While in NYC for the past two years, I discovered the most amazing boutique in Nolita called The Good The Bad and The Ugly which sold the work of designer Judi Rosen. I bought a pair of her high waisted, seventies inspired jeans and instantly fell in love with her work. Rosen's designs (which are all made in New York) are incredibly stylish, fun, and totally wearable. Unfortunately, her boutique closed in 2008, but Rosen still sells limited edition runs of her designs through her website. Do yourself a favor and support this amazing New York creator!
The following bio was taken from Rosen's website (http://www.judirosenny.com/).
“I make clothes for people who like to be dressed up all the time -- but also like to be comfortable. You know, slutty daywear.” Judi Rosen’s customers include the usual downtowners, scene-making stylists, and fancy ladies. She designs for women who are looking for clothing off beaten path. “You have to have a sense of humor and a lack of morals.”
Judi Rosen got her start as a wee tot hawking her wares at community art fairs with her three-year-old brother. As teenager she stepped it up to the glamorous world of Long Island flea markets and started pushing dresses on her high school chums. She opened her first boutique in the East Village in 1993 , which served as a studio, party-pad, storefront, and library of awesome. A couple of years later she temporarily retired from retail in order to travel the world as performer and artist. She opened her legendary acid-laced forest boutique, The Good The Bad and The Ugly, in 2000.
Rosen emphatically designs for curvy women: “big boobs, big butts, little waists.” One of her biggest sellers are her trademark jeans that transform every body type to make the wearer’s bottom look like a “ripe juicy peach.” Judi is a pioneer in the high-waist, skinny-leg movement that has infiltrated the streets of New York City and beyond. Combining her classic taste and wicked sense of humor, Rosen recently expanded her line to include a full collection of dresses, tops and outerwear. It’s not strictly for ladies; Dapper-Dans can get in the game too. In 2007 Judi expanded her line to include stylish 70’s work wear inspired straight-leg men’s jeans.
Cindy Greene, co-founder of art-house rebel-prep label Libertine, lives for Judi Rosen’s trademark jeans; “Judi’s jeans are interesting. They’re high-waisted, which is brilliant…And they’re totally sexy. They make your ass look amazing, no matter the size.”
Nylon’s Alexandra Gershman seconds that sentiment, “You’d have to be a pancake not to have a nice butt in these jeans!”
Notable longtime fan, Patricia Field said: “Judi Rosen is an innovative yet marketable designer.” She continued, “Judi’s combo is original and commercial. What more could anyone ask for?”
Judi is responsible for dressing today’s foxier lot of hipsters ranging from rockers to indie starlets to chart toppers including: Mariah Carey, Mary J Blige, Alicia Keys, Tyra Banks, Santogold, MIA, Chloe Sevigny, Joanna Newsom, Karen O, Tara Subkoff, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Fergie, Courtney Love, Eve, Gwen Stefani, Christina Milian. Ciara, Pamela Anderson, Lindsay Lohan, and Beyonce.