Fit Check: Railcar Donna

Hey, everyone! I’m here today with a highlight on a great pair of women’s denim: the Railcar Fine Goods Donna fit.

Donnas, pictured here in a special brown selvedge offered earlier this year.  

Donnas, pictured here in a special brown selvedge offered earlier this year.  

A good amount of stretch, and a narrow leg opening create a nice skinny jean.  

A good amount of stretch, and a narrow leg opening create a nice skinny jean.  

This is a fit that is almost universally flattering. The high waist tapers in and helps excentuate the smallest part of your waist. The pockets are wide set and placed in a way that makes even the flattest of butts look nice ;)

 

This is a true pair of “skinny” jeans. They are very slim throughout and have a great amount of stretch that helps the fabric form to your body. 

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The Donnas are now offered in a few different options: a light blue red-line selvedge, a non-selvedge raw, and a dark indigo red-line selvedge. All of the fabrics that the Donnas are available in have a good amount of stretch, and I personally recommend sizing down a full size in order to maintain the tight/ skinny fit. 

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Did I mention that they make your butt look great? 

If you are interested in the Donnas, or any of the other fits, but don’t have a chance to try them on locally, give them a shout! They are the nicest people and always so willing to help!  

 

Railcarfinegoods.com

@railcarfinegoods  

@taylorofrailcar

 

 

Thanks for reading!  

-Bryce

Let Us Introduce : Melodee Malazarte and Her Brand Home Pacifico

One of our goals with this site was to introduce amazing women in this field of denim and heritage. Makers or ladies we find to be amazing. So, here's our first power woman! Let us introduce Melodee, super rad lady from Australia with pretty amazing brand too. Read all about her and her brand Home Pacifico below and go give her a follow. And let us just let you know that at least half of BB is lusting hard after few pieces from Home Pacifico! :D

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Name: Melodee Malazarte

Location: Melbourne, Australia

What's your occupation? 

Designer and owner of HOME Pacifico label. You’ll also catch me at ‘Heffernan & Haire’ and ‘Pickings & Parry’ stores and DJing in Melbourne.   

If you're not lucky enough to to be working it now, what is your dream job? 

I’m working on my dream lifestyle! Running my own business and being able to create my own schedule is really important to me. Managing all areas of HOME Pacifico is a challenging and rewarding work in progress, as any small business owner will attest to, and the design and production process and exploring different ways of making things is always fun.  

I’ve also been a retail professional for 15 years - working on the shop floor, to corporate and multi-store management. I love setting up retail spaces, and meeting new people everyday. H&H and P&P to me are the epitome of the ideal retail experience, from quality product, environment to vibe - it’s all there. The team is like a family, and I know that is really rare. And as a DJ, getting to play music and travel for music is pretty special. That’s a few dreams jobs right there!        

How did you find your personal style?

Originally through bgirling and hip hop culture, for sure. I collected sneakers for a long time, and always had to have the fresh fits to match. I was lucky to come up at a time when streetwear was actually an authentic subculture. During that time I got into selvedge and raw denim, and working at brands like Vans and Carhartt WIP were solid introductions to appreciating the importance of heritage, history and brand integrity. 

I think of style in terms of it being a personal uniform. I keep my wardrobe minimal so I wear a few key pieces daily. Good denim or chinos and a fitted crew neck tee is my daily uniform. Most of my clothes are tailored to some degree. I was spending as much money on alterations as the actual garments, so I learnt to sew, and made friends with tailors so I could stand over their shoulder and watch as they worked and then customise my own clothes.

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I also travel to Indonesia a bit and over the years have built relationships with tailors, who make a lot of my clothes. Some of the pieces I’ve had made also act as samples for Home, so not only have I been able to have these one-off pieces made but I’m able to then field test fabric and construction at the same time.

What is playing in your radio/headphones right now?

