The oldest pair of blue jeans is an old but still a great short docu. It shows one of the oldest pairs of Lev’s Jeans from 1890. Besides that it shows you the rich highlights of the history of blue jeans. If you haven’t seen it before, enjoy!
Dawson Denim from Birghton – UK started with their denim brand with vintage motoring as their inspiration. It all began with a 1957 BSA Bantam motorbike. It was this motorbike that would combine their passion for design and their love of denim, this would inspire their branding. The Dawson Denim range began with workwear aprons. These were inspired by original aprons used up until the 1960’s. They have expanded their range slowly since 2012 with jackets, jeans and bags. Take a look into their workshop where they make their handmade blue indigo goods in the short film here below.
Rest Denim is an independent denim brand started in London. The brand is entirely run by one man Toby Owen. Toby started Rest Denim out of a love for raw denim. His items are made with the highest quality selvedge denim and canvas, most is woven in Japan, but also by Cone Mills in the U.S.A. Most of his hardware is made from solid brass or copper, made in Japan and the U.K. One of my favo’s is his denim apron. The apron pictured is made from unsanforized green selvedge denim. This is extremely slubby and irregular, and fades to a stunning patina with use. Rest arcuates and ‘peekaboo’ selvedge detail showing next to the rivet on the breast pocket. Check out the work of this craftsman Toby Owen!
Check out the jeans from Lennaert Nijgh (founder Benzak Denim Developers), fit BDD-006 heavy slub after 4,5 months of active wear every day. His jeans has already shows some nice fadings. Lennaert just went to Japan to make a production video of the whole process. His jeans are designed in Holland and made in Japan. On his trip he also went to the legendary Jeans street in Kojima – Okayama. Looking forward to see more pics of this unwashed jeans. And to the production video. Go for it Lennaert!
Lennaert Nijgh (founder Benzak Denim Deveopers)
One of my latest vintage treasures for my private denim collection is this original vintage Levi’s Big E Jeans jacket from the early ’60′s. I have a true weakness for old customized denim jackets. Especially if they are original Levi’s. This model, the 557XX also known as the Type 3, is the most famous denim jacket. Also the most copied model by many other brands. This particular jacket has some great details which refer that it’s from the early ’60′s when this model was introduced by Levi’s (the model was launched in 1962). The key details are: Big E Red Tab, single stitched closure, two tone stitching on the shoulders, sign in the neck from the big label (more common by Big E Type 3 jackets are the smaller labels which are made later in the ’60′s), yellow stitching under the flap from the pocket (later models shows black stitching), and the button stamp is 0 (Levi’s used the single digit stamps first, later they changed it into three digits like 524, 525, 526, etc.). The previous owner stitched a nice palm tree on the back of the jacket which gives you the perfect hippy feeling. The cuffs from the sleeves are covered with new denim as they are totally worn-out. All in all nice addition in my large Levi’s Big E jacket collection. Aloha!
There are lots of people around the world these days who collect vintage denim. Not so many years ago, that wasn’t the case. But there were enough of them in the late 1970′s and early 1980′s. Yosuke Otsubo was one of them and earned his living finding sought-after denim in Southern California and exporting it to buyers in Japan, his homeland. For the past five years, he has worked in Tokyo – Japan for Levi Strauss & Co. He handles sales and marketing for their best lines: Levi’s Made & Crafted and Levi’s Vintage Clothing. Meet style master Yosuke Otsubo.
A lot of people like vintage clothing nowadays. Most of those fanatics knows of Bobby Garnett. For those who have never heard about this legend, here’s Bobby from Boston! Bobby has an extremely cool vintage store filled with the most beautiful suits, army stuff, boots, dresses, sport items, workwear and jeans. You name it, he has it! A lot of famous clothing designers are shopping at Bobby’s to buy inspiration items to create their new collections. Also stylists from movies are regular clients at Bobby’s to score suits for new upcoming movies. Meet Bobby from Boston here below in the two short docu’s.
Bobby Garnett (Bobby from Boston)
Recently we delivered our new Butts and Shoulders ‘Rough line’ to our retailers. For this collection we also developed a new store display with free keyrings. The keyrings are a give a way to customers who are interested to see the magical ageing process from the leather. I shot these pics last week at one on our retailers: Country House in Rotterdam – NL. Great authentic denim store with a beautiful collection.
