Last week I already posted the pics from the s.Oliver blogger event at their pop-up store in Amsterdam. I was asked to give a workshop to tell the female bloggers the denim story: From cowboys to catwalk. s.Oliver made a nice video about this special event, which give you the right feel good feeling of the evening. You can check the video here below as it is now online. Enjoy!
Ben Fokkema, the founder of Amsterdenim, is always doing cool and original things to get attention for his denim brand. The authentic tanning process, which is very old and famous of the sailing sails back in the days, is such an unique thing. He had the idea to make the first tanned denim jeans. He’s doing this special event with his retailers. This time on the legendary PC. Hooftstraat in Amsterdam. Such an event is really uncommon, especially in this high-end street. Check it out for yourself and watch how a denim got tanned. The video is shot by talented Tim Collins. Till soon Ben!
Nudie Jeans teamed up with Oil Polloi – British retailer to do a special collaboration with their Grim Tim style. The inspiration of this exclusive collab were the neon lights on the wet streets which give a special rainbow effect. They translated this effect on the back pocket stitching and the rainbow selvage which turned-out really special. The jean is made in Italy and the fabric is Japanese 14oz ring-spun denim. All the jeans are numbered and will come in a special box with the leather belt as closure. This Nudie Jeans x Oi Polloi Grim Tim Dry Rainbow was launched on February 26 and is made in 1.000 pairs.
My buddies Rob Harmsen en Keith Hioco from Eat Dust about their collaboration with Stance. In the interview you can see and hear how they created this collab and give you more insight in the process. This upcoming Sunday they will launch the socks at Antwerp based store Kings and Queens in Belgium. If you’re in the neighbourhood, check it out for yourself!
Brave Star Selvage was born in 2005 when they got an invitation from the legendary Cone Mills fabric factory to view their first selvedge denim collection. Cone Mills launched the newly White Oak label. Mik Serfontaine is the founder of this L.A. – U.S.A. based denim brand. Last week I received a pair from Mik to see the brand for the first time in real live. I was really surprised by the fit, fabric and details. The jean which I received is the Slim Straight. The entire production of this jean takes place at Brave Stars own facility in downtown Los Angeles. It’s sewn entirely on vintage Reece and Singer sewing machines. The chain stitching is done using only the best, a Union Special 43200G. The denim fabric of this particularly jean is a 14.75oz right hand twill blue Cone Mills selvage. The embroidered star insignia on the right back pocket represents ‘Made in America’ status. All the hardware is made in Kentucky and the leather back patch is cut and stamped in Los Angeles. The waistband label is woven locally in Los Angeles.
All in all a really nice clean classic denim made of high standards but available for a really sharp price. Think these Brave Stars are the best priced selvage jeans in the market if you check all the rich specifics. Check the jean here below to get an impression. Thanks Mik for sending me a pair. Good luck with your brand!
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Last Friday s.Oliver organised a denim blogger event in their pop-up store in Amsterdam. They opened the pop-up store to promote the new denim line for men and women. The blogger event was organised for female Dutch bloggers, to make them enthusiastic about the new brand strategy. I was asked to do a denim workshop to tell and show the denim story ‘From cowboys to catwalk’. Also famous Dutch stylist Fred van Leer was at the event to show the girls the latest fashion trends. Of course there was some great food and drinks afterwards and some nice tunes. The event was hosted by pr company The Image Factory. They did a really good job! It was a pleasure to share my denim knowledge at this nice denim event. Hope you are feeling a little bit more blue now! Till next time.
How to wax your favorite bag or jeans with Otterwax? Just check the video from HarbourTown starring Wing Mok, the founder of the brand.
Amsterdam based denim store Tenue de Nîmes visited the legendary Trickers store in London last October to create a series of Trickers x Tenue de Nîmes shoes. Trickers established in 1829 is a classic UK footwear brand. The first collab shoe is a 21st century blue version of the Trickers Burton country shoe. The lining of this heavy brogue Derby is made of blue leather and the shoe is soled with brown Dainite rubber. The Burton is characterised by the bellows tongue, storm welt and leather uppers and linings. The exclusive Tenue de Nîmes x Trickers collaborations are hand-made in England and come with an additional pair of laces as well as leather conditioner to take good care of your shoes. Every pair is signed with a golden Trickers x Tenue de Nîmes logo. Meet the first of the series, the indigo blue ones.
