Blue Collar Worker is a denim brand from London – UK founded by Tim Browne. BCW is specialised in completely functional men’s denim. Their collection also includes men’s polo’s and jackets in unique, contemporary styles that are pure Blue Collar Worker. Using premium quality ring-spun denim, styling has been influenced by the durability of the work & military wear of the 1930´s, 40´s and 50´s. Each pair of jeans are styled with a twist, but the brand never loses sight of the fact that these are constructed to function in today’s modern workplace. Great to see these lookbook images from BCW. Looking forward to see the collection live!
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.
Old Blue Company is a denim brand inspired by the working class, from cowboys, mine workers, factory workers, and every blue collar workers who shed their sweat everyday. Old Blue Co. brings back the essence of jeans which is clothing to be worn outside and for everyday wear. Like back in the days when jeans and other clothing was just a tool that people used to build their nation. They offer a pair of jeans in the simplest and the most basic possible way. No gimmick, no washes, no excessive marketing, no expensive packaging. Only a pair of well constructed jeans with a decent fabric and ready to be worn everyday. Every pair of Old Blue Co. jeans are proudly cut and sewn by the hand of talented and hard working Indonesian workers. Check out their jeans, but also their nice tops. Great collection with an authenitc look and feel. Well done guys! Below a selection of images to give you an introduction of Old Blue Denim Company.
One of the best denim jackets ever made are the Wrangler Blue Bell Champion jackets. These jackets are also known as Promo jackets. This history about these jackets is really cool. They were made in the late ’40′s and ’50′s for the rodeo champions to promote the Wrangler brand. Rodeo events were very popular in those times. It was a clever way from Wrangler to use these heroes as living advertising boards. These rodeo jackets were specially made for them, so it wasn’t a piece in the regular collection. This also explains why these original jackets are really hard to find and very rare. True collectors items.
Wrangler Jeans also known as one of the Big 3 denim brands. The other two brands are Levi’s and Lee Jeans. The Wrangler name came from cowboys who worked with horses for their living. In 1947 Wrangler changed their name from Blue Bell into Wrangler for their cowboy oriented line.
The Champion jackets are special items, even the re-productions are not very easy to find anymore. Since a couple of years Wrangler unfortunately stopped producing this special premium Blue Bell line. My Wrangler Blue Bell 11MJ Champion jacket is a replica from 1956. This is the first jacket produced by Wrangler in 1948. It has a button front until 1950, when the buttons were replaced by a zip front.
The jacket featured vents on the back of the shoulders seams that were held in place by elastic strips on the side. It was tailored to give a tighter fit and still allow free movement.
The jacket is made of left hand golden selvage fabric.
And it has the famous Wrangler Jeans, Shirts and Jackets advertsing embroidery on the back.
Indigo People is coming with a nice Spring collection for 2015. Their inspiration for the collection came from Kasuri. Kasuri, a Japanese word originated from the Malay word ‘ikat’, was historically produced in Central, South and most of Southeast Asia. It became a traditional folk textile in Japan since the middle of the 18th century. Kasuri patterns have distinctive blurry edges, known as the soft edge technique, and look as if they were splashed onto the fabric. Taking inspiration from the antique Kasuri textiles, Indigo People brings this dyeing technique back to its origine of Southeast Asia for upcoming Spring.
The collection containss 8 scarves with each of it its own unique beauty. Below some sneak images of this blue gold. Let the Spring begin!
Dulac is group of designers who share a love and passion for denim. Frustrated with the mainstream fashion industry, they decided to produce jeans the right way, and so a Kickstarter campaign was launched in November 2014. Their jeans are simply styled, meticulously constructed, and built to fit our bodies. They only make small runs, using the best denim stocks. Limited edition jeans crafted from the best quality denim from Japan and the USA. Check out their pocket flashers, really cool! Great work guys, good luck!
We made with our own Butts and Shoulders brand a new family member, a leather apron. The apron is made from natural vegetable tanned leather and is all made by hand in Holland. The leather will age very nice within time, especially when you will use this apron everyday. Some months ago we made a great collaboration apron with Beerze Beer and the result after wearing the sample for a couple months is amazing. You can check it out here below. It has a deep cognac colour already. Our 2nd Beerze Beer collab product, a beer bottle opener, is also attached on the apron.
We made the aprons for craftsman like tattoo artists, barbers, shoemakers, painters, cooks, etc. People who have an authentic job, professionals or just for the hobby. We added a lot of details on it and to make it very special the first run is made in 20 numbered pieces only. Check the apron below, it’s now available on the Butts and Shoulders website.
The aged Beerze Beer collab apron; new vs worn
Last weekend denim brand Amsterdenim did again their great denim tanning event, this time at Cosmic Cowboys Store in Amsterdam – NL. Ben Fokkema (founder of Amsterdenim) developed a really cool idea to make the first tanned denim. It’s the same process as they used back in the days to make sailing sails more durable. It’s such a great idea to make a link with denim and this old technique. The perfect combination to promote denim and Amsterdam. Always so nice to see how Ben is so active to establish his brand in an original way. Check below some pics of the event and don’t forget to check out his brand. Till soon Ben!
