Denim Rooftop Project by Wim Ravestein

Yesterday I hooked-up with Wim Ravestein which is a true denimhead from Boskoop, a small village in Holland. Wim is very dedicated to jeans, has some nice worn-out projects and knows where he’s talking about. Next to that he has a extremely cool rooftop project going on. On his rooftop he has a very experimental denim project for already more than 5 years. Some of his rigid jeans are catching some sun, rain and snow 24/7 and 365 days a year, non-stop. All to check out the development of the unwashed denim fabrics. One of his projects was even the base of a birdhouse this Spring! For his rooftop project he’s using some old Blue Blood and new G-Star jeans.

Wim was also one of the few who had an original G-Star US Lumber from 1997 in his denim collection, which he donated to me for my private denim collection. I’m very happy with this jeans as this item was missing in my collection and a perfect addition next to my Gapstar US Second and G-Star US First jacket. Both denim classics nowadays. I gave him a classic jeans as a thank you, Edwin Nashville, for his rooftop project. I’m really looking forward how this jeans will age with a natural treatment of some years.

Thanks again Wim for sharing our same passion and your great worn-out G-Star US Lumber. Will post more about this later. Keep up the good work with your amazing rooftop project! To be continued…

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The Selvedge Run Tradeshow Berlin #3

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This upcoming week it will be the 3rd edition of very successful tradeshow The Selvedge Run in Berlin. The Selvedge Run is a tradeshow for quality menswear and crafted goods. The focus of the tradeshow is upon brands with a strong affinity with craft, timeless classics, durable and unique products. You can expect the best denim brands, footwear, accessories, and many more. The tradeshow is 3 days long, so perfect for checking out all the beautiful stuff and meeting your friends. Looking forward to this one, see you there! – Check out the video here below to get an impression from last Winter edition. And don’t forget to check out their website to see the impressive exhibitors brandlist -

Adress: Kulturbrauerei Berlin - Schönhauser Allee 36 - 10435 Berlin / Germany

Date: 28—30 Jun 2016

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 The Selvedge Run – Winter 2016

www.selvedgerun.com

Kiriko X Red Clouds Collective Collab Backpack

Kiriko made a collaboration with Portland’s Red Clouds Collective. With their collab they created a backpack made with heavy canvas, iconic Japanese Sashiko, and vegetable-tanned leather. Perfect backpack for your Summer trips!

The specs of this Kiriko X Red Clouds Collective are;

  • Sewn in Portland, OR
  • 14oz Cotton Canvas
  • Hermann Oak Vegetable-Tanned Leather
  • Antiqued Brass Rivets, Buckles
  • YKK Snaps
  • Striped canvas lining

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Chasin’ Launched Royal Attitude Collection At Tradeshow Pitti Uomo

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Dutch lifestyle denim brand Chasin’ launched last week during the Pitti Uomo tradeshow their latest collaboration: Royal Attitude. With this collab Chasin’ recycled uniforms from the Royal Netherlands Navy. The project was conceived together with James Veenhoff, founder of House of Denim Amsterdam.

Royal Attitude will be a seasonal part of the Chasin’ collection as of now. Through recycling of naval pieces Chasin’ created 2 stand out jeans, both in a 11,5oz quality. 1 is the iconic Ego jeans, which is the brand’s representation of the classic 5 pocket, with added stretch. A more contemporary fit is the cropped chino fit. For these jeans unique washes were created, inspired by the ocean. Next to the denims, the collection contains a denim jacket and several tops. Collection in stores from January 2017.

Congrats guys with the launch of this great and creative idea. Jeans and Navy are a perfect match!

Chasin’ X Royal Attitude

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Jan Peters (Founder Chasin’) with James Veenhoff

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Meet The Collector #3: Antonio di Battista

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Today the 3rd episode of the new topic. This new topic is about passionate people with a focus on collecting. With this topic I will give you an insight in their special collection. Collectors will tell their story behind their treasures, show their most rare and unique items and tell you all about the collecting thrill. I’m very proud to show you the 3rd collector: Antonio di Battista in the topic: Meet the Collector! Thanks Antonio for sharing your great story and showing some of your awesome treasures from your collection. Enjoy.

