In the beginning of last January we launched our first edition of our Butts and Shoulders ‘Goodyear Welted’ boots. After the success of the first run we produced a second run and we also developed the first run for women. We received a lot of question how you could treat the natural vegetable leather the best. After all the requests we decided to develop our own Butts and ShouldersBee-Wax kit and Shoe-Stretchers. The Bee-Waxkits contain everything you need to clean and wax your pair of boots. The Bee-Wax is made from natural ingredients to serve you the best. The Shoe-Stretcherswill shape your boots in the original form and the Cedar Wood will also helps for unpleasant odors.
The Blue Handed brand is started by John Abbate. John worked 25 years for big brands designing up-cycled furniture under ‘R-incarnation’. After that he moved to Shanghai starting his own retail consulting agency, John Abbate Studio, and was a visual merchandising professor at Mod’Art. John is currently creative director at Design Overlay, a retail design agency based in Shanghai. He created the concept of Blue Handed in 2015 by stumbling upon a vintage piece of fabric found in a demotion site of an old part of Shanghai.
The Blue Handed Pin Bu Scarves are new hand dyed indigo, antique “lan yin hua bu’ indigo fabrics, with or without patches and vintage yarn dye fabrics. Each scarf is unique, hand stitched with the character of a handmade loom. Check them out here below.
The Indigo People brand is expanding their product range every season. Now they also added some really cool blue handmade bandanas to their Indigo People collection. The graphic design of the bandanas are manually printed following authentic batik technique. Using hot wax the artisan applies the artwork directly on the fabric to resist dye. After dipped several times in natural indigo the bandana is boiled in hot water to remove the hot wax and the artwork appears on the bandana. Due to the manual printing and indigo dyeing process, imperfection occurs on the printed artwork that marks the unique appearance of each single item. Check here below the beautiful Indigo People bandanas to complete your denim outfit.
Watch the short film of the making off the Indigo People bandanas
My friends from the platform Heddels just released their second collab: Heddels CO-OP 2: The Knickerbocker Quint Hat. They create collaborations with brands they admire which results in limited runs of specialized products exclusively made for the Heddels readers. For this 2nd collab they team-up with Knickerbocker MFG brand from Brooklyn – NY to create the Quint Hat.
The Quint Hat is for stormy nights, dark days and deep sea hunting. The hat is made from an 8.25oz. waxed cotton fabric and is water resistant and has dual front pockets. All seams are finished with natural cotton twill tape and it’s all closed with a vegetable tanned Atlantic salmon leather strap around a brass slider buckle. The hat is made in a limited and numbered edition run of 100 pieces and is now available on the Heddels site. Congrats guys with this great 2nd collab and keep up the good work! Looking forward to see collab number 3!
Read the full story of the idea, making of, production, etc. from this special collab on the Heddels site here.
The inspiration of the Heddels X The Knickerbocker Hat came from the character from the legendary Jaws movie, Sam Quint. For this collab they made a photoshoot as a kind of a homage to the character in the movie. The photoshoot was done by Eric Kvatek (famed lookbook photographer for Kapital, Prps, and 45rpm and many other brands).
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Last week Atelier De L’Armée launched their amazing collaboration with Nigel Cabourn. The idea to make this special limited edition rucksack came out very natural as both are dedicated to old military bags, patterns and clothing. When both met eachother a few years ago Nigel was carrying his vintage Swiss army rucksack. They start talking about making a remake of this classic. They sourced the original fabric as they want to make the collab as close as the Original. Since it is highly unlikely to find a dead-stock roll of this 1960’s fabric we never thought the collab would actually happen. But after a year long search they were able to find a complete roll of selvage original Swiss army Salt & Pepper fabric and the collaboration was born.
The Salt & Pepper fabric had a cotton base when it was developed by Swiss army during the late 1930’s, but as cotton became rare during the years of war, nettle fibre was combined with cotton. This mix created a very rugged, waterrepellent and durable fabric. The selvage roll of fabric they found contained barely enough fabric to make a limited amount of 40 pieces. They combined the fabric with vegetable tanned leather. Although the bag is already sold-out at the webshop from Atelier De L’Armée, maybe you will have more luck at the Army Gym stores in London and Tokyo. Congrats with this very cool homage to the Swiss army bag! Bravo!
