Oliver Harkness, the owner of The Quality Mending Company, has over 20 years of experience in dealing in vintage clothing, and sources rare, unique American and European pieces for the store. In 2010, as it became clear that select in-demand items were getting more difficult o track down, Oliver introduced his own label The Quality Mending Company, a line of mainly locally made clothing and accessories that takes its inspiration from vintage but possesses an of-the-moment sensibility. These new items fit in nicely alongside the carefully curated vintage pieces that continue to be an essential element of the store. It’s always nice to see when a brand is born out of a passion instead of a moneymaker. When you are in NY City, visit this authentic shop!
The Quality Mending Store
Check also the previous post about ‘The Mast Brothers’;
Denham X Long John
Last week you already saw pictures that Jason Denham (Denham Jeans) took my ‘Long John X GoSterk X Blendomatic’ collab shirt with him during his trip trough Japan. Today I am very proud to show you the real deal. Jason was lucky to visit the more than 100 years old small family hand dye house in Kojima (Japan) for his upcoming collection and dipped my shirt in natural indigo. The result is an -one of a kind- made by master Jason Denham himself! It’s one of the first collabs that gets a second collaboration: Denham X Long John. Jason was so kind to document the magical indigo dip process. When an indigo dyed item left the indigo bath it has a kind of green look. By the time this dipped item gets in contact with oxigen it slowly turns into the colour blue. This is why we call this indigo process magic. The result is really beautiful! It turned into a perfect blue colour, a.k.a. blue gold.
Check the process pictures of this true craftsman below. I am very honored Jason, big bravo for this great surprise! Can’t wait to add this shirt in my private collection. Till soon.
Check the previous Jason Denham X Long John Japan travel post here:
Stanley & Sons made an apron and bag for Hickoree’s using Cone W966 black selvage denim, Cone Indigo Neppy selvage denim and finally 15oz. selvage indigo denim from the Kurabo Mill in Japan. The black and blue color is combined in each piece, with one color being more prominent than the other and vice versa.
Available here: www.hickorees.com
Eric Jost (Life Time Gear) is wearing the Long John collab tee
Michael van Hal (Ouwe Paparazzi) is wearing the Long John collab tee
Ray Gascoigne has been around boats his whole life, as a shipwright, a merchant sailor, and now as a ship builder on the smallest dry dock there is: a bottle. This short film, by Smith Journal and Melbourne-based production studio Commoner, picks through the wood chips to tell the story of a craft honed over 60 years, and the man behind it. I love this film as I recently dropped a collab named: ”Tribute to message in a bottle”. Enjoy Bottle History.
Recently I came across this vintage found: Lee Jeans U.S.A. railway patched jacket. It’s customized by the pre-owner with all kind of railway patches. Don’t know exactly how old the jacket is, but I think it is from the ’80′s early ’90′s. As I like customized jackets a lot this is a great addition in my private collection. If someone has some more info about this jacket, please send me an email: