‘Facing West’ by Lizzie Kroeze From Amsterdam

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.   facing west amsterdam lizzie kroeze long john blog blue sashiko japan stiching authentic raw fisherman farmers repair fabric jeans denim rigid handmade patch work limited edition original (12)

facing west amsterdam lizzie kroeze long john blog blue sashiko japan stiching authentic raw fisherman farmers repair fabric jeans denim rigid handmade patch work limited edition original (2)

facing west amsterdam lizzie kroeze long john blog blue sashiko japan stiching authentic raw fisherman farmers repair fabric jeans denim rigid handmade patch work limited edition original (5)

facing west amsterdam lizzie kroeze long john blog blue sashiko japan stiching authentic raw fisherman farmers repair fabric jeans denim rigid handmade patch work limited edition original (3)

facing west amsterdam lizzie kroeze long john blog blue sashiko japan stiching authentic raw fisherman farmers repair fabric jeans denim rigid handmade patch work limited edition original (4)

facing west amsterdam lizzie kroeze long john blog blue sashiko japan stiching authentic raw fisherman farmers repair fabric jeans denim rigid handmade patch work limited edition original (7)

facing west amsterdam lizzie kroeze long john blog blue sashiko japan stiching authentic raw fisherman farmers repair fabric jeans denim rigid handmade patch work limited edition original (8)

facing west amsterdam lizzie kroeze long john blog blue sashiko japan stiching authentic raw fisherman farmers repair fabric jeans denim rigid handmade patch work limited edition original (11)

facing west amsterdam lizzie kroeze long john blog blue sashiko japan stiching authentic raw fisherman farmers repair fabric jeans denim rigid handmade patch work limited edition original (1)

facing west amsterdam lizzie kroeze long john blog blue sashiko japan stiching authentic raw fisherman farmers repair fabric jeans denim rigid handmade patch work limited edition original (6)

facing west amsterdam lizzie kroeze long john blog blue sashiko japan stiching authentic raw fisherman farmers repair fabric jeans denim rigid handmade patch work limited edition original (9)

facing west amsterdam lizzie kroeze long john blog blue sashiko japan stiching authentic raw fisherman farmers repair fabric jeans denim rigid handmade patch work limited edition original (10)

http://facingwest.co

Book Bluemasters ‘Innovation in Denim’

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.

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denimmasters book long john blog denim masters adriano goldschmiedt goldschmied blue jeans denim 3x1 store new york NY selvage selvedge publisher isko fabric milan italy 2014 april  (4)

denimmasters book long john blog denim masters adriano goldschmiedt goldschmied blue jeans denim 3x1 store new york NY selvage selvedge publisher isko fabric milan italy 2014 april  (3)

denimmasters book long john blog denim masters adriano goldschmiedt goldschmied blue jeans denim 3x1 store new york NY selvage selvedge publisher isko fabric milan italy 2014 april  (2)

denimmasters book long john blog denim masters adriano goldschmiedt goldschmied blue jeans denim 3x1 store new york NY selvage selvedge publisher isko fabric milan italy 2014 april  (1)

denimmasters book long john blog denim masters adriano goldschmiedt goldschmied blue jeans denim 3x1 store new york NY selvage selvedge publisher isko fabric milan italy 2014 april  (7)

denimmasters book long john blog denim masters adriano goldschmiedt goldschmied blue jeans denim 3x1 store new york NY selvage selvedge publisher isko fabric milan italy 2014 april  (13)

denimmasters book long john blog denim masters adriano goldschmiedt goldschmied blue jeans denim 3x1 store new york NY selvage selvedge publisher isko fabric milan italy 2014 april  (12)

denimmasters book long john blog denim masters adriano goldschmiedt goldschmied blue jeans denim 3x1 store new york NY selvage selvedge publisher isko fabric milan italy 2014 april  (5)

