Q/A With Triarchy - Adam Taubenfligel

Triarchy denim was created by two brothers and a sister {see image above}, who grew up riding motorbikes and horses while exploring the world. Their goal was to create a pair of jeans that could keep up with an adventurous lifestyle. Jeans that are durable enough to ride horses and motorbikes in but that can take you through to dinner on the town as well. In short, the holy grail of denim.

This is Triarchy – a lifestyle brand that will keep up with whatever you want to do and make sure you look good doing it. Where durability, fit, style and comfort come together in a hell of a partnership.

The siblings continue to grow and build the brand daily, as they pursue the craft of making the perfect jeans. To accompany their denim growth the trio also build Triarchy custom vintage inspired motorbikes and equestrian saddles.

It’s all about the journey at Triarchy, not the destination.

Triarchy denim, motorbikes and saddles.
One leg at a time.. and enjoy the ride.”

Q: What are your trend predictions for next year?
A: We’re finally starting to see a flare leg being worn by real women, not just in editorials. It’s been “trending” for a while but to see it in action is nice. That, and tastefully destroyed denim I think are going to be on the upswing more and more.

Q: We already own skinny, super skinnies, and boyfriend jeans. What will be the next big style?
A: I don’t think the skinny will ever go anywhere, and there’s no reason why they should. Same goes for the boyfriend. I’m a hybrid of the skinny and boyfriend jean for the next big one. Like a relaxed, but still skinny, slouchy “mom” jean. It makes sense in my head anyway. We’ll make one and show you.

Q: In terms of denim, do you have any new materials in mind?
A: We stay pretty true to the denim we use. Vintage look and feel but always with stretch, albeit, nothing too soft. We’re in the denim business after all, so we want our denim to look and feel like denim. {note from the editor: I couldn’t agree more}

Q: Do you believe 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: I think it’s personal to the wearer but I will say that I have seen some stretch denim lately that is way too extreme, it stops being denim at some point. I think the key is authentic look and feel with just the right amount of stretch. I don’t know many women that want to wear rigid selvedge denim on a day to day basis. Stretch selvage however…that’s a different story.

Q: Will printed jeans come back again in the next few years?
A: I think prints are great for Holiday and with a print the possibilities really are endless so it’s a great way to always be able to add newness to the brand.

Q: What are your predictions for the men’s denim?
A: I think men’s denim will go more deconstructed as well. Hopefully never to the lengths we’ve seen in the past, but deconstructed like patch and repair with different washed patches, paint splatter, that kind of thing I’m loving lately. We all have dark blue, so the key here is finding tastefully destroyed denim that still looks and feels high end.

Q: Do you believe in stretch jeans for men?
A: We absolutely believe in stretch denim for men.
We build Triarchy Motorcycles as well, so for us denim has to have a bit of stretch. If we’re going for a ride we don’t want stiff denim cutting into us all day long and then bagging out when you get off the bike.
We apply the same mentality to the women’s line, we also design saddles and we’ve lived our lives riding horses so the same has to apply to riding horses as is does to motorbikes.

I know some will say 100% cotton is the only “authentic” way to go with denim but if the technology is available to give us the best of both worlds why not take advantage of it?

Q: What is your personal favorite denim style and why?
A: Lately I love an indigo slim leg with a nice vintage wash. Bit of brown tint. Not too much so that you can’t still dress them up, but a wash that your daily wear starts to compliment over time.

Having said that I also love taking a crisp pair of indigo jeans and wearing them until they look like the above described…so that in time it looks like a pair of jeans Indiana Jones has been wearing for a couple years. It sounds cliche but every crease and fade and rip really does tell a story of somewhere I’ve been.

Q: Which person living or dead would you most like to see in a pair of your jeans?
A: Male: Young Paul Newman. Although old Paul Newman would do just fine as well.
Female: Charlotte Casiraghi

Q: Where do you see the brand in 5 years?
A: In 5 years time I see stand alone stores and spaces in multi-brand retailers internationally where you would really be able to get a feel for the Triarchy lifestyle.

We need a space to have our denim, apparel, motorbikes and saddles all under one roof. This plan features heavily on our 5 year road-map and we’re working tirelessly until we can see it become a reality.

Triarchy is just now starting to expand beyond only making jeans. We featured looks from the full collection concept in our “Camp Triarchy” Runway Show this season and are expanding this line as we speak.

Having said that, denim will always and forever be our backbone. Everything we make is made to wear with a pair of jeans.

Q: What special “denim advice” you would like to give to our readers?
A: Denim advice…..Laugh in Denim. Love in Denim. Live in denim. Ride in Denim.

Q: And last, but not least – is there anything else you would like to add for our readers:-)

Triarchy is my brother, sister and I. Mark, the eldest, builds our motorbikes, and handles the business end. I design and oversee denim production, beautiful sister Ania is the equestrian and saddle designer {note from the editor: and their prized super model!}.

Being true to everyone with what we do and who we are is very important to us. We’re a family that has a serious passion for what we do and we love sharing our story through the things we make.