We all know that LA is the denim capital of the world. What premium denim line isn’t from LA? Even so, LA’s vast land of denim just got a little hotter last night with the debut of Den.m Bar (during the Downtown LA Art Walk), a new retail concept now open in Downtown LA’s Historic Core. The name of the store aptly describes the first custom denim workshop to open in Downtown LA (in recent times at least) where a variety of popular denim cuts are tailored to the customer’s unique physical specificities.
I got a nice little tour of the shop and a rundown of the store’s concept from two of the co-founders (there are three), Steven Chiang and Richard Wang, who were seen busy accommodating the constant line of art walk attendees filling the diminutive space lined with denim fabric and sewing machines.
So how does all this work?
It’s pretty simple. Basically, after you choose the fit/style and fabric you want, you’ll be measured and your new pair of denim will be made-to-order with a turnaround time between 7-10 days. They even provide free shipping with each order. From Slim Tapered to Skinny Straight to just Skinny, the preferred cut can be further tailored, giving the buyer even more control of how the jeans ultimately fit.
According to Den.m Bar’s website, their “expert in-house seamstresses use the finest materials sourced from denim mills in the US, Japan, and Europe to create a pair of jeans you can hold onto for a damn long time…with free repairs for five years.” The list of denim fabrics offered at the workshop include: Kaihara Denim, Nisshinbo Denim, Cone Denim White Oak (from North Carolina), Kurabo Denim, and Canadian Denim.
Den.m Bar is located on 7th Street between Spring and Main in the Historic Core. The new store adds not only a unique shopper’s experience with customized denim, but contributes to the growing stock of new retailers opening in Downtown LA that will eventually become, I believe, the region’s premier urban shopping district.