Last 3 tracks:

Kaiit - OG Luv Kush Pt 2

Mojo Juju - Native Tongue 

Teyana Taylor - Rose in Harlem

If you could eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Anything made with love and shared with friends. But y’know, I wouldn’t be mad at lifetime tacos.     

What's your favorite way to spend your free time?

Doing anything that benefits my health and happiness… chilling with my girls, going for a ride about town on our motorbikes, running my dog, a boxing session or having a bbq with the crew.   

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Tell us one thing that makes you “you”?

All of the things. 

Where did you get the idea to start your own brand? Your "why" behind the brand?

Home came from a lack of available clothing to suit my own needs. I started planning the label a few years ago when I was traveling a lot, mostly to go to bboy/bigrl jams in Australia and internationally. Being amongst bgirls (breakdancers), it was so common for us to have trouble finding clothing that fit us right, that looked fresh and could withstand so much physical movement. 

Hanging out with girls who ride fixed gear bikes, skateboarders, motorbike babes, artists and women who work in heavy duty industries, I’ve always heard the same thing - we want clothing that fits and looks good. We often buy menswear for the heavier fabric and better construction, knowing that it’s not going to fit right. The idea of Home is to create long lasting utilitarian clothing for women who don’t always suit the model of seasonal fast fashion consumers. The exciting bi-product of that is that we also get to connect with and learn these amazing stories of women who have similar interests.

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How did you come up with the name?

Home represents something that everyone can relate to and is deeply personal. It can refer to a place, a community, a feeling or a sense of belonging. My background is Filipino-Australian and I have close ties to a lot of areas in and around the Pacific Ocean. ‘Pacifico' is in reference to my connection to this region of the world. The products I make are proudly made within the region. For the past year I’ve been working with a few small workshops in Indonesia who specialise in traditional crafts - for example the team of women in Gianyar, Bali who use wooden looms to weave our cotton bandanas and dye by hand with organic indigo. It’s easy to think that these processes only happen in places like Japan but they’ve existed all throughout this region for a long time and that’s something I want to communicate! So in naming the brand - Home is about personal style, and Pacifico is about representing the region that it comes from.  

What are your goals when it comes to your brand?

To be a go-to for quality womenswear. It’s in its infant stages right now, operating online and with upcoming releases certainly looking to expand and get into some great retailers in Australia and internationally.  

Who is your brand made for, who you see wearing your pieces?

Women doing rad things who need reliable, versatile and well made clothing. Denim babes will be happy to know the first cut of our 14oz Japanese selvedge denim will be ready later this year!  

Be sure to give her a follow, here's all the links you need to be informed!

IG @melolani / @homepacifico

Website https://homepacifico.com/

 

Blue Birds of Denim is here!

What the heck is Blue Birds of Denim? It's two buddies, who found themselves in the midst of Instagram while following the same brands and people. The thing in this world is that you are able to find a friend who loves and shares your views and passions. That is what happened to us, us being Mirka Markkula and Bryce Pizano. We've never met face to face, but that has not ever been a factor to not have this friendship that blossomed in one way to creating Blue Birds. The other lives in Finland and the other in Usa. We are from completely different backgrounds but could not be more like the same dork we are. So sharing is caring! 

One evening we were talking about what have you nonsense and our frustration towards the denim industry and the lack of actual quality models for ladies. After talking and moaning and bitching about it, we threw the idea out in the air that why not we start a site for ladies who are interested in the same style as we are, there was nothing like that yet! So this happened! Out of pure frustration of not getting those jeans on because the cut was not for curvier ladies or the sizing was insane and had nothing to do with majority of ladies around the world. 

We'll be learning and searching as we go, embracing this denim journey the same way as our friendship. So be prepared for some denim and heritage culture in the form of two women who love it hard! Here's little about our own journeys to this all. :)

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Mirka Markkula

I've always been leaning towards the classics when it comes to my style, obviously trying my feet in styles that I thought that could work for me, while always going back to what felt best. It took years of I guess self discovery to find what felt the best for me, school of life in a way. Living in other countries outside of my home, Finland, has definitely made an impact too.