We teamed up with authentic Beerze Beer brand from Vessem (NL) for this special collaboration. The best of both worlds come together in two fine limited edition products: a leather apron and a beer bottle opener. The apron is handnumbered and made from natural vegetable tanned leather which will age very nice within time. It’s 100% made in Holland. The opener also contains our natural leather and the opener itself is made in Portugal.
To celebrate our Beerze Beer collab we will organise a special event during the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven (NL) at the town coffee roasters: Stadsbranderij Eindhoven. The location is a beautiful authentic warehouse in the middle of the centre. Of course you can taste the unique Beerze Beer and see our handmade collaboration products. Besides that we will provide you with live music, soulfoul dj’s and unique fingerfood.
When? Friday the 24th of October from 17.00 till 24.00. Where? Bergstraat 14a – Eindhoven. Hope to see you there! Cheers.
Ken Diamond is a true leather craftsman. He began to work with leather in the late 90′s and established Ken Diamond in 2003. The philosophy behind the works of Ken Diamond are simple-high quality leather goods with classic designs, entirely handmade in his Vancouver studio. As leather work is a dying art, he works at keeping the traditions alive while using modern techniques to keep the work simple and minimal. His products range consists belts, wallets, bags and moccasins. I personally like the Oxblood Horween leather item a lot, the colour is just beautiful!
Italian company Sevenbell, the company that made iconic denim brand Roy Roger’s since 1952, launched the new Autumn/Winter campaign for 2014-’15.
Their new campaign with models Marta Hunt and Johannes Huebl, both perfect performers of the relaxed luxury with a new attitude of the collection, tells a story about a new concept of elegance, combining a current and up-to-date style with the brand heritage, made of high quality raw materials and strictly made in Italy pieces.
Roy Roger’s new campaign underlines how its research of innovative fabrics connects with tradition, giving life to a sportswear inspired collection of fine clothing, expressing dynamism and activity, in accordance with true Italian style.
Check out the new collection on: www.sevenbell.com
Sarva is the new denim outdoor inspired brand from Sweden. All their denims are made in Sweden. This is something really special as in the late 70′s all Swedish factories had to close down due to lower priced competition overseas. Now for the first time in 35 years they can produce jeans in Sweden again together with a small factory that has kept their machines and knowledge from the glory days of Swedish textile production.
One of their denim highlights is the Riekte Sami Selvage. A jean made of a Japanese selvedge fabric from Kaihara, Japan. They have worked with them to develop their own 13.75 oz fabric with the selvedge in their south Sami colors red, blue and green. Peek-a-boo selvedge on the coin pocket and Swedish flag bar tacks to finish of the side seams. The leather patch is made in Sweden with naturally tanned reindeer leather from KERO Company in Sattajärvi. All in all a really nice high-end denim. Good luck guys! And check out their new webshop, it’s now online.
In 1937 Levi’s Jeans used large banners to advertise the hidden rivets that replaced the exposed copper rivets on that year’s version of the 501, in response to complaints of exposed rivets damaging customers furniture. These denim banners were used to hang in the shopwindows or inside the stores to promote the brand. The banners were mostly made in really limited numbers, around 200 each, because silk screens in those days weren’t good enough to make more out of them. Nowadays these banners are really hard to find and are true collector items.
This Fall Winter Levi’s Vintage Clothing did something really cool as a kind of a tribute to the vintage banners, they made three classic pieces from reproduction banners: Type 1 jacket from 1936, 501 jeans fit from 1937 and a duffle bag. These limited edition items are made from rigid Cone Mills White Oak selvedge fabric, allowing them to break in beautifully, and uniquely, with time and wear. Check the item here below. They are available at Unionmade Store – US.
The original Levi’s Jeans banner from 1937
The Levi’s Vintage Clothing banner items
Available here: http://unionmadegoods.com
The Nudie Jeans: Grim Tim Dry Selvage is the top of the line selvage quality from Nudie. It’s actually the original selvage denim that dates back to the day they were born. This fabric is a tight weave, right hand construction with slubby yarns. It has orange in the selvage edge, a feature made exclusively for Nudie Jeans. The coin pocket also features a selvage edge. Organic silver trims and organic pocket lining. Made with Japanese 13.5oz. red cast rigid denim. 100% organic cotton. Thanks for sending me a pair of these Anthony (sales rep for Nudie Holland), cheers! Below some details pics.
Indigo People is celebrating their 1st anniversary with two special edition scarfs: the Katori and the Otobe. Both scarfs will come this Autumn/Winter 2014. They are both made with natural indigo and are handloomed on the traditional way. The package from the scarf is also very special, cotton bags which are manually dyed in natural indigo. To promote these two specials Indigo People made a nice shoot with heritage denim and workwear items as a homage to workwear, named Worker Blue. Congrats with this first miles stone and keep continue making these beautiful scarfs!
Check the project here: www.facebook.com/samworksdenim