Last month I visited The Selvedge Run tradeshow in Berlin. This is one of the best tradeshows as it comes to authentic gear: denim, boots, workwear, books & mags and accessories. I had a great time seeing my friends again from the industry with the same shared passion. The organisation did an amazing job with the set-up. You should check it out for yourself this Winter. Below a recap film from SS2016. See you next edition!
Two weeks ago I spoke with Bahzad Trinos and Risa Saito from Naked & Famous from Canada. The people from Naked & Famous are true denim doctors as they always create something really unique, something very special. Also this time they showed me some treasures at the Seek trade show in Berlin. Their collection contains to many specials to show them all, so I highlight 3 of them. It was good to see you again, good luck with the sales and speak soon!
Bahzad Trinos & Risa Saito
Naked & Famous: Green tea denim
For this jeans they dipped the threads in green Japanese tea which gave a very nice green look. The jeans is made with green selvage and a green suede patch.
Naked & Famous: Blue white red jeans
For this jeans they twisted the weft with blue, white and red threads to create a nice blend of colours. A lot of country flags contains these colours, so almost everyone would feel a connection with this one. Also the selvage is made of these three colours.
Naked & Famous: X-Mas jeans
Although it’s Summer right now, here’s some X-Mas jeans. The jeans has selvage with the X-Mas colours, green and red. The patch of the jeans is made of natural vegetable tanned leather with an awesome design. Perfect X-Mas gift.
Last January we launched our ultimate Butts and Shoulders ‘Goodyear Welted’ boots. The first run was made in 100 pairs. After this first success we produced the 2nd run. The 2nd run of our Butts and Shoulders boots arrived at our warehouse. All sizes are back on stock again. This time we also produced smaller sizes, so they run from 6UK till 12UK. The beautiful leather will age very nice over time, check the pic here below to see it for yourself. The specs of the boots are;
- Goodyear Welted construction
- Made of natural vegetable tanned leather
- All handnumbered
- Handmade in Portugal
The ageing process: 8 months vs 4 months vs New
Our road-production movie made in Portugal
The boots are available here:
Last month Denim Boulevard organised a new edition in Milan. This was the place to be for every denimhead. Kassim Denim teamed-up with Sperry Footwear to make a special limited edition. They dyed Sperry shoes in natural indigo to create this exclusive. The result is amazing, all different kind of blue shades. Check it out!
MEET THE COLLECTOR #4
Today the 4th 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 4th collector: Ronald Vijsma in the topic: Meet the Collector! Thanks Ronald for sharing your great story and showing some of your awesome treasures from your collection. Enjoy.
- Name: Ronald Vijsma
- Living in village & country: Dordrecht in The Netherlands
- Age: 42 years
- Instagram ID: ronaldvijsma
- Number of Instagram followers: 471
- Daily work: Houspainter/restorations from old buildings
What’s your favorite brand: Levi’s Vintage Clothing, Lee Jeans , RRL, Edwin ,Kapital, Rising Sun, John Lofgren, The Real McCoys, real vintage denim and a lot of Japanese denim.
What’s your favorite denim brand: Levi’s Vintage Clothing.
Ronald’s favorite picture
What’s your favorite footwear brand: Converse ’70 , Stevenson & Co, Alden, Red Wing, and White’s boots.
Boots from Ronald’s collection
How long are you collecting: I started my collection for about 6 years ago.
How many items are there in your collection: A lot of LVC, but also other brands like Edwins Overworks Japan, a serious piece of RRL and some custom pieces.
How or why did you became a collector: I collected for a long time real vintage bicycles from the US, from the 1910 untill the 1950. Clothing became later after that. I really loved Diesel Jeans in the ’80′s and ’90′s, especially the special Diesel Old Glory collection from the mid ’90′s. My girlfriend worked in several denim stores that time, so that’s how I came across those special denim pieces.
