‘Facing West’ by Lizzie Kroeze From Amsterdam

Facing West is an initiative by Lizzie Kroeze which is started in October 2013 in Amsterdam. As Lizzie is inspired by workwear and traditional techniques how they were made and maintain she came up with the idea to start her own company. With Facing West she makes the most amazing one of a kind indigo items. Most of the time she use the famous Japanese sashiko stiching technique to create, repair or to decorate items. As the sashiko method is always done by hand it’s very time-consuming, but the result is really beautiful! She got her inspiration from garments worn in various cultures, from American miners gear to Japanese farmers’ and fishermen’s wear. Below an impressions of her authentic work.   facing west amsterdam lizzie kroeze long john blog blue sashiko japan stiching authentic raw fisherman farmers repair fabric jeans denim rigid handmade patch work limited edition original (12)

facing west amsterdam lizzie kroeze long john blog blue sashiko japan stiching authentic raw fisherman farmers repair fabric jeans denim rigid handmade patch work limited edition original (2)

facing west amsterdam lizzie kroeze long john blog blue sashiko japan stiching authentic raw fisherman farmers repair fabric jeans denim rigid handmade patch work limited edition original (5)

facing west amsterdam lizzie kroeze long john blog blue sashiko japan stiching authentic raw fisherman farmers repair fabric jeans denim rigid handmade patch work limited edition original (3)

facing west amsterdam lizzie kroeze long john blog blue sashiko japan stiching authentic raw fisherman farmers repair fabric jeans denim rigid handmade patch work limited edition original (4)

facing west amsterdam lizzie kroeze long john blog blue sashiko japan stiching authentic raw fisherman farmers repair fabric jeans denim rigid handmade patch work limited edition original (7)

facing west amsterdam lizzie kroeze long john blog blue sashiko japan stiching authentic raw fisherman farmers repair fabric jeans denim rigid handmade patch work limited edition original (8)

facing west amsterdam lizzie kroeze long john blog blue sashiko japan stiching authentic raw fisherman farmers repair fabric jeans denim rigid handmade patch work limited edition original (11)

facing west amsterdam lizzie kroeze long john blog blue sashiko japan stiching authentic raw fisherman farmers repair fabric jeans denim rigid handmade patch work limited edition original (1)

facing west amsterdam lizzie kroeze long john blog blue sashiko japan stiching authentic raw fisherman farmers repair fabric jeans denim rigid handmade patch work limited edition original (6)

facing west amsterdam lizzie kroeze long john blog blue sashiko japan stiching authentic raw fisherman farmers repair fabric jeans denim rigid handmade patch work limited edition original (9)

facing west amsterdam lizzie kroeze long john blog blue sashiko japan stiching authentic raw fisherman farmers repair fabric jeans denim rigid handmade patch work limited edition original (10)

http://facingwest.co

The Pepe Miner Jeans Saga Continues…

Yesterday I received an email about the two previous Pepe ‘Miner’ Jeans posts. This time from Trevor Lough, Trevor was 12 years the art director at Pepe Jeans. He still also owns the jacket after all these years. It’s now 16 years old and never washed yet! Through all the years of hard wearing the jacket got some characteristic damages; the neck label is destroyed, a massive cigarette burned in the cuff and it also has a small flick-knife slash in one of the front plackets.

All in all it’s so great that a lot of people are digging in their private denim collection to show their classic Pepe Miner Jeans item with pride! Thanks a lot for sharing Trevor, Cheers! Who’s next?

Trevor Lough pepe jeans miner jacket 1998 16 years old still inwashed long john blog denim blue rigid raw selvage selvedge sea colour buttons uk london worn-out vintage miner fabric japanese (2)

www.pepejeans.com

Pepe Jeans Denim Deluxe Miner From 1998

Today I can show you another denim treasure from Martijn te Riele, a Pepe Jeans Denim Deluxe Miner from 1998. The UK, London based, denim brand from 1973 made with this jean a real statement at the time. The miner jean was packed in a pizza box and the jean itself featured all the classic details; crotch rivet, 24 dip dye Japanese red selvage fabric, hidden rivets, waistband cinch, selvage coin/watch pocket and a high rise fit. Thanks Martijn for sharing this deadstock Pepe Jeans. Enjoy Part 3 of Martijn’s treasures.

www.pepejeans.com

First ‘Ontour’ Denim A01 Selvage Slim Fit

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!

www.ontour.nl

Dumluck: Handmade Denim Items From Old Deadstock Fabrics

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 

www.dumluck.nl

Roy Roger’s: A Casual Total Look

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

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.

http://eu.lee.com

Worn-Out Projects: Amsterdam Denim Head Derby (ADHD) Jean by Alex Jaspers (NL)

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.

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  • Owner: Alex Jaspers from Amsterdam, Holland
  • Brand: Project: Amsterdam Denim Head Derby (ADHD), Japanese purple selvage, 14.5oz
  • Age: 6 months
  • Treatment: No wash

http://amsterdamdenimheadderby.blogspot.nl

You can check this great pair at the Hall Of Fade at Vif Jeans Store in Rijssen, NL;

 www.vifjeans.nl