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Antonio di Battista

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Meet collector;

  • Name: Antonio Di Battista
  • Living in village & country: Pescara, Italy
  • Age: 47
  • Instagram ID: antoniodibattista
  • Number of Instagram followers: 2200
  • Website www.blueblanketjeans.com
  • Daily work: Designer

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The showroom from Antonio with more than 3.000 rare denim items

What’s your favorite brand: To be honest my own brand Blue Blanket ; )

Antonio is talking about his Blue Blanket brand

What’s your favorite denim brand: Foremost.

What’s your favorite footwear brand: Vans.

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Shot of Antonio’s Vans collection

How long are you collecting: 30 years.

How many items are there in your collection: 3.000 items.

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A selection of the huge and rare denim collection from Antonio is highlighted in two denim books called: ‘My Archive’. The books are published together with Crackers Magazine.

How or why did you became a collector: I start buying jeans for washes and details inspiration.

In the video Antonio is talking about his passion, brand and his work as a designer  

What’s the best thrill about collecting? Every single pair of Jeans has a different fading and look.

What is your favorite item en why: A Foremost from 1940 for his character, fading, dirt and fabric.

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Foremost from 1940 

What’s your best bargain in your collection: A Lee 901J (Jelt) Work Jacket from the 1920′s which I bought for 5.000 Lire (about 3 Euros) in the 90’s found in a second hand market in Naples – Italy.

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Lee 901J (Jelt) Work Jacket from 1920

Which item was the hardest to get and/or the most valuable one: A Levi’s Jeans 501XX from 1901 in a very good condition.

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Levi’s Jeans 501XX from 1901

Which item would you add to your collection (wishlist): A Lee 101B Jeans buckle back and double leather patch from 1920.

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Lee 101B Jeans buckle back and double leather patch

Where do you get your daily inspiration from? Books and old pictures.

Check the daily life from Antonio

What’s your favorite inspiration quote: Less is more.

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Are you also a collector and want to share your story and treasures? Send me an email: wouter@long-john.nl

Lumina Clothing Company

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Lumina is a classic American clothing brand with items that gets better with wear. Their collection is inspired by the culture, landscape and climate of North Carolina. They have two different pairs of rigid jeans in their collection;

  • Taper Trenton Jean: 12oz White Oak Cone Mills denim
  • Athletic Taper Jackson Jean: 13oz White Oak Cone Mills selvage denim

Check the American craftsmanship here below and watch also the introduction video about their brand.

Taper Trenton Jean: 12oz White Oak Cone Mills

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Athletic Taper Jackson Jean: 13oz White Oak Cone Mills selvage denim

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Introducing: Lumina Denim

 

www.luminaclothing.com

Vintage Levi’s Patched – Big E – 501 Bikers Jeans from 1960′s

Original vintage Levi’s Jeans 501 patched jeans from my private denim collection. This Levi’s Jeans is from the ’60′s. The previous owner cut-off the jeans as a short and patched it with some cool old school American patches. The jeans has some typical legendary vintage Levi’s Jeans details as:

  • 501 fit
  • Big E Red Tab
  • Washed-out redline selvage
  • Number 6 on the back of the top button (this refers to the ’60′s production)
  • Classic V-stitch at button fly
  • Single stitched backpockets
  • Lemon and tabacco stitching
  • Washed-out size label

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Levi’s Jeans top button

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Number 6 on the back of the top button

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Classic V-stitch at the button fly

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Washed-out redline selvage

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Washed-out size label

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Tabacco & Lemon stitching

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Big E Red Tab

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Single stitched backpockets

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Denim Boulevard Event 2016

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This upcoming weekend, 18 – 19 – 20 of June, there’s a new edition of ‘Denim Boulevard’ in Milan – IT. Denim Boulevard is a tradeshow/event dedicated to the iconic denim product and the denim scene. This edition is loaded again with some good exhibitors as: Candiani, Tela Genova, Blue Blanket, Attrezzeria-Laboratorio Base, Jacob Cohën, Brothers, Manifattura Ceccarelli, Surf Hut, Blessed and Dr. Footers for Italy, Levi’s & Tellason, Sperry (with a shoe selection and indigo dye workshop) and Santa Cruz – USA, Samurai Jeans, Studio D’Artisan, Orgueil, Redmoon e Forty Niners for Japan, and Endrime, A S R, R.D.D. archive by Jack & Jones and many more!

