Although the Winter officially hasn’t started yet Kiat Yen, founder of ‘Indigo People’, sended me some sneak pics of the new ‘Indigo People’ Spring Summer 2016 collection. For their new collection they took their inspiration from vintage Shibori and Sashiko textiles, traditional Japanese patterns are recreated by using authentic weaving techniques like Ikat. Unlike Shibori which is a tie-dye technique on finished items, the patterns are tied on the weaving yarns to resist dye. The tied yarns are dipped into natural indigo up to 20 times to create a deep blue indigo color. The highly experienced artisans then weave the patterns directly on the handloom. The ultimate pieces that are created with this technique are the Haru, Hiba, Jiro and Aki.
In their Spring Summer 2016 collection ‘Indigo People’ used this delicate material to create two gem pieces; the Amagi with a simple rain pattern and the Hiba with its highly graphic design, get a total new dimension caused by the richness of this graceful material. It takes up to 5 days to weave 1 single piece due to the ultra fine weaving yarns. A new area that ‘Indigo People’ starts to explore in this season are the handmade ties. Handwoven Ikat fabrics with an authentic design, dyed in natural indigo, are manually cut and stitched to form patchworks.
As always the collection looks really awesome and the products from ‘Indigo People’ are the perfect addition for every denim outfit. Thanks for giving the sneak Kiat, till soon!
Indigo People and Denham Jeans teamed up with a nice scarf collab. After a short informal meeting between Indigo People and Jason Denham of Denham The Jeanmaker during a trade show they decided to create something together to share their same indigo passion. Indigo People’s love for indigo and authentic craftsmanship and Denham’s worship for tradition and contemporary design refinement complete each other’s signature and form the fundament for these special edition scarves. The scarves are made from raw hand spun cotton yarns that are manually dyed in natural indigo, which creates an imperfect beauty that fits in an authentic jeans attitude. Blending the traditional open weave and ikat weaving technique with a refined modern look, the two timeless scarves embody both brands’ spirits. The scarves will be available for the true indigo lovers in the official Denham stores and Denham’s dealers.
Recently we delivered our new Butts and Shoulders ‘Rough line’ to our retailers. For this collection we also developed a new store display with free keyrings. The keyrings are a give a way to customers who are interested to see the magical ageing process from the leather. I shot these pics last week at one on our retailers: Country House in Rotterdam – NL. Great authentic denim store with a beautiful collection.
Mohsin Sajid, the man behind the Endrime denim brand, is making great steps. His collections are bigger every season and filled with beautiful items. He combines authentic details and silhouettes but always with a great modern twist. One of his highlights for me is still his handmade, read hand stitched jeans. This is really cool and very rare! He also made hand stitched denim ties, also one with selvage fabric. This one is for the real denim dandy’s. Keep on going the good work my friend! Till soon.
Buddies Rob Harmsen and Keith Hioco from Eat Dust are making denim workwear and streetwear inspired clothing with their brand. They started with core denim, but quick after their successful launch they expand their collections with other unique items. Also for this Fall Winter season they developed something different and a true must have. It’s a limited winter blanket with only 220 pieces made in Portugal. Colours are off white/navy blue. Let the winter begin!
Samrobertsla is a company runned by a couple who named their company to their most beloved one, their son Sam. They also have a great love and appreciation for vintage clothing and old textiles. For as long as they can remember they have been collecting them. Tattered, thread bare, stained, they all tell a story. The things they make from them are just another chapter. Check below some of their amazing necklaces!
Dyemond Goods is founded by Mike van der Zanden from Holland. Mike started a couple of years ago with his passion and handmade products. Every product is made by the man itself in his small atelier. The name of his brand is pretty simple and can be described the best by himself: ”Like diamonds, leather and denim are both raw in their natural state and they need quite some work before they reach a stage of perfection. Polishing, tanning, and dyeing will turn it into a divine form, captivating the eyes and souls of many”. He started Dyemond Goods with heavy unwashed denim fabrics and natural vegetable tanned leather, which looks amazing!, but lately he added some new variations in black – black. This new line is really cool, and beautiful as diamonds supposed to be. The details from his new range are;
18oz USA water repellent canvas
3.5mm Black bridle leather
Japanese 6oz Kuroki Mills selvedge chambray lining
Handset solid red copper rivets
Check out the craftsmanship from Mike van der Zanden here below!