Daily Bags is a new sustainable denim brand specialised in handcrafted patchwork goods from The Netherlands. The designer is Sharifah Isa and her main goal is creating special bags of old denim leftover fabrics. Each Daily Bags item is unique and made of deconstructed jeans in different shades of blue. All her items are combined with a wide range of high-quality fabrics and leather. Next to bags she’s also making denim aprons and denim jackets. All made by hand. The look of Daily Bags refers to the vintage Japanese boro styles. Check the unique Daily Bags products here below.
Although it’s still Summer I would like to give you a sneak preview of the new upcoming Indigo People Fall Winter 2016 collection. Indigo People is founded to share the love of traditional craftsmanship and natural indigo. For upcoming season Indigo People is bringing 3 new product groups in this new collection: t-shirts, bandanas and bags.
The Indigo People t-shirts and bandanas are produced following the authentic batik technique. The artworks are stamped or printed with hot wax to resist dye during the indigo dyeing process. The artworks are then cracked and the garments are manually dyed, piece by piece, in natural indigo. To reach the dark indigo colour, the dye master has to dip the garments up to 16 times in indigo. After dyeing, the garments are boiled in hot water to remove the wax. The printed artworks and the cracked lines remain their raw colour and appear on the garments.
The Indigo People bags are offered in 2 different fabrics: 17oz handwoven selvedge denim in natural indigo and 17oz handwoven batik denim. The 17oz selvedge denim is hand woven and hand dyed in natural indigo. The weft yarns are dipped about 16 times in natural indigo to get the dark colour.
Next to the new upcoming products Indigo People added also some new styles from their ties and scarves. All ties are made from fabrics that are natural indigo dyed and handwoven following the traditional ikat technique. The scarves are traditionally hand loomed and manually dyed in natural indigo following the ikat technique. Looking forward to see those beautiful items in store!
Eastpak is launching some very nice limited editions this upcoming September. Inspired by Japan’s long standing love affair with denim they produced together with the legendary Kuroki denim mill from Okayama – Japan, bags from selvedge fabrics. The bags will come in two different colours: light blue and dark denim. The bags contains special inside lining featuring koi fishes. Perfect timing for everyone who’s looking for a new outstanding bag!
Next to the Kuroki collab bags Eastpak will also launch a very very limited edition. Eastpak transformed vintage handmade Japanese “boro” denim – one of the rarest and most beautiful fabrics in the world – into what are undoubtedly the 5 most exclusive Padded Pak’r backpacks ever produced by Eastpak. Vintage Japanese “boro” is made from a patchwork of high-quality Japanese denim. Parts of the boro used for this unique limited edition collection are over 100 years old.
Each bag in this Eastpak limited edition “boro” collection is a unique tribute to the history of Japanese denim. The tradition of “boro” dates back to the 19th century when genuine denim was a rare and valuable commodity. Even small leftover pieces of fabric were kept and sewn together to create stunning patchworks that remain highly collectable to this day. No more than 5 Padded Pak’r backpacks have been handmade as part of this unique collaboration, each one destined to become a true collector’s item! The launch of these exclusive Eastpak boro backpacks will be as of the 1st of September, 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;
Mosevic is an up and coming sunglasses brand and manufacturer from Cornwall, UK. After years of material and process exploration, they launched their first range of denim eyewear on Kickstarter in 2015. After this successful launch they now have a full line-up collection with denim eyewear.
Mosevic take discarded and damaged jeans and use the reclaimed fabric in their latest collection of Solid Denim eyewear. They recycle jeans of all shapes, sizes, colours and textures. Each pair of sunglasses is built from layers of these different denim fabrics using their unique, handcrafted process in their workshop in Cornwall, UK. From flashes of colour and subtle blue gradients to an explosion of textures each and every pair of sunglasses is completely unique. Batch 1 includes 6 different frame shapes and are now available at selected retailers and through their webshop.
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!
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.
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 ‘WinterSessions‘ 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.
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!
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!
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.