Stanley & Sons made an apron and bag for Hickoree’s using Cone W966 black selvage denim, Cone Indigo Neppy selvage denim and finally 15oz. selvage indigo denim from the Kurabo Mill in Japan. The black and blue color is combined in each piece, with one color being more prominent than the other and vice versa.
Available here: www.hickorees.com
Received this great coin/card wallet from the ‘President’s’ crew from Italy. It’s an invitation for their upcoming participation on the Pitti fair in Italy. Nice idea to invite people showing the quality standards of your products with a gift. Thanks President’s!
Billykirk is started in 1999 by brothers Chris and Kirk Bray in Los Angeles CA (USA). It’s a leather and canvas design company which was founded on the desire to make lasting items that get better with age. Billykirk, now partnered with three US-based manufacturers, has been located on the East Coast since 2005. Most of their small leather goods and bags are handmade by in-house artisans or by a group of Amish leather crafters in Pennsylvania. Below their Spring Summer 2013 collection.
Recently I received these two samples from ‘The Blue Beards Revenge’ from Bianca van Galen. Bianca is the owner of Hairpomades.com, a great distribution company full of authentic hair- and shaving products. Thanks for sending these samples, great branding!
Denim Demon Rag Rug is made out of old samples and complaints. Instead of just throw it away they recycles the fabric and turns them into beautiful rugs. Thanks to all the different colors and shades of the old jeans you get a super nice pattern and look of the rugs. Handmade in Sweden by either May or Hanna.
Artifact Bag Co. began February 2010 in their basement with a vintage commercial sewing machine which Chris Hughes (founder) found on Craigslist. In December 2010, he left his job to run Artifact full-time. Till today it’s the best decision he have ever made. Chris is working in his workshop with a combination of hand tools and vintage industrial equipment. The products are made from the finest American sourced waxed canvas and leather and offer a lifetime guarantee for all their products. All Artifact products are handmade in Omaha (U.S.A.). This is real authentic craftsmanship!
A short history from the Western bandana. The bandana have been around since pirates roamed the seas. Later the bandana became more fashion as people discovered that it was an useful and a great item too. Bandanas began to become very popular, because it was more convenient to wear by the working class (cowboys, miners, etc.) than the cravats. Bandanas came to the Americas with pirates who came to the Caribbean sea to plunder gold filled Spanish galleons. Even the Native Americans wore bandanas on their necks and as bandanas were often exchanged as gifts or traded with the American Indians. And don’t forget the robbers too, who used their often black bandanas to cover their faces during a robbery! Nowadays it’s a kind of authentic expression for a way of life. Just like a pair of denim. Below some bandanas from denim brands out of my private collection.
Check out this great blog: http://horseandanchor.blogspot.nl
Out soon. You can pre-order them at Benzak’s Denim website.
Elza and Joost from Atelier de l’Armee sended me these great pics from their new Spring 2013 collection. As I share their same love for old denims and vintage army clothes, I am always very surprised by their latest handmade products. Check out these great pics, but first some short background information about this passionated couple from Amsterdam (NL).
For the love of the old, the worn, the rusted, the faded, the stained and the patched.
Atelier de l’Armée is a company that offers an environment where beautiful collectable items are brought together and presented for a reintroduction to the world. The collection consists of two things. Their heritage clothing is a carefully selected mix of rare handpicked second hand items and most are collectables. Some have been customized, other have been adjusted, but most are untouched.
Their bags are all hand crafted from nothing but recycled materials in their small workshop in Amsterdam. These, mostly, military materials have retained their strength and aged beautifully over time. Since they were designed to survive a war they can surely handle the concrete jungle of modern day society in their new forms.
Keep up the good work!
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