Up and coming denim label Henry & Belle may be a mere two years old, but it’s fascinating roots go back eighty years to a couple named (yep) Henry and Belle. The two met in 1931 against the backdrop of Chicago’s thriving garment district: Henry Mann was a designer, and Belle, a couture fit model. They were married one short year later, and Henry, inspired by his wife’s confidence and sophistication, began to design his line with Belle as muse. The couple’s success soon began to grow, and with it, a shared passion for philanthropy. Today, the Mann family strives to uphold the very values exuded by Henry and Belle (the couple) with Henry & Belle (the denim company). Here, a quick look at what inspires the team behind the label.
The story begins with Henry and Belle, a couple whose love of style, philanthropy and, of course, each other laid the foundation for Henry & Belle.
It all starts with ideas, inspiration and design. Mood boards and sketches are the initial elements in producing well-made denim.
Authenticity is big at Henry & Belle: Hand-made signs are stenciled and dyed by the team.
The team is inspired by vintage Japanese fabrics and denim fabrics. A favorite piece: A mid-19th century print sashiko jacket. The shades of indigo here inspired a number of washes for the fall collection.