The new Levi’s Vintage Clothing lookbook for Spring Summer 2016 is a tribute to the ‘Elesco Team’ and the ‘Homerun Label’. As always the lookbook from LVC looks really great, they take you back in the time. This is number 9 in this range. The Levi’s brand’s history with baseball dates far back to the company’s early days when they founded their own team called the Levi Strauss and Co. Base Ball Club. Around 1909, the team’s name was changed to “Elesco,” a play on the company’s LS&Co. initials. Just as baseball was hitting it’s stride as a popular American sport in the 1920′s, Levi’s launched it’s “Homerun” line of youth wear, which featured a baseball diamond on its woven label.
The lookbook is set-up in four chapters, the first chapter higlights some key items of the LVC collection. They took some items from their huge archive, over 20.000 items, and made replica’s which are made exaclty the same as the originals. One of the highlights is the Levi’s 501z from 1954 with embroideries. The second chapter is a tribute to the ‘Elesco’ team, chapter three is about how to wear and wash your pair of Levi’s and the last, 4th chapter, is about the campaign ‘This is a pair of Levi’s Jeans’. As always the LVC team did an awesome job with this new lookbook, always one of my favo’s. Let the Summer begin!
Freenote clothing company creates classic American menswear and honors tradition by manufacturing it’s collection exclusively in the United States. They source the finest materials and demand the highest level of craftsmanship so theye can offer quality clothing that is made to last. They take their inspiration from authentic American culture and it’s timeless style icons.
The brothers Matt and Andrew Brodrick founded Freenote. They are located in the historic district of San Juan Capistrano, a town that embodies the rancho era of territorial California. It is the ideal home for Freenote, which embraces America’s rich heritage and its classic menswear. Below some snap shots of what they create, check out their site to explore more craftsmanship!
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!
www.kingsofindigo.com & www.sivletto.com
Joe & Co is a small independent British lifestyle denim & apparel brand. Their collections are inspired by timeless classics and the iconic looks that distils the workwear and casual wear of industrial Britain. The sneak production video here below is nice to watch, especially because the classic ’Riders on the Storm’ song is included.
Selvage (US English) or selvedge (British English) is the most authentic denim fabric. Woven on shuttle looms with iconic colours to see the difference from each brand. That’s how Levi’s, Lee and Wrangler started. They had their own colour selvage so the manufacturer could see for who the fabric was made. Edwin Jeans from Japan also carry a lot of different selvage qualities in their collection, but the most legendary from them is their Rainbow selvage. Below some of their selvage qualities for this season: 12.8oz Rainbow Selvage, 14oz Red Listed Selvage Denim, 13oz White Listed Black Black Selvage Denim and 11.5oz White Listed Indigo Denim. Selvage it is!
One of my last vintage treasures is this rare deadstock Lee Jeans Riders kids jacket. The jacket is new and an original one from 1940. It was found behind store shelves from an old denim store, named Ries Strauss Men’s Clothing, which was closed in the beginning of the ’70′s. The store was located in a small town called Danville, Illinois – USA (around 120 miles (190 km) south of Chicago). Lee Jeans introduced the Rider jacket in 1931 as the first more shorter tailored western style jacket. My jacket is probably from the mid ’40′s, the time that the World War 2 ended. This period was very crucial for the denim industry as a lot of soldiers left their denim items all over the world. This was the start from a new denim era. Also known as the ‘Golden Period’. But back to my jacket. It has the cool red/golden necklabel with Union Made – Sanforized on it. Under the label there’s the sizing label, boys 4. Also one of the breast pockets has the Amalgamated Garment Workers of America tag. One of the most cool things about the jacket is that the original pricetag is still on it, $2.98. The jacket is made with right hand denim fabric. It has some dust on the right side of the jacket from laying for the many years in the store. I was very happy that I could get my hands on this special item. It’s very rare to find deadstock unused items these days. Great addition to my personal jacket collection. Check here below the Lee beauty!
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!
Alexander von Bronewski from Germany is running his awesome Be-Cause blog (http://be-cause-blog.com) for a couple of years already. Next to that he also started a while ago with his own leather brand Alexander von Bronewski Manufaktur. With his brand he’s making handmade authentic, mostly, leather goods like bags, belt and other small products. All with the skills from a true craftsman. Made in limited pieces only which makes it very special. In the film here below you will get a glimps of his daily life and work. Well done Alex!
Kiriko Jeans is a denim brand from Portland – Oregon. They are proud to introduce their Japanese denim line. This particular jeans here below is made of 100% cotton 13oz. selvedge denim made in Fukuyama City - Japan. Fukuyama City is one of the biggest manufacturers out of Japan producing some of the highest quality, most sought after denim textile. The jeans has a combination of their new crafted denim cuffed with two of their most popular Japanese patterns creates a one-of-a-kind look. They believe in quality clothes made with the best materials that will last a lifetime and fit perfectly. Check out the craftsmanship from Kiriko Jeans.
