We like to rock jeans all year long, but it's always tough to make the seasonal switch: Invariably, we've got a whole lot more options for January then June. If you're like us and are jonesing to fill your warm-weather jean fix, we've got the goods on a whole new line that'll get you from casual Fridays to a beach-side BBQ without any summer sweltering. Enter NYC line RESIN, the brainchild of F.I.T. grads Chantel Valentene and Durango Adams (hippie parents, anyone?), who teamed up with the former president of Paper Denim & Cloth, Chris Gilbert, to create a line inspired by their affinity for fit and vintage craftsmanship. And if you were getting a lil' confused, the name doesn't reference marijuana (though there's some righteous stone-washed offerings), but rather the chemical process that makes jeans softer and shinier. There's a shit-ton of styles for every type of denim gal: We love the Freja tomboy shorts in marble ($88) or the Aslan Zip ($148) with some sexy zippers up the side that will be repeat-offenders for late-night shimmying. Our very fave may be the Catalyst skinnies ($138), in off-white, just right for Memorial Day cocktails. When we asked Barneys New York CO-OP denim buyer Meisha Jones, she had to agree: "It's such a refreshing new way to do a white jean--it looks like you brushed your favorite jeans with white paint, but it still feels soft enough to wear." If you're in a jeans jam, get thee to CO-OP to scoop a pair or three--just don't blame us if you get a contact high.
We're gettin' you all set up for your summer denim day-and-night needs with a pair of shorts andsome skinnies. We've had a pair of A.P.C.'s that we've lived in since high-school. Comment on this story and tell us about your oldest pair of jeans and the adventures you've had in 'em and the raddest response wins both the cool cut-offs and the slammin' skinnies.
Available at Barneys CO-OP, 116 Wooster Street (between Prince and Spring streets); 212-965-9964.