Just spotted this awesome vintage Wrangler jacket loaded with the most cool biker patches on Ebay. Really cool to see those patched jackets. This one is a womens, you don’t see these so often in small sizes, but great to see the love for Honda from this biker chick. Still available on Ebay, check it out!
The first jeans was developed for the workers in the mines during the ‘Gold Rush’ period in California. Pike Brothers developed a Miner Pant with the typical iconic features of those miner pants with their 1908 pants. The pants has some nice details as reinforced knees, one large back pocket, hammerloop, suspender buttons, high waist with comfort fit and button fly. For the Miner pants Pike Brothers used hemp denim, 14oz selvage hemp denim. The denim is 50% hemp and 50% cotton making it rich in structure and sturdy in construction. It is a denim fabric with an extraordinary character. This pants will take you back to the good old Gold days!
Sustainability is a growing topic nowadays in the clothing industry, also in the denim industry. It’s all about making denim less damaging to the environment and better for the people who work in the farms, factories and laundries. What are the options and how to do this? Below some options by Andrew Olah (Founder, Kingpins fabric show), Miles Johnson (Creative Director, Patagonia), Mattia Donadi (VP of Production, R13 Studio), Alberto Candiani (Global Manager, Candiani Denim).
The ‘Selvedge Run’ is a new trade show for menswear in Berlin. The show is a platform for new and authentic brands, footwear, clothing and accessories. A home for brands with character, craft is the core of this show. As a show, the ‘Selvedge Run’ celebrates garments and products that are made in the best way possible and created to endure. This normally means making them in traditional, slow methods of manufacture. Items made with this in mind endure and grow alongside the owner. It is the anti-fast-fashion way of doing things. The name, ‘Selvedge Run’, is taken from the technical term for the narrow, tightly woven, self-finished edges most commonly associated with high-quality denim, also known as selvedge. In January they organised the second edition of this very successful event. Below a small impression of this great initiative, check also the film to get you in the mood for the Summer edition, edition #3.
Ebay is always the perfect place to spot incredible cool vintage denim items. Today I spotted this Levi’s Jeans Type 3 Trucker jacket from the ’60′s. It’s a Big E jacket (made before 1971), street racing rod car club rockabilly jacket. Really cool one, check it out here below!
A lot of denim heads are making their own denim jeans and products nowadays. No mass production, but limited editions. Created by themselves on their own sewing machine. This to create an item which is made by their own ideas and vision. They prefer the best quality to make a product that stands a lifetime. The most popular and authentic fabrics are the selvage qualities. But it’s always difficult to buy only a couple of meters from your favo mill. For those guys there is some good news! You can now buy fabrics from the legendary White Oak mill. The minimum order is 6 yards.
Most of the denim heads knows the White Oak mill from Cone Denim – US, but if not here’s some info about them. The mill was named for the 200 year old White Oak tree that stood nearby and served as a gathering place for people traveling to Greensboro from the surrounding countryside. Construction began in 1902 and the first bobbin of yarn was produced on April 20th, 1905. Still true to its heritage, the White Oak plant in Greensboro, NC, operates today as the denim flagship operation, serving as the center for product development and innovation, and the production of Cone Denim’s authentic premium vintage denims made exclusively in the USA.
For now you can choose between two fabrics, both selvage. Check them out here below and enjoy making products with this famous fabric!
Denimsquad Talk is a talk show and seminar aimed at sharing knowledge and experience in denim, including technical side of denim, creative industries, form a network of fellow denim enthusiasts and startups in the denim industry. Denimsquad is founded by Putri Mayangsari. The first edition was held on January the 17th at Bandung, West Java. There were several speakers who shared their blue experience, knowledge and love for denim: Aditya Mahardhika (Creative Director Sixteen Denim Scale), Randhi Pratama (Co-founder AYE! & Co.), Bhisma Diandra (INDIGO) and Putri Mayangsari (Founder Denim Squad).
The event ended with the creation of a short video to express the love of denim to all of the people around the world with the words “WE ARE INDONESIA AND WE LOVE DENIM”. Denim Squad Talk Vol. 2 is planned to be held also this year in Jakarta, Indonesia. Good luck guys with this blue initiative!
Tomorrow we will launch our ‘Butts and Shoulders’ boots at the Dutch fashion fair Modefabriek in Amsterdam. The boots are made with the classic ‘Goodyear Welted’ construction, all hand numbered, made from natural tanned leather and made in Portugal. The first run are 100 pairs only. Great to see you there. Below a sneak peak from our stand display. Cheers!
We made a road – production movie of our Portugal trip, check it here:
Blue de Gênes is a denim label from Denmark which takes their inspiration from the origin of jeans. That’s also how they came up with their strong name, Blue de Gênes. Their name refers to the time that harbor workers in Genoa, Italy, used to wear clothes made of the fabric Geanes fustian. This fabric was dyed in indigo, very strong and perfect for work pants. This fabric was exported to other countries, and eventually known as the Blue from Genoa, or in French “Bleu de Gênes”. English adaptation of the expression then became “Blue Jeans”.
