Category Archives: Across the River

#HipNJ is lucky to have the most fab neighbors on the block, and we visit what’s hot in New York City and Philadelphia!

Kingpins Show Presents: Trend

#HipNJ had the pleasure of attending Kingpins exclusive fashion presentation in NYC, Denim Trends, for their S/S 2019 season! The event featured an installation of garments using in-season fabrics, and we were nothing short of impressed at all the gorgeous looks we could find!


A view of the simultaneously gorgeous & edgy setup.

Boutique Bazaar: The spotlight on the Middle East that drove last season’s fascination with re-worked Arabic typefaces further evolves this season to drive a more sophisticated, sun-bleached desert-inspired summer story. Time-worn textiles marry with ultra-faded indigos, cementing this as the season’s true vintage denim theme. Explore authentic artisanal crafts and techniques including border prints, Islamic geometric, hand-loomed blanket stripes & tufted surfaces.”

Shirt: Aruind, Pants: Cazik

Summer Goth: The Noughties is the new era everyone is drawing inspiration from, due to the recent obsession with the near-nostalgia. Maligned subcultures of the decade collide: emo-heroes such as Marilyn Manson & trash-fashion icons Paris Hilton and Ed Hardy mix with Y2K race references to create a new susubversive anti-cool look. Tap into musical genres of the era, including nu-metal, goth and grunge to influence both styling, detail and surface. Punched and deconstructed denim is paired with bootlegged metal typefaces and patches, S&M gothic detailing and grunge-inspired destroyed plaids.”

Our favorite presentation we came upon (among the many!) was by Amy Leverton of Denim Dudes.

Denim Dads: Just when you thought it couldn’t get any more normal…Drawing inspiration from the mundane, this story evolves from the anti-fashion movement epitomized by norm core & athleisure. Taking elements of last season’s youth-driven sports-casual styling & mixing it with sensible apparel, Denim Dads encompasses a look that references suburban middle-aged dad style. This is a story all about wardrobe essentials: the regular 5-pocket jeans, the practical cagoule, the ugly sneaker, the blazer, and the basic tee.”

We definitely recommend perusing Kingpins’ website – you might find some inspiration!

new york denim days

The First Annual New York Denim Days

#HipNJ, get ready to cross the Hudson River for the fashionista event of the fall!

An exciting festival called Denim Days will be hitting New York City’s streets from September 30th to October 1st. Founders Eric Goldstein and Andrew Olah introduced the Denim Days festival to Amsterdam in 2014. Since then, it has become a staple event for denim fans and fashion lovers. The first annual New York Denim Days seeks to celebrate New York’s take on the versatile thread we all love to wear.

The city’s denim culture will be displayed on Saturday and Sunday, and everyone from fashion bloggers to families are invited to show off their own unique style.

The festival will not only feature live entertainment, food trucks, art, and kids activities, but also pop up shops, vintage showrooms, workshops, and exhibits—all showcasing the indigo process. Over forty-five established brands will be attending, some offering limited edition collections, including BLKSMTH, Jean Shop, Levi’s Made & Crafted, 3×1, and more. Some highlights include live dyeing of denim by Sayaka Toyama, and on-site jean repairs by denimrepair.com, a site dedicated to fixing your favorite blue jeans in an eco-friendly way.

Denim Days’ expansion from Amsterdam to New York proves how eager consumers are to understand what they are wearing. For those in the denim community, it is a chance to share their craft and educate others about the art. Interactive displays from denim brands as well as lectures from experts allow for this opportunity. New York Denim Days lets consumers connect with the people who make the clothing they love. It is a revolutionary event for fashion.

The first day of the event will be hosted at Metropolitan Pavilion. Tickets are available at denim-days.com/ny/tickets for $10 and at the door for $15. Students are $5 with valid identification. Denim Days will conclude at the 18th street festival, in between 6th and 7th avenue, and is free to visit.

Updates on New York Denim Days can be found at @denimdaysfestival on Instagram.

Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation

Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation 13th Annual Champions for Children Gala

One of our favorite #HipNJ charities, the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation, hosted its 13th annual Champions for Children Gala on Friday, September 15 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City, and we were there to chat with the patriarch of the organization, Coach Tom Coughlin

Legendary NBC 4 New York sports broadcaster Bruce Beck served as Master of Ceremonies, joined by “the voice” of the NY Giants, Bob Papa, and toasted the team members of the 2007 NY Giants Super Bowl Championship Team, accepted by Michael Strahan, all of whom are passionate advocates for childhood cancer patients and their families.

“On behalf of the 2007 Super Bowl Championship Team, it was an honor to accept this award from Coach Coughlin’s incredible foundation,” said Michael Strahan. “Coming together as a team to win the Super Bowl was an unbelievable experience; coming together as a team last night, during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, to support the many local families facing the unthinkable, is what teamwork is all about.”

The event kicked off a weekend of celebrations for the 2007 Big Blue team that captured one of the most legendary sports victories in history, when they defeated the 18-0 New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. Ten year reunion events included an excursion to Yankees Stadium and a dinner at Ellis Island. 

For more information on the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation, visit their website.