Meet Lucas Verhoef From Royal Denim Division – R.D.D.

#MEET LUCAS VERHOEF

Today an interview with the sales & product manager of the Royal Denim Division. Lucas is a true denimhead and has a big denim knowledge. Read what inspires him, what he likes about denim and what he’s doing in his spare time. Meet Lucas Verhoef. Enjoy!

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 Lucas Verhoef

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  • Name: Lucas Verhoef
  • Living in village & country: Pijnacker (Rotterdam Area) the Netherlands
  • Age: 28
  • Instagram ID: lucasverhoef
  • Number of Instagram followers: 1995
  • Daily work: Country Sales & Product Manager at Royal Denim Division

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What’s your role exactly at R.D.D.? My role goes 2 ways:

  1. Working closely with our buying and design team to create the best products. I gather all kinds of feedback and information so they can make the best collections.
  2. Being the sales representative for the Netherlands, trying to find cool denim stores where we can display R.D.D. in the future.

How long are you working in the Denim industry? 12 years.

What’s the best part of your job? Working with the collections and talking about denim. I think the whole heritage and craftsmanship behind this product is so interesting, that I really like talking about the production process and all the effort that is being made to produce a single pair of jeans.

What makes R.D.D. so special? That we take the inspiration from authentic workwear and transforming it into genuine premium jeans-wear for the denim enthusiast of the present time. We work exclusively with selvedge denim from Japan and Italy. Next to the very cool dry denims from Kuroki we also have stretch denims from Candiani. In this way we combine authentic qualities with modern ones.

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What is your favourite item from the R.D.D. collection? The dry 13oZ denim jacket from Kuroki. It shows the authentic work wear in so many different details and has a very nice slim fit.

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What is your favourite all-time denimfit? Our Regular, this is bit loser on the upper leg and a bit tapered at the leg opening.

What jeans are you wearing right now? The slim fit 13oZ from Kuroki (have been wearing it for approx. 150 days).

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new vs worn

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What do you like the most as it comes to fading’s on jeans? I really like the honey combs on the back of the knee!!

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What kind of denim accessories do you recommend to denim heads? A vegetable leather belt + keychain, this for me makes every denim outfit complete.  And I never leave home without my wallet on a chain!

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What are the next steps with R.D.D.? For the coming Autumn we have planned 2 pop-up stores at 2 retailers who are interesting in the collection. We will create a cool event around it so potential customers can get in touch with this new denim brand.

What are your hobbies’ next to denim? Off course spending time with my family, but also playing with my band and working on my bikes. Currently I’m building a hardtail old-school bobber and brat-style cafe racer.

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What’s your favourite music band/singer? I have a lot! But when I take it back to the core it is definitely Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley. Band wise I’m also a big fan of the Stray Cats, Batmobile, Reverend Horton Heat…. and I could continue like this for 2 pages.

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J.R. CASH: original name of Johnny Cash.

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TCB: this is the band which Elvis Presley had before he died (TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS BAND).

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SUN STUDIO: this is the record company where Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and many others have recorded their music.

What’s your favourite music record and why? Jim Croce – he is singer/songwriter who played his songs in the late 1960’s. It is mainly just 2 guitars and Jim as the singer. For me the lyrics are spot-on, true and also funny.

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Where do you get your daily inspiration from? Mainly from how people looked in the 50’s. The way James Dean and Marlon Brando looked, I think a classic look is an unwashed jean with a basic t-shirt. Also for R.D.D. we take the vintage authentic denim look and transform it into present time premium denim wear.

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What’s on your bucket list? 

  • Road trip in America with my wife and daughter
  • Visiting Sun studio in Memphis Tennessee
  • Visiting Graceland (Elvis his Property)
  • Playing a big show with my band
  • Getting me an old beat-up pickup from ‘1959
  • …..
  • …..

What’s your favourite inspiration quote?

 “IF IT IS TO BE IT IS UP TO ME”

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 Interested to see and read more about Royal Denim Division?

Check the article ‘The Introduction of Royal Denim Division’ here:

www.long-john.nl/the-introduction-of-royal-denim-division-r-d-d

Diesel ‘Old Glory’ Labor Jeans From 1994

From 1992 till the mid ’90′s Diesel Jeans from Italy created a special denim line inspired by the Big 3 (Levi’s, Lee & Wrangler) called Old Glory. Old Glory was the best line ever created by them. This special OG collection was really outstanding and totally different than other denim brands. They came with selvage jeans, orange selvage, cool embroidered jackets, tees, sweats etc. All workwear inspired. This same period I also started working at Diesel Jeans in The Netherlands. Those were the best Diesel days in my opinion. The Old Glory line wasn’t a big commercial success, but the items are still great. My Old Glory collection is pretty big, but I’m still missing pieces. A while ago I could add this OG jeans in my collection, model Labor. The jeans, made in Italy, is made of a real soft left hand fabric (non-selvage) and has the original workwear look. Check it out!

