The Vintage Showroom from London launched their first book ‘Vintage Menswear’ in 2012. This is one of my favo’s in my big book collection. The book gave an extremely cool insight in their massive vintage collection of workwear, sport and denim. Founders of The Vintage Showroom Douglas Gunn and Roy Luckett are working more than 35 years in de industry and are both true legends. This upcoming December they will launch their second edition: An Archive of Menswear. The book provides again an unique overview of the best pieces from their collection. Featuring everything from a bearskin bomber jacket and fur-lined flying trousers to the original US navy peacoat and waterproofs worn on the British Antarctic Survey. I already saw the proto type of the book on the Kingpins show and believe me this is again a true treasure! The perfect gift for X-Mas. But the best is not to wait so long and add it immediately to your collection when it’s out. Really looking forward to this one. Well done guys! Great to see you again in Amsterdam.
The last few years a lot of new denim books entered the market. Some a nice, some are bad and a few are really great! And yes, there’s a new one to check out. The Daily Street made a serie of three books: Sneakers – Tshirts – Denim. Especially the last one got my attention. I haven’t seen it real live, but it’s out for sale right now. The book has a hardcover and contains 128 full colour pics. What’s the book about? Here’s a small description form their own site; Denim. Once a functional piece of workwear, denim has long since taken it’s place as a global style icon – but a small handful stand tall above the rest. This comprehensive collection looks at the most iconic denim ever created, from the original Levi’s 501s, through the birth of Japanese denim and up to the modern brands that have made denim the streetwear staple it is today – Evisu, Nudie, Momotaro, the list goes on…With photography and detailed analysis throughout, Icons of Style: Denim traces the history of denim through its most iconic pieces, from rugged workwear to hand-crafted selvedge and beyond. Looking forward to see it. Below some sneak pages.
In 2013 Stella Ruhe released her book Visserstruien (Dutch Traditional Ganseys) and this was an instant success. Stella, a Dutch female did an extremely great research to the old fisherman days. Each fisherman in Holland had their own knitted sweater which referred to their hometown. The different patterns of the sweater were used to find the original village from each fisherman when they were falling overboard into the sea. So each fisherman could be identified by his sweater. Her first book contains 60 original patterns and nice stories from the period 1875-1950. The patterns are distracted from old sweaters and old pictures. She even made all the sweaters for the book and put them next to the patterns.
This upcoming week part 2 is coming out, Visserstruien 2. In this new issue she continued the research to the origin of each sweater and the village. The volume 2 book will document 52 new villages and their sweat. Don’t know if this one is also coming in English like her first book, but check it out it’s a great homage to the Dutch fisherman. The cover looks promosing again!
Last month during the 3rd edition of the Denim Boulevard event in Milan – Italy the second issue of the My Archive book range was launched. The My Archive II book is the follow-up from the first book by Antonio di Battista and gives you an insight in his extremely huge and rare denim and workwear collection. Antonio is a denim expert, designer and collector from Italy.
His second book gives you some highlights from his workwear collection. The book is filled with treasures which he found during his trips to the U.S., Japan and all over the world. The items are unbelievable cool. One of the best things of the book is that is gives you an insight into a lot of unknown brands. Brands which aren’t so common or never seen before. The book kick-off is an amazing pair of waist overalls from 1890, made by Sweet Orr. This is also the oldest pair in this book. Let the pics speaks for themselves and check out the historical items. Many thanks for the copy! Looking forward to see My Archive #3!
Check also the denim brand from Antonio, Blue Blanket Jeans: www.blueblanketjeans.com
If you missed My Archive I, check it here;
Here are some sneak pages from the new Japanese Clutch magazine #40. The magazine will be out on 23th of May. The best part is that it’s coming with a special Nigel Cabourn section/book with his private collection. Looking forward to this one!
Two weeks ago a really cool new denim book came out: The 501XX – A collection of vintage jeans. The book is a sort of homage to Levi’s Jeans as it captures vintage Big E jeans from 1890 till 1966. The book shows 51 unique and rare examples which are in hands of Japanese Levi’s Jeans collectors. One of them is Yutaka Fujihara, and he’s also the maker of this great book. The book is a true history book as it comes to the rich heritage of Levi’s Jeans. All the details from every 501 era are fully described in 200 pages with photos and text in Japanese and English language. The book came in two editions, one limited edition which has a denim cover with golden letters (only 501 pieces were printed and were sold out within week!) and a regular version. Check below the cover of the regular edition. Big bravo to Levi’s expert Yutaka for this amazing denim document! Happy that I got my hands on a copy.
