Last weekend Pike Brothers organised again their Pike Day. A special day filled with live music, food, motorcycles, cars and great people ofcourse! Below an impression of the Pike Day festival!
Sander van de Vecht, founder of Denim.Lab, launched a couple of years ago his Denim.Lab brand. With Denim.Lab he’s creating high-end selvage jeans for men. Next to these quality jeans he’s selling unique deadstock selvage fabrics. His next new Denim.Lab project is his Mini.Lab Kids collection. With this collection he’s bringing the most cool stuff for the little denim boys and girls. From rigid stretch selvage denim qualities to very nice washed and patched jeans and jackets. True cool for the real little rebels! Check below some of my personal Mini.Lab Kids favo’s! Available now through the Denim.Lab webshop. Need these for my little girl!
Check the Mini.Lab collection here;
The Burds London brand is founded in 2015 by friends Tamara Bell and Ame Pearce. Burds London is a denim and clothing label for badass denim babes. With Tamara’s background in leather and lingerie design, launched Almeida London Lingerie in 2012, and Ame’s extensive knowledge of denim design after 10 years working as a designer at Levi’s Jeans and Edwin Jeans, they are a perfect and successful denim duo.
With Burds they combine their love of motorcycles, fashion and denim. Tamara and Ame developed Burds London to fill a gap in their own wardrobes for clothes that work hard but also look great. Nice one ladies, keep up the good work!
Check Ame Pearce telling her Burds story in the video here below made by Amy Leverton (Denim Dudes)
Another vintage Levi’s Jeans jacket from my private denim archive: Levi’s ‘Big E’ biker vest from the ’60′s. The jacket has a great patina and cut-off sleeves as it belonged to a biker from the ’60′s era. The back of the buttons are stamped with digit #525 which refers to that period. The ‘Big E’ Red Tab is still in very good condition. On the back of the vest you see a super nice fading which came from riding the back that often. Above the great fading you see H. Angel marked by hand.
Check the original Levi’s ’Big E’ Jeans MC Biker Vest here below. I also attached some links to some more Levi’s ‘Big E’ Jeans denim biker vests from my private collection. Enjoy!
Check more vintage biker vests from my private denim collection here:
Vintage Levi’s Big E patched biker jacket from the ’60′s: www.long-john.nl/vintage-levis-jeans-trucker-big-e-jacket-from-the-60s/
Vintage Levi’s Big E biker jacket from the ’60′s: www.long-john.nl/private-item-levis-big-e-trucker-jacket-from-the-60s/
Vintage Levi’s Big E biker jacket from the ’50′s: www.long-john.nl/vintage-levis-big-e-507xx-sleeveless-biker-jacket-from-the-50s/
- Vintage Levi’s Big E biker jacket from the ’50′s: www.long-john.nl/vintage-levis-507xx-type-2-big-e-jeans-jacket-from-the-50s/
Share your vintage denim biker jacket by sending me an email:
One of the latest editions of the Red Wing Shoes family is the RW Shoes 8137 Classic 6” Moc Toe in Black Chrome. The RW 8137 boot is a classic mocassin style and is made in Red Wing, Minnesota. The Red Wing Moc Toe boot was originally designed for hunters and farmers in the early 1950′s. The name Red Wing ‘Moc Toe’ (Moccasin), is the traditional Algonquian Indian word for the U-shape design of the toe. The Red Wing 8137 comes in ‘Black Chrome’ leather, and black laces, which has a smooth and polished look. These Red Wing boots makes you Winter ready!
Hollie Ward is a hand-weaver specialised in selvedge denim fabrics. Hollie is living in the South of London and recently graduated from Huddersfield University. Hollie makes bespoke jeans, jackets and scarfs. The fabrics which she’s using are all made by herself, by hand on a handloom which results in an extremely unique and rare denim item. Keep an eye on this authentic designer who’s making high standard denim pieces. Check Hollie out at work in the video here below made by Amy Leverton – Denim Dudes. Keep up the good work!