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www.diesel.com

Contact me if you have some Old Glory items for Sale: wouter@long-john.nl

Weaving Shibusa Film by Devin Leisher, Erik Motta & Mehdi Ahmadi

Weaving Shibusa is the story of Japanese craftsmanship and dedication, shown through their love and fascination of denim. This film will show you the mysterious and insight into the Japanese denim industry. The film contains vintage denim experts, the legendary “Osaka 5” group (which were responsible for Japan’s denim revival) and also passionate innovators from several high-end denim brands. The Weaving Shibua film is made by Devin Leisher, Erik Motta, and Mehdi Ahmadi.

Self-Edge will kick-off with screening the film in San Francisco’s Castro Theater on August 6th – 2016. If you’re in the neighborhood you should check it out!

Check the teasers from Weaving Shibusa

Eastpak Special Editions Denim & Boro Bags

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Eastpak is launching some very nice limited editions this upcoming September. Inspired by Japan’s long standing love affair with denim they produced together with the legendary Kuroki denim mill from Okayama – Japan, bags from selvedge fabrics. The bags will come in two different colours: light blue and dark denim. The bags contains special inside lining featuring koi fishes. Perfect timing for everyone who’s looking for a new outstanding bag!

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Next to the Kuroki collab bags Eastpak will also launch a very very limited edition. Eastpak transformed vintage handmade Japanese “boro” denim – one of the rarest and most beautiful fabrics in the world – into what are undoubtedly the 5 most exclusive Padded Pak’r backpacks ever produced by Eastpak. Vintage Japanese “boro” is made from a patchwork of high-quality Japanese denim. Parts of the boro used for this unique limited edition collection are over 100 years old.

Each bag in this Eastpak limited edition “boro” collection is a unique tribute to the history of Japanese denim. The tradition of “boro” dates back to the 19th century when genuine denim was a rare and valuable commodity. Even small leftover pieces of fabric were kept and sewn together to create stunning patchworks that remain highly collectable to this day. No more than 5 Padded Pak’r backpacks have been handmade as part of this unique collaboration, each one destined to become a true collector’s item! The launch of these exclusive Eastpak boro backpacks will be as of the 1st of September, 2016.

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The Selvedge Run – Summer 2016 Edition

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Last month I visited The Selvedge Run tradeshow in Berlin. This is one of the best tradeshows as it comes to authentic gear: denim, boots, workwear, books & mags and accessories. I had a great time seeing my friends again from the industry with the same shared passion. The organisation did an amazing job with the set-up. You should check it out for yourself this Winter. Below a recap film from SS2016. See you next edition!

www.selvedgerun.com

Highlights: Naked & Famous Denim

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Two weeks ago I spoke with Bahzad Trinos and Risa Saito from Naked & Famous from Canada. The people from Naked & Famous are true denim doctors as they always create something really unique, something very special. Also this time they showed me some treasures at the Seek trade show in Berlin. Their collection contains to many specials to show them all, so I highlight 3 of them. It was good to see you again, good luck with the sales and speak soon!

Bahzad Trinos & Risa Saito

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Naked & Famous: Green tea denim

For this jeans they dipped the threads in green Japanese tea which gave a very nice green look. The jeans is made with green selvage and a green suede patch.

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Naked & Famous: Blue white red jeans

For this jeans they twisted the weft with blue, white and red threads to create a nice blend of colours. A lot of country flags contains these colours, so almost everyone would feel a connection with this one. Also the selvage is made of these three colours.

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Naked & Famous: X-Mas jeans

Although it’s Summer right now, here’s some X-Mas jeans. The jeans has selvage with the X-Mas colours, green and red. The patch of the jeans is made of natural vegetable tanned leather with an awesome design. Perfect X-Mas gift.

