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Early Harvest

By Laura E. Alvarez

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Clothes Story, here! It’s an early harvest for Fall style. People. If you are not back to school this Fall, then you still need to dress for the harvest. The harvest? Yes, you don’t just get a fresh start if you are starting classes again. You get a fresh start with the harvest. It’s harvest time all over the world this Fall. You planted those little precious seeds last spring, you watered them all summer and watched them grow beautifully. Soon, it’s going to be time to harvest those projects.  Just remember to have a nice bon fire later on where you clear your space of all the old remnants that are left from your process of creation. Yes, you get to do that, too! So many reasons for feasting.

So feast your eyes on this harvest-ready ensemble. Sun drenched scene in late summer: dry leaves on the ground, bright sky, faded wood, chaparral by the sea.

Jeans by Levi’s (wabi sabi by me). T shirt by Giant Robot. Jeans by Levi’s (Wabi Sabi alterations by me). Belt by Patagonia. Shoes by Doc Marten, part of the Pendleton Collection.

 


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Wabi-sabi

by Laura E. Alvarez

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“Emerging in the 15th century as a reaction to the prevailing aesthetic of lavishness, ornamentation, and rich materials, wabi-sabi is the art of finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in earthiness, of revering authenticity above all.” Read more here in this great article about wabi-sabi.  The idea of wabi-sabi is so close to Byron and my heart that we almost put it in the name of our blog. 

I care just as much about showing you how to patch your jeans as I care about showing you the beauty in imperfection as a way of life.  With each patch, as I lovingly choose a different shade of gray, blue or white thread the jeans become more and more beautiful.  This particular pair uses scraps from his younger son’s ripped up jeans that were all but destroyed scrambling down a rock in Joshua Tree over a year ago.  That’s the darker bits you see above.20140511-211227.jpg

These are what is left of the younger son’s jeans after snatching away many pieces for patches.20140511-211243.jpgFirst, I cut out a nice little piece from the sacrificial jeans that will cover the rip with a bit of extra space around it.
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And lastly, I admire the new patch, as it has once again changed this pair of jeans, furthering it as an artwork and example of wabi-sabi.

All denim by Levi’s.