Meet Hollie Ward in Denim Short Stories by Amy Leverton – Denim Dudes
The C2H4 Store, from Los Angels, teamed-up with Vans Shoes to create two special indigo editions. In the past we saw some more indigo dyed shoes like the Tenue de Nimes X Red Wing and Tenue de Nimes X Converse shoes, recently the Kassim Denim X Sperry Shoes and this upcoming September Eastpak will launch their special indigo bags. But as we can’t see this enough it’s great that C2H4 just launched their indigo special. They used two classics from Vans, the Old School and Slip On models. Both editions are dyed in indigo and decorated with Japanese boro patches. The result is beautiful and a perfect match with your rigid or worn-out jeans. Check them out at C2H4 Store!
Checking out Ebay for vintage denim treasures (and buying ofcourse) is one of my favo’s to do. Ebay is loaded with cool vintage stuff. Just came across this vintage Levi’s Big E Jeans with blue, white and red stripes and stars from the late ’60′s. The jeans is in perfect condition and still available. Check this great hippie style out!
Check this jean here:
Today I want to highlight another original vintage Levi’s Jeans 507XX (also known as Type 2) Big E jackets from my private denim collection. The Levi’s Jeans 507XX jacket was introduced in 1953 as the follow up on the 506XX (Type 1) jacket and was produced until 1962. The 507XX jacket has a selvage redline inside which disappeared at the follow-up jacket, the 557XX (Type 3) Trucker model. The red in the selvage is gone through the many washes of the jacket. You see this a lot at old denim pieces. The back of the buttons are stamped with #0.
This jacket model is one of my favorites as it refers to the ‘Golden Period’ in the denim industry. During the ’50′s the denim industry exploded as denim became more mainstream as movie stars as Marlon Brando and James Dean were wearing denim outfits in the films. Also the rock and roll era was started in the ’50′s, Elvis was also spotted in denim many times. These icons were very important ambassadors for the denim industry.
Check below the alsmost 70 years old Levi’s Big E Jeans jacket which is still in very good condition. A true classic!
Blaumann Jeans is a denim brand from Germany. They create authentic denim styles made of high quality fabrics. Their jeans is made of 13oz Japanese selvage Kuroki left hand fabric. The coin pocket has also a selvage redline. The backpockets are reinforced with hidden rivets and also extra lined in the inside. The leather patches are numbered. The jeans itself is made in Germany. Take below a look at this new denim brand Blaumann Jeans.
New vs Worn Blaumann Jeans
Lee Jeans is bringing their iconic jacket back on the market for Fall Winter ’16: Lee 101 191-LB Zip Jacket. They gave their classic jacket a modern twist and it’s made of premium dry denim which is lined for the cold upcoming Winters. Nice one guys!
Although it’s still Summer I would like to give you a sneak preview of the new upcoming Indigo People Fall Winter 2016 collection. Indigo People is founded to share the love of traditional craftsmanship and natural indigo. For upcoming season Indigo People is bringing 3 new product groups in this new collection: t-shirts, bandanas and bags.
The Indigo People t-shirts and bandanas are produced following the authentic batik technique. The artworks are stamped or printed with hot wax to resist dye during the indigo dyeing process. The artworks are then cracked and the garments are manually dyed, piece by piece, in natural indigo. To reach the dark indigo colour, the dye master has to dip the garments up to 16 times in indigo. After dyeing, the garments are boiled in hot water to remove the wax. The printed artworks and the cracked lines remain their raw colour and appear on the garments.
The Indigo People bags are offered in 2 different fabrics: 17oz handwoven selvedge denim in natural indigo and 17oz handwoven batik denim. The 17oz selvedge denim is hand woven and hand dyed in natural indigo. The weft yarns are dipped about 16 times in natural indigo to get the dark colour.
Next to the new upcoming products Indigo People added also some new styles from their ties and scarves. All ties are made from fabrics that are natural indigo dyed and handwoven following the traditional ikat technique. The scarves are traditionally hand loomed and manually dyed in natural indigo following the ikat technique. Looking forward to see those beautiful items in store!
#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!
- 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
What’s your role exactly at R.D.D.? My role goes 2 ways:
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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).
new vs worn
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!!
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!
new vs worn
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.
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.
J.R. CASH: original name of Johnny Cash.
TCB: this is the band which Elvis Presley had before he died (TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS BAND).
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.
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.
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”
Interested to see and read more about Royal Denim Division?
Check the article ‘The Introduction of Royal Denim Division’ here:
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!
Contact me if you have some Old Glory items for Sale: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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!
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.
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!