Welcome to Whoosh, Hointer’s new blog! Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be featuring our “Brands of the Day,” showcasing some of our favorite jeans from around our store. To kick things off, I’d like to share a little bit about James Jeans and their awesome modern take on the classic straight leg jean.
On a break from work the other day, Hointer Designer Dan and I went down to Gasworks Park in Northern Seattle. He snapped some pics of me in the James Jeans Orcas Island, the most comfortable pair of pants I’ve worn to work in a long time.
I’ve long been on a quest for the perfect pair of straight-leg denim, but nine times out of ten, they either look great, or feel roomy enough to move. I’ve been hard-pressed to find both, and I’m usually willing to sacrifice comfort for good looks. I love James Jeans because they feel stylish and comfortable at the same time.
Founded in 2004 by James and his wife, designer Seun, James Jeans takes the classic cuts that have always worked well and brings them up to date, making them simultaneously more comfortable and more stylish. Freakishly flattering, these are the jeans that your wife, or your girlfriend, or that cute barista at your favorite coffee shop, want you to wear, and are so comfortable that you’ll want to wear them too. Made from soft organic cotton with a little elastane thrown in for stretch, James jeans are hand-brushed and “dry-aged” out in the sun, creating unique fade patterns that we think are pretty darn cool.
My favorite James jeans are the Lopez Island and the Orcas Island. Sharing the same straight leg fit, these are the type of jeans that would make any guy feel confident. I have a short, athletic build and these fit me perfectly. These are a little tighter in the thigh than your classic straight leg fit, making you look sleeker and sexier. Women love the look of a form-fitting straight leg jean because it makes your legs look longer and leaner, all while showing off your thighs and butt, things that women (my girlfriend at least) seem to really love. And these jeans are so soft I forget I’m wearing anything at all.
Whenever a pair of jeans is getting a lot of head-turns or comments from your significant other, it never hurts to get them in a few different washes. With its dark crosshatched selvedge denim, somewhere between indigo and long, the elegantly simple Orcas Island is a jean I would wear to work or a nice dinner.
The Lopez Island is a little bit edgier. The heavy fading and whiskering mirror the effects of breaking in a pair of raw (unwashed and untreated) denim by wearing them for months on end—without all the effort and discomfort of breaking in the rigid denim. A faded jean tells a story about its owner—where they have been, what adventures they have been on, and is typically a more casual look. James elevates the Lopez to near night-club territory with its dark and inky over-dye, making that story a little bit mysterious. Sophisticated and rugged, I’d wear these to a concert or a nice bar when I really wanted to set myself apart from the crowd.
Classic and masculine, James Jeans’ flattering fits are in the details. From contoured waistbands to slimmed down legs, their jeans just look and feel better. The Orcas Island and Lopez Island straight leg fits are both more fitted and more comfortable than your average straight-leg jean, making them one of Hointer’s favorite pairs.