Old Diesel Jeans store display & Levi’s Vintage Clothing lookbooks
My denim collection started with Levi’s LVC, their pieces are great and only gets better and better. My hunting game started when I saw some things which weren’t available here in The Netherlands. My first real denim piece was the LVC 1878 Triple Pleated Blouse Gingham. It was love at first side! It looks like it was really found in an old gold mine and landed right into my closed. After this piece I was really hunting for the rare and special pieces of LVC. During my hunting addiction I also found a really cool piece from RRL, only 10 pieces made from the original clothing fabric.
I’m also a collector of Indian thunderbird brouches from 1920 - 1930 and vintage Mexican biker rings. I like the complete picture of clothing and also the newer ones like the Levi’s Made and Crafted line, but I prefer the traditional workwear clothing from 1900 untill the 1940.
Indian thunderbird brouches from 1920 - 1930 and vintage Mexican biker rings
What’s the best thrill about collecting? The hunt on rare pieces in the right size. Every day I’m looking on the net, Ebay and local stores to find nice rare pieces.
What is your favorite item en why: My favorite at this moment is this rare Sack Coat from Levis RED 2014. It’s a sample jacket, it’s based on traditional sack coats, but it insn’t. Very nice fabric and it’s a filled jacket, I just love this one! But also the LVC Triple Pleated Blouse from the miner collection which is a killer and my favorite too.
Sack Coat from Levis RED 2014
LVC Triple Pleated Blouse
And my own made French worker jacket, which I customized with the Japanese Sashiko stitching by myself. The badge is from a custom made artist from Instagram, his name is Masasculp, http://masa-sculp.blogspot.nl.
French worker jacket with Sashiko stitching
What’s your best bargain in your collection: This Triple Pleated Blouse I got fom the Levi’s LVC sample sale, got it for only $25,- and it’s still a million dollar piece for me!
LVC Triple Pleated Blouse
Which item was the hardest to get and/or the most valuable one: Well this LVC Sheepskin Leather Coat 1930 from the Boomtown collection. Never owned a leather coat before, but this one was and is the right one. I scored it on Ventee Prive for $225,- what is a really good price if you imagine that a few months before it was around $1700,-. This is really a keeper, the right coat for Fall/Winter.
LVC Sheepskin Leather Coat 1930
And this RRL Railway jacket is really a collectors item, there where ony 10 made of them. Original dotted denim cloth, I got this from a RRL sales guy from his own collection, the price…that’s private ; )
RRL Railway jacket
Which item would you add to your collection (wishlist): The LVC 1933 501 distressed from the Metropolis collection. I had it almost but it slipped through my fingers at that moment…I can’t wait for the new collection of LVC, as this is loaded with a lot of distressed stuff!
Where do you get your daily inspiration from? Books and old pictures. My daily inspriation is coming from old pictures, Matt Strickland does have a lot of input from the ’20′s till the ’50′s, all workwear. The Clutch and Men’s File magazine’s are also good inspirations and there’s also a lot of inspiration of Instagram.
Old inspiration pictures
Men’s File & Clutch magazine
What’s your favorite inspiration quote: Favorite inspiration is Cory Piehowicz, a very talented photograper. Check his site: http://corypiehowicz.com
Are you also a collector and want to share your story and treasures? Send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Dutch G-Star brand was started in 1989 under the name Gapstar as a new denim initiative. A few years after their kick-off, when they were going global, they changed their name from Gapstar into G-star because of the American Gap brand. G-Star is now a very big, well known and respective denim brand worldwide. In my private denim collection their are some key items, sort of vintage in the meantime, from their more than 25 years of G-star history. Today I want to highlight 3 pieces which are a kind of cult nowadays and for me personally one the best ever made by the Gapstar / G-Star company.
The 3 Gapstar / G-star items;
- Gapstar US Second jeans. Selvage jeans made of left hand fabric. Dated from +/- 1994-1995. Classic 5 pocket jeans. Sold as pre-washed jeans.
- G-star US Lumber jeans. Selvage jeans made of right hand fabric. Dated from 1997-1998. Classic 5 pocket jeans with a cinch back. Sold as pre-washed jeans. They also had these as a rigid (unwashed) version.
