Photo: Courtesy of CIE Denim — photography by Roeg Cohen
After moving to New York, Kelcie Schofield ended up landing and loving a job in fashion retail—but she was also itching to be an entrepreneur and build her own brand. Having a developed a penchant for vintage denim, she decided to create a line that incorporates details not seen on your average pair of jeans.
CIE Denim, named after the last three letters of Schofield’s first name, features vintage/reworked denim that is designed and hand-made in the city. Expertly tailored to incorporate different reclaimed pieces, the designs include eye popping patches, panels and detailing.
“I want there to be at least one really unique aspect to every piece I design,” Schofield said.
Their most popular design, the Upside Down jean (named for the sinister alternate world in Netflix’s Stranger Things) has pockets and belt loops at the ankles and a waistline made out the ankle hem. Even their more straightforward pant, like the Tyrion silhouette, has added interest with double back paneling and square back pockets.
Sustainability is also a primary factor when constructing the denim. The design process is cut and sew with no wasteful washing involved. And, other than their hardware, all of the pieces are created completely from recycled material, making every pair unique.
CIE just launched their AW19 collection, which is available on their website and Shopbop. They will also be launching at Harvey Nichols Hong Kong at the end of the month. On the heels of her first NYFW presentation for her SS20 collection, Schofield is also planning on a collaboration with prospective NYC pop-up shop Conscious Capsule.
“All brands participating are ethical and sustainable,” she said.
More about CIE Denim can be found on their website.