Red Wing Shoes teamed up with Danish chopper brand Wrenchmonkees for this special Iron Ranger boot collab. They create a beautiful black monster! The Red Wing 4545 Wrenchmonkees Iron Ranger is made with Red Wing Black spitfire leather, this is a heavily waxed ‘rough-out’ leather. Especially for the bikers amongst us, the Wrenchmonkees Iron Ranger has a black Vibram outsole and waxed laces for maximum grip. They made 666 collab pairs which are available in some selected stores.
Last October Clutch magazine organised their new CC – Clutch Collection - show in Yokohama – Japan. The CC show is initiated by Atsushi Matsushima, eitor-in-chief of Clutch Magazine, one of Japan’s leading men’s vintage style publications. The event is a great set-up where it’s all about authentic craftsmanship and original products. In their own words: ”The Clutch Collection Show is a new concept in Japanese trade shows as it offers foreign buyers and exhibitors access to the huge Japanese market on its home territory. That means new markets to sell your product to if you are a manufacturer and new brands to buy from if you are a retailer. The “CC” Show should make your first direct business with Japan successful and stress free”.
In the video here below their latest edition. Congrats Atsushi Matsushima!
Most of the people who follow my daily blog knows that I have a crush on old denim jackets. I’m always on the look out for some rare and cool vintage stuff to add to my private collection. Besides having an addiction for old embroidered Levi’s Big E jackets I have a weak for the best line ever made by the Italian denim company Diesel, their ‘Old Glory’ collection. Diesel Jeans was my first entry in the denim scene more than 20 years ago. I worked there for 6 years. Those were crazy times as Diesel became very popular worldwide. The ‘Old Glory’ line was something new in that time and very special. Diesel created a line with an authentic workwear inspired feeling. I always kept those special ‘OG’ items because they are special for me because they reminds me of my first steps into the blue indigo world. My ‘OG’ collection is pretty big but I’m still missing some pieces from this particular line. Every now and then I spot some of these vintage treasures and add them to my collection. Last week I got my hands on the ‘Morgan’ jacket from 1993. I already have this one in two other colours, black and green, but this ecru version was a good find. I know this particular jacket was also made in denim fabric and in brown. So still two to go for this one. Maybe I can add them too in my collection one day. But for now I’m very happy with this one, Only the Brave!
Joe & Co is a small independent British lifestyle denim & apparel brand. Their collections are inspired by timeless classics and the iconic looks that distils the workwear and casual wear of industrial Britain. The sneak production video here below is nice to watch, especially because the classic ’Riders on the Storm’ song is included.
Selvage (US English) or selvedge (British English) is the most authentic denim fabric. Woven on shuttle looms with iconic colours to see the difference from each brand. That’s how Levi’s, Lee and Wrangler started. They had their own colour selvage so the manufacturer could see for who the fabric was made. Edwin Jeans from Japan also carry a lot of different selvage qualities in their collection, but the most legendary from them is their Rainbow selvage. Below some of their selvage qualities for this season: 12.8oz Rainbow Selvage, 14oz Red Listed Selvage Denim, 13oz White Listed Black Black Selvage Denim and 11.5oz White Listed Indigo Denim. Selvage it is!
My current daily jeans for 1.2 years, no wash, is the Levi’s Vintage Clothing (LVC) 505 fit – Big E - from 1967. This replica jeans was one of the first more tapered version in the ’60′s. It’s made from 14oz right hand sanforized Cone Mills fabric and has a zip fly. As I am always wearing one pair for a period of 2 years this one has still some months to go. Below some snap shots of my best indigo friend for now! Show yours by sending pictures to: email@example.com
In the middle of the centre of Amsterdam ‘Mick Keus’ is running his up-cycling denim atelier. Mick believes that the Levi’s 501 is the prefect base for every fit. That’s why he uses old 501′s as a pattern to create the perfect custom made jeans. In every personal made jeans he puts the wishes of his clients. American pride with a Dutch touch. Meet denim maker Mick Keus.
One of my last vintage treasures is this rare deadstock Lee Jeans Riders kids jacket. The jacket is new and an original one from 1940. It was found behind store shelves from an old denim store, named Ries Strauss Men’s Clothing, which was closed in the beginning of the ’70′s. The store was located in a small town called Danville, Illinois – USA (around 120 miles (190 km) south of Chicago). Lee Jeans introduced the Rider jacket in 1931 as the first more shorter tailored western style jacket. My jacket is probably from the mid ’40′s, the time that the World War 2 ended. This period was very crucial for the denim industry as a lot of soldiers left their denim items all over the world. This was the start from a new denim era. Also known as the ‘Golden Period’. But back to my jacket. It has the cool red/golden necklabel with Union Made – Sanforized on it. Under the label there’s the sizing label, boys 4. Also one of the breast pockets has the Amalgamated Garment Workers of America tag. One of the most cool things about the jacket is that the original pricetag is still on it, $2.98. The jacket is made with right hand denim fabric. It has some dust on the right side of the jacket from laying for the many years in the store. I was very happy that I could get my hands on this special item. It’s very rare to find deadstock unused items these days. Great addition to my personal jacket collection. Check here below the Lee beauty!
Platform ‘A Continuous Lean’ gives us a look inside the legendary Cone Mills in Greensboro, North Carolina – US. Founder ‘A Continuous Lean’ Michael Williams and filmmaker Dustin Cohen travelled to the legendary denim mill to make this perfect video. Levi’s Jeans and Cone Mills are celebrating this year their 100 years anniversary. They are doing business for 100 years already. Their partnership is also known as ‘The Golden Handshake’. This is the gentleman’s agreement between Cone Mills and Levi Strauss to exclusively manufacture Levi’s Shrink-to-Fit denim. With this video you will get a glimpse into one of the most authentic denim mills.
