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
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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.
Last Saturday I organised again a new edtion of Rambam Denim Days at the denim store Rambam in Eindhoven – NL. It was already the 4th edition of this special store event. Saturday was the kick-off and Levi’s Jeans was present to show their new 501 docu in a mini pop-up bios, they also showed some vintage jeans and gave a Levi’s lecture to the customers. The windows were filled with Levi’s items and their old advertisings. During the day you could drink a cold beer or a fresh made cup of coffee. See you on the next edition which is on Saturday the 21st of May with Nudie Jeans and Benzak Denim Developers (BDD). More about that later…Below some snapshots of last weekend.
The Amsterdam based denim store Tenue de Nîmes is launching a collection of special, hand-dyed, natural indigo, customized Converse Chuck 70 All Star shoes that will be released during Amsterdam Denim Days. Today Tenue de Nîmes will host a special indigo-dye event at their Haarlemmerstraat store in Amsterdam to celebrate the release of this limited edition Chuck 70. See here some sneak pics from the making off.
The French vintage workwear inspired brand Fatboy Clothing Company is founded by Charles Niehues. All his creations are worked individually by hand, respecting all techniques of traditional work to have a genuine result. For Spring Summer ’16 he developed some really nice high quality made denim items. The items are made with Japanese fabrics which were came from an old Japanese factory from the ’50′s. The items are made with really cool authentic details. Below some highlights which are available this upcoming May on their website. Check also the really nice photoshoot which he did for his new lookbook. These pics gives you the feeling to want to work at the railroad and into the woods. Very nice Charles, keep up the good work!
Supported by Dutch Grolsch beer, Denham Jeans partnered with Dutch portrait photographer Marc Haers to create ‘Workoncanvas’. The concept from ‘Workoncanvas’ is to highlight the craftsmanship in Amsterdam. Liam Maher (brand director of Denham Jeans) and Marc Haers are giving an insight into the life of several very skilled craftspeople. Together they hand-picked seven artists who combine the skill and heritage of traditional crafts with their work and fitted them with a virgin Denham wardrobe. After 6 months of wear we can see how their creativity, craft and experiences have literally been mapped across their denim. The ‘Workoncanvas’ project offers a unique portrait of the artists, but also a portrait of Amsterdam itself – where it’s been, where it is today and where it is going.
Watch the video hee below to hear more from Liam Maher about this project. The next eight weeks you can discover creativity from Amsterdam and see how the Denham clothes can transform, influence and inspire each other, and find out how each artist took their wardrobe from virgin to vintage. Nice project!
The ‘mother’ of all jeans is still the Levi’s Jeans 501 model. It was first introduced in 1873 as a miner pants during the ‘Gold Rush’ period in California. Nowadays, more than 140 years later, it’s one of the most iconic items in the fashion industry. Almost everybody has his own story to tell as it comes to this classic fit. That’s why Levi’s Jeans started their campaign ‘We Are 501′. Iconic persons with a true blue 501 story.
The new Levi’s Vintage Clothing lookbook for Spring Summer 2016 is a tribute to the ‘Elesco Team’ and the ‘Homerun Label’. As always the lookbook from LVC looks really great, they take you back in the time. This is number 9 in this range. The Levi’s brand’s history with baseball dates far back to the company’s early days when they founded their own team called the Levi Strauss and Co. Base Ball Club. Around 1909, the team’s name was changed to “Elesco,” a play on the company’s LS&Co. initials. Just as baseball was hitting it’s stride as a popular American sport in the 1920′s, Levi’s launched it’s “Homerun” line of youth wear, which featured a baseball diamond on its woven label.
The lookbook is set-up in four chapters, the first chapter higlights some key items of the LVC collection. They took some items from their huge archive, over 20.000 items, and made replica’s which are made exaclty the same as the originals. One of the highlights is the Levi’s 501z from 1954 with embroideries. The second chapter is a tribute to the ‘Elesco’ team, chapter three is about how to wear and wash your pair of Levi’s and the last, 4th chapter, is about the campaign ‘This is a pair of Levi’s Jeans’. As always the LVC team did an awesome job with this new lookbook, always one of my favo’s. Let the Summer begin!
Freenote clothing company creates classic American menswear and honors tradition by manufacturing it’s collection exclusively in the United States. They source the finest materials and demand the highest level of craftsmanship so theye can offer quality clothing that is made to last. They take their inspiration from authentic American culture and it’s timeless style icons.
The brothers Matt and Andrew Brodrick founded Freenote. They are located in the historic district of San Juan Capistrano, a town that embodies the rancho era of territorial California. It is the ideal home for Freenote, which embraces America’s rich heritage and its classic menswear. Below some snap shots of what they create, check out their site to explore more craftsmanship!
To celebrate the 10th anniversary from the awesome denim store Sivletto they team-up with denim brand Kings of Indigo (K.O.I.). For this anniversary they launched a very special “limited edition collection” that will be available exclusively at the Sivletto shop and online and in the K.O.I. online store. This special collab contains 3 master pieces in rock and roll black. The first item which they created is a 13oz selvage jeans, straight fit black denim with detailing that make the denim extra special; a pocket flasher, pocket bag print and leather patch especially developed for the occasion. To complement the black denim, there is a 100% organic cotton tee made from 180gsm single jersey in, of course, black, with an authentic chest print, designed for the anniversary. The last item in the collection is a classic bandana, with the same special limited edition print, made from 100% organic 30’s poplin cotton with a black discharge print. Well done guys and congrats Sivletto with this milestone!
