In the beginning of last January we launched our first edition of our Butts and Shoulders ‘Goodyear Welted’ boots. After the success of the first run we produced a second run and we also developed the first run for women. We received a lot of question how you could treat the natural vegetable leather the best. After all the requests we decided to develop our own Butts and ShouldersBee-Wax kit and Shoe-Stretchers. The Bee-Waxkits contain everything you need to clean and wax your pair of boots. The Bee-Wax is made from natural ingredients to serve you the best. The Shoe-Stretcherswill shape your boots in the original form and the Cedar Wood will also helps for unpleasant odors.
Kings of Indigo (K.O.I)launched in 2012 their first collection. The brand dna is inspired by American classics with details from Japan. A perfect mix for a successful denim brand. Their key words are quality, innovative and sustainable. The name Kings of Indigo (K.O.I) came from founder Tony Tonnaer’s favorite tattoo, a koi fish on his right shoulder in remembrance of his mother. Koi fish are intelligent creatures and they tend to swim against the stream which is a strong metaphor for the rebellion that comes with the denim lifestyle. In Japan the Koi fish stands for luck, love and perseverance. Kings of Indigo (K.O.I) brand is now available through 250 carefully selected retailers in 12 countries and online, with a focus on Northern Europe.
Also the marketing is impressive and fits perfectly with their brand dna. They created one of the largest, if not the largest, selvage jeans as promotion with waist size 82 and length 32. The jeans called Sumo and refers to the Rodeo Clown Pants jeans from the ’40′s and ’50′s from brands as Lee Jeans and Wrangler. The Sumo jeans is made of high quality rigid redline selvage fabric and has all the details of the regular Kings of Indigo (K.O.I)jeans. On the back of the jeans they attached a true cool embroidery which makes this Sumo jeans very special.
I’m very happy to have this big Sumo jeans in my denim collection. This is the biggest selvage jeans in my collection so far. Meet Sumo here below.
The Indigo People brand is expanding their product range every season. Now they also added some really cool blue handmade bandanas to their Indigo People collection. The graphic design of the bandanas are manually printed following authentic batik technique. Using hot wax the artisan applies the artwork directly on the fabric to resist dye. After dipped several times in natural indigo the bandana is boiled in hot water to remove the hot wax and the artwork appears on the bandana. Due to the manual printing and indigo dyeing process, imperfection occurs on the printed artwork that marks the unique appearance of each single item. Check here below the beautiful Indigo People bandanas to complete your denim outfit.
Watch the short film of the making off the Indigo People bandanas
Wrangler Jeans just dropped some classic vintage prints for Fall Winter ’16. They used old authentic Wrangler prints on t-shirts, sweats and hoodies. Basic items with the Wrangler coolness. Perfect combi with your favorite pair of jeans.
Bleu de Cocagne is a beautiful indigo inspired clothing brand for men and women. The brand is started by Bruno Duflos & Thierry Lelann from Toulouse – France. Their brand is a kind of a homage to the old woad dye technique. All their items are dyed by hand. They dye their items into woad baths, sometimes they need to dye it 8 times to achieve the right result. They select only premium natural fabrics for their brand. All the products are designed in France and made in Europe. Check below some shots from the new Fall Winter ’16 collection.
Nudie Jeans celebrates this year their 15 anniversary. For this special celebration they launched today their ‘Indigo Bloodline’. The ‘Indigo Bloodline’ contains three new sustainable Japanese selvage options made with organic cotton and fibers from
bamboo, hemp or paper. The special limited edition items are all numbered and packed in a special box. Nudie Jeans developed these special boxes also in the past with their classic ‘Regular Ralf’ model, also made from Japanese selvage fabric.
The Nudie Jeans ‘Indigo Bloodline’ is available through some selected retailers worldwide and the Nudie Jeans webshop. Check it out as these items are specials, limited, and out of stock before you know. Congrats Nudie Jeans with rockin’ for 15 years already in the denim industry with your outstanding brand!
The video How to Line Your Cuff by Levi’s Jeans shows how to make your pair of jeans more special. Customizing is a very hot topic the last years. People want to wear special items, items with an unique look. And the best is when a pair of jeans is customized by the wearer itself. Check in the video how to make your pair of jeans in a simple way outstanding from the rest. #DIY it is!
Edwin Jeans is always one of my favo’s. Their collections are always loaded with classic items which you can wear all year around. My kind of stuff. The new Edwin Jeans Fall Winter collection has again the classic musthave items as basic tees, good fitted and priced selvage jeans, comfi sweats, shirts and warm jackets. One of the best things about the brand is that the prices are good and reasonable, but also their choices for colours are perfect. Their colours are matching with their no-nonsense look; white, grey, blue and black. Yes, that time of the year is coming again that you can layer your outfits and dress like it should be. Below some shots of the new Edwin Jeans Fall Winter ’16 lookbook.
The end of the Summer is near and Fall is ready for kicking in. The best part of this time of the year is that all the new fresh Fall Winter collections are coming in. One of the most inspiring and worth waiting new lookbooks are always from Kapital. This Japanese brand is always on point as it comes to silhouettes, styles, fabrics, colours and mix and match from items. It’s an inspiration for a lot of (denim) designers and a must see for everyone with an interest in clothing. Once again, well done Kapital!! Let the Fall begin!
Red Wing Shoes has something special to celebrate! For the first time since the 20’s they are launching a Red Wing Women’s collection. Red Wing already started making women’s shoes in the 1920’s, when a wave of feminism got women wearing pants and boots. The daughter of the owner of the Red Wing Shoe Company brought them back. She started working on the new RW women’s collection two and a half years ago and they are now finally available!
The Red Wing Heritage Women’s Collectionis made with the same craftsmanship and authentic care as the men’s collection. The boots are all made with cowhide, with is much softer and thinner than the steer hide used for men’s boots. Not only the leather is more comfortable, they also shapred the fit to the needs of women. The lasts are completely re-designed for a slimmer and more comfortable wear and the shoes feature a much softer insole.
From today, the Red Wing Shoe Store Amsterdamoffers the Short Engineer, Clara, Iron Ranger and 6” Moc Toe. Get yours in store or online now. Red Wing Amsterdam is also organising a special launch party tomorrow in their RW Store at the Reestraat from 18.00 till 21.00. Congrats with this great milestone!
The Burds London brand is founded in 2015 by friends Tamara Bell and Ame Pearce. Burds London is a denim and clothing label for badass denim babes. With Tamara’s background in leather and lingerie design, launched Almeida London Lingerie in 2012, and Ame’s extensive knowledge of denim design after 10 years working as a designer at Levi’s Jeans and Edwin Jeans, they are a perfect and successful denim duo.
With Burds they combine their love of motorcycles, fashion and denim. Tamara and Ame developed Burds London to fill a gap in their own wardrobes for clothes that work hard but also look great. Nice one ladies, keep up the good work!
Check Ame Pearce telling her Burds story in the video here below made by Amy Leverton (Denim Dudes)
Blaumann Jeans is a denim brand from Germany. They create authentic denim styles made of high quality fabrics. Their jeans is made of 13oz Japanese selvage Kuroki left hand fabric. The coin pocket has also a selvage redline. The backpockets are reinforced with hidden rivets and also extra lined in the inside. The leather patches are numbered. The jeans itself is made in Germany. Take below a look at this new denim brand Blaumann Jeans.
Last week Eat Dust showed their Spring Summer ’17 collection for the first time at the Seek Show in Berlin. The theme of their brand new collection is: ‘The Lonely Hearts Club‘. Rob Harmsen and Keith Hioco, both founders of Eat Dust, are true masters as it comes to make a collection with a mix of denim, workwear, streetwear and biker influences. Its always a big pleasure to catch up with these buddies, hearing the story behind every high-quality made piece. They added some killer pieces next to their core heavy weight denim fabric items, from very light comfomfortable denim pieces to an iconic suede item. The best is to check their collection live ofcourse at the upcoming Jacket Required show in London or visit their showroom in Antwerp – Belgium. I made some shots of several key pieces, check them here below (pics quality isn’t that good, sorry for that). Great to see you again guys and congrats with your new collection! Your hard work pays off every season, keep it up! Eat Dust: ‘One for the Road’.
