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July 25 2014

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In 2010, The New York Times dubbed Audrey Louise Reynolds the “fashion world’s artisanal fabric dyer.” An appropriate title for the Brooklyn-based organic dye maker—from Pamela Love to Rogan to Wendy Nichol, she has created one-of-a-kind batches for a slew of fashion brands (Bodkin, the label by former Nylon editor Eviana Hartman and Samantha Pleet, included—Style.com caught on to Reynolds’ work for the Brooklyn brand back in 2008). Her latest dye job? A limited-edition, hand-painted pair of jeans for New York denim label Courtshop.

“Looking down at my own paint-splattered work jeans [was the] inspiration. I thought, I wish I could have two-tone jeans like that,” Reynolds tells Style.com. “I’ve always loved the classic bleached denim look, but it’s something that’s hard to translate naturally, or with direct lines of color, without screen-printing or using something that suspends bleach.” So, she went to work trying to translate that unintentional look into a more upgraded, chic jean, using 100 percent recycled paint materials. Style.com has the exclusive first look at the results (above). The jeans ($230) are available now on Courtshop.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Courtshop

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