5 “IF”: Donwan Harrell

Donwan Harrell is back on Denim Freaks


IF YOU COULD DEVELOP A DENIM LINE FOR A BRAND/COMPANY WHO DOESN’T HAVE ONE YET, WHO WOULD LIKE TO DO THAT FOR?

I would love to see Brooks Brothers denim, it is the oldest men’s clothier in the United States founded in 1818 as a family business providing suiting, ties, and dress shirts.

IF YOU COULD MAKE YOUR OWN EXCLUSIVE DENIM FABRIC WHAT WOULD YOU INCLUDE IN IT?

I’m a old school traditionalist so I prefer any raw , unsinged , unskewed, unsanforized selvedge denim. 

IF YOU REALLY HAVE TO MENTION YOUR FAVORITE DENIM BRAND BESIDES YOUR OWN?

I have 2 favorite denim destinations in Japan for personal clothing, Freewheelers and At Last Co. They make exact replicas of early 40’s American style clothing.

IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING ABOUT THIS INDUSTRY/MARKET, WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE?

Social media hype. I find that the general public follows individuals like lost sheep if they have strong social media presence. The days seem to be long gone when it was about true ingenuity and product craftsmanship. In the market today, if you know the right celebrity and can get your product on them, your an instant success. Nothing to do with real creative product development.

IF YOU WERE NOT A “DENIM GUY” WHAT WOULD YOU BE?

A mechanic or a Theologian.

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