Learn The Dueling Denim Philosophies Of A Truly Artistic Couple

Simone Joseph and Bo Joseph.

SJ: "Private Art Advisor."

BJ: "Artist."

What were your first pair of jeans?
SJ: "White slim, straight-leg jeans by Gloria Vanderbilt with a black swan logo on the back pocket, probably in the seventh grade in Kansas City, MO."

BJ: "Super hard Levi's or Lee jeans, not sure which because I was four or five years-old. I think I remember them only because they were so painfully stiff and as rough as sandpaper."

What are you wearing?
First look SJ:"Black Express jeggings with an ocean-blue blouse by Blue Rain. Black wedges by Lanvin."
Second look SJ: "Blue Genetic jeans with a navy-blue, silk blouse by a French boutique called Maje. Nude pumps by LK Bennett."
First look BJ:"My blue cardigan sweater is by Jack Spade, the white V-neck T-shirt is by Calvin Klein. Socks by Muji."
Second look BJ:"Black jeans by Banana Republic and a pink dress-shirt was by J. Crew. The black blazer is by Helmut Lang."

How many pairs of jeans do you own?
SJ: "Twenty-four, but there could be more tucked away."

BJ: "Eighteen or so, if you count the green, gray, and yellow ones, too."

Do you have a preferred philosophy when it comes to jeans: Sexy and skinny, or loose and comfy? 
SJ: "Definitely sexy, and they must fit and show my figure."

BJ: "In my studio, I prefer jeans to be a bit more roomy, so I can be more flexible. Everywhere else, skinny, though I don't like them tight."

Used or new?
SJ: "Always new."

BJ: "I always buy new jeans and them wear them out, eventually retiring them to be used in the studio."

What's your signature wash...or does it matter?
SJ: "I like them all."
BJ: "No particular wash, but after that traumatic early childhood experience, I prefer them on the softer side."

What's your favorite way to wear your jeans and with what?
SJ: "Always with heels. Except when I wear them with flats or boots."

BJ: "On my legs and with a hint of irony."

If your jeans had a name or theme song, what would it be? Or do they?
SJ: "My husband says either "American Woman" by the Guess Who or "La Vie en Rose" by Edith Piaf."

BJ: "'River Man' by Nick Drake."

Favorite example of celebrity-jean wearing (i.e., Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA album cover). 
SJ: "Cheryl Crow."

BJ: "Robert Redford."

What do you love most about your favorite denim pieces? 
SJ: "I feel sexy and confident in them."

BJ: "I don't have to over think them."

Photographed by Kava Gorna. Casting by Megan Delaney.

More from Fashion

R29 Original Series