HOW TO DISTRESS YOUR OWN DENIM

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"Basic" may have adapted a negative connotation in recent years, but there's no shame in seeking advice on theoretically simple sartorial conundrums. In our latest column, "Back to Basics," we're here to guide you through life's most common (and important) fashion and beauty concerns.

When I brought home my first pair of distressed jeans from the seminal pre-teen retailer that was Abercrombie Kids, I soon after showed them to my dad expecting to receive an enthusiastic stamp of approval. He loves denim, and spent much of my childhood doing yard work and other miscellaneous chores in his own pair of well-worn carpenter jeans. But rather than immediately endorsing my own store-bought holey pants, he simply said this: "You boughtthem like that?"

I haven't purchased a pair of pre-distressed jeans since. Years later, I realized my dad was right: Denim almost always looks better after years of natural loving. But if you don't have time on your side, that wear-and-tear game is easy to hack. Distressing (and tailoring) is an easy, wallet-friendly way to give a pair of tired jeans new life. I swear by this video tutorial (3.4 million views and counting!) for all of my distressing projects, but after a few tries, you'll be able to tenderly cut up your denim without any expert guidance. In the meantime, we're here to help. Here's your complete guide to D.I.Y.-ing the worn-in, ripped denim of your dreams.

What you need:
A pair of jeans 
A pen
A blunt razor blade
A shaving razor
Cutting gloves
Scissors
Access to a washer and dryer

Photo: @madewell1937/Instagram

STEP 1: MAP OUT WHERE YOU WANT THE DISTRESSING TO HIT

Put the jeans on and, with a pen, mark the areas where holes would appear naturally. That includes the knees, as well as over the front and back pockets and areas on the upper thigh. Mark two inch-long lines at the top and bottom of where you'd like your holes to be — the size your these is your choice, of course, and can be as big or as small as you see fit. When that's done, take the jeans off.

STEP 2: SET UP YOUR WORKSTATION

Place one pant leg on top of a raised box — most sturdy shoe boxes are perfect — and slide a thick magazine into the leg underneath the first spot you'll be distressing. This will keep the denim taut, and will prevent any unwanted slits and rips from making their way onto the fabric.

STEP 3: BEGIN CUTTING THE DENIM

Put the cutting gloves on. Take a (safe!) razor blade and add slits between the lines of the section you're distressing, starting at the bottom mark. Allow half an inch or so of space between each line. Stop when the slits reach the top line you marked earlier. These slices doesn't have to be perfect, but watch your fingers and — please! — be very careful. (Razor blades are no joke.) Once you've finished, move the magazine to repeat the process on all areas you want distressed. Finally, use your fingers to pull the threads of the slits apart for an even more authentic lived-in look.

This step is optional, but goes a long way in enhancing the distressing you've already done. Take a pair of scissors and trim off the top centimeter of the back pockets and the cuffs. You can also make a tiny slit in other areas of the pants — including on the hemlines and pockets, or anywhere you'd like — and take a shaving razor across the top of that slit to remove some of the cotton and coloring.

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LOUIS VUITTON MONOGRAM EMPREINTE SAINT GERMAIN BB BAG

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Small does matter – you can store less stuff, it’s and feels lighter on your shoulder, the compartments are not the same (most of the times) and more importantly, the appearance is completely different.

I am glad it is here, introducing the Louis Vuitton Monogram Empreinte Saint Germain BB Bag. The name is as timeless as the bag itself. This is a new bag released not long ago, but the fashion house has only sold PM and MM size. And today, the BB has arrived.

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It’s stunning.

It’s gorgeous.

And it’s cute.

Just compare the shape with the BB size and the PM size – they have two different appearances – the PM is rectangle while the BB size is more like squared. Which one do you adore more?

Well here’s a tip, if you are planning to purchase a mini bag, go for this one. It’s a sophisticated day-to-evening bag, with adjustable chain to make sure it’s comfortable to carry over the shoulder or on the elbow. It has two interior compartments and it’s quite roomy for a small bag.

Fall in love with the leather – the classic Monogram Empreinte Leather will never go out of trend (read more about it here: Louis Vuitton Leather Guide). Embossed with calf leather for durability.

And one more thing you should notice is that…while the BB size is smaller, but the clasp is almost as large as the PM and MM size, it feels more luxurious.

Measuring 6.7’ x 5.1’ x 2.8’ inches (L x H x W), priced at $1760 USD or €1300 euro via Louis Vuitton boutique.

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Louis Vuitton Lockme II BB

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While I wouldn’t exactly call the design revolutionary, the Lockme II BB is a couple of things. For one, it’s quite different from bags Louis Vuitton usually puts out, not exactly runway-ready nor is it something that’s covered in monogram. Not that it’s a bad thing either, I see it as a good in-between, and an option well-suited for those not into looking too trendy or too, dare I say, logo-ed.