Recently we delivered our new Butts and Shoulders ‘Rough line’ to our retailers. For this collection we also developed a new store display with free keyrings. The keyrings are a give a way to customers who are interested to see the magical ageing process from the leather. I shot these pics last week at one on our retailers: Country House in Rotterdam – NL. Great authentic denim store with a beautiful collection.
The Rough collection
The Sakol Project is a project to promote a natural indigo dyed fabric from SSAP founder & designer home country, Thailand. Sakol is short from Sakolnakorn, a province in Northeast of Thailand. This northern province in Thailand is best known for it’s indigo blue fabrics. Villagers still use centuries-old weaving and dyeing techniques that continue a long tradition of quality. In the video here below you can see how they do the whole process by hand: spinning, indigo dyeing and weaving. Indigo craftsmanship!
The Concrete Tailor Company is founded by Fernando García de la Calera from Madrid(Spain). Fernando starts his carrier as a designer in 2007 creating The Concrete Company Madrid, an extension of his curiosity and hobbies. He started creating designs for skateboards and t-shirts, but soon after that he started making clothing based on durability and comfort. Creating samples, Fernando’s interest in tailoring awakens and he starts a learning process leading to the opening of his fist tailor shop in 2012. He continues using the fabrics he always used, specialising in denim, having quality and exclusiveness as main goals. TCCM is the natural evolution of Fernando’s interests and passions, both in his style and his creating process. Check out his fresh lookbook here below and don’t forget to check his video as well.
Pepe Jeans London is a denim and casual wear jeans brand established in the Portobello Road area of London in 1973. For me their best line is still the Pepe Jeans Denim Deluxe Miner from 1998. It was a reference to the classic American styles. A couple of years ago Pepe Jeans made a great creative video to show their history. If you haven’t seen it before, check it out. Very cool way of showing your heritage!
Spotted these great worn-out pair of Nudie Jeans – Grim Tim a while ago. Unfortunately I can’t remember on which blog I saw it, sorry guys, but damn what a great result! True blue art!
Each season Denham Jeans reaches out to world-class artisans, designers and fabric developers to create collaborative expressions. For FW15 the inspiration is ‘Indigo Nomads’ and the highlight in the indigo range is the Re-Cut Kendo Coat featuring dead stock military blankets that have been soaked in blue. The result is a really nice and unique coat with different kind of blue shades. Well done Denham crew!
One of my treasures from my private denim archive is this original vintage Levi’s Jeans 507XX (also known as Type 2) jacket. The jacket is from the ’50′s. It was introduced in 1953 as the follow up from the 506XX (Type 1) jacket. On the 507XX jacket was a second breast pocket added with bar tacks instead of rivets. The jacket got the famous BigE red tab. All vintage Levi’s items with a red tab (the red tab was introduced in 1936) made before 1971 have the BigE tab instead of a small e. These BigE red tabs are the valuable items to collect. This jacket was only made till 1962 when the follow up came: 557XX (Type 3) jacket. The 557XX is Levi’s most famous jacket, it has the pointed pocket flaps. The 507XX has selvage in the inside which dissapear at the 557XX jack. The buttons are showing a lot of patina. The back of the buttons are stamped with number 17.
My 507XX jacket is in totally worn-out condition, that’s how I like them the most. It shows different blue indigo shades. A perfect jacket with a lot of history! It came out in the time that the Rock & Roll era started. Check it out!
The black version of the promo doll from Lee Jeans, the famous Buddy Lee, is very rare! You don’t see this version so often, there’s also one published in the book ‘True Fit’ from Viktor Fredback (check out his denim book, it’s really great!!). There’s also not much info about this one. It’s probably made in the late ’20′s but some say it’s from the ’40′s. Like all the first original Buddy Lee’s this one is also dressed in an overall. This Buddy Lee is for sale on Ebay for $ 1.599,- Check this Black Magic here below.
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Last week Red Wing launched the second edition of the Red Wing Post at the European Red Wing Shoe Stores. The second edition is filled with articles about the legendary St.James Hotel, a historic landmark in Red Wing Minnesota and old pictures of men working in the SB. Foot Tannery. Besides some real history, you will also find articles about the motorbike design company Wrenchmonkees, the coffee roasting duo Onno & Florian of Stooking Roasting Co. from Amsterdam and you get an insight into the workspace of Joost & Elza of Atelier de L’Armée. Joost & Elza are a very creative couple and the brains behind their amazing handmade brand. The pics from their atelier are shown here below. Pic up your own free copy in one the RW stores.
(pics by Michael van Hal)
(pics by Mounir Raji)
www.redwingamsterdam.com & http://atelierdelarmee.com