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http://nakedandfamousdenim.com

Butts and Shoulders 2nd Production Run of Goodyear Welted Boots

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Last January we launched our ultimate Butts and Shoulders ‘Goodyear Welted’ boots. The first run was made in 100 pairs. After this first success we produced the 2nd run. The 2nd run of our Butts and Shoulders boots arrived at our warehouse. All sizes are back on stock again. This time we also produced smaller sizes, so they run from 6UK till 12UK. The beautiful leather will age very nice over time, check the pic here below to see it for yourself. The specs of the boots are;

  • Goodyear Welted construction
  • Made of natural vegetable tanned leather
  • All handnumbered
  • Handmade in Portugal

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The ageing process: 8 months vs 4 months vs New

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Our road-production movie made in Portugal

The boots are available here:

www.buttsandshoulders.com/shop/the-boots

Kassim Denim X Sperry Footwear Collab at Denim Boulevard ’16

Last month Denim Boulevard organised a new edition in Milan. This was the place to be for every denimhead. Kassim Denim teamed-up with Sperry Footwear to make a special limited edition. They dyed Sperry shoes in natural indigo to create this exclusive. The result is amazing, all different kind of blue shades. Check it out!

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www.kassimdenim.com & www.sperry.com

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Meet The Collector #4: Ronald Vijsma

MEET THE COLLECTOR #4

Today the 4th episode of the new topic. This new topic is about passionate people with a focus on collecting. With this topic I will give you an insight in their special collection. Collectors will tell their story behind their treasures, show their most rare and unique items and tell you all about the collecting thrill. I’m very proud to show you the 4th collector: Ronald Vijsma in the topic: Meet the Collector! Thanks Ronald for sharing your great story and showing some of your awesome treasures from your collection. Enjoy.

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Ronald Vijsma

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  • Name: Ronald Vijsma
  • Living in village & country: Dordrecht in The Netherlands
  • Age: 42 years
  • Instagram ID: ronaldvijsma
  • Number of Instagram followers: 471
  • Daily work: Houspainter/restorations from old buildings

What’s your favorite brand: Levi’s Vintage Clothing, Lee Jeans , RRL, Edwin ,Kapital, Rising Sun, John Lofgren, The Real McCoys, real vintage denim and a lot of Japanese denim.

What’s your favorite denim brand: Levi’s Vintage Clothing.

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Ronald’s favorite picture

What’s your favorite footwear brand: Converse ’70 , Stevenson & Co, Alden, Red Wing, and White’s boots.

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Boots from Ronald’s collection

How long are you collecting: I started my collection for about 6 years ago.

How many items are there in your collection: A lot of LVC, but also other brands like Edwins Overworks Japan, a serious piece of RRL and some custom pieces.

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How or why did you became a collector: I collected for a long time real vintage bicycles from the US, from the 1910 untill the 1950. Clothing became later after that. I really loved Diesel Jeans in the ’80′s and ’90′s, especially the special Diesel Old Glory collection from the mid ’90′s. My girlfriend worked in several denim stores that time, so that’s how I came across those special denim pieces.

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Vintage bicycles

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Old Diesel Jeans store display & Levi’s Vintage Clothing lookbooks

My denim collection started with Levi’s LVC, their pieces are great and only gets better and better. My hunting game started when I saw some things which weren’t available here in The Netherlands. My first real denim piece was the LVC 1878 Triple Pleated Blouse Gingham. It was love at first side! It looks like it was really found in an old gold mine and landed right into my closed. After this piece I was really hunting for the rare and special pieces of LVC. During my hunting addiction I also found a really cool piece from RRL, only 10 pieces made from the original clothing fabric.

I’m also a collector of Indian thunderbird brouches from 1920 - 1930 and vintage Mexican biker rings. I like the complete picture of clothing and also the newer ones like the Levi’s Made and Crafted line, but I prefer the traditional workwear clothing from 1900 untill the 1940.

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Indian thunderbird brouches from 1920 - 1930 and vintage Mexican biker rings

What’s the best thrill about collecting? The hunt on rare pieces in the right size.     Every day I’m looking on the net, Ebay and local stores to find nice rare pieces.

What is your favorite item en why: My favorite at this moment is this rare Sack Coat from Levis RED 2014. It’s a sample jacket, it’s based on traditional sack coats, but it insn’t. Very nice fabric and it’s a filled jacket, I just love this one! But also the LVC Triple Pleated Blouse from the miner collection which is a killer and my favorite too.

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Sack Coat from Levis RED 2014

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LVC Triple Pleated Blouse

And my own made French worker jacket, which I customized with the Japanese Sashiko stitching by myself. The badge is from a custom made artist from Instagram, his name is Masasculp, http://masa-sculp.blogspot.nl.

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French worker jacket with Sashiko stitching

What’s your best bargain in your collection: This Triple Pleated Blouse I got fom the Levi’s LVC sample sale, got it for only $25,- and it’s still a million dollar piece for me!