Get your copy here: www.berberjin.com
Check the limited edition cover here:
Worn is a new collaboration from The Vintage Showroom – London and trend forecasters and denim gurus Sue Barrett (formerly WGSN) and freelance denim and streetwear trend forecaster Katy Rutherford (creative director of STORY mfg.) The Worn publication is about global street style-trends and the vintage garments that inspire them. It combines extensive vintage knowledge with a trended snapshot of current global street-styles. Volume One profiles current neo-vintage looks and contemporary patchwork and mending as a resource for both collectors and designers. Worn is a bi-annual men’s vintage & street-style trend publication which launches at the amazing Kingpins Amsterdam denim show on Wednesday April 15th which makes up part of the Amsterdam Denim Days 2015. As a collective Worn publications are available for bespoke creative direction for clients on request. Combining extensive industry expertise in vintage, realtime and future trends.
To preorder a copy of this limited edition you can mail to email@example.com. Retail price is £45/€60 plus shipping.
Looking forward to this one. Below some sneak pages of Worn Vol. 1.
Last Saturday denim collector Yutaka Fujihara released his book: 501XX – A collection of vintage jeans. Yutaka is the director of the vintage store BerBerJin in Tokyo – Japan. His denim passion was the drive for his personal archive and the reason why he made this book, a sort of homage to Levi’s Jeans. The book contains 200 pages with full colour pictures and text in Japanese and English language. Don’t know if it will be available in Europe, but will try to get my hands on a copy for my personal archive. The first pictures makes me curious and I am looking forward to see the inside. The edition with the denim cover and golden letters looks really promising!
Around 1848 the famous ”California Gold Rush” started. A lot of farmers left their farm in order to get a better life by finding gold in the mines. But in the early ’50′s they didn’t find any gold anymore. This was a true disaster for everybody as they gave up their old living. Some of them returned back to their farm. But soon their was some good news as they discovered something new in the Nevada mines. Silver, a lot of silver.
This is the beginning of the denim story as the miners needed some strong pants to work in. In the beginning they called these pants, Overalls, which later in the 1930′s became legendary as Jeans. Read the full story in the recently released new denim book: True Fit (http://truefitdenim.com) by Viktor Fredback and Fredrik Ottosson. A must have for everybody who’s interested in denim.
Last Friday Amy Leverton organised the official launch party of her book ‘Denim Dudes’ in her hometown London – UK. The recent denim book release features over 80 industry names from the world of denim. The party was hosted by Bolt London, home of custom motorcycles, art and apparel in East London. The place was filled with blue denimheads while Amy was signing and selling her books. Of course there were cold beers which were provided by Vedett and spicy rum from Sailor Jerry. The music was done by dj’s Sonny ‘Scully’ Evans, Ugly Soundsystem and Bradley Hall from New Originals. Amy will do more book celebration events this year,Tokyo in March and Amsterdam and Paris in April. So check out if you can visit one of them to meet her in person and get your own signed copy. I will see you in April during the Amsterdam Denim Days Amy! Looking forward to that!
Amy Leverton did an interview on London Live tv about her new book ‘Denim Dudes’. Keep on going spreading the blue virus Amy!
‘Denim Dudes’ book by Amy Leverton is out now! A while ago I already made an update about this upcoming street style denim people book, but now it’s available. Of course I bought immediately a copy for myself when it came out. And it was worth waiting. Amy did a great job by portraying the blue influencers in the denim industry. From the U.S. to Europe, Japan and Australia. All the big names captured in one book full of great pics. The book is published by Laurence King. They both did a great job with this project. Can’t wait to see her new scheduled book ‘Denim Dudettes’. But first get your own copy of ‘Denim Dudes’ with 80 key players of the denim world. Below some snap shots of my personal denim favourites! Nice one Amy, till soon!
Order your copy here: www.denimdudes.co
Levi’s Vintage Clothing (LVC) made again a great lookbook for their Spring Summer 2015 collection. It’s the 7th book in the book range with the canvas feeling hard cover. As always you can see that Levi’s is putting a lot of effort in these books, the photoshoots are inspiring high quality campaigns. The theme from the collection is the Fifties, the time that the Rock & Roll and bowling scene was born. After WW2 a lot of young people were about exploring and creating new ways of clothing, music and lifestyle. For the denim business these were the golden days and especially for Levi’s it was booming business. The WW2 soldiers brought jeans outside of the U.S.A. and after the war was ended they left the countries without their jeans, so denim became real popular by the youth. LVC made a great ode to this era. Thanks to Spice PR -Amsterdam for sending a copy to me. Looking already forward to the new theme for Fall Winter ’15.