Antonio di Battista (founder Blue Blanket) is showing again some highlights from his amazing collection in the ‘My Archive’ section. Also the every talented photographer Cory Piehowicz’s is showing his awesome pics about the event ‘The Frozen Few’ and there’s also a motorcycles selection by partner Harley-Davidson. You can also join the indigo-dye workshops by Kassim Denim, or by Annegret Affolderbach Choolips studio, and for this year edition there’s something extra special called ‘Mugshot Barber Deal’. ’Mugshot Barber Deal’ is a barbers reunion from the whole Europe, sponsored by Luxina.

As you can read this a lot to do during this year ‘Denim Boulevard’ edition as part of the Milan Fahion Week. Check below some impression pics and video from last year.

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www.denimboulevard.com

Meet Collector #2: Michael van Hal

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Today the 2nd episode of the new topic. This new topic is about passionate people with a focus on collecting. With this topic I will give you an insight in their special collection. Collectors will tell their story behind their treasures, show their most rare and unique items and tell you all about the collecting thrill. I’m very proud to show you the second collector: Michael van Hal in the topic: Meet the Collector! Thanks Michael for sharing your great story and showing your awesome Red Wing collection. Enjoy.

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Michael van Hal

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Picture by Takashi Okabe (Clutch Magazine Japan)

Meet collector:

  • Name: Michael van Hal
  • Living in country: The Netherlands
  • Age: 32
  • Instagram ID: ouwepaparazzi
  • Number of Instagram followers: 898
  • Website: http://ouwe-paparazzi-photography.tumblr.com
  • Daily work: Fulltime Supervisor at Lee Store Utrecht – NL

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What’s your favorite brand: Red Wing Shoes.

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Red Wing 8150 Moc Toe

What’s your favorite denim brand: Lee Jeans and Double RL.

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Double RL Sacramento Jeans from SS2016 + my favorite Lee101 Rider in 19oz from FW2015

What’s your favorite footwear brand: Red Wing Shoes.

How long are you collecting: I started collecting RWS about 6 years ago.

How many items are there in your collection: At the moment, I’ve collected over 49 pairs now.

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How or why did you became a collector: Before I started collecting RWS, I was more into trainers. During the period I was working at a store in Eindhoven – NL, the footwear departement there received a whole bunch of different shoes from a brand called Red Wing Shoes. I haven’t heard from the brand before so I tried on several pairs to see if it’s something I might buy. After a while, I just bought 4 RWS pairs straight away; 2 Moc Boots and 2 Chukkas. And that’s how it all got started for me.

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Red Wing 875 Moc Toe & RWS 877 Moc Toe

What’s the best thrill about collecting? The best thrill? For me, I think it’s the hunt. To find that one pair that’s missing in the collection or that one particular release that stands out. My main focus at the moment is to find releases from Japan and/or vintage pairs. Luckily the European branch from RWS sometimes do release some Japanese releases here as limited edition, so when that does happen I buy it straight away. And when you finally find that one pair all laced up on your feet: it’s such a victory!

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Red Wing x Tenue de Nimes Store Limited Edition natural indigo dyed boots (50 pairs only)

What is your favorite item en why: My favorite pair, if I had to choose one, would be the RWS 8273 Engineers in Kangatan Green. This was my first pair of Engineers I bought and, with help and info from Kay (Red Wing Shoe Store Berlin), I’ve found out these are pretty rare to find. I bought them in deadstock condition right after the release of the RWS 8180 Moc Toe in the same color/leather. Besides this pair, I’m also very happy with the RWS 2966 Klondike Engineer boots. I first wanted to buy the version with the steel-toe from Japan (9268) but when I heard rumors that there was a non steel-toe version coming AND would be a limited edition for the European market, I just had to get them. This version has a more sleek silhouette and together with the Klondike leather, which would get an awesome patina over time, it’s a great release based on the older releases from back in the day.