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LVC Triple Pleated Blouse

Which item was the hardest to get and/or the most valuable one: Well this LVC Sheepskin Leather Coat 1930 from the Boomtown collection. Never owned a leather coat before, but this one was and is the right one. I scored it on Ventee Prive for $225,- what is a really good price if you imagine that a few months before it was around $1700,-. This is really a keeper, the right coat for Fall/Winter.

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LVC Sheepskin Leather Coat 1930

And this RRL Railway jacket is really a collectors item, there where ony 10 made of them. Original dotted denim cloth, I got this from a RRL sales guy from his own collection, the price…that’s private ; )

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RRL Railway jacket

Which item would you add to your collection (wishlist): The LVC 1933 501 distressed from the Metropolis collection. I had it almost but it slipped through my fingers at that moment…I can’t wait for the new collection of LVC, as this is loaded with a lot of distressed stuff!

Where do you get your daily inspiration from? Books and old pictures. My daily inspriation is coming from old pictures, Matt Strickland does have a lot of input from the ’20′s till the ’50′s, all workwear. The Clutch and Men’s File magazine’s are also good inspirations and there’s also a lot of inspiration of Instagram.

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Old inspiration pictures

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Men’s File & Clutch magazine

What’s your favorite inspiration quote: Favorite inspiration is Cory Piehowicz, a very talented photograper. Check his site: http://corypiehowicz.com

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Are you also a collector and want to share your story and treasures? Send me an email: wouter@long-john.nl

Classic Gapstar US Second – G-star US Lumber & G-star US First Denim Items

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The Dutch G-Star brand was started in 1989 under the name Gapstar as a new denim initiative. A few years after their kick-off, when they were going global, they changed their name from Gapstar into G-star because of the American Gap brand. G-Star is now a very big, well known and respective denim brand worldwide. In my private denim collection their are some key items, sort of vintage in the meantime, from their more than 25 years of G-star history. Today I want to highlight 3 pieces which are a kind of cult nowadays and for me personally one the best ever made by the Gapstar / G-Star company.

The 3 Gapstar / G-star items;

  • Gapstar US Second jeans. Selvage jeans made of left hand fabric. Dated from +/- 1994-1995. Classic 5 pocket jeans. Sold as pre-washed jeans.
  • G-star US Lumber jeans. Selvage jeans made of right hand fabric. Dated from 1997-1998. Classic 5 pocket jeans with a cinch back. Sold as pre-washed jeans. They also had these as a rigid (unwashed) version.
  • G-star US First jacket. Selvage jacket made of right hand fabric. Dated from 1997-1998. Classic trucker denim jacket. Sold as a rigid (unwashed) jacket. The jacket is still unwashed.

Gapstar ‘US Second’ jeans

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G-star ‘US Lumber’ jeans

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G-star ‘US First’ jacket

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www.g-star.com

Do you also own one of these Gapstar / G-Star classics in your denim collection? Show them by sending pics to: wouter@long-john.nl

De Ver Azul by Juan Manuel Gomez & Laura Montoya

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Juan Manuel Gomez is a Colombian (from Medellin) painter with a total different style than others by the name De Ver Azul. Together with his wife, Laura Montoya, he created a new paint process using indigo as their main colour. They don’t use the common pencills but tools from a jeanmaker. This gives their art a very special and unique look. Juan worked for many years in the denim laundry process where he learned his blue skills. That’s also how he came up with the idea to do something different, something really outstanding. 

As we know denim is usually offered to us in garments that provide comfort, durability and luxe. Juan and Laura are taking it to another level by using denim as a canvas for their paintings. The indigo in combination with their jeanmaker tools ends up in blue art on a very high level. For the denim they are using a lot of Italian Candiani fabrics in order to get the most beautiful paintings. For Spring Summer ’16 they also worked on a special project together with Denham Jeans.

Their work is a must have for every denimhead. Please follow this very creative couple. It was good to meet you Juan last week in Berlin. Keep up the good work!

Juan Manuel Gomez

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Laura Montoya

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Denim Dudes & Denim Dudettes Portraits by Amy Leverton

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The new episodes of some of the finest Denim Dudes and Denim Dudettes by Amy Leverton are now online. The denim portraits gives a perfect insight what the true denimheads are wearing nowadays. Great work Amy! Enjoy.

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Henry Wong from Artistic Fabric Mills.

 

Eric Kvatek, photographer. 

 

Charles Sands, Senior designer for Denim & Supply.

Axel Nyström, Mens designer for Gant Rugger, Sweden.

Ciara Shah, co owner and commercial director, INK Inklusive.

