Located in downtown Phoenix, just off Central Avenue, the Lawless Denim Company is a little-known treasure by some standards. It’s little-known because it is a new establishment in CityScape. But, for many of us who have discovered it, this store is already a favorite. This on-site manufacturing plant and store specializes in hand-made denim jeans for men and women. No other establishment like it exists anywhere in Arizona. As a matter of fact, there’s no other denim manufacturer like the Lawless Denim Company anywhere in the United States, west of the Mississippi.
First impression when you walk in is that it is not a regular retail facility; it’s part manufacturing plant-part salesroom. On the manufacturing side are rows of specialty sewing machines – some of them industrial – with large spools of heavy thread hanging off to the side. It takes seven of these different machines to make one vintage pair of jeans. There are also large tables used for hand-cutting fabrics that will be assembled into customized garments.
In the main part of the showroom are displays of various ready-to-wear items such as hand-made jeans for men and women, ladies’ jean jackets, and men’s leather boots, shoes and belts. Each has been artfully sewn. Or, if the preference is for custom-fit pair of jeans, (their specialty) craftsmen are available to take measurements at the first of two fittings. Your lifetime-warranted and finished treasure will be ready in two to three weeks.
Prices are affordable – especially considering the quality. Pima cotton, fine tailored men’s shirts will be available in the spring of 2014 starting at $95. Rugged yet stylish selvage jeans are going for $115. However, beautiful custom tailored hand-sewn jeans (where you pick out the denim color, thread, style, rivets, pocket linings, and even the label) are starting at $199 through the holiday season. Then, in March 2014, their product line will include hand-sewn men’s leather shoes – another item not currently available in any other store in Arizona. For this specialty store, craftsmanship is clearly back in style.
If you’re looking for good-value products that are one-of-a-kind, created on genuine vintage equipment, be sure to stop at the Lawless Denim Company in downtown Phoenix. The atmosphere is casual and comfortable, yet trendy and chic. Stop by and see these local artisans at work, because the visit will be well worth your time!
The address is 50 West Jefferson Street, Suite 150, Phoenix. Store hours are Monday through Saturday 11:00 to 9:00, and Sunday noon to 7:00.