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J Brand Reworks Deadstock Denim with Designer Kozaburo Akasaka

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J Brand has teamed with Tokyo-born, New York-based designer and LVMH Special Prize winner Kozaburo Akasaka for a sustainable denim capsule collection.

The J Brand x Kozaburo collaboration for Spring ’19 is based on restructured denim styles made with archival J Brand deadstock denim.

For the limited-edition, five-piece collection, Akasaka reworked J Brand fan favorites, including the Joan crop, the Ruby cigarette and the Wynne straight leg. The jeans are updated with additional seams, contrast top-stitching and exposed zippers. Other design details include frays, tears, exaggerated thread detail and shapes.

Highlights include the Iris high-rise cropped cigarette with an all-over graffiti-inspired stamp print, and the Jolene high-rise cropped cigarette with asymmetrical hems and unfinished red threads adorning the waistband.

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The five styles—Iris, Mallory, Sapphire, Jolene and Penny Lane—are each named after heroines from Akasaka’s favorite films, songs and stories.

This is the first capsule collection that Akasaka has designed specifically for women. The designer is known for being influenced by ’90s Japanese streetwear and music subcultures. In a statement, Akasaka said using deadstock jeans allowed him to give jeans a “new life and persona by deconstructing and draping” and propose “a new vision of sustainability and American jean styles.”

The collection is available globally and retails for $428-$498.