Facing West is an initiative by Lizzie Kroeze which is started in October 2013 in Amsterdam. As Lizzie is inspired by workwear and traditional techniques how they were made and maintain she came up with the idea to start her own company. With Facing West she makes the most amazing one of a kind indigo items. Most of the time she use the famous Japanese sashiko stiching technique to create, repair or to decorate items. As the sashiko method is always done by hand it’s very time-consuming, but the result is really beautiful! She got her inspiration from garments worn in various cultures, from American miners gear to Japanese farmers’ and fishermen’s wear. Below an impressions of her authentic work.
Denim Academy is a training program and online reference dedicated to all aspects of manufacturing and treating denim. The academy is part of the Orta denim manufacturer. Check out the great indigo dyeing video.
ISKO Denim is a leading denim fabric producer and supplier and headquartered in Turkey. They are one of the largest producers of denim in Europe with 200 million meters of fabric a year. They just published a denim book called Bluemasters. The book has two chapters, the first chapter is filled with bluemasters from the industry like: Renzo Rosso, Vivienne Westwood, Ermanno Scervino, Adriano Goldschmied, François Girbaud, Maria Erixon Levin, etc. and the second chapter is all about how jeans are made: from raw cotton to the catwalk. Last Thursday, they celebrated the Bluemasters “Innovation in Denim” book launch at the 3×1 store in NYC. Below some impressions.
Beerze Beer is a great Dutch beer brand with an authentic branding. The beer is brewed just a milestone from my hometown. Besides the great branding the beer taste how a good cold beer is meant to be. Check out the brand below. Cheers!
Below an update from my current Eat Dust fit 73 jean which I am wearing for 1,5 year now. Seven days a week 24/7. Ofcourse the jean isn’t washed yet. As I also do not dry my hands on the jean the fadings are pure natural. The best part are the honeycombs on the back. Let’s see what’s happen in the upcoming 6 months. Keep you updated.
Congrats Sven den Hartogh with your first The Stranded Sailors anniversary party. Well done!
This June the new edition of Denim Boulevard will be held in Milan. From the 21st till the 23th you can see the most inspiring denim brands and initiatives like Memory’s, Japan Blue, Tellason, Momotaro and Blue Blanket shown at a really nice and unique spot. Also the best items from the private archive from Antonio di Battista will be there! And they are amazing. The main sponsors of this event are Blue Blanket, Crackers Magazine and Berto Textiles. Below some impressions from last year.
Denham Jeans made a really nice collab together with Converse ‘Jack Purcell’. Jason Denham is a big fan of this classic sneaker and tonight they drop this really nice collab sneaker. They have a great slogan: Before we create, we collect! Below some JP’s from their huge Jack Purcell archive. See you tonight at the kick-off in Amsterdam.
The Denham Jeans X Jack Purcell Collab
Recently I bought this Levi’s Vintage Clothing 501 Big E, 1947 model, re-production. This jean is really heavy worn by it’s pre-owner, the jean was bought as a raw denim and is totally destroyed within the years. The jean is one of the last productions from the famous Valencia Street factory in San Francisco, U.S.A. Levi’s decided to close this factory in the year 2002. This jean is made around 2000 as the button indicates the number 555. The pre-owner used this jean the last years as a worker and painting pant.
This particular 1947 model is still one of the most iconic 501 models in history. It features some really modern features: red tab, five pockets and belt loops: the suspender buttons, cinch, and crotch rivet have gone forever. The jeans still have a leather 2-horse patch, and the red tab is single-sided, and it has the word LEVI’S printed on one side only in capital which means that this is a Big E. This 1947 – 501 model was slimmer than pre-war models.
Check this really heavy worn-out Levi’s Jean here below. A true beauty and a great addition in my private collection.
Stylesight made a nice video about Mohsin Sajid, founder of the UK based brand Endrime. Endrime is all about details, Mohsin made a jean which is totally different that others. Check it out in the video here below.
Denham Jeans is coming with a brilliant collaboration with the classic smiling Jack Purcell sneaker from Converse. This sneaker is for years a must have for denimheads and it’s also Jason Denham’s favourite. He collected hundreds of this specific style through the years so it was always a dream to create his own pair. One of the best details is the heel where both famous signs comes together to make the smile complete! I already spotted this great collab at the summer edition of the Bread & Butter fair, but finally they will be available in their stores. The collab is made in two colours, black and white, and available in limited quantities. Thursday 10th of April is the official launch of the 1st Edition Converse Jack Purcell X Denham sneaker.