The Great Frog made its name catering to a niche clientele of rockers, bikers and those on the edge of the mainstream. Started in 1972, the company was a refreshing change from the 60′s revolution prevailing in London. The city was ready for a new era and original rock and roll jewellery was born. The Great Frog has designed bespoke pieces for many international names from the fashion and music industries, including rock legends Metallica, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Slash and Aerosmith. Other wearers of the brand and a part of its heritage, include Johnny Depp, Kate Moss, Alice Dellal, Lady Gaga and Oasis. Every ring is still handmade in London.
The first orders of our limited collab denim jacket will get a free Lee Jeans Alaska lining scarf with their order. Be quick as they are made in real limited quantities! Available in our webshop.
The guys from the great Amsterdam denim store Tenue de Nimes made something exclusive for their 5th anniversary, a natural indigo dipped Red Wing boot. The boots are indigo dyed in Japan and are made in limited 50 quantities. Congrats guys, boot looks brilliant! The specifics are;
• Made in USA / Dyed in Japan • Limited to 50 pairs • US sizing • Classic Moc style • Indigo Dyed Abilene suede leather (Rough-Out) • Traction Tred Cushion Crepe Wedge sole • Width E
Lately I bounced on a great new clothing treasure, called Union Spark. Union Spark is originally an American brand, founded 1925 in Georgia, U.S.A. but is since 2012 owned by the Italian company Sevenbell that is continuing the American heritage. Back in the days the brand produced t-shirts for colleges and for the U.S. Army and still today, the brand is influenced by classic Army items, in the style of Steve McQueen in ‘The Great Escape’ and Marlon Brando’s ‘The Wild One’.
Sevenbell, more famous for the brands Roy Roger’s and President’s, is for the season of Autumn/Winter 2013-14 releasing a first mini collection of Union Spark tees, mixing the touch of the 50’s with their 100% Made in Italy manufacturing. The t-shirts are made in the same way today as they were back in the days – produced on the same looms, the t-shirts looks like they would be coming straight from that era, without unnecessary ‘aging’ processes.
The amazingly authentic collection will for this first season be exclusively sold on www.sevenbell.com and what is nice to mention is that you will receive 10% discount if you subscribe on their website before the launch. See the images here below and you’ll know that this is worth to have an extra look at! All in all happy to see that a historic brand like this one is still alive!
I am proud to show you our new ’Butts and Shoulders’ brand. This brand is a collaboration of friends which are sharing the same authentic passion. Our idea was to create the ultimate travel bag. After one year of testing several pilot bags which have travelled through the world we finally made our First Edition of 50 bags. They are now for sale in our webshop section.
Our Butts and Shoulders bag is made of 100% natural vegetable leather. We call it virgin leather. The moment you unpack it, you are starting the unique ageing process. By using it, touching it and even by exposing it to daylight the looks of this unique bag will change. The more you will use it, the more beautifull it gets. Like a true friendship that will grow over time. Butts and Shoulders will be your buddy for the rest of your life.
Every bag will be delivered with a leather certificate with the unique bag number. The certificate reminds you to the start of the ‘virgin’ leather and it’s also the testimony of the registered original. The bag is 100% made in Holland. Below some pictures, but the best is to check our new website for the whole story and (detail) pics.
Many thanks for coming to our ‘Dry Denim Day’ last Saturday at the denim store Vielgut based in the South of Holland. Saw some amazing worn-out denim projects, great people, music and drinks. All in all a perfect day. If you missed it, check the pics below.
This week I received a great early X-mas gift from my Italian Blue Blanket Jeans friends. It’s their new J03 denim jacket which has a lot of great authentic features;
- Japanese selvage pure indigo denim 13oz
- Selvage front pocket
- Shuttle loom care label made in Japan
- Fish eye buttons in real corozo
The fit of the jacket is amazing, also the really dark indigo colour. The jacket is made 100% in Italy, pure craftsmanship. That founder of the brand Antonio di Battista knows how to make a classic jacket is not so strange, he owns one of the biggest denim collections full of rare vintage items. All the inspiration from his private collection ends up in his own brand, go check his amazing brand!. Many thanks for the great jacket Antonio, keep up the good work!
Tomorrow we will organise together with the denim store Vielgut in Eindhoven (NL) a ‘Dry Denim Day’. The day is meant to meet all the denimheads with their best worn-out denim project. We will have a lot of great exampes in store to show you, some fine music and drinks. Highlighted is that John Spoel from Pike Brothers will launch their new 1948 Roamer Pant in 19oz Japanese selvage fabric. And if you need a new classic haircut this day, Tom van de Wiel is your barber (from 12 o’clock). So take your blue stories with you and show them to us. Hope to see you this Blue Saturday!
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After 5 years challenging the purists with innovative twists like the 7-Point Pocket and the Drop Yoke, Denham the Jeanmaker applies its unique approach to a more classic range of 5-pocket fits. They introduce the Category 5. Each new – fit from tight through slim, from regular to relaxed – has been carefully cut and finished to represent the brand’s contemporary take on the timeless and iconic 5-pocket pattern jean. Denham’s signature attention to detailing is moved to the inside and the brand’s virtuoso approach to the laundry ensures that the soul and character are fully manifested on the outside. The wash range includes finishes from virgin to ‘worn-in 3 years’ inspired washes. Below some impressions of the Category 5.
Recently I had some luck and got a great package from Arthur from Amsterdam with some old Diesel Jeans ‘Old Glory’ items. As I used to work for Diesel way back, started 19 years ago and worked their 6 years, Old Glory was something new in that time. They were the first with an authentic workwear inspired premium denim line. Made with orange selvage and costs a fortune at that time. It is the year 1992-1993 when this line was launched and I was immediatly a big fan of it. After some years Diesel had to changed their name into MaxGrade because of an old U.S.A. company with the same name. I collected a lot of this special OG line, which is the best Diesel has made so far. Below the cutt-off Nomad fit, a great t-shirt and the fourties-fifties inspired workwear elastic detail. Many thanks Arthur for this great addition for my private collection!
Hope to see you at our Lee Jeans store Amsterdam event tonight. The event is organised to celebrate our collab jackets: Tribute to Dorus Rijkers. The jackets are made with Long John X artist Joost Bohnen X Blendomatic print X Lee Jeans.
Would be great to see all the denimheads together in Wolvenstraat 8, Amsterdam. We will start at 17.00 o’ clock. See you there.
One the first collab jackets received their proud owner Ruedi Karrer from the Swiss Jeansmuseum. The StormRider jacket is Ruedi’s all time favourite! His private StormRider collection (of only this model!) contains a few hundred! Ruedi is always wearing a Rider jacket under the StormRider during the winter, so that explains why he always size up his regular size. Enjoy your jacket Ruedi, till soon!