My friends from the denim platform Heddels just released their latest video: ‘Inside the Vault – The Methodology of Levi’s Vintage Clothing (LVC)’. For their new video they went to the holy grail, the Levi’s Jeans HQ in San Francisco. The Levi’s archives in San Francisco contains thousands of items from the brand’s nearly 150 year history including jeans and apparel, marketing materials, textile samples, packaging, promotional items, and much more. The current LVC Spring Summer ’16 line takes inspiration from the Levi’s company baseball team, “Elesco”. Elesco games date back to 1886, and Senior Designer Paul O’Neill based this collection upon a single photo of the company team from 1913. In the video you can see Paul and Levi’s Jeans archivist Anastasia Fink talking about the Elesco collection and their extremely old vintage miner pants from their archive. Thanks guys for giving us an insight into the Levi’s vault. Great video! Enjoy.
During the ‘Amsterdam Denim Days’ the publisher behind one of the finest Dutch life- and streetstyle magazine’s Code launched their first book. And they picked the best topic ever, denim. The book is called: Book of Denim Vol. 1. They gave their book a beautiful design in artwork, paper and photography. The new Book Of Denim gives a directional, professional, and at the same personal perspective on the world of this fascinating fabric. It’s dedicated to the beauty of denim. The content of the book is very good chosen, to highlight some topics: travel to the Colombian mountains, where in the blue town of Donmatías, half a century of denim history has led to the perfect integration of place, people, and production. Head into the desert for a new kind of tradeshow. Find out about the strongest denim in the world today, and discover the denim of tomorrow crafted at Denim City Amsterdam, or dive into the denim industry in Morocco. And much, much more blue denim in Vol. 1. The title says Vol. 1, so I can’t wait to see Vol.2. But first check this issue, it’s a must read for everyone with interest in denim, craftsmanship and clothing. Well done Code crew!
Order now your copy here: http://bookofdenim.com
Great movie about the legendary Cone Mill from the U.S. In the movie you will see the entire production process of their high-end selvage denim fabrics. Enjoy ‘Symphony of Cone Denim’.
Companion Denim is a denim brand from Barcelona – Spain. The brand is using the finest selvedge denim coming from an accurate selection of qualities from the best mills, mostly from Japan, USA and Italy. The jeans are artisanally crafted with a selection of the best sewing machines for making denim. Using a mix of both modern and classic vintage machines which made the jeans of the old. Some of those machines are even 100 years old and make a beautiful and highly durable stitching. Next to their limited made jeans they also offers custom jeans, so you can make your favo pair of jeans. Below some inspiration shots of their custom jeans.
Have you missed the last edition of the denim fabric fair Kingpins in Amsterdam? Here’s a perfect overview video to give you an impression of the show.
Amy Leverton – Denim Dudes also made a nice video with some highlights with new innovative denim fabrics from the mills at Kingpins Amsterdam. Check it out here;
Worn-Out Projects: Nudie Jeans
Brand: Nudie Jeans – fit Steady Eddies
Worn: 2 years – washed a few times
Info: The jean is worn by the owner when he sailed across the Atlantic, when riding his bike and being a teacher. Great result!
The new Spring Summer 2016 collection from Eat Dust is called ‘Cuckoo’s Nest’. Next to their classic denim items Eat Dust brings every season a collection with a street- and workwear twist. Founders Rob Harmsen and Keith Hioco are always creating items which they want to wear themselves. They keep it close to their own interests and needs. The results are always very creative and innovatory. Think this is one of the reasons why they are so successful. Well done buddies!
Within a couple of days the next edition of Bangladesh Denim Expo will take place in Dhaka. During the event you can see all the ins and outs from the denim industry. Firms from all over the world are coming, from Italy, Turkey, Japan, Pakistan and India to name a few. Check the video here below to get an impression from the November 2015 edition.
Part 2 with some highlights of the Blueprint Event at Amsterdam Denim Days. There was so many to see to highlight them all, but here are some of them; Lennaert Nijgh from Benzak Denim Developers (BDD) with his new special Collect jean - Leonie & Lois from Spijkerbrij making their famous denim bow ties - Butcher of Blue with his new coffee and cups - DenimLab with his new kids denim collection and Atelier de l’Armée with their amazing handmade bags. Enjoy and till the next one!
Last week Seven Senses organised an event called: ‘Blue Hands Never Lie’ in the Gustafon builiding on the Westergas in Amsterdam – NL. They organised the event for the launch of their new collection. Exactly one year ago Seven Senses made their entrance as a new denim fabric mill. Their fabrics are heaven for everyone with an eye for high-quality and sustainable made fabrics. Seven Senses are making fabrics which are handspun, handwoven and coloured by hand with natural indigo. This is the ultimate and it’s unique in the denim industry. Their set-up of their event was more like an expo, an inspiration and meeting point for likeminded people. People with an interest in durable fabrics with a luxurious feeling.
The new Seven Senses collection contains a diverse range of handmade fabrics, from light to heavy weight with light and dark colours. All the fabrics are made with a selvage lining which makes them more special. The fabrics are created on old wooden shuttle looms. On the event was also a part where they highlighted their collab partners as Mohsin Saijd from Endrime Jeans and bag brand Atelier de l’Armée to name a few. Both made some beautiful products which gave you the perfect reference how you can use the Seven Senses fabrics. It’s a pity if you have missed the event, but I’m sure you will hear more of them in the future. Keep an eye of this one, really nice! Below some shots of the Seven Senses ‘Blue Hands Never Lie’ event.