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RWS 8273 Engineers in Kangatan Green

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RWS 2966 Klondike Engineer boots

What’s your best bargain in your collection: From my entire collection, the 899 Irish Setters Logger boots. I’ve bought those online via eBay for just under €50 from the US. Completely worn out and ruined, but with some TLC they now look almost as brand new. The owner who sold them to me was a farmer who wore and worked in them for +/- 40 years. This pair show how good and strong the quality from RWS is.

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899 Irish Setters Logger boots

Which item was the hardest to get and/or the most valuable one: Well, that’s a coincidence. I recently bought a pair of RWS 8805 Supersole boots. This pair was a collaboration with Beams Japan back in 2012. I remember when I first saw them online on a news site, I was fascinated by it. Everyone who knows RWS, knows 8804 (“The Frankfurter”) boot in it’s typical red and black colors. But to see this pair in black Rough Suede with the white stitching: amazing! But since it was a Japanese release only and it got sold out in a blink of an eye, I had to pass on these and kept searching ever since. And just a week ago, I found them online on eBay UK and bid, now I can finally say I’m a proud owner of a pair.

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RWS 8805 Supersole Boots

Which item would you add to your collection (wishlist): Well, I already have most of the pairs I wanted now. But if I had to name one pair that I’d like to add now, then it would be the RWS 9091 Girard boot from Japan. It’s a Moc Toe style, which I like very much, but in a dressed and more formal version. And the Black Cherry Featherstone leather is just amazing.

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RWS 9091 Girard ‘Black Cherry Featherstone‘ Boot

Picture by www.redwingshoes.sg

Where do you get your daily inspiration from? My daily inspiration comes from Japanese magazines like Clutch Magazine, Lightning, 2nd and Free&Easy (RIP). The way people dress up in Japan is just amazing. They just know how to combine it all; from vintage to dressed and from workwear to military style. Besides these magazines, I’m following several Instagram accounts from Japan and Asia as well.

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What’s your favorite inspiration quote: My favorite quote would be this Japanese (of course) quote I’ve read in a book : “If you lose, it’s not over. If you stop, then it will be over.”

(All pictures by Michael van Hal except the two with the photo reference)

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Are you also a collector and want to share your story and treasures? Send me an email: wouter@long-john.nl

Mosevic Denim Eyewear

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Mosevic is an up and coming sunglasses brand and manufacturer from Cornwall, UK. After years of material and process exploration, they launched their first range of denim eyewear on Kickstarter in 2015. After this successful launch they now have a full line-up collection with denim eyewear.

Mosevic take discarded and damaged jeans and use the reclaimed fabric in their latest collection of Solid Denim eyewear. They recycle jeans of all shapes, sizes, colours and textures. Each pair of sunglasses is built from layers of these different denim fabrics using their unique, handcrafted process in their workshop in Cornwall, UK. From flashes of colour and subtle blue gradients to an explosion of textures each and every pair of sunglasses is completely unique. Batch 1 includes 6 different frame shapes and are now available at selected retailers and through their webshop.

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How does it work?

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Historical Denim Pants From 1840

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Denim is one of the world’s favorite fabrics, and also one of the largest segment of the clothing industry. To celebrate the iconic blue clothing item Emma McClendon, assistant curator at The Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), New York, organised a great expo which was displayed untill the 7th of May. The expo was called: “Denim: Fashion Frontier“. Emma publised also a book with all the highlights from this expo.

Cover book: Denim: Fashion Frontier

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The most interesting item from this ”Denim: Fashion Frontier” expo was a pants dated from the 1840′s. This is a true treasure and pre-miners jeans. It’s the oldest pair from the FIT museum archive. This pants is extremely cool and loaded with great details;

  • Fall front instead of a center fly.
  • Fall front is attached with 3 bone buttons (Metal buttons were introduced later and most of the time on workwear clothes).
  • The bone buttons absorbed the indigo, see center of the buttons, as the pants was dyed in indigo afterwards.
  • The pants is dyed in indigo after they were made, instead of dyeing the threads first before weaving.
  • The entire pants is hand stitched including the repairs.
  • The waistband is reinforced with denim fabric.
  • Triangle in the waist to help the wearer tighten the waist.

