Raleigh Denim: Wholly American Jeans Made Luxurious

What started as a hobby for Raleigh couple, Sarah and Victor Lytvinenko, has quickly escalated into a booming business. Providing the innovation behind Raleigh Denim, a handmade premier menswear line, the pair use vintage equipment to create absolute one-of-a-kind denim.

Each pair is made by hand in the nearby town of Greensboro, North Carolina. All styles feature a tailored fit, simple styling and intentional accents. Likewise, each include a hand signed signature and individual numbering on each creation for a truly unique aesthetic. True to their native Carolinian roots, fabrics used are woven on vintage looms using local threads with all current men's lines named after Carolina counties.

Wishing to break out of the norm of traditional luxury denim and stay true to their roots, both felt that, "North Carolina has a rich textile history. It used to be the heartbeat of the denim industry, and there are all sorts of weaving and manufacturing here. We don't feel like we have to go to New York to be fashionable; being here is special and different."

However, the business has expanded much further than the humble Carolina origins; it is now carried by Barneys New York and 15 boutiques across the country.

Originally started after Sarah began designing women's dresses and tops, Victor decided to merge into the world of menswear citing, "I wear jeans. I want to make jeans." The pair hopes to expand to men's shirts, light jackets and leather goods in the future. The first expansion of the line however, will include their first batch of women's jeans to debut this spring with more styles to follow in fall.

The workshop may be visited in downtown Raleigh, Tuesday-Sunday at 319 W. Martin Street, 12 p.m.-6 p.m. A complete list of retailers may be viewed online or in-store at participating Barney’s New York.

Raleigh Denim Workshop + Curatory Denim Workshop
319 W. Martin St.
Raleigh, NC 27601

Alexa Mangrum

Alexa Mangrum culminates her love of culture with her passion for writing as a Justluxe Editorial Team Member. An authority on the arts and design world, Mangrum frequently freelances for various publications globally. An arts and entertainment enthusiast in her local community of San Diego, Mangrum is a visual artist as well. Recently awarded as an Emerging Creative of 2013 by Google Inc. and con...(Read More)

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