines, but this results in a lower-quality finished fiber. Most fabric flax is grown today in Western Europe, and the finer quality linen comes from there, as well.
Good quality linen is soft and largely free of the “slubs” or small knots often associated with it. Slubs are only found in lesser quality fabric. This cloth is moth-resistant and repels dirt, as well. It can absorb and lose water quickly, and it can also help “wick” perspiration away from the skin — although sweat can damage the fabric. This quality has made it popular in hot climates, such as that of Egypt, for thousands of years.
Modern garments made from linen are expensive because of the expensive manufacturing and weaving process. However, the fabric readily accepts dye, so it can be manufactured in many colors. The material is lightweight, which makes it suitable for spring and summer wear. It looks crisp, cool and neat, even on the warmest days. Most linen can also be washed in a home machine.
This fabric is not perfect, however. One of its worst traits is the tendency to wrinkle. Sit down inlinen slacks, and horizontal creases appear across the front.
Not only is it wrinkle-prone, but ironing linen is a great deal of work. The iron must be very hot and should have a steam setting. Otherwise, the person doing the ironing will need to spritz the fabric with water to create steam. It can also be ironed damp from the washer. A light spray starch can also be used, and the material must be ironed on the wrong side of the fabric, or using a pressing cloth, to prevent shiny spots.
Although durable, linen garments should be hung in a closet, rather than folded away in a drawer. The fibers can break if folded in the same place too often. These garments also tend to soften with wear and washing, so any roughness in the fabric will usually smooth out in time.
Slacks, dresses, suits, sport coats and blazers are all common clothing items made from this fabric. However, linen was used for sheets many years ago and is still used for items such as tablecloths. It even has industrial uses for luggage and upholstery. With its versatility and beauty, it will certainly continue to be a widely-used fabric for the foreseeable future.
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Boat shoes, also known as deck shoes or top siders, have been popular casual footwear for men for decades. The original design inspiration for these shoes is believed to have been the American Indian moccasin, with its water-resistant hide, low profile and side lacing. Originally, boat shoes were meant to be worn while walking on the slippery deck of a boat. The leather uppers are treated with a water-repellent oil, and special non-skid rubber soles give the shoes adequate traction. The low profile, similar to that of a slipper or loafer, makes it easier to get in and out of the shoes quickly.
These shoes have become fashionable footwear and are considered to be less formal than dress shoes but more formal than loafers. Boat shoes suggest a casual athleticism and an eye toward style. This style of shoes can be worn with or without socks, although many traditionalists prefer a sockless appearance, perhaps stemming from the likelihood that the wearer might want to take off the shoes and go barefoot while on a boat or on the beach. Manufacturers often include removable sock pads for additional cushioning.
Some men find it difficult to decide between boat shoes and loafers for casual wear. Style experts suggest that loafers should be worn with "office casual" attire such as jeans and button-down shirts, and boat shoes should be worn with sportier ensembles that might include clothing such as khaki shorts and golf shirts or polo shirts. These shoes are considered to be a three-season item, so they should not be worn during the winter except in tropical areas that are warm even in the winter months.
Care and Cleaning
Although boat shoes are designed to withstand the rough conditions aboard a boat, they still require maintenance between wearings. A quality oil for leather should be applied regularly to the uppers to maintain their water resistance and suppleness. The insoles should be removed, sprayed with an approved shoe cleaner and allowed to air dry to prevent bacterial and fungal growth. Rubber soles that have begun to become worn away should be repaired or replaced to prevent slips on a wet deck.
Quality boat shoes are not going to be cheap, but they should last for several seasons without deterioration. Many shoe manufacturers and retailers use the terms "boat shoes" and "top siders" interchangeably, so someone who is looking to purchase a pair of these shoes should look for either description while shopping.
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