The shots here below are stills from the video, attached at the end, which they made to highlight all the magnificent details from this 1840′s blue indigo pants.

Denim pants from 1840

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Emma McClendon, assistant curator, and Nicole Bloomfield, conservation technologist, both working at The Museum at FIT, explain all the details about this 1840’s pants in the video here below;

 http://exhibitions.fitnyc.edu/denim-fashions-frontier/

Meet Collector: Jerry van Vorstenbos

NEW TOPIC: MEET THE COLLECTOR

Today is the kick-off of a new topic. A topic about passionate people with a focus on collecting. With this topic I will give you an insight in their special collection. Collectors will tell their story behind their treasures, show their most rare and unique items and tell you all about the collecting thrill. I’m very proud to show you the first collector: Jerry van Vorstenbos in this brand new topic: Meet the Collector! Thanks Jerry for sharing your great story and showing your beautiful pieces. Enjoy.

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Jerry van Vorstenbos

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Meet collector;

  • Name: Jerry van Vorstenbos
  • Living in village & country: Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • Age: 27 (06/07/1988)
  • Instagram ID: vorstenbos
  • Number of Instagram followers: 17+K
  • Daily work: Store manager of Levi’s Jeans Arnhem and soon to open Levi’s Store Nijmegen (15/07/2016)

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Jerry van Vorstenbos lvc long john blog denim collector red wing levi's jeans vintage clothing bing crosby (1)

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What’s your favorite brand: Levi’s Vintage Clothing.

What’s your favorite denim brand: Again, Levi’s Vintage Clothing, my overall best brand!

What’s your favorite footwear brand: Hard to say… Red Wing and Converse are both high on my list. I guess for the summer it’s definitely Converse and for the winter you just need a couple of Red Wing boots to stay warm. But then again, you can never go wrong with Red Wing no matter what kind of weather it is.

How long are you collecting: I’ve been collecting for about 4 years now. First it started with regular denim products and accessories, but when I started to evolve as a collector so did my taste. I can now say for sure that I’m specialised in Levi’s Vintage Clothing (from here on LVC) and true vintage pieces from the Levi’s brand.

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How many items are there in your collection: This is a nice opportunity the count all the stuff that I got laying around! First things first, it’s not about how many items you have, it about what you really wear, and I try to wear all my stuff (at least once) but then again, there are always the same items you grab first. In the beginning my collection was almost entirely denim minded. The blues is still blue, but nowadays I try to focus on the more special pieces of a collection.

  • LVC jackets I own: 36
  • LVC leather jackets: 10
  • LVC denim: 45
  • Red Wing: 14
  • Converse: 7

This is the foundation I built my collection around. A lot of tees and shirt I got (also underwear and socks), but this is day-to-day wear.

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How or why did you became a collector: I have been collecting my whole life, as a kid I was totally obsessed with Jurassic park and I mowed the lawn of every house in the neighbourhood so I could buy more dinosaurs.

A few years back I started to collect Bob Dylan records and cassette tapes, next to LVC this is my favourite thing to spend my time on. I have every record at least once or in different pressings. Cassette tapes of Dylan are hard to come by, so whenever I stumble upon one I need to have it. My interest are now going towards vintage kids denim pieces, I don’t have any kids but you better be prepared I guess…

What’s the best thrill about collecting? When you know the mailman can arrive anytime soon… And then ripping the package to shreds, looking at it… and then throwing on the pile with the rest of the stuff…The moment you scored a piece for a good price and are about to close the deal. Or finding something that you where looking for so long.

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The thrill goes away eventually, and I think that’s the moment to sell stuff you bought for a good price, make some profit on it and then spend it on something better, something you truly desire, in that phase of collecting I find myself right now.

What is your favorite item en why: That is my Levi’s Made & Crafted spring/summer 2013 “Fringed suede” leather jacket (see photo). This is the pieces that got me into this mess in the first place. When I’m not wearing it, it hangs on my living room wall for decoration. This is pure craftsmanship and the detail is amazing. Also the patina that the honey yellow cowhide develops is so rad.

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For the number two I have to go for my Red Wing Skytrooper boots I got via an auction in WW2 military gear (see photo).

