My Dutch buddies Remco van der Velden and Etienne Dekkers from the iconic label ‘Ontour’ just dropped their first jean. It’s a slim fit model made from 14oz red line selvage denim fabric. As always they also branded the jean on their typical Ontour way, this time with a small round leather patch on the back. Congratulations guys with this new step and welcome in the blue world!
Available here: www.mendo.nl
On March 1st Denham Jeans re-opened their freshly renovated and relocated Omotesando Hills store in Tokyo, Japan! The new 170 sqm concept is Denham’s largest store in Japan and represents both men’s and women’s collection. Well done Jason Denham & crew and good luck with this new adventure!
My latest vintage catch is this Levi’s Jeans ‘Big E’ type 3 trucker jacket from 1968 – 1969. What I personally like about this jacket is that it has a kind of virgin look, bright and clean! As I have several vintage denim ‘Big E’ jackets this one immediatly catch my eyes with his authentic canvas look. The jacket has the number 524 buttons which correspondence with the year 1968 -1969. The pre-owner told me that he purchased the jacket in The Hague (NL) during his youth. Probably this was his favourite jacket which he had for a very long time. He added his name inside at the back of the famous flap pocket. Now it was time to clean up his closet and wanted to give the jacket a new life by a new owner. Glad that I had the opportunity to add this beauty in my private collection.
The Bamford Watch Department add two stunning new special edition Rolex Deepseas to their repertoire: the military-inspired Truehunter Deepsea and the understated and stylish all-black Predator Deepsea. The Truehunter Deepsea features the Bamford Watch Department’s signature MGT (military grade titanium) coating and orange dial highlights, as well as a rugged army-inspired green NATO strap, but can also come with the standard blackened steel strap to give further options for personalization. The stunning blacked-out Predator Deepsea features BWD’s latest super-matte non-reflective black coating and grey highlights on the hands and dial.
The movie ‘Recollection’ made by The Rising Sun jeans is a short film about the long road home. Well done Mike Hodis, big compliment! Sit back, relax and check it out.
The Kings Of Indigo (K.O.I.) denim brand hooked up with the craft students from Jean School in Amsterdam. Together they will do a denim tour through four big cities in Holland: The Hague, Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Eindhoven. They will repair old and worn-out denims at the luxury warehouse De Bijenkorf in those cities. Besides repairing they will also show the new K.O.I. spring/summer collection. The kick-off is this weekend in The Hague. See you guys when you are in my hometown, Eindhoven.
Blue Print Amsterdam is a studio where they invent & experiment with long forgotten handmade printing & dying techniques. Blueprint treasures bygone knowledge and uses the discoveries to create contemporary products, design concepts and to give workshops. Blue Print was set up by Celia Geraedts, a graphic artist & brand identity designer who combines many handmade techniques in her designs. Celia has a special love relation with indigo dyed materials. She applies her creative approach to collections for Levi’s, Denham, Tommy Hilfiger & Esprit Denim (a.o.).
This upcoming month they will open a store (only open in March and April) loaded with rare indigo items between the Spuistraat and Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal in Amsterdam. Besides that they also start organising several indigo workshops, so you learn all the ins and outs about the magical plant Indigofera. Check their site for all the exact workshop dates.
Sometimes you bump into something really special, something unique and different. Last week I discovered the new label Dumluck. Dumluck has a great philosophy: ”While mass production is taking over the world, we prefer to make smaller quantities for a smaller group of denim enthusiasts”. How do they do this? They buy old deadstock denim fabrics from the best mills worldwide and make special jeans and jackets on order. You will give your size and they will make by hand the jean with the fabric they got their hands on.
This week I received a great present from the Dumluck crew, a jacket called Mr. Jaquette. It’s a handmade slightly slim fit denim jacket finished with silver bras metal rivets and buttons, made out of a nice 14oz left hand Japanese plain selvage denim from Kaihara Mills. The jacket has also two chest flap pockets. All the Dumluck products are made in a little atelier in Amsterdam on vintage machines. Give them a few days to make, pack and ship your order.
All in all a perfect product for a really good price, good fit and amazing deadstock fabric! They really make denim garments for the true blue believers! Many thanks for this super nice jacket, it’s ready for breaking them in! Check it for yourself.
The making of my Mr. Jaquette jacket
The book ‘Toys for Boys’ is the ultimate book for men who still likes to play! Published by the Swan Group, the 8th edition speaks about luxury products and wisely chose to feature the Italian brand Roy Roger’s in the selection.
The Florence based brand, part of Sevenbell Group, brings a casual total look men this Spring. From shirts, shoes, accessories to jeans, it all has an authentic feel and are classics full of stylish details.
After all these years, the brand is still going strong and are planning international openings of new flagship stores. In addition to the four Italian ones, Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Shanghai and Hong Kong are on the list to get to know the famous back-pocket triangle of Roy Roger’s.
Below some of the published Roy Roger’s items in the book ‘Toys for Boys’.
Photographer credits: Alessandro Moggi
Roy Roger’s is available to shop online at: www.sevenbell.com
”Denim is like a white canvas and nothing like that has the ability and flexibility to interpret the new trends, fashion and luxury lifestyle”
Check the entire interview here: http://thehub.hk
Ebay is the perfect place to catch nice vintage denim items. Today I came across this Levi’s Jeans jacket, Big E tab from the late sixties. The former owner was a Harley Davidson biker, he patched up his whole jacket. Nice one. For sale at Ebay.
Check the jacket here on Ebay: www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-BIG-E-LEVI-JACKET-OLD-HARLEY-DAVIDSON-PATCHES-PINS-BIKER-JACKET-/321322440305
Het Werkmanspaleis is one of the oldest (maybe the oldest!) denim stores from Amsterdam. They started in 1950 as a dumpstore for military goods, but for many years they are carrying the best authentic workwear brands like Levi’s, Lee, Wrangler, Dockers, Carhartt, etc. This store is classic! When I took these pictures they were renewing the store builing, check out how creative they used the work construction with hanging it full with denims. At that time all the windows were displaying a lot of Lee Jeans items, looks a bit like an old Lee store. The store is located at the Nieuwendijk, close to Amsterdam Central Station. If you are in the city, check it for yourself!
Lee Jeans celebrates their 125th anniversary this year. Henry David started in 1889 with the brand and became famous with their iconic workwear clothing. They developed several historical items like the bib overall, the first zip fly jean, the successful Rider jacket and Storm Rider jacket. All true classics for cowboys, rodeo heroes and rebellious teenagers like James Dean and Marilyn Monroe. Let’s Celebrate!
Also the Lee Jeans advertising were very progressive, see here below.
It was the year 2008 that a great project was started called ‘Amsterdam Denim Head Derby (ADHD)’. Only 30 young denim devotees were invited to be part of the first annual Amsterdam Denim Head Derby. What is a Derby? Well it’s a game, a match, a contest. The person who makes from the jean the most beautiful worn-out project will be the denim master. The jean is made a of Japanese purple selvage, 14.5oz, and handpainted leather patch. Limited to 30 pairs only.
Of the players of this competition was Alex Jaspers, a true devoted passionated denim guy from Amsterdam. Now responsible for the Scotch & Soda denim division. Check his master piece here below.
- Owner: Alex Jaspers from Amsterdam, Holland
- Brand: Project: Amsterdam Denim Head Derby (ADHD), Japanese purple selvage, 14.5oz
- Age: 6 months
- Treatment: No wash
You can check this great pair at the Hall Of Fade at Vif Jeans Store in Rijssen, NL;