This movie shows you how a 3 years old worn-out Iron Heart 21oz denim will get his rebirth. Always great to see how a pair of denim get his second life. A jeans will get more beautiful over time, so wear it day in day out!
Lucky there are still people who are making something special and unique instead of mass production. Yesterday I came across another small denim brand from Lansing, Michigan (USA). Ray’s Raw Denim is a one man brand. They make world-class jeans by hand and believe that style is better than fashion. The garments they build are designed for hard wear and intended to make you stand just a bit taller and have a spring of confident comfort in your step. Seriously. These are the sort of jeans that will be like your favorite go-to sweatshirt or your lucky ball cap. And they’ll last you for years to come.
Mohsin Sajid from Endrime Denim – UK made a few months ago something which is the top of the top. A 100% full hand stitched denim. Every single detail is added by hand. It’s made from heavy denim fabric, 18oz Amhot selvage. No sewing machine was used to make this pair. It took 5 sewing days to complete one pair. This is something really uncommon and special. Great idea Mohsin! Check below the handmade Endrime jean.
Pics source: Rawr Denim
Yesterday I received this early X-Mas present from my friends from Indigo People. Indigo People was born out of love for traditional craftsmanship and the beauty of natural indigo. The brand is a homage to the artisans who keep up their heritage and to people with a great affection for authentic handicrafts. All their products are woven by hand and coloured with natural indigo. I got the Tsuru model which is width: 45cm / length: 180cm. I really like the intensive blue colour and the weaving structure of the scarf. The colour will age very nice over time. Many thanks guys and all the best for you too in 2015 with Indigo People! See you soon.
Dulac is group of designers who share a love and passion for denim. Frustrated with the mainstream fashion industry, they decided to produce jeans the right way, and so a Kickstarter campaign was launched in November 2014. Their jeans are simply styled, meticulously constructed, and built to fit our bodies. They only make small runs, using the best denim stocks. Limited edition jeans crafted from the best quality denim from Japan and the USA. Check out their pocket flashers, really cool! Great work guys, good luck!
Antonio di Battista is besides a great denim collector, with an extremely huge and rare collection, the founder of Blue Blanket Jeans. The Blue Blanket collection contains some classic authentic jeans and blue tops. One of them is this great denim shirt. The specifics of the shirts are;
- Japanese pure indigo selvage chambraix.
- Hand stamped internal tag.
- Removable brass logo buttons applied with O ring.
- Fish eye buttons in real corozo.
- Shuttle loom care label made in Japan.
Old denim jackets with a customized back panel are my favorites. In the ’60′s and ’70′s a lot of bikers and hippies started to make this trend because they wanted to express themselves or they wanted to show their membership from a club. But also commercial companies did this personalisation on the back of jackets as workwear garments for their employees. This particular Lee Jeans Rider jacket from the ’70′s is in my private collection for a while and it has a nice chain stitched back. The jacket is made from a left hand fabric which feels very soft because it’s washed a lot during the years by the pre-owner(s). Check out this ‘Blue Ridge Pool Service’ jacket.
We made with our own Butts and Shoulders brand a new family member, a leather apron. The apron is made from natural vegetable tanned leather and is all made by hand in Holland. The leather will age very nice within time, especially when you will use this apron everyday. Some months ago we made a great collaboration apron with Beerze Beer and the result after wearing the sample for a couple months is amazing. You can check it out here below. It has a deep cognac colour already. Our 2nd Beerze Beer collab product, a beer bottle opener, is also attached on the apron.
We made the aprons for craftsman like tattoo artists, barbers, shoemakers, painters, cooks, etc. People who have an authentic job, professionals or just for the hobby. We added a lot of details on it and to make it very special the first run is made in 20 numbered pieces only. Check the apron below, it’s now available on the Butts and Shoulders website.
The aged Beerze Beer collab apron; new vs worn
With recovered material from the archives, Roy Roger’s from Italy presents a heritage collection which is vintage inspired featuring an unique eye for details like the raw selvedge denim, contrasting stitchings and vegetal tanned labels: the Rugged Collection. Roy Roger’s Rugged grounds its roots on the historic archives of the company and celebrates the collective imagination of the American world of the 40′s and 50′s. The collection is an alternative to the regular menswear line, yet staying close to the roots of the brand, offering quality denim and handmade in Italy pieces.
Drawing inspiration by the vintage world, the Roy Roger’s Rugged collection is a journey throughout legitimacy. A trip across the American imagery, from hotrods and bikes inspirations, to raw denim and washed chambrays, where each piece of the collection recalls the authentic spirit of enduring freedom of USA roads. Roy Roger’s Rugged chose for this cool photo set models Jimmy Q, a pro skateboarder and tattoo artist, and Ricki Hall, who has been nominated from Esquire Weekly “The man with the most influential haircut in Britain” this year. A deeply evocative photo-shooting seen trough the lens of the camera of the photographer Luca Campri.
