Last week the new denim book Blue Blooded came out. The publisher of this new book, Gestalten, made a teaser video to show you some highlights.
Read my review of Blue Blooded here: www.long-john.nl/denim-book-blue-blooded
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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: