We believe good days start with great jeans—and great music doesn’t hurt either. So we asked a few musicians we love to talk personal style and inspiration, plus show off our latest denim collection. Hear from Hannah Cohen, Lianne La Havas, Katie Schecter and Bedouine—then get to know more of our friends from the campaign.


If you could be the opening act for any artist/band, who would you choose?
Heart! They were playing in New York a couple years ago and I was out of town. I was so sad I missed it. They’re heroes of mine.

What was the first concert you ever went to?
My first concert was James Brown—my dad took me to see him in San Francisco with my sister.

What do you do when you need songwriting inspo?
I like to read, I like to go to museums, I like to get away, I like to be by myself. Being alone is one of my writing things, being alone helps me to write, for sure. Being in nature, absorbing my surroundings.

How would you describe your personal style?
Pretty eclectic. I mix new and vintage and lots of hand-me-downs from friends! I’ll stick with the same pair of jeans for a week and just switch out shirts.


What was the first concert you ever went to?
It was The Fratellis. It was before they had that big hit and my boyfriend at the time was obsessed with them. I remember being underage, going to this concert and managing to get in—I was very proud of myself.

You famously had a special relationship with Prince—is there any particular piece of advice he gave to you that stuck with you?
He was more of a friend than anything. He did try to steer me in the right direction, but he was mostly just very supportive and very encouraging. I would send him songs, and he would send a smiley face back. I wish that he could still be in my life so we could just get together and play music.

What’s your favorite way to wear denim?
I love an oversized denim jacket. I love that you can do so much with them—customize them or leave them super plain—and they’re still timeless. I also love high-waisted jeans. But they’ve gotta be the right color. Not too light, not too dark—a true blue. I’ve got the Momjean, I like that. If I want to feel slinky I’ll pair it with a strappy black top and a cool jacket. Just something that balances it to make it more dressed up.

How would you sum up your personal style?
I just do what feels good on the day. Usually that involves color, and it’s gotta have a casual element, whether it’s messy hair or a pair of combat boots.


What’s the last song you had really stuck in your head?
“King of the Road,” by Roger Miller.

Do you have any pre-performance rituals?
I definitely warm up my voice. This might sound insane—but I take the hardest note of the set, the note that I feel the most concerned about hitting, and I do that like nine thousand times—quietly to myself. And I always have coffee. I don’t think it’s good for your voice, but the energy makes up for that. [laughs]

What kinds of outfits do you like to wear when you perform?
I try and switch it up as often as possible. I dress to start a conversation, so anything that’s gonna make someone smile or ask me what the heck I’m doing is a good thing. I found these amazing boys’ football pants, like ’80s Mick Jagger vibes, and I wore those for my most recent show.

Yes, we heard you’re a vintage clothing connoisseur! Tell us more about your treasure hunts.
Ok, so this one wasn’t vintage, but it was definitely a treasure. I went to a street fair in Nashville and found a purse with the Obamas on it. It’s got a photo of them on both sides, perfect size, perfect little handle, perfect little feet on the bottom. It’s honestly my best find ever. I also was just at Goodwill and found a mustardy green tunic—I feel like it must have been a man’s shirt, but I’m going to wear it as a dress. It has a spider web embroidered across the whole front of it. It’s the dopest thing I’ve ever seen and I can’t wait to wear it.


What’s one piece in your wardrobe that really sums up your style?
I have this pair of French military pants from the ’60s. They’re tailored so well, they’re so durable—I think of them as Katharine Hepburn slacks. A really masculine/feminine balance.

How about when you’re onstage, what do you like to wear?
I have a very different approach for dressing onstage. I like to wear long dresses. That way I don’t have to think about matching anything. There’s one in particular that’s kind of like the Snuggie of dresses—it appears to be very thoughtful but it’s really just so comfortable.

We hear Joshua Tree is your favorite place. What do you love most about it?
It’s one of my favorite places, yeah! I grew up in Saudi Arabia where the climate’s really hot and dry. So I think I gravitate towards that desert atmosphere. And it’s always been a beautiful artist community. I find myself there when I have enough time in LA.

How does sustainability fit into your life, day-to-day?
I’m plastic-free. I travel everywhere with a reusable cup and a set of bamboo utensils. I avoid any kind of single-use stuff. The way I approach it is that I try to imagine if everything I used stayed with me—so like, if I had a pile of everything I’d ever used right next to me instead of going to some invisible place. It’s a big motivator to try and reuse everything I have.

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