Tomboy at heart, but with a little bit of curvy body, it has never been the easiest finding what works best for me. Like my partner in crime, Bryce, I've gone from one to another in the search. Few years ago while wanting to be more mindful about my life, I decided that I want to only wear good quality clothes and shoes, I wanted to know where they come from and if they actually could last for a long time. Especially as being one who had loads of sporting gear mixed with my regular style, I got tired that things changed in a pace that made no sense and the "need" for new all the time. I'm a quality over quantity and less is more in my heart, so wanting to rather put a bit more on quality goods made all the sense. 

My wardrobe staples have been a white tee and jeans for years, so in a way nothing has changed in that aspect. Those are still my absolute favorites, though now there's boots added in. Nothing makes me feel more me and sexy too, than white tee, great pair of jeans and proper boots! And with my love for classics, what could be more classic than those three?! I'm that who's forever searching for that perfect white tee, never ending search. I'm definitely a minimalist, with a countryside flair thrown in. 

My first boots were Red Wing Moctoes, in Oro leather, so classics again, what a surprise! But those really made me find my footing in many ways and I got a lot braver with how I truly want to look like, and what makes me feel most me. These days it's pretty nice to be able to not care what others think and just be you. 

Denim for me means a struggle I love, even though it sometimes makes me feel like what the hell is wrong with designers who make up sizing for ladies haha! I love how denim starts like and how it changes over time with the one who wears it. But still, it's the material I love the most, so on my part there will be forever struggle to find that perfect pair of jeans for curvier ladies, hope you enjoy my struggle and I can make your life easier with our site!

 

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Bryce Pizano

As with all stories, the story of how I’ve found myself in the here and now is a long one, full of twists, turns, wrong directions, and red herrings. Luckily, everything that I’ve done so far has made me the person I am today, and I’m pretty proud of that! Throughout the years, I’ve clad myself in all kinds of fashion choices. Dr. Martens with band t-shirts and babydoll dresses. A-line skirts with 60’s collars and vintage shoes. I was always the tomboy though, even while dabbling in ultra femme fashion I would spend most days in trousers and button up shirts. Nothing ever stuck because I was on the hunt for something I could identify with, a style that I could mold to me and would protect me against the changing world. Then I got my first pair of Red Wings.

I knew only a bit about raw denim and the world of heritage clothing when I bought my first pair of boots. It was a short fall into that world once I started though. I was living in Nashville, Tennessee when a friend from Minnesota told me about the super great, super durable, lifetime lasting boots he wore to work everyday. He also told me about the sweet new pair of Imogene and Willie jeans he was getting. Almost a year later, I finally got myself a pair of I+W Elizabeths. They were incredible, but my mind wasn’t fully made up. Soon after, I bought a pair of Iron Rangers. Once I held them in my hands, saw the construction, could feel the care that went into making them, and could sense the history in them, I was hooked.

I started researching women’s raw denim jeans, looking for fits and styles that would fit both my personal style and , more difficult, my body. There wasn’t a whole lot of options out there at the time and there still aren’t when you compare to the options available for men. By the time I found Railcar I was living in Southern California, and was able to go in and shop in person. Talk about a game changer! With my trusty boots and a new pair of raw denim, I was on my way to full heritage obsession.

I was lucky, I knew people who knew where to start, and I was local to shops that were front runners in providing products to women. For all of the ladies who aren’t so lucky? That’s where Blue Birds is looking to step in. We want to provide a resource for women who are interested in heritage clothing and the brands that are focused on high quality, lasting products. Women are out there looking for needles in a haystack, and we hope to help you find it!

We’ll also be highlighting awesome women from around the world who are taking charge, being their own boss, and generally inspiring us. So hang around, it’s about to get good!