denimmasters book long john blog denim masters adriano goldschmiedt goldschmied blue jeans denim 3x1 store new york NY selvage selvedge publisher isko fabric milan italy 2014 april  (9)

denimmasters book long john blog denim masters adriano goldschmiedt goldschmied blue jeans denim 3x1 store new york NY selvage selvedge publisher isko fabric milan italy 2014 april  (14)

denimmasters book long john blog denim masters adriano goldschmiedt goldschmied blue jeans denim 3x1 store new york NY selvage selvedge publisher isko fabric milan italy 2014 april  (10)

www.bluemastersbook.com

Upcoming Edition: ‘Denim Boulevard’ Event: June 21- 22- 23 In Milan – Italy

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.

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Denim Boulevard long john blog second edition blue blanket jeans event crackers magazine antonio di battista milan milaan italy denim jeans june 2014 berto textiles shuttle loom authentic selvage selvedge  ( (2) Denim Boulevard long john blog second edition blue blanket jeans event crackers magazine antonio di battista milan milaan italy denim jeans june 2014 berto textiles shuttle loom authentic selvage selvedge  ( (3) Denim Boulevard long john blog second edition blue blanket jeans event crackers magazine antonio di battista milan milaan italy denim jeans june 2014 berto textiles shuttle loom authentic selvage selvedge  ( (4) Denim Boulevard long john blog second edition blue blanket jeans event crackers magazine antonio di battista milan milaan italy denim jeans june 2014 berto textiles shuttle loom authentic selvage selvedge  ( (5) Denim Boulevard long john blog second edition blue blanket jeans event crackers magazine antonio di battista milan milaan italy denim jeans june 2014 berto textiles shuttle loom authentic selvage selvedge  ( (6) Denim Boulevard long john blog second edition blue blanket jeans event crackers magazine antonio di battista milan milaan italy denim jeans june 2014 berto textiles shuttle loom authentic selvage selvedge  ( (7) Denim Boulevard long john blog second edition blue blanket jeans event crackers magazine antonio di battista milan milaan italy denim jeans june 2014 berto textiles shuttle loom authentic selvage selvedge  ( (8) Denim Boulevard long john blog second edition blue blanket jeans event crackers magazine antonio di battista milan milaan italy denim jeans june 2014 berto textiles shuttle loom authentic selvage selvedge  ( Denim Boulevard long john blog second edition blue blanket jeans event crackers magazine antonio di battista milan milaan italy denim jeans june 2014 berto textiles shuttle loom authentic selvage selvedge  (1)

www.denimboulevard.com

Denham Jeans X Jack Purcell Collab: Before We Create – We Collect

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.

Jack Purcell denham jeans collab archive long john blog converse usa footwear classic smiley sneaker sneakers jason denham amsterdam uk london canvas leather jeans denim raw selvage (1)

Jack Purcell denham jeans collab archive long john blog converse usa footwear classic smiley sneaker sneakers jason denham amsterdam uk london canvas leather jeans denim raw selvage (2)

Jack Purcell denham jeans collab archive long john blog converse usa footwear classic smiley sneaker sneakers jason denham amsterdam uk london canvas leather jeans denim raw selvage (3)

Jack Purcell denham jeans collab archive long john blog converse usa footwear classic smiley sneaker sneakers jason denham amsterdam uk london canvas leather jeans denim raw selvage (4)

Jack Purcell denham jeans collab archive long john blog converse usa footwear classic smiley sneaker sneakers jason denham amsterdam uk london canvas leather jeans denim raw selvage (5)

The Denham Jeans X Jack Purcell Collab

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www.denhamthejeanmaker.com

Worn-Out ‘Levi’s Vintage Clothing’ 501XX Big E (Valencia Street) Jean

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.

