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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.

#HipNJ Remembers 9/11

While we will always remember those affected by the tragic events of September 11, 2001, #HipNJ wants to shine light on the unity that came after. Here are some beautiful photos of the Tribute in Light to remind us that together, we can do anything.

Even before being blessed with this view, September 11, 2001 was never too far from my mind. Now, it’s a literal conscious thought every day. I can’t imagine the horror of those who stood here that morning and watched the nightmare across the river unfold. On that actual day, I was in the middle of my first full week of senior year. Anticipation was high for a fun-filled time and the “adult” adventures ahead. Little did I know how much of a crash course I would get in real world cruelty that morning. I remember running to my car so I wouldn't be late for class (natch) but stopping in my tracks to stare at the sky. It was the clearest shade of blue I had ever seen! It was beautiful, haunting even. I have not seen a sky that hue since. I can only think now that it was Heaven opening up for everyone lost that day. In the days and weeks after, I loved how everyone bonded together in the wake of such tragedy. Foes became friends, and friends became family. While the ho-hum of life soon got back to this “new” normal— and old habits took over— there was no denying the fact that we would forever be united by this tragedy. That’s a fact that should never be forgotten, and especially for everyone who lived that day, we never will. 🇺🇸🎗 #911 #September11 #NeverForget

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Spend Mother’s Day in #HipNJ!

With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, it’s time to start thinking of the perfect way to show your Mom just how treasured she is. Busy schedules and missed phone calls get the best of all of us, but it’s not too late! Instead of buying another cliché gift, (what is this, the third year in a row?) #HipNJ has come to the rescue and put together the ultimate Mother’s Day activity list:

Dig for Diamonds!
Meadowlands Racetrack has a slew of M-Day activities planned for the weekend (including Derby Day), but nothing tops their annual Diamond Dig! Ten lucky moms have the chance to dig for some gorgeous diamond jewelry in the Winner’s Circle. Click here for more information!

Visit One of New Jersey’s Wineries!
This Sunday, Alba’s Vineyard is hosting their annual Mother’s Day Festival. Spoil Mom with an afternoon at New Jersey’s largest estate vineyard overlooking the scenic Musconetcong Valley.  Enjoy the day with family and friends treating mom to a special event filled with a wine tasting, cellar tour, food for purchase, and live music. Learn more at: AlbaVineyard.com

Take a Boat Ride on the Hudson!
Celebrate Mom and treat her to a special day on the water aboard Spirit Cruises. With a delicious buffet, interactive DJ entertainment, dancing and incredible views of the NYC skyline, this will be a Mother’s Day she’ll always remember.  For more information: SpiritCruises.com

Paint and Sip!
This new craze is spreading fast, and #HipNJ understands why. Visit your local Pinot’s Palette to discover a new way to unwind and experience the perfect pairing. Enjoy your favorite beverage (or not) and leave with a hand painted masterpiece that’s definitely fridge worthy!  Sign up here: PinotsPalette.com

Treat Her to a Day of Pampering!
While this is an age-old mother-daughter activity, it still resonates. Help mom relax and spend the day with her at José Eber Salon in Millburn, where numerous Mother’s Day specials will be running this weekend.  Book an appointment: JoseEberNJ.com

Take in a Show!
Let Mama get her groove on at Prudential Center in Newark! They are hosting the first ever “WBLS’ A Mother’s Day Celebration” featuring Maze, Kenny Lattimore, the legendary Toni Braxton and more! Click here to purchase tickets.