Dyemond Goods is founded by Mike van der Zanden from Holland. Mike started a couple of years ago with his passion and handmade products. Every product is made by the man itself in his small atelier. The name of his brand is pretty simple and can be described the best by himself: ”Like diamonds, leather and denim are both raw in their natural state and they need quite some work before they reach a stage of perfection. Polishing, tanning, and dyeing will turn it into a divine form, captivating the eyes and souls of many”. He started Dyemond Goods with heavy unwashed denim fabrics and natural vegetable tanned leather, which looks amazing!, but lately he added some new variations in black – black. This new line is really cool, and beautiful as diamonds supposed to be. The details from his new range are;
18oz USA water repellent canvas
3.5mm Black bridle leather
Japanese 6oz Kuroki Mills selvedge chambray lining
Handset solid red copper rivets
Check out the craftsmanship from Mike van der Zanden here below!
Yesterday I received this great book ”Found” from Cone Denim Mills from the U.S. Cone Denim is celebrating this year their 110th anniversary with their White Oak Plant. Cone Denim is world famous of their partnership with Levi’s, this year they work 100 years together! This partnership is also know as ‘The Golden Handshake’.
But back to the amazing ”Found” book. My copy is the second print from 2008. The book is made after a nice story which started when a guy named James Harlon founded a pile of denim in an old house. He kept the denim four years when he decided to contacted Cone Denim. This pile was a true denim treasure, existing 40 very rare and unique worn-out styles from the ’40′ and ’50′s. The items were used back in the days as workwear and repaired many times by the previous owner(s). The brands from the pile were Stonewall, JC Penny, Big Mac, Anvil, Lee, Blue Bell, Big Winston, etc. Most of the brands don’t exist anymore. Cone Denim was so happy to add this to their private archive that they decided to make a special booklet about it and ”Found” was born. The items are really cool, I like the patched ones a lot! But maybe my personal favo’s are the denim shirts with the sun-bleached outlines on the front and the back from the bib overalls. The sun gave these items a natural vintage look, very impressive and cool. Can you imagine how long these shirts were used under the bibs while working. The last three pics are the back of these shirts.
The ”Found” book is a really great one! I am very happy to add this one to my personal denim book archive after so many years. Many thanks Cone Denim and happy anniversay! Keep up the good work!
Another killer jacket from my private denim collection is this Levi’s 507XX (Type 2) Big E Jeans Jacket from the ’50′s. The sleeves were cut-off by the previous owner, guess he (or she as it is a very small size) was a biker back in the days. Check also the cool vintage biker pins on the jacket. The jacket is washed very often as the colour is light blue with some brown dirt on it. Very nice natural washing! This jacket is very poluar among collectors as the originals are hard to find. These are one of my personal favo’s too. Pure Americana feeling!
The Concrete Tailor Company is founded by Fernando García de la Calera from Madrid(Spain). Fernando starts his carrier as a designer in 2007 creating The Concrete Company Madrid, an extension of his curiosity and hobbies. He started creating designs for skateboards and t-shirts, but soon after that he started making clothing based on durability and comfort. Creating samples, Fernando’s interest in tailoring awakens and he starts a learning process leading to the opening of his fist tailor shop in 2012. He continues using the fabrics he always used, specialising in denim, having quality and exclusiveness as main goals. TCCM is the natural evolution of Fernando’s interests and passions, both in his style and his creating process. Check out his fresh lookbook here below and don’t forget to check his video as well.
The Denim Run is coming again. This time, as part 3, they will organise the run in two Dutch cities; Amsterdam and Eindhoven. Great to see how they are growing and expanding their event were they show their love for bicycles and denim. Well done to the organisation: Wing Mok & Emiel Gerardu. See u there!
Years ago I bought this vintage Lee Jeans Rider jacket from the ’70′s. The jacket itself has a great worn-out look. I love the different blue shades. The patches aren’t from the ’70′s, they must be added not so long ago when I bought it as these are in perfect new condition. All in all a great jacket, named it Blue Eagle.
Last July the New York edition of the denim fabric fair Kingpins took place. Denim expert Amy Leverton from Denim Dudes (www.denimdudes.co) highlights the latest, new and upcoming trends in the denim industry. In the video she shows the best of the best from Cone Denim, Candiani Denim, Berto and Calik Denim. Check it out as the video is a great overview of what we can expect for Fall Winter 2016. Well done Amy!
The Japanese brand Kapital made again a really nice and impressive Fall Winter 2015 collection. Influences from classic U.S.A. styles and authentic Japanese boro’s and sashiko blue indigo mixed with new silhouettes. Really fresh look, check some styles here below.
Pepe Jeans London is a denim and casual wear jeans brand established in the Portobello Road area of London in 1973. For me their best line is still the Pepe Jeans Denim Deluxe Miner from 1998. It was a reference to the classic American styles. A couple of years ago Pepe Jeans made a great creative video to show their history. If you haven’t seen it before, check it out. Very cool way of showing your heritage!
