Q&A with Suzie aka @denimbitch

The denim business is a man’s world. Especially the rugged heritage and raw denim niches. But it’s not all guys. Back in July, I did a post with 23 ladies in denim that I’d recommend you to follow.

If you haven’t already, check the post Must-Follow Instagrammers: Ladies in Denim

One of them is a true Blue Blood, through and through. She wears her raw denim uniform better than most guys. I’ve talked about Suzie aka @denimbitch, of course.

Today, she answers by Blue Blooded Q&A in a quick and dirty fashion, which perfectly reflects how she runs her Instagram.

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What’s your story

Name: Suzie

Birth year: 1976

Location: Oakland, CA

Profession: Mental health therapist, TV news photographer, home staging assistant

I have a pretty relaxed life. Other than my three jobs, I spend my time with my partner and our two cats in Oakland, mainly in the back garden lounging, grilling and drinking, or taking mini-vacations.

My hobbies are neighborhood walks, beach-going, hikes, drinking coffee/tea, eating good food.

Suzie Instagram Routines

Thomas: How did it all start with your Instagram feed?

Suzie: It evolved. At first, I didn’t know what to use my Instagram for. But then my jeans or boots made appearances, and I started posting more on the stuff I was wearing. I never did full body shots or pics of my face, then I did, now I mostly don’t again.

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T: Why Instagram? What are your goals?

S: I have no real goal other than reaching 5k (which she just did!). I like Instagram to connect with other folks who like the same things as me.

T: How much time do you spend on Instagram on a daily basis?

S: Maybe two hours total off and on. I don’t use editing tools or tricks on my photos. I try to keep it real simple and natural. I don’t like anything too produced or edited, it feels like cheating to me.

T: How do you take your photos?

S: By myself, with a timer, and anything I can use to lean my phone on! ?

T: Which tools do you use?

S: iPhone X.

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T: What’s your editorial flow?

S: It’s really off the cuff, spontaneous. If I don’t feel like posting a pic or taking a pic, I don’t. I usually take my pics after I get my coffee in the morning at my local coffee shop.

T: Do you make it a priority to post on a regular schedule?

S: Really, it’s only when I feel like it, I try not to pressure myself to post. Getting a coffee helps remind me ?

T: What are your favourite locations to take photos? And why?

S: In front of cool buildings, cars or graffiti. I like colourful backgrounds, ones that really pop. Or ones that are neutral so you can really see what I’m wearing.

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Suzie Denim Style and Jeans Routine

T: What is your favourite feature of jeans?

S: Back pockets, definitely. They can really make or break a pair of denim. Pockets too small, nope! Pockets at weird angles, nope!

T: How do you wash your denim?

S: I don’t, I only soak inside out in the tub with some agitation.

T: What’s your favourite fit? And what’s your least favourite fit?

S: Higher rise or mid rise with straight or slim straight leg. I hate skinny jeans and low rise now. Although I used to think they were good, they weren’t comfortable at all.

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T: Which boots and leather goods do you wear with your denim?

S: I wear a mix of Red Wing, Lofgren, White’s, Zip Stevenson and Mister Freedom, Ewing Dry Goods and vintage belts.

T: Which sneakers do you wear?

S: Just Converse, only sometimes, though.

T: Favourite item that’s not denim or leather?

S: Real McCoys T-shirts.

T: Where do you buy your gear?

S: Standard & Strange is my go-to since it’s a few blocks from my house, but I try to buy from other places too, like The Shop Vancouver, Snake Oil Provisions, General Quarters and the Mister Freedom store.

T: What styling tips would you give your followers?

S: Just be yourself, wear what you want, what feels good on you. Sometimes I like to wear street clothes and sometimes I like to look more heritage. It’s important to wear what you want and express yourself in the clothing you wear.


This article was written by Thomas Stege Bojer, the founder and owner of Denimhunters. Thomas launched the site in 2011 and built it into a voice for the denim industry and community.

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