Check the collection at www.sevenbell.com
Dumluck is a one man show denim brand by Kenley Chittick from Holland. Kenley just released his new collection called The Third. The whole collection is made by hand using industrial vintage machines. One of the best parts of the brand is that he only use deadstock fabrics from the best mills like Cone Mills from the U.S. and Kuroki from Japan. In his Third collection he added some great new styles like several denim jackets, shirts (also an extra long selvage denim shirt called Act S, really nice!) and of course denims. Kenley combines authentic craftmanships and new silhouettes which give a new look and feel. Well done Kenley and congrats! Check below some images from his Third collection.
Wrangler Blue Bell made cool promotional comic books back in the days. If you bought a Wrangler Blue Bell item in the past you received a cool comic book. The comic books were small but very nice! In this particular edition #20 Harley May is the leading rodeo star. This one is for sale on Ebay and dates from the year 1957.
For sale here:
A few weeks ago I posted the new denim book ‘True Fit’ from Viktor Fredback, which is a really cool one, but there’s more coming next year! This February another denim book will launched called ‘Denim Dudes’ by Amy Leverton. Amy Leverton is a denim expert who has worked in the industry for ten years, most recently at the leading trend forecasting website, WGSN where she is currently Director of Denim and Youth Culture.
For her new book she portrayed around 80 key players in the denim scene such as Jason Denham (Denham), François Girbaud, (Marithé + François Girbaud), Adriano Goldschmied (Diesel, 7 For All Mankind) and Kenichi and Kenji Shiotani (Warehouse Japan), etc. The book also explores the very best and latest denim styling on the street, from bikers to vintage dealers and store owners. Exclusive photography for the book was shot in Paris, Tokyo, London, New York, LA, Milan, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Barcelona, Melbourne, Gothenburg and Sydney.
The book will be published by Laurence King who also did an amazing job with the book ‘Vintage Menswear’ from the owners of The Vintage Showroom store and archive. There are 272 pages in her new book filled with great fullcolour pictures from dudes in denim. Amy is already working on the 2nd edition: ‘Denim Dudettes’! Wow, sounds very good! Can’t wait to see the first edition in February. Guess we will have to wait a little while, but for now we have already some sneak pages, check it here below! Bravo Amy.
Amy Leverton with the first sample copy of ‘Denim Dudes’
Looking forward to see this new denim documentary Blue Gold – American Jeans directed by Christian D. Bruun. Below already a teaser. ‘Every pair tells it’s own story’. (you can only watch the teaser on Vimeo, click on the button Watch on Vimeo)
Ben Fokkema, founder of denim brand Amsterdenim, did an interview for the Dutch television. In the interview Ben talks about his brand, drive, energy and passion to reach his goals with Amsterdenim. Always nice and inspiring to see this authentic man speaking. Check it out! (sorry Dutch language only)
Last weekend Vif Jeans store in Rijssen – NL organised their 2nd edition of ‘Dry Denim Day’. Of course the day was all about blue denim, denim lectures and unique blue stories but they also showed craftsmanship in general. To make the day complete they organised authentic music, cold beers and fresh burgers from the winter BBQ. Below some pics of the blue denim people!
Pics by Dick Ruumpol
Recently I got my hands on this Lee Jeans ‘Farmers Fair’ Rider jacket. This jacket is a re-production of the original from the fifties. On the farmers fair in the U.S. in 1957 they reached out a denim jacket to the best farmer of that year. The best farmer was M.U. Aggies, his name is embroidered on the front of the jacket. On the back there’s a beautiful horseshoe with the date of the fair. It was the 52nd fair. The jacket is Union Made with a left hand non-selvage fabric. The original jacket, what was the inspiration of this repro, was found in Italy. Can you imagine what a nice story this is how the jacket came in Italy from a farmer from the U.S. Guess we will never know. Anyway, I’m glad with this item in my private collection. Lee on his best!
Evisu Jeans from Japan made 10 years ago a homage to Levi’s, Lee and Wrangler. Each homage jean had the specifics of the original brand. The branding on the back pockets were made in Evisu style, with their famous paint. I have these specials in my private collection for a while, but I was still searching for the final 4th item, the Levi’s Jeans Orange Tab. Finally I got my hands on a deadstock pair, so now this collection is completed! The jean is really nice, made out of a slubby Japanese two colour selvedge. And of course the orange tab on the back is amazing! Check it out here below.
Evisu Jeans Homage to Levi’s Red Tab – Lee Jeans – Wrangler
The Manabe denim family from the brands Momotaro and Japan Blue are always making really high premium quality jeans. Made by their traditional Japanese craftsmanship on old small shuttle looms. Their president Hisao Manabe announced the launch of its latest product “Cote d’Ivoire Cotton Jeans” in their denim brand Japan Blue Jeans. The product is made from hand-picked cotton from the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire and will be available worldwide from November 26th, 2014. This jean will be available through their flagship store, online and only 10 selected retail shops in- and outside of Japan. Really nice one, check the two colour selvage!
Maple Motorcycle jeans made a technical jeans for bikers. Their goal was to make a pair of jeans which has a cool outside look, but with a lined inside with kevlar for the ultimate protection while riding the bike. The jean is made in Los Angeles for premium quality. They used a Cone Mills 13oz rigid selvage fabric. Check the video for all the features of this Maple Motorcycle Straight Cut – 1941 pair of jeans.