Lynn Downey worked for about 25 years as a professional archivist and historian for the Levi’s Jeans brand. Her job was to built the Levi’s archive with historical materials. She built an extremely rare Levi’s collection which contains more than 5.000 outstanding pieces. In 2015 Lynn Downey started with a new journey, writing a book about Levi Strauss, the founder of the Levi’s Jeans brand. Now almost a year later she finished her book project and it’s now available: Levi Strauss – ‘The man who gave blue jeans to the world’. Looking forward to read it. Thanks Lynn Downey for sharing all your knowledge about this legendary denim man!
Founded in 1953, Orta transformed from a spinning and weaving company to a denim manufacturer in 1985. Today, Orta produces over 60 million meters of denim in it’s Turkey and Bahrain factories. Orta launched during the Kingspins fair in Amsterdam their first vintage book with the title: ‘The 5374 Vintage Showroom Book’. The book shows the most iconic pieces from the large Orta denim archive. Their great vintage showroom is housed in the Istanbul headquarters and tells the story behind 49 beautiful rare pieces. The book is dedicated to the so called 49′ers, this was the milestone of the global denim industry.
The birth of denim started with the Californian Gold Rush period. When James W Marshall found gold at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma on January the 24th of 1848, he accendentally started the largest mass migration in American history. The Forty-niners were the first; the real pioneers. The book ‘The 5374 Vintage Showroom Book’ is a kind of a homemage to them. The book shows 49 inspirational pieces from the Orta collection from workwear, jeans, Japanese boro’s and many more.
Doug Gunn and Roy Luckett from ‘The Vintage Showroom’ - London curated ‘The 5374 Vintage Showroom’. The book is made of high-quality glossy paper with a hardcover. The design is just perfect and have a link to the great books from ‘The Vintage Showroom’: ‘A Collection from the Vintage Showroom’ and the follow-up ‘An Archive of Menswear’. Both are favorites of mine as well.
In case you were wondering where the title 5374 name came from, this was one of Orta’s best selling fabrics back in the ’90′s. This denim fabric has an authentic character used by a lot of denim brands.
The book ‘The 5374 Vintage Showroom Book’ is made as a limited edition and is a great project. Actually it’s one of the best denim books I have seen for years. Orta and The Vintage Showroom did an amazing job with this project! Looking forward to see the items in real live one day. Fingers crossed that they are making #2 in the future! Thanks for my copy and big bravo!
Worn is a 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 vintage garments. Worn Volume One profiles current neo-vintage looks and contemporary patchwork. The 2nd edition – Worn Volume Two – celebrates the beauty of functional military design treasured, worn and faded through the decades. Next to amazing vintage military items they portraited some outstanding people styled in their unique vintage garments. As I’m really into old army stuff (next to denim) I’m very happy with a copy of this Worn Vol. 2. Worn is a true must have for every designer, trend forecaster and for everyone with an interest in vintage clothing. Go check it out for yourself, you will love it! Below some sneak pages of Worn Vol. 2.
Check also Worn Vol. 1 here.
Get your copy here: www.thevintageshowroom.com
One of my personal denim highlights every season is the Levi’s Vintage Clothing (LVC) collection. Levi’s is creating every season a high quality made collection with inspiration from their rich heritage. They create a tribute story. For the Fall Winter 2016 collection they picked the theme: 9TH ST. The 9th Street Exhibition in New York, 1951, was the first time artists showed collectively, and along with poets and writers of the time, became known as the New York School. In the mid ’40s, just after WWII, there was a revolution within the American art world. It became known as Abstract Expressionism. They were a new breed of artists, heavilty influenced by surrealist painters who had fled Europe during the war. The items from the new LVC collection shows a different colour palette in tees, tops and finishes on the jeans.
As always the LVC lookbooks are made from the same high standard as the collection itself. The lookbook starts with some re-production pieces from the large (more than 20.000 rare pieces) Levi’s denim archive. The next chapter is about the main LVC collection with the 9TH ST. theme. In the middle of the lookbook they show how to wash, wear and care your favorite pair of jeans. The last chapter shows a kind of streetpeople wearing LVC on a very cool way. The pics are shot in black/white which is a perfect choice.
All in all, the LVC line is as always very exciting and special. Check below some shots taken from the new Levi’s Vintage Clothing lookbook No. 10.
Worn is a 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 vintage garments. It combines extensive vintage knowledge with a trended snapshot of current global street-styles. Volume 1 was launched last year and is looking really nice. If you missed it, check it here: www.long-john.nl/worn-vol-1. There are still a few copies left.