Although Summer isn’t started yet, here are some shots from the new Fall Winter ’16 collection from Japanese brand Kapital. The collections from Kapital are always on point and different than the rest. Their silhouette is outstanding and an inspiration for every (denim) designer. Personally I like Winter collection pics more than Summer as you can style and work more with layers. This new FW16 collection looks great as always! Big up for Kapital!
The Butcher of Blue (BoB) brand – founded by Bob Rijnders from BOB Hoogland Store – NL, expanded the collection for Spring Summer ’16. For SS there are several new t-shirt prints and colours added to the BoB collection, all made in Portugal. There are also some new jeans in the collection. Bob started his brand with an unwashed (dry) jeans so the new light washed jeans and rock ‘n roll black jeans are both a perfect complement in the collection. The jeans are made of selvage fabrics from the Italian Candiani Mill. And to make it all complete, and really nice!, is that he also made his own Butcher of Blue coffee and indigo coffee cups. Well done Bob, great to see that your collection is growing every season. Check below some highlights of the collection.
Last year Levi’s Jeans and Google announced their latest innovative collaboration. Their project is called Project Jacquard. With this project they created a new smart technology woven into the denim fabric. With this fabric you can control your phone. Project Jacquard will allow designers and developers to build connected, touch-sensitive textiles into their own products. For this first kick-off project they used the classic Levi’s Jeans Trucker Jacket and gave it a twist that’s really cool and outstanding. In the two short movies here below you can see the introduction and the making of the project Jacquard. Great things are going to happen in the future of denim!
Last week Lennaert Nijgh, founder of Benzak Denim Developers (BDD) launched his new Kickstarter project with his Benzak – European Made – collection. After 4 years of producing jeans in Japan, Benzak Denim Developers is expanding the brand with a new line. With this new Europe made line Lennaert created a high-quality jeans and other garments that complement the same lifestyle as Benzak Denim Developers, but at a lower price point.
The entirely new Benzak collection is made in Europe. The fabrics for the jeans are from the Candiani mills in Italy, which is known as one of the best denim mills in Europe. The entire line, jeans, jersey and sweat fabrics, are produced in small ateliers in Portugal. The Kickstarter project is already very successful as Lennaert received nearly 50% of his Kickstarter goal in just a couple of days. Check his new Benzak – Europa Made – collection here below and give him some support. Congrats Lennaert with this new collection and good luck with your goal!
Waistcoats plays a key role in every collection from Blue de Gênes. Every waistcoat has an authentic look and comes with a special Italian lining made especially for Blue de Gênes. From the SS16 collection they created the Monta Rugged and Pieve Rapello waistcoats. Both waistcoats are high-quality made with a lot of authentic details.
A waistcoat is a perfect item to wear during Spring or Summer. You can wear with a simple t-shirt or (denim) shirt.
The Blue de GênesMonta Rugged and Pieve Rapello waistcoats have special shaped pockets and branded real leather straps in the neck. The buttons are inspired by vintage military buttons, made of buffalo horn. It has the characteristic adjustable buckle on the back to make it all complete. The Blue de Gênes waistcoats are available in sizes 46-56.
Monta Rugged Waistcoat
Pieve Rapello Waistcoat
Explore more of the Blue de Gênes collection here:
Ondura is an one man army brand founded by Leens Jan Ondra in 2013. Ondura is based in Bünde Westfalen, a small town in Germany. Leens is born and raised in a small village, inspired by D.I.Y, punk music and subculture. Leens lived in a 6 m2 old army truck for nearly ten years. Due to this lifestyle, he became minimalist; less is more and quality will endure. After working as a carpenter he studied fashion design at the fine art school Berlin Weißensee where he graduated with distinction. After working unsatisfied for several years in the fashion industry as a designer, it was time to built his own brand with his passion for durable goods, so Ondura was born. Leens is using only the best of the best leather with Ondura, natural vegetable tanned which age very nice with use. Check below a selection of his high-end handmade products made by a true craftsman. Keep up the good work Leens!
Recently Denham Jeans gave a Spring Summer ’17 collection presentation for their retailers at the Candiani Denim mills in Italy. Dutch magazine Jeans Cult made a short movie about this trip to give you an insight into this unique presentation which they did on a very cool way surrounded by piles of cotton. Check it here below.