Fashion 101 | Cou Cou

Cou Cou is a "thoughtful shop that focuses on fashion and art" nestled in the heart of Denver's Highlands. We got the chance to go inside and photograph their space as well as some of the designer brands that they carry! 

 Be sure to check out their website or stop in at 3655 Navajo st. 

Photographer: Bridget Burnett (Instagram)

Fashion 101 | Interview with Mario Conte, Co-Owner of Station

We had the chance to meet with Mario Conte, Co-owner of a vintage and streetwear clothing store called Station. Located in Five Points, the boutique carries vintage designer brands and streetwear trends that Mario and his friends have been shopping and wearing for years!

How did you get into the fashion industry? I knew since high school that I was interested in these kind of streetwear brands and clothes. Senior year of high school and freshman year of college was really when I got into all of it. I knew fashion was something I really loved and wanted to be a part of. When I was done with college I went and applied at my favorite shop in Boulder and they told me I needed retail experience, so that’s what I started to do. Then, I started working for a company called “Kidrobot” and I worked there for two years. That’s what really made me fall in love with all of it.


Tell us about Station and how it all started. Once I got my foot in the door with Kidrobot, we would do events with artists because they were an art-toy company. We’d make clothes with them, we’d have night openings and that made me see the whole community that there was around this. Around this time I linked with my friend David, who’s the co-owner with me at Station now and I had seen that he had posted that he needed help for his brand so I started helping him push his brand then. After doing one collection with him, we thought we should open a store.

Why did you decide to sell a combination of streetwear, vintage, and previously worn clothing? We wanted to not only sell stuff that my friends are I were wearing and buying online, but also stuff that wasn’t really being represented in Denver at the time. There’s this whole streetwear movement that was coming up at the time that no one or no store was really stocking in Denver. We knew we needed to bring this to Denver a) before someone else does and b) because there was nothing like it here and it needed to be here regardless. Also, if we were going to be opening a store and being around something all the time, we wanted it to be something we loved already. When we started, we had an entire art wall. Kids would come in and easily spend $200-$300 on a hoodie but not on a canvas so, we covered up the art wall and put clothes up instead.

What’s the process of finding clothing pieces that you want to carry in the store? We go everywhere and anywhere we can find stuff. My partner does most of the digging for clothes and he’s obsessed with it. Everyday he’s at the bins in the mornings at Goodwill stores, art stores, Ebay, flea markets every Sunday, and checking craigslist. He also searching for things. He’ll also look up estate sales. Also, we’re buy, sell, trade, so people will come in and bring their clothes to us to sell.

 

What are your thoughts on Denver and its fashion? Now we have a lot of great stores and a lot of them are streetwear stores, but Denver hasn’t been a fashion-forward city. It’s still behind, but there’s a lot more to do, a lot more culture, a lot more fashion than there was before. That’s what makes being here so advantageous, because in other places you can get lost in it. Everyone is trying to do similar things, but in Denver it’s just not that big yet. So, if your original and have a good work ethic, you’re going to come to life here.


What do you hope for in the future for you and the store? We equate the store to a modern-day barber shop. It’s just a bunch of likeminded people that come and kick it. We have homies that pull up every day and they’re not shopping. It’s a place people can gather and I hope that we can be here for years and I want this store to be here for a long time. I hope the brand grows and can be synonymous with the other brands we carry and streetwear that’s out there. I just hope we grow as a store but also as a brand as well. Who knows, maybe Station2 and Station3 somewhere!

 

Writer: Ella Zeiler (Instagram)

Photographer: Bridget Burnett (Instagram)

Fashion 101 | Foreign Family Collective Pop-Up Shop in RiNo

We got the chance to cover the Foreign Family Pop-Up Shop in RiNo yesterday. Even though Odesza wasn't able to make it, we got to hang out with their good friend Naomi Wild! 

Photographer: Bridget Burnett (Instagram)

Fashion 101 | Festival Fashion with Jordyn Samuelson

Ready for festival season? Check out these amazing outfits that Jordyn Samuelson, a local Denver fashion blogger, put together! 

Model: Jordyn Samuelson (Instagram)

Photographer: Bridget Burnett (Instagram)

Fashion 101 | Denver Fashion Week 2018

Denver Fashion Week 2018 was an absolute blast! Check out these amazing clothes, designers, and models! 

