Q/A With Mary Ellen Moschetti - Founder And Designer of Parker Smith

{Mary Ellen is the second smile on the left}

I had the pleasure of meeting Mary Ellen personally in the Parker Smith showroom here in NYC. An amazing and refined lady, she is full of life and spunk and totally in love with what she is doing: creating jeans for women who want to look gorgeous and elegant. She wants us to feel comfortable in her jeans without having to give up looking sexy and attention calling. Her jeans are not about being ripped, shredded or bleached. Her jeans are about fit, style and comfort.

Before going to her interview here, let me just tell you a little – or maybe not so little – fact about Mary Ellen. She is the only person that I recall ever to send me a handwritten personal thank you note for a post I had done about Parker Smith. I was stoked when I received her note in the mail. With all the things going on in her life, and a company to run, she took the time to write a personal note to me. So, can you imagine then, how much attention and care she puts into creating her jeans?!

Q: What are your trend predictions for next year?
A: For next year we believe denim will be more tailored with new wash techniques and a new take on metallics.

Q: We already own skinny, super skinnies and boyfriend jeans. What will be the next big style?
A: The next big style is trending towards a pant that has more drape.

Q: In terms of denim, do you have any new materials in mind?
A: Tencel and knit denim are the two materials we feel strongly about for the coming seasons.

Q: Do you believe in, and agree that generally women are kind of getting tired of too much stretch and are ready for more “authentic” denim, maybe even selvedge?
A: Some women might appreciate the more authentic denim, but I think it will be too difficult for most women to give up the comfort from stretch fabric that we have become so used to.

Q: Will printed jeans make a come-back in the near future?
A: My design staff feels that wash techniques that mimic prints will be the new print.

Q: What are your predictions for ripped and shredded jeans?
A: We believe ripped and shredded jeans trend will continue, but they will be more dressed up and less grungy.

Q: What is your personal favorite denim style and why?
A: My personal favorite is the skinny because it is so versatile. It can be worn with boots, booties, flats, sandals, and heels. It can be dressed up or worn casual. And contrary to what most people think, skinny jeans look great on everyone, especially paired with the perfect top and shoes.

Q: Which person living or dead would you most like to see in a pair of your jeans?
A: My first thought is my mother because that would mean that she would be here with me promoting Parker Smith. But Marilyn Monroe is a celebrity I would love to see in our jeans. She was so sexy, had a beautiful curvy body, was a bit rebellious, but yet, had such warmth and charm. Both women and men idolized her, and she looked adorable in jeans.

Q: Where do you see the brand in 5 years?
A: I would love to see Parker Smith as one of the top denim brands. Our fit is so universal and we offer a beautiful, competitively priced product. We are continually testing new fabrics and wash techniques to keep the brand on trend and pricing affordable.

Q: What special “denim advice” you would like to give to our readers?
A: Do not be afraid to invest in a beautiful pair of jeans. Fit, fabric and fashion should be three things you look for when making your purchase. Most of us have a whole rack of jeans, yet we continually go to the same 2 or 3 pairs. Why? Because we love the fit and we don’t have to “work” at wearing them. It is far more practical to spend a few extra dollars on the “right” pair of jeans because in the long run, it is far more cost effective. Get into the mindset of analyzing cost per pair. If you have chosen a beautiful fabric with great recovery, you will not have to wash your jeans after every wear because they have stretched out too much. Jeans should not have to be washed after every wear, and less washing means a longer life.

Q: And last, but not least – is there anything else you would like to add for our readers:-)
A: Please embrace your body and the person you are! Stop apologizing for your weight, your shape, and everything else you find to pick apart. Women are so beautiful, no matter what size or shape. Our bodies should be celebrated, not criticized. We spend so much of our lives finding fault with our bodies, time we cannot get back. So… go find that perfectly fitting, perfectly sexy pair of Parker Smith jeans, style them with a great top and fabulous shoes and go strut your stuff!
(note from the editor: YAY – do I ever agree with Mary Ellen on this one!!)


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