The black version of the promo doll from Lee Jeans, the famous Buddy Lee, is very rare! You don’t see this version so often, there’s also one published in the book ‘True Fit’ from Viktor Fredback (check out his denim book, it’s really great!!). There’s also not much info about this one. It’s probably made in the late ’20′s but some say it’s from the ’40′s. Like all the first original Buddy Lee’s this one is also dressed in an overall. This Buddy Lee is for sale on Ebay for $ 1.599,- Check this Black Magic here below.
Last week Red Wing launched the second edition of the Red Wing Post at the European Red Wing Shoe Stores. The second edition is filled with articles about the legendary St.James Hotel, a historic landmark in Red Wing Minnesota and old pictures of men working in the SB. Foot Tannery. Besides some real history, you will also find articles about the motorbike design company Wrenchmonkees, the coffee roasting duo Onno & Florian of Stooking Roasting Co. from Amsterdam and you get an insight into the workspace of Joost & Elza of Atelier de L’Armée. Joost & Elza are a very creative couple and the brains behind their amazing handmade brand. The pics from their atelier are shown here below. Pic up your own free copy in one the RW stores.
Denham the jeanmaker is coming with something very innovative as it comes to make your pair of worn jeans fresh again. For Fall Winter ’15 they will launch their Soap Nuts range. The Soap Nuts contains a natural substance called saponin, which when dissolved in water, creates mild suds that is very similar to soap. This soapy substance has remarkable detergent properties, easily replacing normal detergents. It works effectively by removing dirt and dissolving oils from your denims. The Soap Nuts has no chemicals, no perfume and only pure natural enzymes. You have to wait a little while until these crazy nuts will hit the stores!
For the upcoming Fall Winter 2015 collection Indigo People keeps exploring the traditional weaving and indigo dyeing techniques. Each product is an ultimate mixture of authentic texture, rich indigo color and authentic design that is handcrafted by passionate artisan following a long tradition and labor intensive process. Indigo People’s mission is to create unique products for indigo lovers and helping the artisanal weavers to maintain their endangered traditions. The new collection looks beautiful as always! Looking forward to see them real live on the two tradeshows, Selvedge Run – Berlin and Modefabriek Blueprint – Amsterdam. See you there!
Developed for the oldest denim store, Rambam, in Eindhoven (the South of Holland) a trucker cap. Rambam is selling jeans, and back in the days also vinyl records, since 1974. They carry a wide range of cool denim brands like, Nudie, Denham, Lee, Levi’s, G-star, PME, etc. They are located in the main shopping street in down town centre. For the trucker cap we developed a new logo which is embroidered on patches for the caps. The caps are available in 4 different colours and made in limited quantities. Perfect for the summer! Check them out in their store.
Received yesterday a great package from Livd. Livd is a creative design atelier founded by Linda van Deursen en Dejan Toskic in Utrecht – NL. They create the most beautiful creations for the fashion, music and theatre business. Besides that they make handmade products like the canvas totebag which I got from them. The tote bag or shopper is made from high standard canvas and leather. Simple but timeless design. Also the packaging was something different, an envelope which was made with a sewing machine. Very original. Check some of their cool rojects on their website. Thanks for the great gift Linda and Dejan!
Farmtown Denim is a one-woman (!) brand from Sacramento, California – USA. It’s not common to see a denim brand founded by a woman. Great to see this initiative! Farmtown Denim was founded by Melissa Farmer. She had the idea that with enough time and effort, anything can be possible. Her first product was a jeans, but now she’s making a lot of cool small denim products, and also from natural tanned leather. The products are bow ties, bracelets, totebags, watch straps, etc. All the products are available on her site and are made entirely by hand by Melissa in her little workshop.