Measuring some 22 cm across (it is the smallest in its family of bags, and which also explains the added letters BB on the end), it’s made of soft calf leather and comes with duo slings, one, a long leather one that can be length-adjusted and/or removed, the other, a metallic chain sling that you can use like a top handle (or leave it as a form of decoration).

On the inside, you’ll find compartments galore, from smartphone pockets to those you can slip cash or receipts into, within a textile tone-on-tone interior (in other words, it will be the same colour both inside and out). Priced at SGD3100 (it is full leather, after all), you’ll find it in Rubis (shown above), Rose Ballerine (a really soft pink) orNoir.

And if you like what you’re seeing but wish for it to be bigger, there’s also a largerLockme II which comes in at about 28 cm across, both of which are now available at Louis Vuitton boutiques in Singapore for your kind perusal.

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LOUIS VUITTON LOCKME II BB BAG

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The Louis Vuitton Lockme II BB Bag is here to impress us all! 2015 is a year of change, and it’s also a great year for the luxury house that started it all, with their fresh take on a favorite. Crafted in only the best natural soft calf leather, the bag has a silhouette that’s on-point and relevant, making it a hot item amongst classic bag lovers and daring fashionistas.

Measuring 8.7’ x 5.9’ x 2.4’ inches, this piece is adorned with beautiful metallic pieces and even comes with a removable and adjustable shoulder strap. Really versatile, indeed! It has two press buttons on the side and great interior functions, which include two separate inside compartments, one inside open pocket and two smartphone pockets. If want it organized, then you better get one of these!

Priced at $2,280 USD or €1,650 EUR, you can get your very own Lockme II BB Bag via Louis Vuitton online boutique.

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Louis Vuitton Noe BB Damier Azur Replica Handbag Review

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It’s summer and this is the perfect time for wearing a backpack style handbag such as the Louis Vuitton Noe BB purse. This bag is perfect for casual days in the city or spectacular moments on a perfect holiday. Even though its size is pretty small, it is a very spacious and functional LV purse. As soon as I realized this I knew that I must have one so I ordered a Louis Vuitton Noe BB Damier Azur replica bag online. The knockoff came in the mail last week and since then I have been wearing it daily. Until now I can honestly say that I adore this LV handbag.

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I like the fact that it is not flimsy and light as most Louis Vuitton replica handbags. It is made from a sturdy and thick canvas that feels very authentic and durable. This very good quality canvas allows the bag to stand tall even when it is empty. It doesn’t bent or make any creases. This is how an actual LV bag keeps its shape when it isn’t filled. Low quality replica purses do not maintain their shape so it is very important to check the quality of the canvas before you submit the order.

Another thing you should check closely at a Louis Vuitton Noe BB Damier Azur replica handbag are the trimmings. The authentic purse has a brown seal on the sides of the cowhide trimmings so this is what you want to find on your fake LV. The low quality knockoffs have a red lacquer finish on the edges. This was used many years ago on the old styles of authentic Louis Vuitton bags.

A Louis Vuitton Noe BB Damier Azur replica handbag should have a yellow gold hardware and each metallic piece should have the brand’s name or logo engraved. This version of the LV Noe BB comes with beige leather on the belt, upper side, bottom and outer sides. Basically, where’s a trim there is a strip of leather. The closing system of this purse is represented by a smooth string that you pull to close the bag. And do not forget to check the stitching of the Noe BB LV fake bag. This should be even, straight, without any loose threads and in a discrete yellow, not in a bright one as the poor quality replicas usually have.

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The inside of the Louis Vuitton Noe BB Damier Azur replica handbag is as simple as it gets. There are no compartments, no flashy pockets, tags or lining. Just like the authentic purse is.

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Louis Vuitton W BB Totes In New Colors

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The Louis Vuitton W BB tote is no stranger to us, it has been released in the beginning of 2014, around the month March. But what really caught our attention to re-write this bag, is because of the colors that have been introduced for the new season.

So which shade do you like? I am crushed by the color Magnolia, which is in my opinion as pink as a mini bag can get. The Louis Vuitton W Tote is famous for its monogram prints on both wings, but what’s you must also love (and we too), is the fact that is crafted with beautiful Veau Cachemire Calfskin Leather. You see, it’s recently that Louis Vuitton is designing handbags made from leather, and if you didn’t know yet, the original Speedy Bags are made from plants.

READ: Louis Vuitton Leather Guide

READ: Street Snaps: Louis Vuitton W BB Tote

The Louis Vuitton W BB Tote is made to impress, the bold and sharp colors make anyone stand-out from the crowd. It comes with a shoulder strap, but its optional to carry by hand, elbow, shoulder or even cross body if you want. The interior features a zipped pocket and double smartphone pocket, measuring 11’ x 7.5’ x 3.9’ inches, priced at $3950 USD or €2680 euro’s via Louis Vuitton boutique.

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