Take a look into the Hiut Denim factory. In the factory they can make 100 pairs of Hiut’s a week. Pure blue craftsmanship. Check the nice video here below.
My friend Antonio di Battista (founder from Blue Blanket Jeans) from Italy just came back from California where he was for the Denimbruin event. During the event he presented his new jean inspired by the gold rush era in collaboration with Cory Piehowicz (a.k.a. Bandit Photograph). The jean they made is based on a pair of 1800′s waist overalls which Cory found in the desert when he was on a trip with his buddies Mike Harris (writer from the book Jeans from the old West) and Russ. Everything was made by hand and with old machines using a Japanese pure indigo denim made especially for this jean. The jean will be produced as a limited edion and will come this Fall. Really nice project between two authentic passionated guys! Below some pictures of the jean.
It’s already twelve years ago that Atelier LaDurance was launched in the stores. The brand was founded by Gerard Backx. ALD were premium denim items full of great details and super Japanese quality! Next to the amazing products the branding was extremely good! All done by true craftsman Boy Bastiaens (www.stormhand.com) from Maastricht – NL. He’s responsible for the whole creative identity of this brand. One of the best ideas from Boy was to make a simple connection to France (in the beginning the collections were made in France!) and to men and women, he came with the idea to make the inner pockets with a fabric refering to the French jam jars. So for men it’s blue with white and women red with white. Also the repairkit bullet delivered with every item was amazing. Besides that the all over branding was something new, something different. The total look and especially the fits from ALD had a link to workwear from the ’40′s and ’50′s.
A while ago I got my hands on this deadstock Atelier LaDurance Prescott workwear jacket made of 11oz Japanese raw fabric. I already have one in my collection, but that one is already washed one time. Check the jacket here below for all the great details from the great denim brand which unfortunately isn’t available anymore.
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The process of denim fabric manufacturing by Orta Anadolu – the denim mill from Turkey.
Edwin Jeans teamed up with department store Liberty from London – UK. Liberty is an amazing classic store, the building is beautiful, and world famous with their colourful all over prints. Great to see this combo, classic fabric mixed with denim. For this collab they used the ED-80 fit and is made of an exclusive 14oz Japanese red selvage, rinsed denim, with the addition of iconic Liberty print fabric on the interior yoke and pocket lining. This exclusive jean is available from today at Liberty only.
As a big fan of the vintage line from Diesel Jeans, called Old Glory from the early nineties, this store display is in my collection over 20 years already! It’s made from wood. Old Glory was the premium line with amazing items which where made on standards like nowadays Levi’s Vintage (LVC) and Lee 101. They brought really cool jackets and highend selvage denim. They costs a fortune at that time and only a happy few really liked this vintage inspired collection. Unfortunatly they produced this only for a couple of years. The market was to small to survive with this exclusive line. Those were the best years of Diesel.
Great detail from this jean brand is that all the inner pockets are very deep to carry a lot of stuff with you like your wallet, keys, phone, cash, cigars etc. This detail is one of my personal favourite parts of a good jean.
Dutch denim brand G-Star celebrates their 25th anniversary this year and to celebrate this they launched a few classic from their archive back in the stores. The classics are the G-star Elwood, Faeroes, Lumber and US First. They came in different fabrics, from 25 years of wear wash to 25oz fabric. The US Lumber is my personal favourite, it was origanally introduced in 1994 and it was their miner inspired jean made of red listing selvage. For collectors this is a wanna have, so now it’s the time to get your hands on a pair, this time in a heavy 25oz fabric. This will last your lifetime! In the words from G-star: ”The kind of denim that can only be created on old shuttle looms in the hands of skilled craftsmen”. Great to see these classic back again and enjoy your anniversary!
My latest vintage found is this Levi’s type 3 trucker jeans jacket from the ’70′s. The jacket is patched by the previous owener who was a biker from a motorcycle club from the U.S.A. It seems that his favourite motorcycle brand was Honda. The jacket has a typically seventies look and feel, also the button digits, 52, refers to this period. Besides that the jacket has all the old detail features. The red tab is small e, so it’s produced after 1971. As my favourite denim jackets are always patched this one is a good addition in my private collection. Perfect combination, bikes and denim!
The guys behind denim brand ‘Denim Demon’ from Sweden introduced their new brand called ‘Sarva’ during the last fashion fairs. The jeans are made from Japanse selvage fabric with a link to their Sami roots. The tops are outdoor items which has a really nice and rich look and feel. Below a sneak preview.
A couple of weeks ago Red Wing Shoes launched their first Red Wing Post. It’s loaded with great stories, history and boots highlights. Get your free copy at one of the RW stores.
Recently I received this nice ‘Amsterdenim’ workwear jacket from founder Ben Fokkema. Ben gave me last year the first jacket ever made for my private collection and now I received his latest raw denim jacket. The jacket is inspired by the workers from the U.S.A. a model which is also adopted by a lot of Japanese people. As always Ben added a lot of great ‘hidden’ details in the jacket like the special buttons with all the Amsterdenim letters, longs cuffs, canvas printed inner yoke, and name embroidery on the back which become more visible after wearing. The jacket got a brilliant Dutch name called Johnny and is made in Italy. Check out his website which is launced lately. Ben, big thanks for this jacket which has an amazing fit! Keep building on your denim dreams. Till soon!
The trailer of the ‘Schorem haarsnijder en barbier’ from Rotterdam – NL documentary. BNN (a dutch television channel) made this film about Schorem by following them a year in their daily life. Coming out soon. Looking forward to see this one.
A year ago, the 1st production run of Benzak Denim Developers was launched by a crowd funding project with success. Lennaert Nijgh, founder of BDD, started a new Kick Starter project to support his second production run. He developed some new jean styles, BDD-006 – dark tone and BDD-016 – grey cast. Recently I saw the first samples of these new styles and it I can say that this will surprise you, believe me. Both styles are made with the highest standards and with all the specific BBD details. Go check his Kick Starter page and support this hard working guy! Holland meets Japan again.
Founder Lennaert Nijgh
BDD spare parts
Holland vs Japan
Worn-out BBD pair
New style BDD-006 – dark tone
New Style BDD-016 – grey cast
Check the Kick Starter page here;
Selvedge / Selvage / Self-edge
The authentic term that is used for the edge of the denim fabric that is usually decorated with a colored thread. It prevents the end of the denim from ravelling and gives the jeans a clean, properly finished look. The color varies, according to the brand and producer. Vintage Levi’s for example used to have an all-white strip (plain) and later had a single redline selvedge, Wrangler used a yellow or gold and Lee often a plain white or green type.
How do you wear your selvage jeans?