In 2013 Stella Ruhe released her book Visserstruien (Dutch Traditional Ganseys) and this was an instant success. Stella, a Dutch female did an extremely great research to the old fisherman days. Each fisherman in Holland had their own knitted sweater which referred to their hometown. The different patterns of the sweater were used to find the original village from each fisherman when they were falling overboard into the sea. So each fisherman could be identified by his sweater. Her first book contains 60 original patterns and nice stories from the period 1875-1950. The patterns are distracted from old sweaters and old pictures. She even made all the sweaters for the book and put them next to the patterns.
This upcoming week part 2 is coming out, Visserstruien 2. In this new issue she continued the research to the origin of each sweater and the village. The volume 2 book will document 52 new villages and their sweat. Don’t know if this one is also coming in English like her first book, but check it out it’s a great homage to the Dutch fisherman. The cover looks promosing again!
In 1934 Levi’s Jeans introduced their first denim line for ladies. It was the 701 also called Lady Levi’s. The jeans was made out of selvage fabric but with white and pink thread instead of white and red. This new line was very revolutionary for the denim industry. Below some old Levi’s advertising with a focus on their Lady Levi’s.
Each season Denham Jeans reaches out to world-class artisans, designers and fabric developers to create collaborative expressions. For FW15 the inspiration is ‘Indigo Nomads’ and the highlight in the indigo range is the Re-Cut Kendo Coat featuring dead stock military blankets that have been soaked in blue. The result is a really nice and unique coat with different kind of blue shades. Well done Denham crew!
This Levi’s Jeans 501 is the biggest selvage jeans in my private denim collection. It has a waist 54 and length 30. The jean is made from a great hairy fabric. It has a small e red tab, no. 6 on the top button, non-single stitch backpockets and washed-out red selvage. This jean is probably from the late ’70′s. Maybe earlier as you follow the no. 6 button, but normally the backpockets should be single stitched than. You can’t always track 100% the original production year/time from an old denim item. One thing is sure that these are the biggest in my collection! Big vintage Americana jeans!
The Amsterdam based store Tenue de Nîmes officially released their latest jean ‘Pablo’ yesterday as a successful follow-up on their first jean ‘Charles’. Their new jeans is made from a Japanese denim: ‘Memphis Blue’. The Tenue de Nîmes jeans are the first step within a collection of garments that are timeless and always based on the basic principle of quality. They made the Pablo jeans by a small factory in Italy, an hour away from Veneto, owned by an Italian woman and her son. The Pablo is a straight jean with a slightly more relaxed top-block and a slim but easy leg. It’s a more classic ‘Americana’ jean. The Pablo jean is created with a 14,5 o.z. Memphis II fabric from the Rampuya denim mill in Kojima, Japan. The Tenue de Nîmes Pablo Memphis II jeans are limited to 140 pieces and are exclusively available at Tenue de Nîmes. Every jean is hand-numbered and is presented in a special box. Congrats guys with the birth of Pablo!
One of my treasures from my private denim archive is this original vintage Levi’s Jeans 507XX (also known as Type 2) jacket. The jacket is from the ’50′s. It was introduced in 1953 as the follow up from the 506XX (Type 1) jacket. On the 507XX jacket was a second breast pocket added with bar tacks instead of rivets. The jacket got the famous BigE red tab. All vintage Levi’s items with a red tab (the red tab was introduced in 1936) made before 1971 have the BigE tab instead of a small e. These BigE red tabs are the valuable items to collect. This jacket was only made till 1962 when the follow up came: 557XX (Type 3) jacket. The 557XX is Levi’s most famous jacket, it has the pointed pocket flaps. The 507XX has selvage in the inside which dissapear at the 557XX jack. The buttons are showing a lot of patina. The back of the buttons are stamped with number 17.
My 507XX jacket is in totally worn-out condition, that’s how I like them the most. It shows different blue indigo shades. A perfect jacket with a lot of history! It came out in the time that the Rock & Roll era started. Check it out!
Last June the ‘Denim Boulevard’ event was held in Milan – Italy. I already posted a short teaser video of this, but now their full impression video is online. If you missed it, check it out now! Big up to the organisation!
The black version of the promo doll from Lee Jeans, the famous Buddy Lee, is very rare! You don’t see this version so often, there’s also one published in the book ‘True Fit’ from Viktor Fredback (check out his denim book, it’s really great!!). There’s also not much info about this one. It’s probably made in the late ’20′s but some say it’s from the ’40′s. Like all the first original Buddy Lee’s this one is also dressed in an overall. This Buddy Lee is for sale on Ebay for $ 1.599,- Check this Black Magic here below.
Paul Kruize makes bespoke jeans with high quality denim fabrics. You can create your own favo pair of jeans with a lot of authentic details like the one piece fly. Paul was interviewed by the Dutch national television about his passion and craftsmanship. Check it here below in the video. (Only Dutch language)