The jeans of the Scandinavian brand are the basis of Blue de Gênes. All their jeans are made in Italy, meaning the entire process from stitching to washing. The jeans all have branded vintage buttons and rivets. The back pockets are made with extra covered rivets, which promises a strong hold. Their shirts are inspired by old worker shirts. Shirts have the characteristic Blue de Gênes branded real corozo hard nut buttons. The shirts are made in natural materials using cotton, hemp, linen and wool. Some fabrics are made on old selvedge looms and feature the characteristic red selvedge line. Most fabrics are from Italy and Japan. Below some shots from their Spring Summer ’16 collection.
You can check the new FW16 collection this weekend at the Dutch fashion fair Modefabriek in Amsterdam.
Founder Lennaert Nijgh of Benzak Denim Developers (BDD) explains the ’10 DETAILS OF A PAIR OF BDD JEANS’ in his latest video. Every pair of BDD jeans is designed and developed with a precise eye for detail. Every construction, stitch and trimming is there for a purpose. In this video Lennaert will guide you through 10 important details of a pair of BDD jeans.
The 10 details are: #1 hidden 6th pocket… #2 coin pocket #3 leather patch #4 waistband #5 back pockets #6 inseam #7 bottom hem #8 inside construction #9 spi & yarn thickness #10 labels, buttons & rivets.
Besides working as a freelance marketing and retail specialist in the denim industry, running this daily denim blog I am also one of the founders of the ‘Butts and Shoulders’ brand. Two years ago we started with ‘Butts and Shoulders’ as we wanted to share our passion for authenticity, craftsmanship and durable products. Our first product was the travel bag and soon after this first success we launched several other bags and small products.
One of our dreams was also to create our ultimate boot, a ‘Goodyear Welted’ boot. Not a collection, only one boot. Made with the highest standard that last you a lifetime. As with most of our products we used natural vegetable tanned leather, we call it virgin leather. This leather will age very nice with wear. The boots are made by hand in sunny Portugal and are all hand numbered to make them more special. The first run is made in 100 pairs only! We went to Portugal to make a promo video to show you the process and our vision behind our brand/boots. The video is made by the very talented Edwin van der Sande. Edwin did an amazing job with this film! Very proud to show you our boots and our road movie. Enjoy.
Unique hand numbered tongue
(this is number 2 of the 1st production run of 100 pairs)
Indigo People teamed-up again with Denham Jeans after their first successful collaboration. For the Spring 2016 collection, there are again two scarves that embody the spirits of both brands to show their love for indigo and authentic craftsmanship. Both scarves are created following the traditional Ikat technique, which is a resist dyeing process by binding the designed pattern on the weaving yarns with a tight wrap. After repeatedly dipped the bound yarns in natural indigo to reach the dark blue colour, the bindings are then removed to create the pattern directly on the handloom. Because the design is created in the yarns the pattern is visible at both sides of the fabric.
The Toru scarf has a simple yet contemporary plaid design that is formed by the irregular Ikat yarns in both the warp and the weft direction of the scarf. The rain effect of these ikat yarns gives an apparent blurriness to the plaid.
The Hajime scarf’s graphic design is inspired by Denham’s logo. The scissors have been abstracted and bound on the weft yarns. This weft Ikat technique is much slower to weave because the weft yarns must be carefully adjusted to maintain the clarity of the design. A misplaced yarn will destroy the entire pattern. It’s a highly labor-intensive process to create the scissor pattern of this scarf.
Both scarves will be available in the official Denham stores. Congrats guys with this second collab, it looks stunning as always!
This upcoming weekend I will organise again a ‘Denim Tour’ during the Dutch fashion fair Modefabriek in Amsterdam. During the ‘Denim Tour’ you will see the highlights of the brands, meet the persons behind the brands and discover new inspiration for your store. You can join for free to this tour by sending me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. More details here below, sorry only Dutch language. See you there!
Last year denim expert Amy Leverton launched her street-style book ‘Denim Dudes’ with 80 blue influencers in the denim industry. From the U.S. to Europe, Japan and Australia. All the important names captured in one book full of great pics. This time Amy made a range of video portraits to highlight some denim professionals. Check them out here below.Well done Amy!
Daniel McKinley, Denim Designer, shot at Tower Bridge, London
Jessica Gebhart, Trend Forecaster and Owner, i-and-me, shot at Tower Bridge, London
Mohsin Sajid, Denim Designer, Owner, Endrime, shot at London Bridge, London
Kelly Harrington, Designer and trend forecaster, H+M, shot at Tower Bridge London
Scott Boyd-Errol, Master Tailor at Atelier & Repairs, London. shot at Tower Bridge, London
Next week we’re going to launch our new family member of our ‘Butts and Shoulders’ brand, our ultimate ‘Gooyear Welted’ boot. The boots are made by hand in Portugal. We use natural vegetable tanned leather which will age very nice within time. Every pair is numbered by hand to make them more special. High quality boots for life, stay tuned!
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For Fall Winter 2016 ‘Blue Days Footwear’ is coming with a collection for men and women called ‘Brogue Selvedge’. The brand is founded by Yanto Drogt four years ago. He started the brand because he wanted to create a product with his two biggest passions: denim and footwear. All the styles are manufactured with great care in Portugal with only the finest materials and the highest quality selvedge denim fabrics from Italy combined with leather. For the F/W16 collection Yanto used the authentic brogue shoe as inspiration and gave this classic a fresh twist. Check some shots from the lookbook here below. Good luck with the sales Yanto!