Lizzie Kroeze, Denim designer at Soorty Enterprises and owner of Facing West.

Alex Melgård – Lewty, Co-owner and designer at INK Inklusive.

Alina Brane, Head of womens design, Gant Rugger.

www.denimdudes.co

The Selvedge Run Show Summer 2016

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Last week I visited the 3rd edition of The Selvedge Run fair in Berlin. The Selvedge Run is a trade show for menswear, shoes and accessories. The location of the show, Kulturbrauerei Berlin, is really nice and a perfect link to the authentic exhibitors. On the show you can only find the best of the best brands available worldwide. Next to discover new treasures for your store this is also the place to be to catch-up with likeminded people which are sharing the same passion for durable high-quality made products. They also organised some good events after the show where you could drink some cold beers and having a chat with your friends. The organisation did a really nice job again, the mix of brands was perfect and the surrounding was just great! Good to see everyone again, till the next one!

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www.selvedgerun.com

Eat Dust Clothing Spring Summer 2017

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Last week Eat Dust showed their Spring Summer ’17 collection for the first time at the Seek Show in Berlin. The theme of their brand new collection is: ‘The Lonely Hearts Club‘. Rob Harmsen and Keith Hioco, both founders of Eat Dust, are true masters as it comes to make a collection with a mix of denim, workwear, streetwear and biker influences. Its always a big pleasure to catch up with these buddies, hearing the story behind every high-quality made piece. They added some killer pieces next to their core heavy weight denim fabric items, from very light comfomfortable denim pieces to an iconic suede item. The best is to check their collection live ofcourse at the upcoming Jacket Required show in London or visit their showroom in Antwerp – Belgium. I made some shots of several key pieces, check them here below (pics quality isn’t that good, sorry for that). Great to see you again guys and congrats with your new collection! Your hard work pays off every season, keep it up! Eat Dust: ‘One for the Road’.

Rob Harmsen & Keith Hioco

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http://eatdustclothing.com

Denim Rooftop Project by Wim Ravestein

Yesterday I hooked-up with Wim Ravestein which is a true denimhead from Boskoop, a small village in Holland. Wim is very dedicated to jeans, has some nice worn-out projects and knows where he’s talking about. Next to that he has a extremely cool rooftop project going on. On his rooftop he has a very experimental denim project for already more than 5 years. Some of his rigid jeans are catching some sun, rain and snow 24/7 and 365 days a year, non-stop. All to check out the development of the unwashed denim fabrics. One of his projects was even the base of a birdhouse this Spring! For his rooftop project he’s using some old Blue Blood and new G-Star jeans.

Wim was also one of the few who had an original G-Star US Lumber from 1997 in his denim collection, which he donated to me for my private denim collection. I’m very happy with this jeans as this item was missing in my collection and a perfect addition next to my Gapstar US Second and G-Star US First jacket. Both denim classics nowadays. I gave him a classic jeans as a thank you, Edwin Nashville, for his rooftop project. I’m really looking forward how this jeans will age with a natural treatment of some years.

Thanks again Wim for sharing our same passion and your great worn-out G-Star US Lumber. Will post more about this later. Keep up the good work with your amazing rooftop project! To be continued…

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The Selvedge Run Tradeshow Berlin #3

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This upcoming week it will be the 3rd edition of very successful tradeshow The Selvedge Run in Berlin. The Selvedge Run is a tradeshow for quality menswear and crafted goods. The focus of the tradeshow is upon brands with a strong affinity with craft, timeless classics, durable and unique products. You can expect the best denim brands, footwear, accessories, and many more. The tradeshow is 3 days long, so perfect for checking out all the beautiful stuff and meeting your friends. Looking forward to this one, see you there! – Check out the video here below to get an impression from last Winter edition. And don’t forget to check out their website to see the impressive exhibitors brandlist -

Adress: Kulturbrauerei Berlin - Schönhauser Allee 36 - 10435 Berlin / Germany

Date: 28—30 Jun 2016

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 The Selvedge Run – Winter 2016

www.selvedgerun.com

Kiriko X Red Clouds Collective Collab Backpack

Kiriko made a collaboration with Portland’s Red Clouds Collective. With their collab they created a backpack made with heavy canvas, iconic Japanese Sashiko, and vegetable-tanned leather. Perfect backpack for your Summer trips!

The specs of this Kiriko X Red Clouds Collective are;

  • Sewn in Portland, OR
  • 14oz Cotton Canvas
  • Hermann Oak Vegetable-Tanned Leather
  • Antiqued Brass Rivets, Buckles
  • YKK Snaps
  • Striped canvas lining

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