Two weeks ago during the Blueprint Event in Amsterdam (part of the Amsterdam Denim Days) the second edition of the Denim Market was a fact. This time the outdoor market was located at the entrance of the event in an old school greenhouse. On the Denim Market you could spot the newest and coolest denim products; clothing, accessories, vintage, footwear, jeans, etc. The exhibitors were Concrete Matter, Butcher’s Vintage Shop (from Butcher of Blue), Pig & Hen, Kurt’s, Blue Days Footwear, DenimLab, Spijkerbrij, Deadstock Resurrection, Liza Witte, Misc, Witloft and more. The vibe was very inspiring! Looking forward to see the next edition! Check below some snapshots.
This teddy bear is made by Kapital clothing from Japan. Teddy bears are going way back. The teddy bear is a soft toy in the form of a bear. Developed apparently by toymakers Morris Michtom in the US and Richard Steiff in Germany in the early years of the 20th century, and named after President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, Jr. Kapital used for this teddy bear blue indigo rags to create the look of the old Japanese boro’s. The teddy has a great pallet of blue shades. Pretty cool friend for the small indigo kids!
Spijkerbij is an initiative by Leonie and Lois from Holland. They came up with the idea when they saw that a lot of old jeans were thrown away by people without doing anything with it. And the fact that for the production of jeans a big amount of water is needed which isn’t re-used in the most factories. Not to forget that also chemicals are involved in the denim production. They wanted to do something with these facts and they came up with a cool recycle idea. For the Spijkerbrij production they tear up old denims in small rags and throw them in a kind of blender with some glu. After mixing these together they put the blend into a bow tie mal with the result that the old denims come back to live in a new and fresh product. The bow tie is a perfect accessory and an unique addition on your denim outfit. You can book these girls for (store) events where they show-up with their own made denim work bench. Spijkerbrij is a great concept and they make a good statement that you can make something cool from old stuff. Check Spijkerbrij here below and see in the video how it works. Keep it up!
Amsterdam based bracelet brand Pig&Hen just launched their new lookbook for summer 2015. All their products are handmade in Holland using authentic ship rope. The products is a great addition to your denim outfit. The story behind the brand is pretty cool, for those who don’t know it yet, here you go…
In the early 1600’s the Dutch were the leading nation sailing out to unknown parts of the world, with the biggest naval fleet the world had ever seen. With some serious sea legs, they discovered new lands, different ways of life but also ran into some big obstacles along the way. To protect themselves against bad luck the men had a tattoo of a pig and a hen on their feet. It was believed it gave the sailors the ability to survive when they had to abandon ship. The sailors felt they would be able to find land, just like the Pig and Hen who were kept in wooden crates and thus floated, and would let the tide bring them home. Pig&Hen will save your life, even in a tight situation.
Check the lookbook here below. Pig&Hen, stronger than steel!
Recently we launched with Butts and Shoulders our new line called ‘The Rough’. This collection contains variations on our beloved ‘Virgin’ line. It has the same bold Butts and Shoulders style and the same attention it deserves. Clean and classic with a lot of style. The new collection features the 3 core products of the brand: Travel Bag, Worker Bag and the Post Bag. All the models are now available in four new treated leather variations: brown (cognac), dark brown, dark green (army) and striped black leather. The branding on every bag is done by hand, sprayed, which will age beautiful after use. Every bag has a small virgin leather detail to make a link to our ‘Virgins’. This line is also made in Holland in limited quantities. Some of them are already sold, so be quick. Meet below some of the members from The Rough collection.
My buddies Rob Harmsen en Keith Hioco from Eat Dust about their collaboration with Stance. In the interview you can see and hear how they created this collab and give you more insight in the process. This upcoming Sunday they will launch the socks at Antwerp based store Kings and Queens in Belgium. If you’re in the neighbourhood, check it out for yourself!