Another Buddy Lee from my private collection. Buddy Lee, the best denim doll in town!
This Wrangler ‘Blue Bell’ kids jean is from my private collection. The jean is very worn-out by a kid as the knees are completely destroyed. As many kids jeans, also this one, has a zipper, made from non-selvage left hand fabric. Because the jean is washed some many times it feels really soft.
It was in 1947 that employees of ‘Blue Bell’ (the previous Wrangler brand name) voted on the name of a new line of jeanswear designed specifically for cowboys and rodeo riders. The name decided upon was Wrangler. In the year 1948 they replaced the arcuate stiching into the “W” stitch on the backpockets. What’s also nice to mention is that the first Wrangler pocket labels were made from pressed card and then in plastic for a simple reason, when a leather label and a leather saddle come into contact, they stick and Wranglers were designed for cowboys. It’s a pitty that Wrangler doesn’t make the ‘Blue Bell’ line anymore. This means that these items are hard to find, very rare.
Really nice to see this ‘Ernest Wright & Son’ craftsmanship. Below their kitchen scissor for the left and right handed people. Check the making of video here below.
Hepville Custom Clothing made this cap by hand with chambrays, selvedge denims and indigo cotton fabrics. Really nice!
The anchor shirts are available in my webshop for special prices:
A while ago I bought this nice worn in special edition from Evisu Jeans: Homage to Levi’s Jeans. Evisu brought a homage range years ago where they showed their love to the Big 3 denim brands: Levi’s, Lee and Wrangler. All the jeans were made with the unique specifics from each brand. I own this whole tribute collection in unwashed (raw) condition, but lately I came across a nice worn in pair of the Levi’s homage. The jean is made from right hand fabric, selvage and has the famous red tab, but painted ofcourse which is known of the Evisu brand. Check the jean below and check also the link with my previous post from my raw versions of these three Evisu homage jeans.
Check my previous post about The Homage to Levi’s, Lee and Wrangler here;
The new Roy Rogers Rugged SS15 range draws inspiration from the biker world of the 40s and 50s. Many of the washes give the garments an almost dirty, dusty look of the travel experience of a motorcyclist. The leather jackets have stripes applied to the sleeves, or are made of black denim with fake oil stains evoking impervious trails by a bike.
The Rugged collection is completed by cotton t-shirts with prints taken from the most historic motorbike clubs, and jackets and shirts in Japanese selvedge fabrics with worn-effect washes. Last but not least, an element that couldn’t be missing from the range: two 70’s style bike helmets engraved with the RR initials of the brand.
To promote the Spring/Summer ’15 collection, Roy Roger’s has made an amazing video with two lumberjacks with their bikes, dressed in the cool Rugged line. Check out the video here below.
To see the current Roy Roger’s Rugged collection, it is available online at: www.sevenbell.com
Creative couple Elza Wandler and Joost Doeswijk from Amsterdam based Atelier de L’Armee created again an amazing new lookbook for spring summer ’14. This time their inspiration came from deep blue seas and the middle east dessert. Each picture is a true piece of art! Very nice shoot. Check ofcourse their great handmade bags made from old deadstock denim and army jackets, but also the behind the scenes video is more than worth to watch. Bravo Elza & Joost!
Buddy Lee was an advertising mascot for Lee Jeans. The doll, a promotional item for the company was introduced in 1920. Buddy Lee’s are true collector items nowadays, especially the original ones but these are really hard to find and very expensive. Lee is still making the dolls but from plastic, but also made in limited quantities. The Buddy Lee here below is from my private collection and is made between 2007-2008 as a reproduction of the Lee Gold Label era. It’s #112 from 250 pieces. He’s wearing a raw Union Made denim and a pretty cool shirt with the famous Lee cateye buttons. Here’s Buddy Lee!
My latest vintage denim treasure is this old Wrangler ‘Blue Bell’ denim banner. The banner is in a deadstock never washed condition. They used to make these banners in small numbers, only a couple of hundred, because the silk screens weren’t so strong as nowadays. This one is made on a light weight plain right hand selvage fabric. Made from the colours red, yellow and white. Most of the Levi’s banners are also made with only these three colours. These banners were made as advertising material for the shop windows. Very hard to find and true collector items. Think this one is from the ’70′s but can also be older. If you have some more info about it, please send me an email: email@example.com
Meet our latest ‘Butts and Shoulders’ member The Postbag. The bag is made from natural tanned leather, handmade in Holland in limited quantities. All our bags are numbered and will be delivered with a certificate of origin. You can select your own favourite bag number. This high standard leather will age very nice within time. Check it out.
Available here: www.buttsandshoulders.com/shop
Recently I bought this small Wrangler ‘Blue Bell’ book: 100 years of denim innovation. The limited edition book is from 2004 and I found this one on a flea market. In the book you can see the history of Wrangler jeans published in an old school way. The book is made like the old photobooks, very nice! The cover is definetely the best part. Below some snapshots.
Relax Sunday. Check the video from the unique natural leather tannery process which is the same as our Butts and Shoulders leather but a different tannery. Authentic like the old days! Enjoy.
Check our natural tanned products here: www.buttsandshoulders.com
Mohsin Sajid, Creative Director of his own jeans brand ENDRIME, gave a special talk on denim history and talked about his own brand ENDRIME at The Gallery Plymouth College of Art in UK. The lecture was filmed and is now ready on Vimeo, so for those who don’t know anything about the history of denim, check out this video! Good job Mohsin! Enjoy.
Proud to show you my new collaboration ‘Short John Baby Jean’ with K.O.I. (Kings Of Indigo). As we both share the same passion for vintage denim, the heritage from America and the craftsmanship from Japan we wanted to create something unique, something special. This time for the little kids to give them the opportunity to look cool in blue. We started to make a collab logo which was the base, the next step was to find some vintage Japanese kimono’s for the repair patches. After we found these we went to the jean factory to give the jean a true vintage look, afterwards the kimono patches were added by hand to make it all complete. The result is really nice!
The ‘Short John Baby Jean’ is a classic 5 pocket and has some great features; limited edition hand stamped pocketflasher, selvage coin pocket, leather patch, K.O.I. fishbone bartacks, 12oz right hand Italian red line selvage denim, Japanese vintage kimono repairs and prison stripe pocketing. The jean is made in limited quantities. Thanks Tony Tonnaer and crew for this amazing collab! Very happy with the result!
To celebrate this collab with K.O.I. you can win one of these limited editon denims. How? Simple, just share this article on your Facebook timeline and we will pick two lucky bastards within 2 weeks. GO!
The ‘Short John Baby Jean’
Hand stamped pocketflasher with collab logo
K.O.I. fish bone bartacks
Selvage coin pocket
Prison stripe pocketing
Japanese vintage kimono repairs
12oz Italian red line selvage fabric
My buddies Rob Harmsen & Keith Hioco from Eat Dust just dropped their new service vest and blazer in two colours: sand and blue. Both items are linned with their brilliant camo p*ssy! Check the blue ones here below. Nice guys!
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.
Beerze Beer is a great Dutch beer brand with an authentic branding. The beer is brewed just a milestone from my hometown. Besides the great branding the beer taste how a good cold beer is meant to be. Check out the brand below. Cheers!