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.
The Post Bag
The Worker Bag
The Travel Bag
Check ‘The Rough’ collection here;
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!
One of the first collabs which I made was with authentic leather brand Obbi Good Label. We made a keyfob and a small wallet in three different 3 colourways. Made of Horween leather which will age very nice within time. They are all sold out but I still have one black wallet and one black keyfob in stock. You can now purchase both for a special price. Be quick as they aren’t coming back again. Check them in my webshop.
Check the products here: www.long-john.nl/webshop
How to wax your favorite bag or jeans with Otterwax? Just check the video from HarbourTown starring Wing Mok, the founder of the brand.
Received a nice package from the Italian Sevenbell Company today. The package contains their new Roy Roger’s shop fragrance and the new Roy Roger’s denim candle light. Both products have a nice smell and the candle light is the perfect home decoration with the selvage fabric. The products are made with the best ingredients available and made in Italy. These products are a good reflection of their core business, premium clothing made from the best materials. Many thanks Guido Biondi for this great present! Hope everything is fine on your side. Till soon!
Harbour Town is a new concept label based in the Netherlands founded by Wing Mok. It brings forth a modern heritage look and appeals to that adventurous person who knows what they want and reflects on what they stand for. Harbour Town uses only the finest handpicked fabrics and materials. They search for the best fabrics from the East and the best leathers from the West. Since they only use deadstock fabrics and make everything by hand, every piece is unique.
Last weekend I got this great gift from Wing for my little baby girl. It’s a baby selvage denim apron. The apron is made by a deadstock rainbow right hand selvage fabric which is famous from Edwin Jeans from Japan. On the front they branded the apron with a nice piece of natural vegetable tanned leather with a handstamped logo. Both the denim fabric and the leather will age nicely over time. The apron is adjustable in the neck with a button. Many thanks Wing, it will be usefull for the little monster!
Zace American Dry Goods Denim from Ohio – U.S.A. is founded by Zace Myers. Zace and his family are farmers with a vegetable, herb and berry farm. After experimenting with 100’s of vegetable varieties over the years, they have found their niche in growing the hottest specialty peppers and herbs on the planet. During daytime they are farmers, but in the night Zace makes the most cool raw denim products. From denim aprons, bags (even Yoga bags), wallets, hats, and ofcourse jeans and overalls for men and women. The products are made from the best fabrics from the mills Cone (USA), Kurabo (Japan) and Candiani (Italy). Even his own kids Denim and Diesel (perfect names bytheway) are dressed with his own creations. The combination of raw denim fabics is prefect with their raw pure food from their own biologic farm. Check out this great Zace brand!
Jan den Hartogh, founder Duke & Sons, is a true craftsman who works the most of the time with natural vegetable tanned leather. All his products are made by hand. He also develops his own coloring which gives his products a great vintage and heritage look. Besides his awesome work he’s a very cool guy. Meet Mr. Duke & Sons in the nice video here below. Keep it up Jan!
Evisu Jeans Japan just released these new denim footwear styles. The shoes are classic styles combined with unwashed denim fabrics. Great to wear with your denim outfit. Looking forward to see a worn-out pair.
The guys from The Stronghold Society developed some new members in their collection: Mr. Jesse James, Mr. Sam Bass, Mr. Robert LeRoy Parker and Mr. Frank James. Besides the really cool names their product is also very nice. It’s something new and different and a perfect match for your denim shirts. Meet the new members.
Follow The Stronghold Society here;
Indigo People is coming with a nice Spring collection for 2015. Their inspiration for the collection came from Kasuri. Kasuri, a Japanese word originated from the Malay word ‘ikat’, was historically produced in Central, South and most of Southeast Asia. It became a traditional folk textile in Japan since the middle of the 18th century. Kasuri patterns have distinctive blurry edges, known as the soft edge technique, and look as if they were splashed onto the fabric. Taking inspiration from the antique Kasuri textiles, Indigo People brings this dyeing technique back to its origine of Southeast Asia for upcoming Spring.
The collection containss 8 scarves with each of it its own unique beauty. Below some sneak images of this blue gold. Let the Spring begin!
Yesterday I received this early X-Mas present from my friends from Indigo People. Indigo People was born out of love for traditional craftsmanship and the beauty of natural indigo. The brand is a homage to the artisans who keep up their heritage and to people with a great affection for authentic handicrafts. All their products are woven by hand and coloured with natural indigo. I got the Tsuru model which is width: 45cm / length: 180cm. I really like the intensive blue colour and the weaving structure of the scarf. The colour will age very nice over time. Many thanks guys and all the best for you too in 2015 with Indigo People! See you soon.
We made with our own Butts and Shoulders brand a new family member, a leather apron. The apron is made from natural vegetable tanned leather and is all made by hand in Holland. The leather will age very nice within time, especially when you will use this apron everyday. Some months ago we made a great collaboration apron with Beerze Beer and the result after wearing the sample for a couple months is amazing. You can check it out here below. It has a deep cognac colour already. Our 2nd Beerze Beer collab product, a beer bottle opener, is also attached on the apron.
We made the aprons for craftsman like tattoo artists, barbers, shoemakers, painters, cooks, etc. People who have an authentic job, professionals or just for the hobby. We added a lot of details on it and to make it very special the first run is made in 20 numbered pieces only. Check the apron below, it’s now available on the Butts and Shoulders website.
The aged Beerze Beer collab apron; new vs worn