Last week Amsterdam was coloured into blue again because of the Amsterdam Denim Days. The kick-off was with the denim fabric fair Kingpins. The consumer event Blueprint was on Friday and Saturdays. It was already their 3rd edition. This event is for consumers and retailers to give them more insight into the blue denim industry. It’s a blue denim playground for adults. The event was loaded with cool blue stuff. A lot of brands where there to show their craftsmanship through innovative and inspirative activations. Next to see cool stuff it’s always very nice to meet likeminded people with the same interests, denim people.
The event contained too much to highlight but here are some of them in the first update from the Blueprint event. It contains the legendary Cone Mills. Cone Mills showed some iconic pieces from their archive to celebrate their 125th anniversary. Lee Jeans did an amazing job to chainstitch their classic Riders items, at Kings of Indigo (KOI) you could patch your favorite denim items, denim artist Ian Berry showed his amazing portrait from Ayrton Senna. The portrait is made of old denim rags from the family from Ayrton Senna. The final pics are from the denim expo from The Vintage Showroom from London. They displayed some vintage overalls. Check out some highlights in Part 1 of the Blueprint event as part of Amsterdam Denim Days. Looking forward to part 4 next year!
Pics by: www.teampeterstigter.com
Going to to the Blueprint Event today as part of the Amsterdam Denim Days. The event is a true denim playground for every denimhead. There’s a lot to do today and tomorrow, so check out the program if you don’t want to miss something: www.amsterdamdenimdays.com
To get you in the right mood Marije Rottier from the AMFI School Amsterdam created a nice overview video from last year. Well done and see you there!
Last Saturday I organised again a new edtion of Rambam Denim Days at the denim store Rambam in Eindhoven – NL. It was already the 4th edition of this special store event. Saturday was the kick-off and Levi’s Jeans was present to show their new 501 docu in a mini pop-up bios, they also showed some vintage jeans and gave a Levi’s lecture to the customers. The windows were filled with Levi’s items and their old advertisings. During the day you could drink a cold beer or a fresh made cup of coffee. See you on the next edition which is on Saturday the 21st of May with Nudie Jeans and Benzak Denim Developers (BDD). More about that later…Below some snapshots of last weekend.
The Amsterdam based denim store Tenue de Nîmes is launching a collection of special, hand-dyed, natural indigo, customized Converse Chuck 70 All Star shoes that will be released during Amsterdam Denim Days. Today Tenue de Nîmes will host a special indigo-dye event at their Haarlemmerstraat store in Amsterdam to celebrate the release of this limited edition Chuck 70. See here some sneak pics from the making off.
More info about this event here:
Seven Senses is organising a denim event during the upcoming ‘Amsterdam Denim Days’ called: ‘Blue Hands Never Lie’. Excaclty one year ago Seven Senses made their entrance with their new denim fabrics. Their fabrics are handspun, handwoven and coloured with natural indigo. The created denim fabrics by hand, something that can only be done by people without using any machines. This is the ultimate dream for every denimhead! During the ADD they will launch their new selvage denim fabrics, a new collection made with a luxurious look and feel.
Curious how it will look and how it’s made? Come over and be part of the journey. You can see their ‘Blue Hands Never Lie’ presentation here:
Westergasfabriek – In de Premises of Gustafon – Haarlemmerweg 8 – Amsterdam
Looking forward to see it. See you there!
Check more info on the Seven Senses ‘Blue Hands Never Lie’ event page:
The French vintage workwear inspired brand Fatboy Clothing Company is founded by Charles Niehues. All his creations are worked individually by hand, respecting all techniques of traditional work to have a genuine result. For Spring Summer ’16 he developed some really nice high quality made denim items. The items are made with Japanese fabrics which were came from an old Japanese factory from the ’50′s. The items are made with really cool authentic details. Below some highlights which are available this upcoming May on their website. Check also the really nice photoshoot which he did for his new lookbook. These pics gives you the feeling to want to work at the railroad and into the woods. Very nice Charles, keep up the good work!
The F.B.C. Spring Summer ’16 Lookbook
Tomorrow the 4th edition of Rambam Denim Days will take place which I organise for the oldest denim store in my hometown Eindhoven – NL. The 4th edition of this special retail event is loaded with some cool denim stuff. The kick-off is with Levi’s Jeans. We will create a pop-up mini bios to screen their new 501 docu and we are going to set-up a mini Levi’s denim expo with some vintage pieces. The whole day you can listen to the old Levi’s music from their classic tv commercials. A coffee barista in the store will make this day complete with serving you some fresh made coffee. Diesel Jeans will set-up their Denim Master Studio on Sunday where you can customize your own jeans or jacket.
Next weekend the Rambam Denim Days will continue on the Saturday with the crafted skills from Mike van der Zanden from Dyemond Goods. Mike will make leather products in the store so you can see his authentic craftsman skills. All in all some good denim vibes at Rambam Eindhoven during the special 4th edition of Rambam Denim Days. See you there!
Next week Amsterdam will turn blue again during the Amsterdam Denim Days. One of the main events is the Kingpins denim fabric fair. On this fair designers can select and buy denim fabrics for their upcoming collection. The best denim mills worldwide are there to show you their latest creations. Besides checking out the new denim trends it’s always good to see your denimfriends. Looking forward to this new edition. See you there and check out the video from last year to get you in the right blue mood.