Sebastian Gerritsen, owner of Kurt’s, added a really nice natural indigo dipped workwear jacket at his scarf collection. He made the first Kurt’s lookbook, The New Blues, were the amazing jacket is leading! Great job Sebas, keep up the blue spirit!
My Dutch buddies Remco van der Velden and Etienne Dekkers from the iconic label ‘Ontour’ just dropped their first jean. It’s a slim fit model made from 14oz red line selvage denim fabric. As always they also branded the jean on their typical Ontour way, this time with a small round leather patch on the back. Congratulations guys with this new step and welcome in the blue world!
On March 1st Denham Jeans re-opened their freshly renovated and relocated Omotesando Hills store in Tokyo, Japan! The new 170 sqm concept is Denham’s largest store in Japan and represents both men’s and women’s collection. Well done Jason Denham & crew and good luck with this new adventure!
The movie ‘Recollection’ made by The Rising Sun jeans is a short film about the long road home. Well done Mike Hodis, big compliment! Sit back, relax and check it out.
Sometimes you bump into something really special, something unique and different. Last week I discovered the new label Dumluck. Dumluck has a great philosophy: ”While mass production is taking over the world, we prefer to make smaller quantities for a smaller group of denim enthusiasts”. How do they do this? They buy old deadstock denim fabrics from the best mills worldwide and make special jeans and jackets on order. You will give your size and they will make by hand the jean with the fabric they got their hands on.
This week I received a great present from the Dumluck crew, a jacket called Mr. Jaquette. It’s a handmade slightly slim fit denim jacket finished with silver bras metal rivets and buttons, made out of a nice 14oz left hand Japanese plain selvage denim from Kaihara Mills. The jacket has also two chest flap pockets. All the Dumluck products are made in a little atelier in Amsterdam on vintage machines. Give them a few days to make, pack and ship your order.
All in all a perfect product for a really good price, good fit and amazing deadstock fabric! They really make denim garments for the true blue believers! Many thanks for this super nice jacket, it’s ready for breaking them in! Check it for yourself.
The making of my Mr. Jaquette jacket
The book ‘Toys for Boys’ is the ultimate book for men who still likes to play! Published by the Swan Group, the 8th edition speaks about luxury products and wisely chose to feature the Italian brand Roy Roger’s in the selection.
The Florence based brand, part of Sevenbell Group, brings a casual total look men this Spring. From shirts, shoes, accessories to jeans, it all has an authentic feel and are classics full of stylish details.
After all these years, the brand is still going strong and are planning international openings of new flagship stores. In addition to the four Italian ones, Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Shanghai and Hong Kong are on the list to get to know the famous back-pocket triangle of Roy Roger’s.
Below some of the published Roy Roger’s items in the book ‘Toys for Boys’.
Photographer credits: Alessandro Moggi
Roy Roger’s is available to shop online at: www.sevenbell.com
Lee Jeans celebrates their 125th anniversary this year. Henry David started in 1889 with the brand and became famous with their iconic workwear clothing. They developed several historical items like the bib overall, the first zip fly jean, the successful Rider jacket and Storm Rider jacket. All true classics for cowboys, rodeo heroes and rebellious teenagers like James Dean and Marilyn Monroe. Let’s Celebrate!
Also the Lee Jeans advertising were very progressive, see here below.
It was the year 2008 that a great project was started called ‘Amsterdam Denim Head Derby (ADHD)’. Only 30 young denim devotees were invited to be part of the first annual Amsterdam Denim Head Derby. What is a Derby? Well it’s a game, a match, a contest. The person who makes from the jean the most beautiful worn-out project will be the denim master. The jean is made a of Japanese purple selvage, 14.5oz, and handpainted leather patch. Limited to 30 pairs only.
Of the players of this competition was Alex Jaspers, a true devoted passionated denim guy from Amsterdam. Now responsible for the Scotch & Soda denim division. Check his master piece here below.
- Owner: Alex Jaspers from Amsterdam, Holland
- Brand: Project: Amsterdam Denim Head Derby (ADHD), Japanese purple selvage, 14.5oz
- Age: 6 months
- Treatment: No wash
You can check this great pair at the Hall Of Fade at Vif Jeans Store in Rijssen, NL;
Beautiful hand-dyed natural indigo ‘SSAP’ items for Fall Winter 2014. The garments were dyed in Sakolnakorn, Thailand, hometown from head designer Mel Sangsomsap’s. Would love to see these items in real live!
Follow the SSAP brand here: www.facebook.com/SSAPNYC
‘Unwashed Denim’ brings an Iphone case made from 12.5oz Japanese sanforized selvedge denim. The case is lined with a 10oz Kurabo Mills indigo stripe denim that complements the sleeve perfectly.
Evisu Jeans was founded in Osaka Japan in 1991 and is named after the Japanese god of prosperity Ebisu. Initially only around 14 pairs of jeans a day were created, each one caringly hand-painted with the now famous seagull logo. Founder of Evisu, Mr. Hidehiko Yamane, was inspired by the Levi’s Jean 501 from 1944 (This was the jean with the painted arcs on the back pockets) to start his own brand Evisu.
Recently I came across this Evisu jean made with vintage Japanese kimono fabric. The jean is from the early Evisu days, around 1995, and is still in unwashed condition. The jean was created out of the passion from both Mr. Hidehiko and his wife who collects vintage kimono’s. This amazing pair combines the good ingredients from Japan, high quality, craftsmanship and history. Ofcourse the jean is made from red line Japanese selvage in a right hand fabric and made in Italy. All in all a great addition in my private collection.
This secret friendship The Genius Monkeys X Benzak Denim Developers (BDD) X Long John collaboration comes in a two pack: a classic t-shirt in 2 indigo yarn dyed options: deep indigo & indigo stripe. It comes with a high crew neck and small chest pocket. The jersey fabric is a 150gr/m2 mid weight fabric. The shirts are made in vila nova de famalicão, Portugal and printed in Holland in a very limited run.
This pair of vintage Levi’s Jeans 501 is from my private collection. The jean is from the early ’80′s and is made after the famous ‘Big E’ (untill 1971) period. It’s a shrink-to-fit fabric with a red line selvage. What’s nice to see is that Levi’s is printed on the red tab, instead of a woven red tab. The back of the button is marked with the digits 524, which stand for productions from the ’80′s. The number 5 refers to productions made in U.S.A. The backpockets are reinforced with black woven bar tacks instead of rivets. The jean has a great faded worn patern.
Last weekend we had our first pop-up store during the Dutch fashion fair Modefabriek in Amsterdam. It was nice to meet all the enthousiastic people, magazine’s and retailers and tell and show them our first product, the ultimate travel bag. The concept of the booth was to show the ageing proces of our natural tanned leather. Each used bag tells their own story. Thank you all for your great support! Till next time!
Stephen Kenn and Simon Miller hooked up together to create this beautiful indigo canvas sofa. They created this master piece as a mutual appreciation for the culture of denim, this collaborative project draws from their love of aged copper and the rich hues found within natural indigo dyed cotton canvas. This sofa is inspired by a pair of jeans. Check the belts at the back of the sofa, really nice!