Joe & Co is a small independent British lifestyle denim & apparel brand. Their collections are inspired by timeless classics and the iconic looks that distils the workwear and casual wear of industrial Britain. The sneak production video here below is nice to watch, especially because the classic ’Riders on the Storm’ song is included.
Selvage (US English) or selvedge (British English) is the most authentic denim fabric. Woven on shuttle looms with iconic colours to see the difference from each brand. That’s how Levi’s, Lee and Wrangler started. They had their own colour selvage so the manufacturer could see for who the fabric was made. Edwin Jeans from Japan also carry a lot of different selvage qualities in their collection, but the most legendary from them is their Rainbow selvage. Below some of their selvage qualities for this season: 12.8oz Rainbow Selvage, 14oz Red Listed Selvage Denim, 13oz White Listed Black Black Selvage Denim and 11.5oz White Listed Indigo Denim. Selvage it is!
One of my last vintage treasures is this rare deadstock Lee Jeans Riders kids jacket. The jacket is new and an original one from 1940. It was found behind store shelves from an old denim store, named Ries Strauss Men’s Clothing, which was closed in the beginning of the ’70′s. The store was located in a small town called Danville, Illinois – USA (around 120 miles (190 km) south of Chicago). Lee Jeans introduced the Rider jacket in 1931 as the first more shorter tailored western style jacket. My jacket is probably from the mid ’40′s, the time that the World War 2 ended. This period was very crucial for the denim industry as a lot of soldiers left their denim items all over the world. This was the start from a new denim era. Also known as the ‘Golden Period’. But back to my jacket. It has the cool red/golden necklabel with Union Made – Sanforized on it. Under the label there’s the sizing label, boys 4. Also one of the breast pockets has the Amalgamated Garment Workers of America tag. One of the most cool things about the jacket is that the original pricetag is still on it, $2.98. The jacket is made with right hand denim fabric. It has some dust on the right side of the jacket from laying for the many years in the store. I was very happy that I could get my hands on this special item. It’s very rare to find deadstock unused items these days. Great addition to my personal jacket collection. Check here below the Lee beauty!
Although the Winter officially hasn’t started yet Kiat Yen, founder of ‘Indigo People’, sended me some sneak pics of the new ‘Indigo People’ Spring Summer 2016 collection. For their new collection they took their inspiration from vintage Shibori and Sashiko textiles, traditional Japanese patterns are recreated by using authentic weaving techniques like Ikat. Unlike Shibori which is a tie-dye technique on finished items, the patterns are tied on the weaving yarns to resist dye. The tied yarns are dipped into natural indigo up to 20 times to create a deep blue indigo color. The highly experienced artisans then weave the patterns directly on the handloom. The ultimate pieces that are created with this technique are the Haru, Hiba, Jiro and Aki.
In their Spring Summer 2016 collection ‘Indigo People’ used this delicate material to create two gem pieces; the Amagi with a simple rain pattern and the Hiba with its highly graphic design, get a total new dimension caused by the richness of this graceful material. It takes up to 5 days to weave 1 single piece due to the ultra fine weaving yarns. A new area that ‘Indigo People’ starts to explore in this season are the handmade ties. Handwoven Ikat fabrics with an authentic design, dyed in natural indigo, are manually cut and stitched to form patchworks.
As always the collection looks really awesome and the products from ‘Indigo People’ are the perfect addition for every denim outfit. Thanks for giving the sneak Kiat, till soon!
Alexander von Bronewski from Germany is running his awesome Be-Cause blog (http://be-cause-blog.com) for a couple of years already. Next to that he also started a while ago with his own leather brand Alexander von Bronewski Manufaktur. With his brand he’s making handmade authentic, mostly, leather goods like bags, belt and other small products. All with the skills from a true craftsman. Made in limited pieces only which makes it very special. In the film here below you will get a glimps of his daily life and work. Well done Alex!
Kiriko Jeans is a denim brand from Portland – Oregon. They are proud to introduce their Japanese denim line. This particular jeans here below is made of 100% cotton 13oz. selvedge denim made in Fukuyama City - Japan. Fukuyama City is one of the biggest manufacturers out of Japan producing some of the highest quality, most sought after denim textile. The jeans has a combination of their new crafted denim cuffed with two of their most popular Japanese patterns creates a one-of-a-kind look. They believe in quality clothes made with the best materials that will last a lifetime and fit perfectly. Check out the craftsmanship from Kiriko Jeans.
Recently we delivered our new Butts and Shoulders ‘Rough line’ to our retailers. For this collection we also developed a new store display with free keyrings. The keyrings are a give a way to customers who are interested to see the magical ageing process from the leather. I shot these pics last week at one on our retailers: Country House in Rotterdam – NL. Great authentic denim store with a beautiful collection.