The Rough collection
Mohsin Sajid, the man behind the Endrime denim brand, is making great steps. His collections are bigger every season and filled with beautiful items. He combines authentic details and silhouettes but always with a great modern twist. One of his highlights for me is still his handmade, read hand stitched jeans. This is really cool and very rare! He also made hand stitched denim ties, also one with selvage fabric. This one is for the real denim dandy’s. Keep on going the good work my friend! Till soon.
This October the Kingpins denim fabric fair is back in Amsterdam. All the best denim mills from the world are coming together: USA, Japan, Italy, Spain,
Austria, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Turkey, Egypt, Thailand, Pakistan and India. On the fair you can get your denim inspiration and you can shop of course for Spring/Summer 2017. See you there!
Buddies Rob Harmsen and Keith Hioco from Eat Dust are making denim workwear and streetwear inspired clothing with their brand. They started with core denim, but quick after their successful launch they expand their collections with other unique items. Also for this Fall Winter season they developed something different and a true must have. It’s a limited winter blanket with only 220 pieces made in Portugal. Colours are off white/navy blue. Let the winter begin!
Rob Harmsen & Keith Hioco
(Pic by Nick Clements)
The Red Wing Shoes launched the limited edtion Huntsman 2015 edition. These boots dates back to 1936. The original Red Wing 2015 was known as the 668 and is one of the first hunting boots designed the Red Wing Shoe Company. The Red Wing 668 Huntsman could be considered as the forefather of the Red Wing 877, Red Wing’s most iconic shoe. The Red Wing Shoe Company released this limited edition boot to celebrate their 110th anniversary this year. The Red Wing 2015 Huntsman Boot is made from a special Black Klondike leather which is a not ‘dyed through’ leather. Again a beautiful U.S.A. made Goodyear Welted boot by Red Wing. Congrats with your anniversary!
Available here: www.redwingamsterdam.com
Samrobertsla is a company runned by a couple who named their company to their most beloved one, their son Sam. They also have a great love and appreciation for vintage clothing and old textiles. For as long as they can remember they have been collecting them. Tattered, thread bare, stained, they all tell a story. The things they make from them are just another chapter. Check below some of their amazing necklaces!
Available here: http://samrobertsla.com
Facing West is a conceptual design and visual merchandising company which is founded by Lizzie Kroeze from Amsterdam – NL. With her company Facing West she makes the most beautiful pieces, all indigo workwear inspired. Most of the times she’s doing everything by hand, pure craftsmanship with a lot of Japanese and USA influences. Last year she did a great expo as part of the Bread & Butter trade show in July. The set-up was extremely cool and was filled with inspiration for every denim – indigo lover, designer, or people with interest in old school workwear clothing. If you haven’t seen it before, check it out here below. And check of course more indigo stuff on her new website.
Lizzie Kroeze – Facing West
The normal conventional trade shows are not from this time anymore. Retailers, buyers, designers and other people want something different. More experience and not only shows that are sales driven. Here’s an excellent example how you can do it! Meet the concept of Desert & Denim. Desert & Denim is the world’s premier, renegade men’s denim and accessories trade show. An international maker’s carnival of designers and ground-breaking brands will gather for two days in the desert, discussing what’s next in the world of men’s apparel around the bourbon campfire until the early hours of the morning. The organisation invited only the best of the new wave of men’s rugged, high quality, workshop-made clothes and accessories, and what has happened as a result is the emergence of a new kind of tribe, a new kind of community. Sounds great isn’t it!
You can now support these guys for the next 2016 edition through their Kickstarter project. But first you need to know when and where this unique trade show is going to be held. Desert & Denim is going to be at eco chic Mojave Sands Motel in Joshua Tree, CA on February 17th & 18th, 2016. Check out the awesome video at the end to get you in the right mood to go to the desert! Good luck guys, great concept!
Support the Desert & Denim Kickstarter project here:
The Amsterdam brand Denham is growing very fast. Bigger collections, bigger accounts and more own retail stores. Yes, they are doing it really good. Very impressive if you have in mind that the brand is still pretty young. Their latest store was opened last Friday in Düsseldorf – Germany. Great to see that their business is doing it very well outside of Holland too! For the opening the master of Denham, Jason Denham himself, was there to do the official opening as always. Congrats Jason and crew with this new adventure!