The second volume of Worn celebrates the beauty and simplicity of functional military design: treasured, worn and faded through the decades and again marrying key colours to the Pantone colour chart. The new Worn Vol. 2 is out now! Looking forward to see it live! Well done and see you this October in Amsterdam!
Get your copy here: www.thevintageshowroom.com
Today is the official release date of the new denim book Blue Blooded by the publisher Gestalten. The book is written by Thomas Stege Bojer (founder of denim platform Denimhunters) and Josh Sims (British journalist and writer of the book ‘Icons of mens style’). Blue Blooded is a very high quality made denim book with one of the best book titles ever. The cover is wrapped in real rigid denim fabric from the Candiani mill from Italy. This gives the book a very special and rich look and feel. They also used the perfect paper for the book (with a great smell by the way, book enthusiasts knows what I mean ; )).
Blue Blooded tells and shows the complete story of denim. As there a lot of denim books on the market, this one is outstanding from the rest. The content of the book gives you a total inside into the denim industry from the past and nowadays. The chapters in the book highlights it all, from cotton plant, spinning, indigo dyeing, weaving, fabrics, making of a pair of jeans and the denim scene are part in Blue Blooded. The books shows you the secrets of selvedge. The true origins of the Osaka Five. The immigrants and inventors in the Wild West who created jeans. Exclusive profiles of the independent designers and makers invigorating the denim scene, like 3sixteen and Iron Heart, along with forces like the big 3: Levi’s, Lee and Wrangler that shaped the denim industry.
As you can read the Blue Blooded book covers the topic of jeans in its entirety, from their rivets to their various washes and from their cultural history to a recommended selection of stores where they can be bought. And, of course, the things every denimhead needs to know: how to wash, or not wash, your jeans. How denim is made. And how denim makes us who we are.
As said before this book belongs to every denimhead in their book collection as it gives a perfect denim overview. It turned out very nice! Well done Thomas, Josh and Gestalten with the birth of Blue Blooded!
Order your Blue Blooded copy now here:
Official Launch Party from Blue Blooded at Norse Store in Copenhagen
On Thursday, May 26, Norse Store in Copenhagen hosts the official launch party for Blue Blooded, and you’re all invited.
During the ‘Amsterdam Denim Days’ the publisher behind one of the finest Dutch life- and streetstyle magazine’s Code launched their first book. And they picked the best topic ever, denim. The book is called: Book of Denim Vol. 1. They gave their book a beautiful design in artwork, paper and photography. The new Book Of Denim gives a directional, professional, and at the same personal perspective on the world of this fascinating fabric. It’s dedicated to the beauty of denim. The content of the book is very good chosen, to highlight some topics: travel to the Colombian mountains, where in the blue town of Donmatías, half a century of denim history has led to the perfect integration of place, people, and production. Head into the desert for a new kind of tradeshow. Find out about the strongest denim in the world today, and discover the denim of tomorrow crafted at Denim City Amsterdam, or dive into the denim industry in Morocco. And much, much more blue denim in Vol. 1. The title says Vol. 1, so I can’t wait to see Vol.2. But first check this issue, it’s a must read for everyone with interest in denim, craftsmanship and clothing. Well done Code crew!
Order now your copy here: http://bookofdenim.com
On April the 4th the guys from the Japanese Clutch Magazine will launch their new magazine called Japan Denim. The magazine is loaded with the best Japanese denim brands available. In 164 full colour pages they will give you a perfect overview about the Japanese brands. Read what Clutch Magazine has to say about it in their own words here below. Looking forward to this one!
With so much attention placed upon denim in recent years, there is no doubt that one day Japanese denim will become its own fashion category. It is no longer unusual to see Japanese denim brands exhibit their denim at overseas tradeshows, and the number of shops in Asia and Europe that are beginning to carry more Japanese denim brands are also increasing. With such a commitment to using the highest quality fabrics, stitching, and silhouettes, the beautiful aging and fading processes of Japanese denim have become extremely popular among denim fans throughout the world. Today, there are many Japanese denim brands who are moving outside of Japan and competing with brands overseas. On April 4, Clutch will release a new magazine that puts the spotlight entirely on Japanese denim brands that have been widely recognized internationally, as well as the owners, directors, and designers of these brands that continue to release attractive denim models. Featuring dynamic photos that Clutch has become known for, the special edition magazine will introduce some of the industry’s leading figures and their philosophies and deep commitments towards the manufacturing of Japanese denim.
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 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!