In December 2015 the book ‘Ametora’ – How Japan Saved American Style – was launched. The book is written by cultural historian W. David Marx. He’s a writer on Japanese fashion, music, and culture. Ametora which means American traditional look is his first book. The book traces the Japanese assimilation of American fashion over the past hundred and fifty years, showing how Japanese trendsetters and entrepreneurs mimicked, adapted, imported, and ultimately perfected the American style.
The book is published by Basic Books, hardcover and 296 pages. Looking forward to see it by myself. The first reviews are very promising!
We’re off to Portugal to start-up our first run of our new upcoming Butts and Shoulders boots. The boots are made with the classic ‘Goodyear Welted’ construction and made by hand in an authentic small factory. Also for the boots we use our natural vegetable tanned leather which will age very. This project is going to be very exciting and promising. More info about the availability later. So for the upcoming days no updates on my blog as we’re working in the factory for this first run. Till soon!
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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!
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!
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.