Designer Interview: Remco de Nijs, G-Star RAW Men remco de nijs01-incl logo.jpg

We have been featuring lots of G-Star here on denimology. And when I talked to the designers, Rebekka and Remco, at G-Star’s fashion show here in NYC, the idea of introducing them to you began building up and here is what Remco de Nijs, Collection Stylist, tells us:

Q: What essential jeans should every woman/man have in their wardrobe?
A: For G-Star that’s an Arc Pant (see thumbnail below). This denim features a low crotch and straight hip, with an asymmetric tapered leg that “turns” around the human legs, thanks to twisted side seams and inseams. This creates a 3D silhouette in which the pant follows the natural shape of the leg.
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Q: What is the first pair of jeans you remember?
A: That would probably be a pair of OshKosh denim that I wore when I was around six.

Q: What is your favourite pair of jeans that you have owned and why?
: For me, that’s the Arc Pant. It’s not only a really comfortable fit but also a
completely new silhouette.

Q: How many pairs of jeans do you currently own and which ones do you wear the most?
: I think I have around 60 pairs of denim. Of course I have all the highlights from the G-Star denim collection, past and present. At the moment I mainly wear denims from the RAW Essentials program. RAW Essentials really is the top end of G-Star’s denim offering, with selvedge denim from the best Japanese looms which are washed in the finest Italian laundries. They look like vintage denim couture but have a lot of high tech details. There’s an Arc Pant and a Lumber Pant in the RAW Essentials program which I wear a lot.

Q: Which is your favourite jeans shop?
: Tenue de Nimes in Amsterdam.

Q: Who is your current favourite denim icon. I am thinking the person who has the most denim style?
A: Pierre Morisset, G-Star’s head designer. He has his own style when it comes to denim and isn’t afraid to experiment, while keeping the heritage of the denim in mind.

Q: Which person living or dead would you most like to see in a pair of your jeans?
A: Steve McQueen, one of the coolest and most authentic actors ever.

Q: Having previewed lots of jeans companies, I still think that G-Star has one of, if not THE, most forward collection. As I told you when we met at Fashion Week, I was impressed by G-Star’s vast choice of exciting jeans and denim pieces. What is your explanation?
A: G-Star has a few pillars on which our designs are based. These are traditional tailoring, craftsmanship, innovation and functionality, among others. This results in various denim fits, silhouettes, washings and details, so we can offer a very broad choice range.

We will follow up with Rebekka Bach, G-Star’s designer responsible for the women’s collection.