Denim jeans are one of the world’s most widely worn wardrobe staples. First finding fame in the 1950s as a cowboy pant turned style trend, they made the jump from casual to designer in the mid 70s thanks to brands like Gloria Vanderbilt and Sasson, before becoming the glam legwear of choice in 1980 when model Brooke Shields declared her devotion to CK denim. For the New York jean scene then, it was to the delight of comfort-craving fellas and fashionistas that a new specialist store dedicated to the beloved bottom, Civilianaire, opened its doors in January. The high-end sibling of Californian label Lucky Brand, the 1,250 sq ft chicly rugged space in hip enclave Nolita comes fitted with pressed tin ceilings, vintage house lights and pegboard walls.
With not an ill-fitting trouser in sight, their uniform look pairs Japanese selvedge denim with visible golden seaming down the outer leg and zippered fly. Coming in a range of colours like black, red and cream, as well as signature hues including indigo and baby blue, Civilianaire’s collection comprises 16 slim and straight-leg styles for men and women, along with other denim apparel like jackets and shorts. There are also neutral-toned chinos, crew-neck tees, shirts in check and corduroy, and even an in-house tailoring service to make that perfect fit even better. Purses out!