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5 Minutes with J Brand’s Head of Women’s Design

I may be partial to DL1961's four-way stretch, but color and patternwise, it's pretty near impossible to top J Brand's selection this season. To boot, their partnership with Christopher Kane is still going strong and they recently debuted a stellar ready-to-wear line. I spoke with Mary Pierson, the brand's head of women's design, to get her take on what the all-flattering jean is, what makes J Brand unique, and more.

The Fashion Spot: Is there a cut and wash that works particularly well for most body types?

Mary Pierson: A dark wash pencil leg or mid-rise cigarette leg work for all body types.  

tFS: Thoughts on head-to-toe denim? Any way to make it look good?

MP: I think it’s fashion forward and modern if worn in simple silhouettes and different shades of denim.

tFS: What is it about working with Christopher Kane that you find so appealing?

MP: It's the only collaboration that we've done that has lasted more than one season; it has been a year now and we love working with Christopher and his collections are unpredictable and so creative from season to season.

tFS: There are so many jeans out there, what makes yours different?

MP: Our fit! No matter the style, our jeans fit impeccably and flatter the body.

tFS: Do you wear denim everyday?

MP: 99% of the time!

tFS: What do you wear when you're not in denim?

MP: Our leather, our stretch twill, or a bathing suit hanging out by the pool.

tFS: Tips for men looking to dress up denim for a night out?

MP: Keep it dark and slim, and pair with a slim cut blazer or leather jacket.

tFS: Why now for RTW?

MP: The time was just right. We knew our customer was ready for more than just jeans from us.

tFS: Do you find that there's a difference in the popular jean styles in LA vs NY?

MP: Very little.

tFS: Are there any jean styles that will never go out of style?

MP: The Dark Wash Skinny and our Lovestory Flare – different silhouettes but iconic J Brand fits.

tFS: One luxury item you're dying for?

MP: A week on a secluded beach with white sand and turquoise calm water — no phones and no computers!