Last fashion fair I got this nice Momotaro Jeans paper fan from Katsu Manabe. As a marketing specialist I really like these kind of innovative tools to support your brand. This paper fan is the perfect link to the homeland from Momotaro, Japan. Great to see such creative promo items!
Recently I bumped into a great new leather brand from Portugal called Noise Goods. The products from Noise Goods are all handmade from the best natural tanned leather available and made with local materials. Their leather will age beautiful over time. Pedro Fernandes, founder of the brand, surprised me by sending the Indigo Folio A4 clutch as a present. This clutch is really usefull for your papers, agenda, Ipad, etc. The inside is made from 100% woven wool which gives the clutch a very rich feeling. I am a big fan of the colour of this indigo clutch, it’s amazing and perfect to combine with your denim outfit. Many thanks Pedro and good luck with your brand!
If you’re interested selling these Noise Goods products in your store, please contact Pedro by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Check the brand here: http://noisegoods.com
My friend Antonio di Battista (founder from Blue Blanket Jeans) from Italy just came back from California where he was for the Denimbruin event. During the event he presented his new jean inspired by the gold rush era in collaboration with Cory Piehowicz (a.k.a. Bandit Photograph). The jean they made is based on a pair of 1800′s waist overalls which Cory found in the desert when he was on a trip with his buddies Mike Harris (writer from the book Jeans from the old West) and Russ. Everything was made by hand and with old machines using a Japanese pure indigo denim made especially for this jean. The jean will be produced as a limited edion and will come this Fall. Really nice project between two authentic passionated guys! Below some pictures of the jean.
It’s already twelve years ago that Atelier LaDurance was launched in the stores. The brand was founded by Gerard Backx. ALD were premium denim items full of great details and super Japanese quality! Next to the amazing products the branding was extremely good! All done by true craftsman Boy Bastiaens (www.stormhand.com) from Maastricht – NL. He’s responsible for the whole creative identity of this brand. One of the best ideas from Boy was to make a simple connection to France (in the beginning the collections were made in France!) and to men and women, he came with the idea to make the inner pockets with a fabric refering to the French jam jars. So for men it’s blue with white and women red with white. Also the repairkit bullet delivered with every item was amazing. Besides that the all over branding was something new, something different. The total look and especially the fits from ALD had a link to workwear from the ’40′s and ’50′s.
A while ago I got my hands on this deadstock Atelier LaDurance Prescott workwear jacket made of 11oz Japanese raw fabric. I already have one in my collection, but that one is already washed one time. Check the jacket here below for all the great details from the great denim brand which unfortunately isn’t available anymore.
Edwin Jeans teamed up with department store Liberty from London – UK. Liberty is an amazing classic store, the building is beautiful, and world famous with their colourful all over prints. Great to see this combo, classic fabric mixed with denim. For this collab they used the ED-80 fit and is made of an exclusive 14oz Japanese red selvage, rinsed denim, with the addition of iconic Liberty print fabric on the interior yoke and pocket lining. This exclusive jean is available from today at Liberty only.
As a big fan of the vintage line from Diesel Jeans, called Old Glory from the early nineties, this store display is in my collection over 20 years already! It’s made from wood. Old Glory was the premium line with amazing items which where made on standards like nowadays Levi’s Vintage (LVC) and Lee 101. They brought really cool jackets and highend selvage denim. They costs a fortune at that time and only a happy few really liked this vintage inspired collection. Unfortunatly they produced this only for a couple of years. The market was to small to survive with this exclusive line. Those were the best years of Diesel.
Great detail from this jean brand is that all the inner pockets are very deep to carry a lot of stuff with you like your wallet, keys, phone, cash, cigars etc. This detail is one of my personal favourite parts of a good jean.
Dutch denim brand G-Star celebrates their 25th anniversary this year and to celebrate this they launched a few classic from their archive back in the stores. The classics are the G-star Elwood, Faeroes, Lumber and US First. They came in different fabrics, from 25 years of wear wash to 25oz fabric. The US Lumber is my personal favourite, it was origanally introduced in 1994 and it was their miner inspired jean made of red listing selvage. For collectors this is a wanna have, so now it’s the time to get your hands on a pair, this time in a heavy 25oz fabric. This will last your lifetime! In the words from G-star: ”The kind of denim that can only be created on old shuttle looms in the hands of skilled craftsmen”. Great to see these classic back again and enjoy your anniversary!
Recently I received this nice ‘Amsterdenim’ workwear jacket from founder Ben Fokkema. Ben gave me last year the first jacket ever made for my private collection and now I received his latest raw denim jacket. The jacket is inspired by the workers from the U.S.A. a model which is also adopted by a lot of Japanese people. As always Ben added a lot of great ‘hidden’ details in the jacket like the special buttons with all the Amsterdenim letters, longs cuffs, canvas printed inner yoke, and name embroidery on the back which become more visible after wearing. The jacket got a brilliant Dutch name called Johnny and is made in Italy. Check out his website which is launced lately. Ben, big thanks for this jacket which has an amazing fit! Keep building on your denim dreams. Till soon!
A year ago, the 1st production run of Benzak Denim Developers was launched by a crowd funding project with success. Lennaert Nijgh, founder of BDD, started a new Kick Starter project to support his second production run. He developed some new jean styles, BDD-006 – dark tone and BDD-016 – grey cast. Recently I saw the first samples of these new styles and it I can say that this will surprise you, believe me. Both styles are made with the highest standards and with all the specific BBD details. Go check his Kick Starter page and support this hard working guy! Holland meets Japan again.
Founder Lennaert Nijgh
BDD spare parts
Holland vs Japan
Worn-out BBD pair
New style BDD-006 – dark tone
New Style BDD-016 – grey cast
Check the Kick Starter page here;
Another Buddy Lee from my private collection. Buddy Lee, the best denim doll in town!
This Wrangler ‘Blue Bell’ kids jean is from my private collection. The jean is very worn-out by a kid as the knees are completely destroyed. As many kids jeans, also this one, has a zipper, made from non-selvage left hand fabric. Because the jean is washed some many times it feels really soft.
It was in 1947 that employees of ‘Blue Bell’ (the previous Wrangler brand name) voted on the name of a new line of jeanswear designed specifically for cowboys and rodeo riders. The name decided upon was Wrangler. In the year 1948 they replaced the arcuate stiching into the “W” stitch on the backpockets. What’s also nice to mention is that the first Wrangler pocket labels were made from pressed card and then in plastic for a simple reason, when a leather label and a leather saddle come into contact, they stick and Wranglers were designed for cowboys. It’s a pitty that Wrangler doesn’t make the ‘Blue Bell’ line anymore. This means that these items are hard to find, very rare.
Really nice to see this ‘Ernest Wright & Son’ craftsmanship. Below their kitchen scissor for the left and right handed people. Check the making of video here below.
Hepville Custom Clothing made this cap by hand with chambrays, selvedge denims and indigo cotton fabrics. Really nice!
The anchor shirts are available in my webshop for special prices: