Wear Denim for a cause – Jeans guide for Jeans for Genes Day

Editor: Keanu Adorable

This Friday marks the 20th anniversary for Jeans for Genes Day, a national fundraiser/children’s charity, which raises money for the care of children and families who are affected by genetic disorders. It first became a national appeal in 1996, where millions of people across the UK make a small donation to wear their jeans to work and to school and has since then raised more than £35 million. Money that is raised are then distributed through the Jeans for Genes Grant Programme for care services for children and information and support for families.

Quick facts:

  • 1 in 25 children in the UK are born with a genetic disorder – that’s more than 30,000 babies diagnosed each year.
  • There are more than 6,000 genetic disorders

Celebrity supporters this year include, Kate Moss, Nicola Roberts, Lorraine Kelly, Coleen Rooney, among many others.

Friday 23rd September 2016

wear denim on Friday 23rd September 2016!

We here are Clothes Make The Man believe that it is important to do charity work, and give back to the community and those who really need help. And we think that it’s our job to make sure that you look the best on any day, especially on Jeans for Genes Day, so we have picked a couple of denim products that you might want to add to your existing wardrobe. It’s safe to say that it’s a special day to overdo denim, shocking? we don’t think so.

GAP – Original 1969 destructed vintage slim fit jeans – £54.95

GAP is the official sponsor of the event, and stores across the UK will give £1 of every blue denim sale to the charity fundraising day. We think that this specific jean is a good way to contribute but also look the part, The jean has medium indigo wash with fading, destruction and small patchwork detailing which gives that cool vintage denim look.


Nudie Jeans – Grim Tim Organic Stretch-Denim Jeans – £120

‘Rendered in Nudie Jeans‘ ‘Dark Crispy Worn’ wash, these ‘Grim Tim’ jeans look like you’ve spent years breaking them in. They are cut slim from organic stretch-denim but offer enough room to move comfortably. Make them a foundation in your weekend wardrobe.’


A.P.C. – Petit Standard Slim-Fit Dry Selvedge Denim Jeans – £135

‘Clean, classic design never goes out of style, which is why A.P.C.‘s Petit Standard jeans are perennial favourites. They feature minimal detailing and come in a slim fit, ensuring they’ll work with everything. Crafted from premium Japanese dry selvedge denim, they’ll last for years and will develop a unique patina as they break in.’


Acne Studios – Max Man Ray Slim-Fit Denim Jeans – £170

‘Well-cut denim is what Acne does best, and these slim-fitting jeans are a superb example of the label’s keen eye for detail. This dark indigo pair has been lightly washed for a pre-worn look, making it a comfortable and flattering choice. Add sneakers and a T-shirt for a simple yet stylish city outfit. ‘


GAP – 1969 icon sherpa denim jacket- £64.95

‘Cool, classic, iconic… what else can be said about this denim jacket, you’ll be kept warm with its faux sherpa lining and also look like a badass western cowboy too with the snap-flap patch pockets at chest, front welt pockets finished off with long sleeves with snap cuffs’


TOPMAN – AAA grey badged oversized denim jacket – £65

‘Enter the next evolution of AAA: a collection featuring embroidered pop culture manifestos, distressed detailing and exaggerated shapes for a unique rebellious style. The badged design and classic collar shape makes this a must have piece for this list.’


Levi’s – Trucker Denim Jacket – £90

The rough-and-ready appeal of love-worn denim is an aesthetic no fashion house does quite like Levi’s. Considered in the deepest indigo wash, this denim jacket is bound by classic details. The collared design is framed with traditional contrast stitching, buttoned cuffs and multiple chest pockets through the front – proving to be more than just another ubiquitous separate.

Final Word

If you want to know more about Jeans for Genes Day and how you can help, head on to www.jeansforgenesday.org

The Jacket that never goes out of Fashion – The Denim Jacket

M apparel 7The origins of the Denim Jacket are not only very humble but very simple, originally created for the workplace; it formed part of the overall denim uniform that was rugged and durable for the manual worker of the 18th Century. In the late 1800s, it began to become more of a part of general clothing and it became a serious part of fashion attire thanks to companies like Levi Strauss. The company began seeing success with denim jackets in the early 1900’s and never looked back.

However, although not really changing a great deal over time regarding its overall design, the denim jacket is a cultural icon and has played a key role in the overall look of many sub cultures since its conception. Whether it be the western cowboy look which is never-endingly begin interpreted and reinterpreted by brands as a source of inspiration. The British Skinhead following of the 1970’s or the Hell’s Angels Rock inspired movement. The Americana image of the 1950’s Double denim rebel made famous by James Dean in “Rebel Without a Cause” or staying with the American influence of their Redneck brethren.

Screen Shot 2013-08-21 at 11.15.16Virtually every brand on the planet today gives their take on this piece of clothing from TOPSHOP and GAP, to the daddy of Denim Levi’s and Wrangler, right the way through to Ralph Lauren and of course Calvin Klein. Many of these brands have produced unforgettable and zeitgeist advertising campaigns including Nick Kamen taking off his 501’s in the laundrette, Leigh Bowery asking, “Where’s Pepe ?” Lee’s “Jeans that built America”. But my personal favourite has to be a beautiful and rather young Brooke Shields, pondering,”You want to know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing.” This not only sent people running out to buy denim in their droves but it made Jeans SEXY !

Since this moment Calvin Klein Jeans have been knocking it out of the ball park when it comes to marketing denim, not only using Brooke Shields, but Marky Mark Wahlberg accompanied by an early appearance by Ms Kate Moss. Jamie Dornan, pre his Serial Killer tendencies in “The Fall” or even being a little too controversial and having their Ad campaign banned altogether, which only added fuel to the fire of their desirability.

For Autumn 2013 Calvin Klein Jeans have reworked the sense of structure to their traditional denim jacket and shirts. The garment’s authentic details and aesthetic features with a mixture of shapes and colours.



Fragrant Denim – Mr Black’s Garment Essentials

MR.BLACK 2We have many things to thank our antipodium cousins for, not only filling our TV channels with countless quality daytime soap operas, the cultural design greats of Ken Done and Sir Les Patterson, Sir Rolf Harris (maybe not, at time of going to press), Dame Kylie Minogue, The King Sisters and now we have a true wonder of the Southern Hemisphere, Mr Black Denim Refresh and Denim Wash

As we all know when we purchase a pair of denim jeans, they are never quite the same after we wash them, in fact, leading denim manufacturers recommend raw and dry denim not to be washed for up to six months, and minimum washing from then on. This allows the denim to develop an individual character, and with non-frequent washing it will acquire a fabulous natural look. Now, Mr Black’s Garment Essentials care range shares the same ethos, and has created unique formulas to prolong unwashed jeans.

Denim refresh is an all-in-one product designed to clean and refresh, that prevents stains from settling in your denim. Denim refresh gets to the root of the problem by attacking down the oils, surface dirt and bacteria that causes the odors in the first place. Using denim refresh extends the life of your denim by extending the time between washing and dry-cleaning. In fact the active ingredient was found used in morgues, nice.

When it comes time to washing your jeans, Mr. Black’s unique enzyme free wash, is specifically formulated to clean and help maintain the original color intensity of your dry denim and pre wash jeans. This highly concentrated denim soft wash offers unsurpassed cleaning action whilst minimizing fading, shrinkage or stretching.