Levi's vintage clothing LVC long john blog worn-out old blue denim jeans handmade selvage selvadge valencia street button #555 made usa leather patch single stiched big E(39)

Levi's vintage clothing LVC long john blog worn-out old blue denim jeans handmade selvage selvadge valencia street button #555 made usa leather patch single stiched big E(40)

Levi's vintage clothing LVC long john blog worn-out old blue denim jeans handmade selvage selvadge valencia street button #555 made usa leather patch single stiched big E(41)Levi's vintage clothing LVC long john blog worn-out old blue denim jeans handmade selvage selvadge valencia street button #555 made usa leather patch single stiched big E(24)

Levi's vintage clothing LVC long john blog worn-out old blue denim jeans handmade selvage selvadge valencia street button #555 made usa leather patch single stiched big E(25)

Levi's vintage clothing LVC long john blog worn-out old blue denim jeans handmade selvage selvadge valencia street button #555 made usa leather patch single stiched big E(38)

Levi's vintage clothing LVC long john blog worn-out old blue denim jeans handmade selvage selvadge valencia street button #555 made usa leather patch single stiched big E(37)

Levi's vintage clothing LVC long john blog worn-out old blue denim jeans handmade selvage selvadge valencia street button #555 made usa leather patch single stiched big E(36)

Levi's vintage clothing LVC long john blog worn-out old blue denim jeans handmade selvage selvadge valencia street button #555 made usa leather patch single stiched big E(28)

Levi's vintage clothing LVC long john blog worn-out old blue denim jeans handmade selvage selvadge valencia street button #555 made usa leather patch single stiched big E(26)

Levi's vintage clothing LVC long john blog worn-out old blue denim jeans handmade selvage selvadge valencia street button #555 made usa leather patch single stiched big E(21)

Levi's vintage clothing LVC long john blog worn-out old blue denim jeans handmade selvage selvadge valencia street button #555 made usa leather patch single stiched big E(35)

Levi's vintage clothing LVC long john blog worn-out old blue denim jeans handmade selvage selvadge valencia street button #555 made usa leather patch single stiched big E(22)

Levi's vintage clothing LVC long john blog worn-out old blue denim jeans handmade selvage selvadge valencia street button #555 made usa leather patch single stiched big E(27)

Levi's vintage clothing LVC long john blog worn-out old blue denim jeans handmade selvage selvadge valencia street button #555 made usa leather patch single stiched big E(29)

Levi's vintage clothing LVC long john blog worn-out old blue denim jeans handmade selvage selvadge valencia street button #555 made usa leather patch single stiched big E(30)

Levi's vintage clothing LVC long john blog worn-out old blue denim jeans handmade selvage selvadge valencia street button #555 made usa leather patch single stiched big E(33)

Levi's vintage clothing LVC long john blog worn-out old blue denim jeans handmade selvage selvadge valencia street button #555 made usa leather patch single stiched big E(31)

Levi's vintage clothing LVC long john blog worn-out old blue denim jeans handmade selvage selvadge valencia street button #555 made usa leather patch single stiched big E(34)

Levi's vintage clothing LVC long john blog worn-out old blue denim jeans handmade selvage selvadge valencia street button #555 made usa leather patch single stiched big E(32)

http://levisvintageclothing.com

Denham Jeans X Converse ‘Jack Purcell’ Collaboration

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.

Denham jeans amsterdam long john blog jason denham jack purcell collab collabo limited edition white black smile nose footwear usa converse special raw selvage selvedge vivian holla joep polack prinsengracht store winkel  (2)

Denham jeans amsterdam long john blog jason denham jack purcell collab collabo limited edition white black smile nose footwear usa converse special raw selvage selvedge vivian holla joep polack prinsengracht store winkel (1)

Denham jeans amsterdam long john blog jason denham jack purcell collab collabo limited edition white black smile nose footwear usa converse special raw selvage selvedge vivian holla joep polack prinsengracht store winkel

Denham jeans amsterdam long john blog jason denham jack purcell collab collabo limited edition white black smile nose footwear usa converse special raw selvage selvedge vivian holla joep polack prinsengracht store winkel  (3)  www.denhamthejeanmaker.com & www.converse.com