Amy Leverton (author of Denim Dudes book) shows the new upcoming denim fabrics and trends at Kingpins Amsterdam denim fabric show. Kingpins was organised last October were all the professionals from the business were to see what’s coming up. It was good to see you again Amy! Enjoy some of the highlights from the fair in the video here below.
Nudie Jeans made a biker jacket made with black, coated denim. As I personally prefer blue indigo denim fabrics, this coated black denim is something different. The coated denim gives a leather feeling. A new development in the denim industry. The jacket features all the classic hallmarks of the classics, from the offcentre zip fastening to the wide notch lapels and the three zip front-pockets and a flapped one. As you wear this jacket it will get great worn in effects and the coating will get an almost leatherlike look. Looking forward to see a worn-out one which is aged. Great jacket for the punk look!
We’re working hard on the last finishes for our new upcoming product for our ‘Butts and Shoulders’ brand. We create our ultimate boot, our classic boot. For the boot we use only the best of the best materials like our beloved natural vegetable tanned leather. The boot is constructed with the famous and lifelong lasted Goodyear Welted construction. So the boots will age very nice over time, but also will fits like a glove. The boots are going into production this December in a Portuguese factory. This factory is specialized in high standard ‘Goodyear Welted’ footwear. They make a lot of shoes and boots for the army as well. In Holland we will finish the boots to make them more special. To give you a tip from the iceberg, each pair will get an unique hand stamped number like our natural virgin bags. Looking really forward to visit our factory to start the first production run of our boots. Below some sneak pics from the making of our samples.
All about the Levi’s® 501 Original Jean video shows in 1+ minute why this jean is still a classic after all these years. The mother of all jeans! Still one of my favo’s too, especially the 1944 fit with the interesting WW2 story and the classic 1947 fit which is still one of the best fits ever made. American heritage it is.
Although the Winter officially hasn’t started yet Kiat Yen, founder of ‘Indigo People’, sended me some sneak pics of the new ‘Indigo People’ Spring Summer 2016 collection. For their new collection they took their inspiration from vintage Shibori and Sashiko textiles, traditional Japanese patterns are recreated by using authentic weaving techniques like Ikat. Unlike Shibori which is a tie-dye technique on finished items, the patterns are tied on the weaving yarns to resist dye. The tied yarns are dipped into natural indigo up to 20 times to create a deep blue indigo color. The highly experienced artisans then weave the patterns directly on the handloom. The ultimate pieces that are created with this technique are the Haru, Hiba, Jiro and Aki.
In their Spring Summer 2016 collection ‘Indigo People’ used this delicate material to create two gem pieces; the Amagi with a simple rain pattern and the Hiba with its highly graphic design, get a total new dimension caused by the richness of this graceful material. It takes up to 5 days to weave 1 single piece due to the ultra fine weaving yarns. A new area that ‘Indigo People’ starts to explore in this season are the handmade ties. Handwoven Ikat fabrics with an authentic design, dyed in natural indigo, are manually cut and stitched to form patchworks.
As always the collection looks really awesome and the products from ‘Indigo People’ are the perfect addition for every denim outfit. Thanks for giving the sneak Kiat, till soon!
Rin Tanaka, publisher of the ‘My Freedamn’ books, organised a new edition of his ‘Inspiration’ event. This time in New York. The two-day show brings together over international vendors and exhibitors offering unique and one-of-a-kind merchandise on exhibit and for sale. This include American vintage apparel manufactured from the 1900′s-1980′ and vintage clothing and accessories from boutique and corporate American and Japanese companies, surf and skate exhibitors, plus artists and artisans, hot-rods, antiques, records and audio equipement, as well as live music. Get an impression of the event here below. Keep it up Rin!
Alexander von Bronewski from Germany is running his awesome Be-Cause blog (http://be-cause-blog.com) for a couple of years already. Next to that he also started a while ago with his own leather brand Alexander von Bronewski Manufaktur. With his brand he’s making handmade authentic, mostly, leather goods like bags, belt and other small products. All with the skills from a true craftsman. Made in limited pieces only which makes it very special. In the film here below you will get a glimps of his daily life and work. Well done Alex!
This upcoming weekend the Miscellaneous store in Amsterdam is organising something special, the first Traveler’s Company Caravan in Europe. During the Traveler’s Factory pop up, the creative team behind Traveler’s notebook & company will be at their shop to meet you. Amsterdam is the first stop of the Traveler’s Company Caravan, and they are bringing the Spiral Ring Notebook event. During the event you can choose from 25+ Japanese Papers and Mr. Ishii from Tokyo will spiral it in front of you! Create your own notebook during this retail event. Pure Japanese craftsmanship. Next stop is Ace Hotel in London and afterwards Berlin. Check it out for yourself when you’re in their neighborhood!
The Clutch Collection Show is a new concept in Japanese trade shows, initiated by Atsushi Matsushima, editor-in-chief of Clutch Magazine (one of Japan’s leading men’s vintage style publications), as it offers buyers and exhibitors access to the huge Japanese market on its home territory. That means new markets to sell your product to if you are a manufacturer and new brands to buy from if you are a retailer. Perfect concept and surrounding for authentic and well made products which stands a lifetime. The best of the best buyers, designers and creative people came together in this new edition. Check below some faces shot by Nick Clements (www.nickclements.co.uk) from the UK.