. . . sitting in the front row at the Balenciaga show.
- Barneys Co-op
116 Wooster Street, 212-965-9964
In the world of hip-this-instant brands, Barneys is exceptionally vigilant. Labels currently include Seven, Habitual, Marc Jacobs, Welkin, Paper Denim & Cloth, and the three J’s (Juicy, Joe’s, Joie). And odds are, deals are in the works with brands that don’t even exist. Yet. $100–$250.
. . . watching a band at Northsix in Williamsburg.
770 Lexington Avenue, at 60th St.; 212-308-0055
1 Union Square West, 646-336-8552
Diesel jeans are faded, whiskered, and have among the lowest rises in town (think Jim Morrison). The perfect choice if you’re young and hip enough to let your thong show while you’re sitting on a bar stool nursing a Brooklyn Lager. $99–$195.
. . . attending an opening at the Gagosian Gallery.
- Helmut Lang
80 Greene Street, 212-925-7214
This reclusive designer’s minimalist urban uniform includes stiff, straight-legged jeans in various washes (from worn light gray through richly dyed indigo) that are just as sharp as his fashion collections. The gold standard for the design-conscious. $160–$385.
. . . cheering for your kid’s team in Central Park.
536 Broadway, near Prince St.; 646-613-1847
750 Lexington Avenue, at 60th St.; 212-826-5957
Those less than interested in revealing what’s under their jeans (even by accident) will love the just-trendy-enough “Vintage Levi’s” collection (reissues, mostly, of old styles). There are also loads of great updated classics that don’t require Britney abs. $45–$135.
Best Jeans If You’re . . .
In The Age Of $200 Button-Flies, Your Lifestyle Determines Your Denim. Wherever You’re Going, We’ve Found What Fits.
From the 2004 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).