Jerry van Vorstenbos lvc long john blog denim collector red wing levi's jeans vintage clothing bing crosby (4)What’s your best bargain in your collection: That is a tough one… I’m proud of every single item I own. I almost buy nothing I would not wear, but to choose one, I would go for: Levi’s Vintage Clothing, Fringed western deerskin coat (see photo).

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On a local website called “Marktplaats” (dutch version of Ebay) I bought that bad boy, new, unworn and with tags still attached for €140,- and that also included a silver LVC bolo tie and a sac coat. Shipping was not included ; ) ! Because I work for Levi’s Jeans I can check the prices in our computer system, scanning the deerskin jacket I found out that the retail value was over a €1000,- making this the best freaking deal I got so far!

Which item was the hardest to get and/or the most valuable one: The item that took hold of me for a long time is definitely the 1951 Bing Crosby TuxedoLike I mentioned earlier, I want the special stuff, clothing that is in no need for introduction, that stands it’s own.

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To claim I’m an LVC collector it was not possible to not have a suit such as the Bing Crosby Tuxedo. Since two months I have the tux in my collection, but It took me over two years to get it. I don’t make that kind of money that I could buy the jacket when it was in store, €1500,- and also not when it went on sale with 50%…So I searched for it whenever I was on Ebay, and sometimes there was one on but it still went for €900,-… In this case Instagram lent me a helping hand. Via Instagram I get a lot of offers from guys who want to sell stuff to me, and that is how I got the jacket. A dude who sold me a Type 1 (506XX) jacket introduces me to another guy who also had a lot of LVC stuff lying around and in his treasure chest was also the 1951 Tuxedo. I did not hesitate for one moment and grabbed it while it was still hot! The matching jeans I already scored via the Stylecreep outlet on Ebay for a small price. Finally I can rest easily, but there is still stuff out there that needs to be in my wardrobe.

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Which item would you add to your collection (wishlist): Maybe via this post I can obtain it, so if someone is reading this who has this jacket. Please give me call ;).

It’s the LVC 1878 Triple Pleated Blouse Rooftop (see photo ). This is one hell of a jacket that I never come across. In my collection I have three triple pleated jackets, but they do not come close of this beast. I also need it to match my LVC 1933 501’s that they used underneath the jacket for the look book.

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Where do you get your daily inspiration from? I draw a lot of inspiration from movies. Just the other day I was watching 1990’s IT. The way those kids are dressed up is just fire. Also the film Stand by me (1986) or Escape from Alcatraz (1979). And this is stuff I recently watched. Hank Williams was a sharp dressed man, off course Dylan knows how to deliver.

But Instagram also inspires me, I follow a lot of cool guys and girls who have better taste then me, and I can only envy the places they go to.

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What’s your favorite inspiration quote: “You can’t fake true cool” by Bob Dylan.

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Are you also a collector and want to share your story and treasures? Send me an email: wouter@long-john.nl

Kapital Fall Winter 2016 Collection

Although Summer isn’t started yet, here are some shots from the new Fall Winter ’16 collection from Japanese brand Kapital. The collections from Kapital are always on point and different than the rest. Their silhouette is outstanding and an inspiration for every (denim) designer. Personally I like Winter collection pics more than Summer as you can style and work more with layers. This new FW16 collection looks great as always! Big up for Kapital!

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Vintage Levi’s Jeans Trucker Big E Jacket From The ’60′s

This vintage Levi’s Jeans Trucker ‘Big E’ cut-off vest, dated late ’60′s, is from my personal archive. I have a true weakness for old customized denim jackets. Especially if they are original Levi’s. This model, the 70506 also known as the Type 3, is the most famous jacket of the denim jackets, also the most copied model by many other brands. This model was introduced by Levi’s Jeans in 1962 as the follow-up from the 507XX (Type 2 Jacket). The key details from this jacket are: Big E Red Tab, single stitched closure, button stamp is #521 (Levi’s used the single digit stamps first, later they changed it into three digits like 521, 524, 525, 526, etc.), tobacco stitching and cut-off sleeves (which refers to bikers). The previous owner was a Suzuki racer fan as he patched a lot of biker related patches and pins on his denim vest. Check it out!

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