Lennaert Nijgh started his brand with a true passion for dry selvedge denim which eventually turned into Benzak Denim Developers. The first ‘Made in Japan’ styles were developed in 2011 and hit the market in September 2013. After years of slowly building the BDD brand, in 2016 he released his 2nd line, BENZAK – EUROPEAN MADE.
As it goes with many brands, the first orders are placed by those who are close to you, your friends. In the new Benzak lookbook you can meet some of them wearing the brand on their own way.
Indigo People creates unique indigo pieces based on authentic craftsmanship. The Indigo People items are a perfect addition on your denim outfit and combines textile designs with the classic jeans attitude. For Spring/Summer 2017 Indigo Peopleexplored the traditional batik printing technique combined with indigo dyeing. The inspiration for this new collection came from antique batik textiles and vintage Japanese shibori designs.
Batik is a wax-resist printing and dyeing process applied to the finished textile. Batik is either created by hand drawing with the melted wax using a sprouted tool called ‘canting’, or by printing the wax with a handmade copper stamp. The wax blocks the dyestuff to penetrate into the textile. Then the cloth is dipped piece by piece multiple times in natural indigo by hand, to achieve the deep indigo colour. To remove the printed wax, the cloth is boiled in hot water. Once the wax is removed the printed areas regain their raw colour and the artwork appears on the textile.
Great to see that this indigo brand is expanding their collection with shirts next to their beautiful scarves. Keep up the good work guys. Take a look at the Indigo People SS17 collection.
Gaku Tsuyoshi from Tokyo – Japan started his FDMTL brand in 2005 because he couldn’t find the jeans he was looking for. This is the most common drive why people start with their own business. Gaku produced distressed jeans for several years before he expanded FDMTLwith indigo fabrics and patchwork designs. Next to his very impressive collections Gaku also collabs with a lot of high-quality brands to create outstanding and special products. In 2016 for example he teamed-up with skateboard brand Vans to develop a special Era and Slip-On version.
That same year he also did a super nice collab together with Dover Street Market Ginza and created a boro inspired Eames Chair.
For this year we can expect collaborations with Vans (Sk8-Hi, Slip-on), New Era (5950 fitted hat), and Masterpiece (rucksack, tote) will all use a new Deep Indigo Collection design. Other notable collaborations include Jam Homemade (accessories), Chup (socks), Danner (hiking boots), and Seviskig (leather jackets).
My friends from the Heddels platform spent the afternoon with Gaku Tsuyoshi at his FDMTL’s flagship store, Catii Tokyo, in Meguro. He spoke with Heddelsabout his roots in denim, his love for boro fabrics, and his recent successful creative collaborations.
Check below some shots from the video they made and watch the Heddels X FDMTL studio visit here below. The video is directed by Ryan Lindow and produced by Ryan and Laurent Pozo. Nice one guys!
Check the video of the Heddels X FDMTL studio visit;
Cork and leather insole with foam cushioning and Butts and Shoulders logo engraving
Handstitched bridge lining
Leather foxing with double stitching lining
Hand numbered on tongue
All leather innercase
Extra pair of dark brown laces
Take a look at our new Butts and Shoulders product: The Sneakers. For the promo of the sneakers we made again a film. The shots in the film are made in The Netherlands and in Portugal. The film is made by the talented Edwin van der Sande. Meet below The Sneakers!
Dutch lifestyle denim brand Chasin’ launched their latest collaboration: Royal Attitude Denim Collection. With this collab Chasin’recycled uniforms from the Royal Netherlands Navy. The marine theme fits perfect with Chasin’brand pay-off: We Never Stop! Training and perseverance are essential, combined with the right ‘attitude’. The project was conceived together with James Veenhoff, founder of House of Denim Amsterdam.
Through recycling of naval pieces Chasin’created 2 stand out jeans, both in a 11,5oz quality. 1 is the iconic Ego jeans, which is the brand’s representation of the classic 5 pocket, with added stretch. A more contemporary fit is the cropped chino fit. For these jeans unique washes were created, inspired by the ocean. Next to the denims, the collection contains a denim jacket and several tops. The collection is now available through some selected stores as: De Bijenkorf,X Bank, en Denim Cityand some Scorestores.
Congrats guys with the launch of this great and creative idea. Jeans and Navy are a perfect match!
Blue de Gênes is a denim inspired brand from Denmark which takes their inspiration from the origin of jeans. That’s also how they came up with their strong name, Blue de Gênes. Their name refers to the harbor workers in Genoa, Italy.
Next to their outstanding denim collection they bring every season much more than that; shirts, pants, knitwear, footwear and accessories. It’s a total look for men. For the Winter 2016 collection Blue de Gênes also made a very wide range on classic jackets, blazers and waistcoats. They introduced new and unique styles, all made in fine Italian quality fabrics. And all the items are made with the typical Blue de Gênes details like the real horn buttons or corozo nut buttons. Below some perfect Winter shots of the Blue de GênesOria Jeep Blazer and the San Giorgio Jeep Blazer.
One of my original vintage Levi’s ‘Big E’ Jeans Type 3 jackets from the ’60′s. The back of the buttons are stamped with the digit #526. The jacket is single stitched. Both details from the ’60′s. The jacket is customized by myself with the authentic Sashiko stitching technique from Japan. This jacket is a kind of a homage to the Japan. The ‘canvas’ of the homage is the authentic U.S.A. made jacket. The Sashiko stitching is done entirely by hand, even the red Japan flag on the back is painted by hand. In total I spend 40 hours to make this homage jacket. This special Levi’s Jeansjacket connects America and Japan.
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’.