- G-star US First jacket. Selvage jacket made of right hand fabric. Dated from 1997-1998. Classic trucker denim jacket. Sold as a rigid (unwashed) jacket. The jacket is still unwashed.
Gapstar ‘US Second’ jeans
G-star ‘US Lumber’ jeans
G-star ‘US First’ jacket
Do you also own one of these Gapstar / G-Star classics in your denim collection? Show them by sending pics to: email@example.com
As we know denim is usually offered to us in garments that provide comfort, durability and luxe. Juan and Laura are taking it to another level by using denim as a canvas for their paintings. The indigo in combination with their jeanmaker tools ends up in blue art on a very high level. For the denim they are using a lot of Italian Candiani fabrics in order to get the most beautiful paintings. For Spring Summer ’16 they also worked on a special project together with Denham Jeans.
Their work is a must have for every denimhead. Please follow this very creative couple. It was good to meet you Juan last week in Berlin. Keep up the good work!
Juan Manuel Gomez
The new episodes of some of the finest Denim Dudes and Denim Dudettes by Amy Leverton are now online. The denim portraits gives a perfect insight what the true denimheads are wearing nowadays. Great work Amy! Enjoy.
Henry Wong from Artistic Fabric Mills.
Eric Kvatek, photographer.
Charles Sands, Senior designer for Denim & Supply.
Axel Nyström, Mens designer for Gant Rugger, Sweden.
Ciara Shah, co owner and commercial director, INK Inklusive.
Lizzie Kroeze, Denim designer at Soorty Enterprises and owner of Facing West.
Alex Melgård – Lewty, Co-owner and designer at INK Inklusive.
Alina Brane, Head of womens design, Gant Rugger.
Last week I visited the 3rd edition of The Selvedge Run fair in Berlin. The Selvedge Run is a trade show for menswear, shoes and accessories. The location of the show, Kulturbrauerei Berlin, is really nice and a perfect link to the authentic exhibitors. On the show you can only find the best of the best brands available worldwide. Next to discover new treasures for your store this is also the place to be to catch-up with likeminded people which are sharing the same passion for durable high-quality made products. They also organised some good events after the show where you could drink some cold beers and having a chat with your friends. The organisation did a really nice job again, the mix of brands was perfect and the surrounding was just great! Good to see everyone again, till the next one!
Pics by Sportswear International
Last week Eat Dust showed their Spring Summer ’17 collection for the first time at the Seek Show in Berlin. The theme of their brand new collection is: ‘The Lonely Hearts Club‘. Rob Harmsen and Keith Hioco, both founders of Eat Dust, are true masters as it comes to make a collection with a mix of denim, workwear, streetwear and biker influences. Its always a big pleasure to catch up with these buddies, hearing the story behind every high-quality made piece. They added some killer pieces next to their core heavy weight denim fabric items, from very light comfomfortable denim pieces to an iconic suede item. The best is to check their collection live ofcourse at the upcoming Jacket Required show in London or visit their showroom in Antwerp – Belgium. I made some shots of several key pieces, check them here below (pics quality isn’t that good, sorry for that). Great to see you again guys and congrats with your new collection! Your hard work pays off every season, keep it up! Eat Dust: ‘One for the Road’.
Rob Harmsen & Keith Hioco
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…
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
The Selvedge Run – Winter 2016
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
On the 24th of May, the third Clutch Collection Show was held over three days in Yokohama – Japan. The CC Show is a gateway of various international cultures. Like the first event that took place, the tradeshow was geared towards members of the fashion industry. In the video here below you get a perfect impression of the 3rd Clutch Collection Show.
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
Jan Peters (Founder Chasin’) with James Veenhoff
MEET THE COLLECTOR #3
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.
Antonio di Battista
- 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
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.
Shot of Antonio’s Vans collection
How long are you collecting: 30 years.
How many items are there in your collection: 3.000 items.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Are you also a collector and want to share your story and treasures? Send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org