LA is the city known for denim; it’s the birthplace of labels such as Current/Elliot, Paige and J Brand. And while we may be fervent disciples of one brand or another, picking up a pair or two when in the States or ordering online on payday, it’s good to know that West Coast-crafted denim is now a fixture on the British high street. John Lewis has joined forces with California-based denim experts Calvin Rucker for a new 90-piece collection called AND/OR, designed, sewn and finished in LA.
The collection is perfectly summed up in the launch video showing model Steffy Argelich navigating the life of a modern woman. In one powerful scene, a friend is breastfeeding in public when she stares defiantly down the camera and the word ‘What’ pops up on screen. The message is clear: this is a collection for confident women who want to be chic but have better things to worry about than what they’re wearing.
The 90-piece AND/OR collection, £22 to £250, available now; johnlewis.com
Stylist’s fashion editor Lucy Reber picks her essential jeans from the collection
Canyon Beach Crop, £85
“The let down hem and cropped length are totally of the moment.”
Silverlake Straight, £85
“Classic straight legs are back. Dress up with a blazer or down with trainers.”
Westlake Wide Leg, £120
“I love this silhouette. Wear with a white shirt and statement courts for the office.”