The Italian clothing company Scarti-Lab has a true unique signature. With every collection they will take you back in the workwear time, the origin of the Italian workers. They mix the authentic high standard Italian craftsmanship with old school silhouettes. These are the perfect ingredients from the successful Scarti-Lab brand. Every season they drop a total new line from chino’s, jeans, shirts, vests and jackets. For Fall Winter 2015 they made a really nice master piece in their collection. It’s a vintage inspired workwear denim shirt. The shirt has an awesome finish which you see at original vintage pieces. Normally these kind of finishes are ‘natural finishes’ which can only be created by time of wear. Big bravo for this great highlight in your new collection guys!
The Red Wing Shoes 8052 Oxford Brick is a round toe oxford, classically crafted with Brick Settler leather, a Nitrile Cork outsole, Goodyear welt construction and triple stitched quality to function as a durable and smart-looking shoe. These classic shoes were made originally for factory floor managers, also known as foreman. While factory workers needed sturdy boots, the foreman needed a shoe to move back and forth between his office and the work floor. With these Red Wing oxfords you could stand up to the concrete floor and not be too heavy for an entire day spent behind a desk. Nowadays you can wear these perfect on the street with you favo pair of jeans. The classic silhouette and the brown coloured leather are perfect. These will age very nice over time. I scored my RW pair at the awesome online store Warenmagazijn. Warenmagazijn is a specialist as it comes to authentic and durable stuff for your kitchen, garden and your daily life. Check out the store and of course the shoes here below.
Foreman on the job. Minneapolis in 1922
Available here: www.warenmagazijn.me
The last few years a lot of new denim books entered the market. Some a nice, some are bad and a few are really great! And yes, there’s a new one to check out. The Daily Street made a serie of three books: Sneakers – Tshirts – Denim. Especially the last one got my attention. I haven’t seen it real live, but it’s out for sale right now. The book has a hardcover and contains 128 full colour pics. What’s the book about? Here’s a small description form their own site; Denim. Once a functional piece of workwear, denim has long since taken it’s place as a global style icon – but a small handful stand tall above the rest. This comprehensive collection looks at the most iconic denim ever created, from the original Levi’s 501s, through the birth of Japanese denim and up to the modern brands that have made denim the streetwear staple it is today – Evisu, Nudie, Momotaro, the list goes on…With photography and detailed analysis throughout, Icons of Style: Denim traces the history of denim through its most iconic pieces, from rugged workwear to hand-crafted selvedge and beyond. Looking forward to see it. Below some sneak pages.
The Sakol Project is a project to promote a natural indigo dyed fabric from SSAP founder & designer home country, Thailand. Sakol is short from Sakolnakorn, a province in Northeast of Thailand. This northern province in Thailand is best known for it’s indigo blue fabrics. Villagers still use centuries-old weaving and dyeing techniques that continue a long tradition of quality. In the video here below you can see how they do the whole process by hand: spinning, indigo dyeing and weaving. Indigo craftsmanship!
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
- Internal pocket
- Handset solid red copper rivets
Check out the craftsmanship from Mike van der Zanden here below!
Mike van der Zanden at work
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!
Check the video from their 1st edition
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!
Spotted these great worn-out pair of Nudie Jeans – Grim Tim a while ago. Unfortunately I can’t remember on which blog I saw it, sorry guys, but damn what a great result! True blue art!
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!