Wrangler Blue Bell made cool promotional comic books back in the days. If you bought a Wrangler Blue Bell item in the past you received a cool comic book. The comic books were small but very nice! In this particular edition #20 Harley May is the leading rodeo star. This one is for sale on Ebay and dates from the year 1957.
For sale here:
A few weeks ago I posted the new denim book ‘True Fit’ from Viktor Fredback, which is a really cool one, but there’s more coming next year! This February another denim book will launched called ‘Denim Dudes’ by Amy Leverton. Amy Leverton is a denim expert who has worked in the industry for ten years, most recently at the leading trend forecasting website, WGSN where she is currently Director of Denim and Youth Culture.
For her new book she portrayed around 80 key players in the denim scene such as Jason Denham (Denham), François Girbaud, (Marithé + François Girbaud), Adriano Goldschmied (Diesel, 7 For All Mankind) and Kenichi and Kenji Shiotani (Warehouse Japan), etc. The book also explores the very best and latest denim styling on the street, from bikers to vintage dealers and store owners. Exclusive photography for the book was shot in Paris, Tokyo, London, New York, LA, Milan, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Barcelona, Melbourne, Gothenburg and Sydney.
The book will be published by Laurence King who also did an amazing job with the book ‘Vintage Menswear’ from the owners of The Vintage Showroom store and archive. There are 272 pages in her new book filled with great fullcolour pictures from dudes in denim. Amy is already working on the 2nd edition: ‘Denim Dudettes’! Wow, sounds very good! Can’t wait to see the first edition in February. Guess we will have to wait a little while, but for now we have already some sneak pages, check it here below! Bravo Amy.
Amy Leverton with the first sample copy of ‘Denim Dudes’
This November a new denim book will be launched called True Fit: A Collected History of Denim. The book is a project by Viktor Fredbäck. Viktor is a Swedish denim collector who travels to old silver mines in the Nevada desert in hopes of digging up historic jeans from the 1800’s. This is the story of his passion and how each garment fits into his great historical puzzle. Through this book, he shows for the first time his unique collection. But in an unique way, not simpel product shots, but he brought back the items back to live by making shots of the items which are worn by models. It shows the present at the birth of the garment in the mid-1870s and follow its evolution a hundred years forward in time (from the 1870’s till the 1970’s). The account of the history of jeans also reveals that the garment makes up an integral part of American heritage. The book is 272 pages thick filled with full colour pictures. Below some sneak pages. Well done Viktor!
Next to denim I am also a big army fan. The old items from the army are the most inspiring for fits, quality and details. Everything is done with a thought and is born out of functionality. In 2003 Histoire & Collections made a great book which is curated and written by Henri-Paul Enjames. Since his younger years Henri-Paul was interested in Second World War stuff so he started collecting in the early eighties. His army collection is extremely big! To share his amazing collection he decided to make a book about the American soldier in Europe during the 1943-1945 period. Believe me this book is unbelievable and full of army treasures. Check it out for yourself while it’s still available.
Yesterday I received a copy of the book ‘Vintage King’ by Larry McKaughan. Larry is the legendary King Of Vintage from Seattle, U.S.A. and is running since 1986 his company Heller’s Cafe where he’s selling the most beautiful and the most rare vintage items. His collection is so extemely cool! The book, 240 pages, is loaded with amazing items as denim, military, sport, boots, hunting and souvenir jackets. This book is made with World Photo Press and is printed in Japan. It’s a really cool book and it’s a prefect addition to my King of Vintage books from Rin Tanaka. This books reminds me why Larry is The King of Vintage! Below some highlights. Many thanks to Larry and Scott for sending me a copy! Much appriciated.
Italian denim designer Piero Turk has launched his second denim book called: Details – A life with denim. Piero is a true denim master and worked with some important jeans brands like Edwin, Lee, Replay and AG (Adriano Goldschmied). He’s also the co-founder from the new brand Manic Monkeys which he runs together with Rob Dunk. A few years Piero is sharing his personal denim collection, which is really huge!, and his experiences through his super nice blog: Details – A life with denim. His new self published book is an overview with the best highlights so far. All to inspire you with his dedicated blue passion. Believe me, he’s a true denim library. I’m very happy that I recieved your new book which contains more than 300 images of vintage denim ‘details’. The book is also on sale on Etsy: www.etsy.com/listing/192386935/book-with-images-of-vintage-denim?. Check it out and get yourself a copy from the man who’s really into details. Big thanks Piero, till soon!
Recently I bought this small Wrangler ‘Blue Bell’ book: 100 years of denim innovation. The limited edition book is from 2004 and I found this one on a flea market. In the book you can see the history of Wrangler jeans published in an old school way. The book is made like the old photobooks, very nice! The cover is definetely the best part. Below some snapshots.