The Perfect Pair: A Look Into den.m bar
SwagSyndicate: Tell us a little bit about yourself and the conception of den.mbar.
Derek Yip: den.m bar has 4 partners: Richard Wang, Derek Yip, Steve Chiang, and Kelwyn Yung. This concept percolated for a long time and we just never got around to it. Then we saw a really cool inspiration in New York called 3×1 and decided that there was nothing like that here in Los Angeles. One of our friends specialized in pant construction and denim construction, so we thought we should try and do something similar.
SS: Any plans on expanding to other cities?
DY: Once we feel we’re ready to branch out into another market, we would probably pick either San Francisco or New York.
SS: Can you break down the process for someone to get their own pair of jeans?
DY: CUSTOMIZE & PERSONALIZE:
When you set up your appointment ahead of time or just walk in, you’ll meet with one of our experienced tailors who will take you through the process of designing your very own jean from beginning to end. Here, we begin the fabric selection process where you’ll choose not only the type of denim but also the color and any additional accessories (pocket lining, sewing thread color, zippers, buttons….your imagination’s the limit!).
Or, you can skip all that and use our base models we have on hand. We offer everything from super strong (and a bit rough) Cone denim, made in North Carolina, to soft and stretchy denim from Kurabo, Japan. If you don’t see what you’re looking for in-store or online, just let us know and we’ll do our best to get our hands on whatever it is you seek.
CREATING A MEASUREMENT PROFILE:
We first start with a comprehensive set of measurements from your waist and hip size to the circumference of your ankles. (If you have your own favorite pair that’s seen better days, bring it in and we’ll create a one-off pattern from your original pair to ensure a perfect fit.)
Once you select the fabric you want, we then chalk and cut the patterns by hand to make your own individual pair. It takes up to 19 different pieces, cut one at a time, to make your jeans. The pieces are then given to our master sewers who put it all together.
We promise a turnaround time of 2-3 weeks
SS: What kind of customization options do you offer?
DY: You can pretty much customize anything den.m bar. You can customize your fabric, pocket lining, buttons, zippers, cuffs, extra pockets, custom tags, the skies the limit!
SS: How long should someone expect it to take to get their completed pair?
DY: On average it takes 2-3 weeks from the initial fitting to the jeans ready for pickup.
SS: How much should someone expect to pay when planning on getting their pair?
DY: Our handcrafted customizable denim starts at $255 which includes a 30 minute private consultation, a comprehensive measurement profile, extra fitting session to ensure your custom jeans fit you the way you want, and complementary options for you to customize your jeans.
SS: What has been the general reaction by customers?
DY: All our customers love the final product as what we create for them fits them perfectly. Not only that, they love how they can basically pick and choose what they want when we create their custom jeans.
SS: What other types of products do you offer?
DY: Besides custom jeans, we also offer ready to wear jeans, custom denim bow ties, ties, and wallets.