The New Jean Code
Denim is your casual wardrobe’s most adaptable ally. We asked three cutting-edge jeans aficionados to explain how they dress their denims for work and play.
JUSTICE (left) Jeans from Diesel, denim jacket from Diesel, brogues from Barker, denim shirt from Levi’s, socks from TopMan.
VUYO (middle) Jeans from All Saints, shirt from vintage store, shoes from Diesel, coat from G-Star, socks from TopMan.
INNOCENT (right) Dungarees from Diesel, shirt from TopMan, socks from Topman, brogues from Mr Price, printed tie from vintage store.
Twin brothers Innocent and Justice Mukheli and best friend Vuyo Mpantsha are the creative brains behind the proudly African aesthetic I SEE A DIFFERENT YOU. The Soweto trio combines fashion, art and photography, well, as they see it. Their work is mostly inspired by their parents’ and grandparents’ photo albums. They were also one of nine young influential artists who were featured on the Diesel + Edun Studio Africa campaign. They are denim modernists who know the importance of style that’s authentic, edgy and wearable.
What are your favourite denim brands?
We don’t have a favourite brand because some outfits need different denim designers to be complete. But at the moment we are enjoying the likes of G-Star, Diesel and All Saints.
What’s your favourite way to wear jeans?
Innocent wears his blue jeans with a white T-shirt and All Star high-top sneakers. Vuyo likes his with flamboyant or classic shirts, slim-fitted jeans and sandals, while Justice prefers his denims with tailored blazers, slim-fit shirts and brogues.
How many days a week
do you wear them?
Depends on how busy the week is! When we’re on a shoot denim isn’t very comfortable because we run around a lot. So we probably wear jeans about three times a week.
What do you like best about your favourite pair of jeans?
That they’re slim-cut and look best worn with turn ups and a pair of worn-in brogues.