Birmingham’s Caruso Caruso carries the upscale jeans you expect to find in New York or Los Angeles boutiques plus Detroit favorites like Shinola and Retro Brand.
I recently attended a conference where shopping for pants was a workshop topic. On the surface this doesn’t seem very controversial. But shopping for pants can be a very emotionally charged experience. It seems people either like pants or vehemently hate them. I’m mostly a hater, with one exception: jeans.
Jeans can transform you. When I need a little extra swagger, I shimmy into my ink black skinnies that make me feel like my legs rival Giselle’s. Tailgating this weekend? I go for my perfectly faded slouchy jeans, cuffed and paired with my favorite Retro Brand t-shirt.
There’s a right pair of jeans for every situation, and the team at Caruso Caruso in Birmingham will help you find them.
A Passion for Denim
The family behind Caruso Caruso has been dressing happy customers for more than 40 years. Each member of the team has tried on every style of jeans they carry. They know from personal experience how high the rise is, where exactly the legs begin to taper, and how the size, shape and placement of the back pockets can enhance the shape of your derriere.
The team of buyers carefully curates the collection. They consider not only quality and design, but also the motivation behind each brand. The companies they buy from must have the same undying passion for craftsmanship, style and utility as they do.
That passion also goes into creating a shopping experience that’s “like therapy,” says Women’s Buyer Jillian Hadley. “We build relationships with our customers because we recognize that when they’re here, they’re the most special person in the world.” This level of attentive service and knowledgeable guidance is a rare find indeed.
Caruso Caruso is the definition of laid-back cool. You’ll find specialty brands that are typically only available in fashion hotspots like New York and Los Angeles.
In fact, people travel from those cities to shop the wide selection of exclusive brands collectively available at Caruso Caruso.
Meet the Brands
For the friendliest service ever, ask for Men’s Buyer Maetha Phongphila. He loves to introduce locals to new brands they might not find on their own. He encourages his clients to “try, touch and wear” new designs, and shared some of the brands he’s most excited about.
Nudie Jeans, a niche brand from Sweden, is hugely popular overseas and quickly gaining fans stateside. EPTM. is another of Maetha’s favorites. This L.A.-based brand brings sophistication to casual pieces with a modern twist on classic designs. Or choose from the entire line of Topman denim and time-tested classics like Penguin and Ben Sherman.
Caruso Caruso also carries some impressive outerwear. Danish brand RAINS produces seriously stylish wet-weather gear. Stay warm and classically turned out in Schott NYC flight jackets, the same brand worn by our military during World War II.
Ladies, wish you were living the casual, L.A. life? Check out Velvet by Graham & Spencer for luxe tees and knitwear. For jeans so soft you’ll want to sleep in them, look to Mother and their L.A.-made line. Citizens of Humanity always delivers designs that challenge tradition. Philanthropy lets you “do good and look good,” with a portion of proceeds donated to charitable organizations. I hadn’t seen this brand anywhere before, but I think it’ll become one of my favorites. And not just because they give back, but because they have some crazy-stylish casual wear that’ll keep me cozy this winter.
Detroit Fashion Staples
You’ll want to stock up on everyone’s favorite Detroit t-shirts from Retro Brand, which are exclusively available at Caruso Caruso. You’ll also find unique designs to wear as you cheer on your favorite team, whether you’re yelling “Go Green” or “Go Blue.” Finish your look with some stylish accessories including men’s and women’s watches and leather goods from Shinola, a true Detroit brand.
Caruso Caruso (166 W Maple Road, Birmingham, 248-645-5151) is open Monday to Wednesday (10am to 7pm), Thursday and Friday (10am to 8pm), Saturday (10am to 7pm) and Sunday (12pm to 6pm).
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