Ondura is an one man army brand founded by Leens Jan Ondra in 2013. Ondura is based in Bünde Westfalen, a small town in Germany. Leens is born and raised in a small village, inspired by D.I.Y, punk music and subculture. Leens lived in a 6 m2 old army truck for nearly ten years. Due to this lifestyle, he became minimalist; less is more and quality will endure. After working as a carpenter he studied fashion design at the fine art school Berlin Weißensee where he graduated with distinction. After working unsatisfied for several years in the fashion industry as a designer, it was time to built his own brand with his passion for durable goods, so Ondura was born. Leens is using only the best of the best leather with Ondura, natural vegetable tanned which age very nice with use. Check below a selection of his high-end handmade products made by a true craftsman. Keep up the good work Leens!
Leens Jan Ondra
The 6 m2 old army truck
Blue de Gênes from Denmark just launched some great new items for Spring Summer 2016. The items are all made with authentic craftsmanship and loaded with rich details. Let’s highlight some of them here below.
The Blue de Gênes Vigo Harajuko Shirt, the Monta Rugged Waistcoat, the Gio N2 Jeans w1080, the Gari Belt and Scarf and Blue de Gênes Key Hanger.
The Blue de Gênes shirt button is made of corozo nut. (The Vigo Harajuko Shirt is inspired by old shirts and has a classical grandad opening. The particular stitching and patchwork details contribute to a fine vintage look).
Most of the Blue de Gênes shirts are inspired by old worker shirts. The shirts have the characteristic Blue de Gênes branded real corozo hard nut buttons. The shirts are made in natural materials using cotton, hemp, linen and wool. Some fabrics are made on old selfedge looms and feature the characteristic red selvedge line. Most fabrics are from Italy and Japan.
The Monta rugged Waistcoat is a tailored gillet/vest and has buffalo horn buttons.
The Gio N2 Jeans is a slim fit jean in indigo blue which is made in Italy. The Gari Belt is a co-lab belt made with together with Dukes Finest Artisans. It’s handmade and handpainted and tells the great story of the Italian general Giuseppe Garibaldis adventures. The Blue de Gênes Keyhanger is made of corosu nut where only parts of the shell is polished off to give it a rough look. It will start by being ivory white but over time it will take colour and get a roustiqe look.
Check more new items for SS16 here: www.blue-de-genes.com
Established in 2007, Indigofera is operating from it’s hometown Stockholm, Sweden and is founded by Mats Andersson. Indigofera garments are made with high standards in Portugal and in other specifically chosen locations in Europe. Their fabrics are milled in Japan, U.S.A. and Europe. Next to garments they also make beautiful blankets from 100% wool. These are made in Norway. The Indigofera blankets are great to use during campfires in the upcoming Spring/Summer nights.
My friends from the very respected denim platform ‘Heddels’ started something new. They launched the first product with their CO-OP series. The CO-OP series are collaborations with brands they admire to create limited runs of specialized products exclusively for ‘Heddels’ readers. The first CO-OP product is made with ‘Winter Sessions‘ are they developed a ‘Natural Indigo Bank Bag’. The collab bag is inspired by the bank bags which were the standard for almost all retail businesses to move their cash and checks from the store to the bank. The goal wasn’t to keep people from running off with the money, but just make sure it wasn’t tampered with and kept everyone honest. The ‘Heddels X Winter Sessions’ bank bag is produced with carry goods brand ‘Winter Session‘ and made entirely at their in-house workshop in Denver, Colorado. Their design is based off of vintage bank deposit bags from the 1950′s and 60′s, which featured a locking zipper. They replaced the lock with a snap leather stash pocket that secures the zipper in place.
The bank bag materials which are used include:
- · Cone Mills Natural Plant Indigo 16oz. selvedge denim
- · Hermann Oak veg-tanned 4oz. cowhide leather
- · Vintage mid-century cotton-taped Talon Zippers
- · Also included is a laser-cut and engraved commemorative wooden nickel
The Bank Bag will be available for sale on the Heddels Shop here: http://shop.heddels.com at 12pm noon EST on Monday, March 7.
Congrats guys with this new CO-OP milestone! Looking forward to see the next collab already, but I know it would be an one of a kind as well. Keep up the good work!
www.heddels.com & www.winter-session.com
Indigo People teamed-up again with Denham Jeans after their first successful collaboration. For the Spring 2016 collection, there are again two scarves that embody the spirits of both brands to show their love for indigo and authentic craftsmanship. Both scarves are created following the traditional Ikat technique, which is a resist dyeing process by binding the designed pattern on the weaving yarns with a tight wrap. After repeatedly dipped the bound yarns in natural indigo to reach the dark blue colour, the bindings are then removed to create the pattern directly on the handloom. Because the design is created in the yarns the pattern is visible at both sides of the fabric.
The Toru scarf has a simple yet contemporary plaid design that is formed by the irregular Ikat yarns in both the warp and the weft direction of the scarf. The rain effect of these ikat yarns gives an apparent blurriness to the plaid.
The Hajime scarf’s graphic design is inspired by Denham’s logo. The scissors have been abstracted and bound on the weft yarns. This weft Ikat technique is much slower to weave because the weft yarns must be carefully adjusted to maintain the clarity of the design. A misplaced yarn will destroy the entire pattern. It’s a highly labor-intensive process to create the scissor pattern of this scarf.
Both scarves will be available in the official Denham stores. Congrats guys with this second collab, it looks stunning as always!
- Owner: Pol Houtkamp, Dutch sales representative Lee Jeans
- Brand: Lee Jeans, Lee101 wallet 23oz fabric
- Age: Few years
- Treatment: Worn hard every day!
New vs Worn
Send your worn-out project to: firstname.lastname@example.org
To celebrate the 10th anniversary from the awesome denim store Sivletto they team-up with denim brand Kings of Indigo (K.O.I.). For this anniversary they launched a very special “limited edition collection” that will be available exclusively at the Sivletto shop and online and in the K.O.I. online store. This special collab contains 3 master pieces in rock and roll black. The first item which they created is a 13oz selvage jeans, straight fit black denim with detailing that make the denim extra special; a pocket flasher, pocket bag print and leather patch especially developed for the occasion. To complement the black denim, there is a 100% organic cotton tee made from 180gsm single jersey in, of course, black, with an authentic chest print, designed for the anniversary. The last item in the collection is a classic bandana, with the same special limited edition print, made from 100% organic 30’s poplin cotton with a black discharge print. Well done guys and congrats Sivletto with this milestone!
www.kingsofindigo.com & www.sivletto.com
Ebay is the perfect place to spot vintage items, denim and non-denim. Sometimes you see something really cool like this original vintage Levi’s Jeans lighter with the cowboy with saddle. It’s dated from the ’50′s, the Big E period. Collectors item.
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.
www.indigopeople.net & www.denhamthejeanmaker.com
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.
The Rough 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!
Rob Harmsen & Keith Hioco
(Pic by Nick Clements)
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
- Internal pocket
- Handset solid red copper rivets
Check out the craftsmanship from Mike van der Zanden here below!
Mike van der Zanden at work
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.
Check the bidding on Ebay here;
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.
(pics by Michael van Hal)
(pics by Mounir Raji)
www.redwingamsterdam.com & http://atelierdelarmee.com
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.
The new logo
The trucker caps