Style Spotlight: Dejour Denim
If you saw my Instagram post, you'll already know that I have big love for this Melbourne company. Dejour Denim doesn't look like much from the outside, and the first time I went there I only avoided missing it altogether because there was a queue out the front!
Although it's small and definitely not as much of a hidden gem as it used to be, the jeans are still totally worth it. Dejour used to source its denim from the Australian textile mill Bradmill which is sadly no longer in operation so they've had to look offshore (disappointingly there are no denim textile mills in Australia!). However I spoke to the owner, Nam Huynh (who has been making jeans for over 20 years!) earlier this week, and was assured that they still maintain the upmost integrity in sourcing the denim and keeping it all above board, with everyone receiving a fair wage and no one subjected to exploitation at any point in the production process.
Basically you can get a pair of jeans, shorts or a skirt in a variety of colours, sizes and designs. The real pull for me is the complete customisation on offer; you can have rips, flares, fringe and loads of other alterations at your choosing. Pictured is a high waisted black denim skirt that I took right off the shelf a couple of years ago, and my more recent purchase of jeans which I had slight alterations to and a raw hem on the ankles. This is all done onsite, and you could pretty much watch if it wasn't so busy! Oh and have I mentioned how affordable they are!? You're looking at $60 TOPS. Ethical denim that doesn't cost the Earth OR your bank account. YES. PLZ.
First Timer Tips! If you can, I highly recommend going during the week. Weekends are suuuper busy. I found going mid-week much better as the staff have a bit more time to assist you and you don't have to wait as long for the alterations (if you're having any). This is also definitely a place where you have to ignore the bustle around you and make SURE you're getting exactly what YOU want because you're paying for it and it's worth taking the extra 5 minutes in the change rooms than feeling rushed and not getting what you like in the end. Ifyou do end up going on the weekend, bring a tag-team partner so you can wander down to Green Refectory (THE best brunch on Sydney Rd) or bring a book!
Big love and thanks to Lexi for taking pics and finding a conveniently placed chair prop.