Designers: Topping Designs (Instagram), Tyne Hall (Instagram), Rachel Marie Hurst (Instagram), Steve Sells (Instagram), Night by Charlie Price, and Stevie Boi (Instagram)

Photographer: Bridget Burnett (Instagram)

Fashion 101 | Interview with Blank Canvas Fashion

We hung out with a local Denver stylist, Aaron Rodriguez, the founder of Blank Canvas Fashion and asked him a few questions! 

What's your name and where are you from? My name is Aaron Rodriguez and I’m originally from Inglewood, California but I’ve lived here in Colorado since I was 12.

How did you get into fashion styling and what do you like about it? I decided to pursue it one day in late 2015, after realizing how much I hated my day job and also that regardless of what we do or don’t do, death is a guaranteed thing. So I started to learn how to network, learn what a wardrobe stylist does, build a portfolio, and I started to climb. People see the glamour of being a stylist on Instagram but it’s also been a lot of long hours, pulling/transporting/returning a bunch of clothes, learning from mistakes, learning to match what’s been asked of you, and learning to have a business sense too. It’s not just about putting cool outfits together. What I love about it is that it’s a job that requires you to be an artist and that you get to tell a story through clothes, and you show everyone how important wardrobe is. It becomes easy to look at a photo and spot if there was a stylist present.

What trends are you seeing right now that you love? In general fashion, I truly believe we’re entering a goth and horror phase, which is so exciting because it’s what I love. Leather, vinyl, texture, things that flow, things that look sleek, and black on black on black. In Denver fashion, I’ve been seeing a lot of patches, studs, and appliqués in clothing. Bringing some punk into the daily ensemble. 

What is a trend that you could live with out? I’m not a fan of printed leggings. I’ve seen some really chic ones for activewear but I’ve also seen awful ones. Flesh print leggings come to mind. Although, if you can rock them, all power to you. 

Why the name Blank Canvas Fashion? Blank Canvas Fashion was born out of a conversation I had with my friend’s sister when she asked me how I put outfits together. I told her I approached fashion the way an artist would approach a canvas, with an open mind to create something from scratch. I also think style paints a picture of who you are and allows you to be a walking canvas. I don’t think it’ll be my styling name forever but it’s allowed me to explore a variety of styles and allowed me to stand behind a name that captures people’s interest.

What do you think about Denver's "sense of fashion"? I like where it’s going because there’s a lot more diversity but I wish people would push the envelope. Some days, jeans and a flannel are perfect, and others shredded overalls and a neon visor are great too. I want people to take more risks.

If you could live anywhere (based on their fashion) where would you live? And why? New York, because I could wear black everyday and not tire of it. Maybe Japan, the fashion there seems completely fearless.

Fashion 101 | June Threads 2

Designer of June Threads: Bree Cevaal (Instagram)

Models: Cassidy O'Hagan (Instagram), Kendel Chelberg (Instagram), Megan Mueller (Instagram), Madison Russell (Instagram), Molly Esfahani (Instagram), Alexis Nash

Photographer: Bridget Burnett (Instagram)

Fashion 101 | Danny Herman

Model: Danny Herman (Instagram)

Photographer: Bridget Burnett (Instagram)

Justin Great Launches Season 2

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Luxury streetwear designer and 21st century Renaissance man, Justin Great, launched his second collection of threads on Friday. With a tech-savvy approach to fashion shows, Great treated guests to a fresh take on the runway by projecting a previously recorded catwalk for style fiends to watch at their leisure. CRL CRRLL spun the night away while revelers rockin the latest and greatest in streetwear styles perused the racks and bumped elbows with some of Denver's finest creative entrepreneurs and fashionistas.

If you're feelin it, go scoop up some of his designs over on his online store

Fashion 101 | June Threads

Designer of June Threads: Bree Cevaal (Instagram)

Models: Bita Rejai (Instagram) Sarah Johnson (Instagram) Sara Shaffer (Instagram) Cassidy O'Hagan (Instagram)

Photographer: Bridget Burnett (Instagram)

Fashion 101 | Izzy Rocha by Bridget Burnett

Model: Izzy Rocha (Instagram)

Photographer: Bridget Burnett (Instagram)

Fashion 101 | Lauren Kawano by Bridget Burnett

Model: Lauren Kawano (Instagram)

Photographer: Bridget Burnett (Instagram)

Fashion 101 | Kayla Marque by Bridget Burnett

Model: Kayla Marque | Instagram @iamkaylamarque

Photographer: Bridget Burnett | Instagram: @bridgetrburnett

Fashion 101 | Olivia Phillips by Bridget Burnett

Model: Olivia Phillips | Instagram @olivisual

Photographer: Bridget Burnett | Instagram: @bridgetrburnett