A Denim Story: Inspirations from Bellbottoms to Boyfriends
By Samuel Trotman

Original Current/Elliott founders Emily Current and Meritt Elliott release their new book, A Denim Story: Inspirations from Bellbottoms to Boyfriends.

Mar 25, 2014


Emily Current and Meritt Elliott, the original creators of Current/Elliott, enter the next chapter of their denim career with the release of their book, A Denim Story: Inspirations from Bellbottoms to Boyfriends.

While it has been more than a year since the stylist-turned-designer duo departed their namesake label, Emily Current and Meritt Elliott have still been busy keeping their hands blue with the release their new denim book. With the help of  photographer Hilary Walsh, the hardback entitled, A Denim Story: Inspirations from Bellbottoms to Boyfriends is the girls’ ode to the fabric that formed the backbone to their careers.

Throughout the 160+ glossy pages of smoldering indigo imagery and insightful text you will discover and indulge in everything and anything the trio find inspirational and charming in denim. Driven more by vintage imagery and Hilary’s stunning photography, the book acts offers a visual narrative of the history of blue jeans, as seen on fashion icons past and present. Inside you will find handpicked personal favorites from the designers, like a black-and-white photo of Marilyn Monroe flexing her muscles, as well as lost classics of denim icons like Cher, James Dean, Patti Smith and of course the legendary couple forever flares, Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg. The book is available now so pick up your copy from Amazon or your nearest Anthropologie store.

To give you a bit more of a teaser, below are a few excerpts from some of our favorite chapters in the book:

Excerpt from the “Out in the Trailer” chapter

The idea of life in a trailer recalls a feeling of adventure and resourcefulness. Much like our childhood favorite, the Boxcar Children novels, we envision a life of fantasy in a forest, where dressing up and daydreaming feel indulgently youthful and entirely magical. We enjoy the challenge of making the best of something with limited resources— from finding treasures in thrift stores to mending a torn knee with a found needle and thread.

Excerpt from the “Boyfriend” chapter

In our own personal denim story, the notion of a boyfriend jean has been quite pivotal. We borrowed and stole our boyfriends’ and dads’ jeans — pulling them low on our hips and rolling them at the ankle to become our own. This baggy favorite has weaved its way through history and into our own lives. We love that it feels and looks easy, and is comfortable and feminine in the most endearingly boyish way.


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