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Back To School With Bishop of Seventh

Sep 19, 2011 By Amy

 

Even though it’s technically past back-to-school season at the moment…it is officially time to put away our summer gear and pull out some structured and well-tailored trouser looks for fall. And where are we turning to? None other than LA-based denim brand Bishop of Seventh. Created by couple Chachi Prasad and Karam Kim, the line offers comfortably chic wardrobe staples. After recently sliding into a pair of their pants, we had to learn more about the design duo.

How did Bishop of Seventh come about and is there a story behind the name?
The company was born when we saw a need in the marketplace for women to have structured, tailored garments that didn’t make them look masculine. The story behind the name signifies a presence with strength in design and tailoring from Seventh Avenue. Both Karam and I cut our teeth on Seventh Avenue learning from some of the most prestigous of companies including Calvin Klein, John Varvatos and Yigal Azrouel.

With your pants being so well tailored, how would you describe the overall Bishop of Seventh aesthetic? Has it changed since you launched the company back in 2006?
Aesthetically we mix masculine with feminine and re-work classics to bring a definable edge to them. Since 2006 in addition to our tailored pieces, we have infused essential casual pieces, which addresses lifestyle changes from work to weekend.

You’ve both worked in various facets of the industry, how have you witnessed the denim market evolve throughout the years?
This is a pendulum swing, which is evolving each season. The premium craze opened the doors for many labels. Some lasted and some didn’t due to saturation and overall economic circumstances. I think you need to always evolve but stay true to your vision. There is not much support for the $200+ jean anymore. What now is dictating the market is perceived value and look in the product at a very competitive price. The market up’d the ante here, so it forces designers and their team to be more creative.

Considering New York is a fashion hub, what prompted the brand’s move to Los Angeles?
We wanted to oversee all aspects of development and production of our denim line. New York doesn’t offer complex washes or details for Jean production. Los Angeles is the capital of the denim market. If Adriano Goldschmidt moves to LA from Italy to base his operation, then it only makes sense to play in the same arena.

Working together as a couple sounds like it may have its ups and downs, how do you delineate between business and your personal lives?
All couple have ups and downs. We seem to have a formula that is second in nature to our creative side. We do believe and have been told that we were two souls who were together in a past life who have found each other in this lifetime, which is very rare. It’s a nice thought to know you are with your soul mate, even nicer that they have the same passion. We treat Bishop of Seventh as an extension of us and as something we need to nurture every step of the way. We both challenge each other in a positive way. In all honesty there are times when we have big disagreements, but there is the big picture we think about and that is the overall well-being of Bishop of Seventh. We try and to not talk shop when we leave the office, but it’s difficult to do this when your mind is racing with ideas and inspiration. There is a lot of comedy between us, which relieves a lot of stress.

Lastly, what advice do you have for aspiring fashion industry hopefuls?
Every person on this planet has a creative side, In all honesty we (all fashion designers) are a special breed. We are fanatics yet we are very independent, we change our minds so many times, yet we know exactly what we want. If you are an aspiring designer, it’s in your DNA. You should travel and experience other cultures and art on top of your studies. This will open your eyes in a different way. If you are lacking experience you should at the very least, find work or internships where you can build your experiences. It’s important to pick good companies and to make sure you are absorbing as much as you can from your bosses or employers. We were very fortunate in this aspect. Always take baby steps and build on it.

Contest

Now for the fun part, we’ve partnered up with Bishop of Seventh to give one of our readers the change to win a pair of their stylish Jimmy pants in “Smoke” shown above.

To Enter

Leave a comment telling MyFDB how you’d style the Bishop of Seventh Jimmy pants in “smoke”.

Official Rules: A big thank you to Bishop of Seventh for partnering with MyFDB. A winner will be chosen based upon his or her response and notified via email upon the close of the contest. This contest is open to US residents only and ends October 3rd at 1:00 pm (PST). For more information about the super chic brand please visit their official website and follow Bishop of Seventh on Twitter @bishopofseventh.

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  • https://twitter.com/audreyjeanette7 Audrey Jeanette

    First, I would roll the pants a few inches from the ground.  I would pair them with the following:
    Shoes: Wyatt by DV by Dolce Vita in blue
    Shirt: Ann Taylor Sequin Paneled 3/4 Sleeve top in white with blue stripes
    Accessories:
    Skinny belt in navy blue
    Bag: my vintage camel-colored Coach
    No earrings
    I would loosely curl my hair and do neutral make-up, maybe with a double coat of lash blast, and then head out!

  • https://twitter.com/audreyjeanette7 Audrey Jeanette

    First, I would roll the pants a few inches from the ground.  I would pair them with the following:

    Shoes: Wyatt by DV by Dolce Vita in blue

    Shirt: Ann Taylor Sequin Paneled 3/4 Sleeve top in white with blue stripes

    Accessories:

    Skinny belt in navy blue

    Bag: my vintage camel-colored Coach

    No earrings

    I would loosely curl my hair and do neutral make-up, maybe with a double coat of lash blast, and then head out!

  • MCJunkie

    a cute white tank top with a longer sweater. this would be smokin hot! @MCJunkie on twitter

  • Nancy Reid

    I would team up the Seventh Jimmy  Smoke jeans with a smokin’ black v-neck cotton sweater with sleeves pushed up and a long causal gold chunky fun chain or pendant!  @eyewonit on Twitter!!

  • Kristen

    I would love to pair the Jimmy pants with a nice white tank under a navy v-neck cardigan with a super skinny belt and closed toe wedge heels for a preppy chic look! 

  • https://twitter.com/butterflyrouge MJ Moore

    I’d love to wear the Jimmy pants with a great t-shirt an a DKNY cozy wrap sweater. Booties and chunky jewelry would complete my dream Fall outfit!

  • https://www.zealousblonde.blogspot.com FaithJ

    I was so excited about these pants, I created a Polyvore so you can see how I’d like to style it!

    https://www.polyvore.com/cgi/set?id=37555124

    I love the look of warm grey with red tones. I would style these amazing Smoke pants for Fall with my tweed jacket,  my grey oxfords, and a red t-shirt underneath. I would add touches of red in my handbag and jewelry! A beautiful combination that definitely stands out.

  • Emmy

    all classy with a silk red tank top, black fitted blazer, and a pair of trendy heels<3 thanks!!!

  • https://twitter.com/cobraxcobrax Richard Peterson

    Red Tank! Black Blazer and 6 inch high heels!

  • Lauren

    i would pair them with some open toe booties in a wine red color, a crew neck cashmere sweater in grey with contrasting oatmeal sleeves with a classic white button up underneath w/a brown belt & gold bangles!

  • Kristen

    Did anyone win? :)

  • Anonymous

    Yes, a winner was notified via email. Thank you for entering and reading the MyFDBlog. ________________________________

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