Rachel Comey for under $20? What about Vena Cava, Badgeley Mischka, or even Oscar de la Renta? If you’re handy with a sewing machine, Vogue Patterns has designer sewing patterns for less than two Alexander Hamiltons. (Refinery29)

Designer-turned-artist Helmut Lang has been busy shredding his remaining 6,000 garments to use as raw material for a series of sculptures. Yeah, we don’t get it, either. (WWD)

How can a pair of jeans cost $300? The answer can be found in Los Angeles, the capital of premium denim and one of the remaining sectors that still supports American manufacturing. (Wall Street Journal)

Just hours after the Council of Fashion Designers of America released a series of designer-customized bags for its “You Can’t Fake Fashion” campaign, all but one—a basic cotton tote—sold out. Are you paying attention, Forever 21? (Ethical Style)

Call it the Michelle Obama effect. After the First Lady was spotted in a £35 ASOS Africa shirt last month, eager emulators cleaned out the online retailer’s inventory. (This is London)