Roy Roger’s, the iconic brand that has made Italian denim history since 1952, launches the Spring-Summer 2015 campaign which takes place in the evocative setting of the Whyte Hotel in Brooklyn, NY. The new campaign features the 22-years old Australian model Bambi Northwood-Blyth (IMG Milan) and the Danish Victor Nylander (Elite Milan), former face of Dior Homme and Versace amongst others.
The campaign, seen trough the eye of the photographer Philip Gay (2DM Management) focuses on a concept of new elegance, taking a timeless fabric as denim to a new level of coolness, with an ultra-feminine twist and a relaxed and easy feeling. The idea of a contemporary denim comes to light trough the urban background of the Whyte Hotel that expresses the understated chicness of this collection, composed by high quality raw materials and Made in Italy pieces, revealing a grown-up feel. Check below some sneak images of their latest campaign.
Blue Blanket, founded by denim expert Antonio di Battista, is launching every now and then a new item to his collection. As always it’s made from the best and highest quality available. This time he added a classic waist coat made with the following details;
- Japanese striped denim 12oz.
- 20′s style pocket design.
- Fish eye buttons in real corozo.
- Chambraix linings.
- Shuttle loom care label made in Japan.
Shipmates is a new Dutch footwear brand founded by Bart Stupers and Daniel Jores. The created a new silhouette with a strong reference to nautical American and Japanese streetwear. Footwear for everyday use and perfect to combine with your favourite pair of selvage denim. The products are made in Portugal, so high quality standards. For the official launch of the brand they will open a pop-up store in Amsterdam at the Haarlemmerdijk. The kick-off is upcoming Wednesday, so drop by if you’re in the neighborhood. Good luck guys!
Last week I received an amazing pair of jeans from Ray Michaels, the man behind the Ray’s Raw Denim brand from Michigan – U.S.A. The jean is specialy made for me after he asked my measurements. A few weeks later something really special came in by the post. Something made with the best of the best! The jean is built on his R101 pattern and this is a classic loose straight fit which is a traditional work pant style. He call it a blue collar fit.
The jeans is made in his hometown Lansing, Michigan, USA. Lansing is famous for manufacturing Cadillac cars as well the Chevrolet Camaro. And now Lansing also has their own handmade denim brand called Ray’s Raw Denim! Many thanks Ray for being the first in Holland to check out your very nice made jean in real live. It’s unbelievable how it’s so perfect made full with great details! Ray also added Long John chain stitched in the inside of the front pockets as something secret and special. This jean shows some true craftsmanship. Bravo! Check below the beauty of the jean.
Classic pocket flasher on the right backpocket.
Thick natural vegetable tanned leather patch which will age very nice over time.
Fully felled seams are much more comfortable against your skin, and more durable since the seam stitches are less exposed to abrasion. The belt loops are all selvedge, as well as the internal fly pieces. The buttons are copper from Louisville, Kentucky, USA. They are the traditional donut type attached with two prong rivets, super-strong.
All of the pockets, including the watch pocket, are lined with matching red striped fabric. The rivets are true authentic poke through rivets, as you can see a bit of fabric fibers poking through them.
The waistband is chain stitched with Ray’s slogan: ‘Throw Some Rocks’.
Made in U.S.A. inside label.
They are made from 15.2oz denim from the Cone Mills White Oak plant in the USA. It is a beautiful right hand twill with just a bit of a sulfur grey cast to the indigo color.
Selvage button fly.
The jean is hemmed a little long with a red double-locking chain stitch so I could cuff them if I want.
Naked & Famous Denim will introduce a new line simply titled Naked & Famous Denim MIJ (Made in Japan). The jean is made with the highest standards using 15.7oz loomstate Japanese selvage denim. The fabric is made in a small mill which produces small batch artisanal denim. The design details about this special edition are; 100% iron buttons, copper rivets, hidden back pocket rivets, raised belt loops, union special chain stitched hems, and natural vegetable tanned leather patch.
The artwork and logos have been refreshed by famed comic book artist Alvin Lee. Known for his work with various comic book and video game studios, Alvin lends his talents to re-imagine the classic Naked & Famous Denim tragic blond logo in new manga style. The jean is only available at select Naked & Famous Denim retailers. Great work by the Canadian denim guys!
artist Alvin Lee
This original vintage Wrangler ‘Blue Bell’ kids jean is in my private collection for a while. The jean is from the late ’50′s and is heavily worn, probably by a 6 year old kid as you check out the inside label. It’s made from a left hand fabric which became extremely soft with all those washes. The blue indigo colour is amazing! It has not a selvedge edge and it’s made in the U.S.A. It’s a pity Wrangler doensn’t produce their premium ‘Blue Bell’ line anymore. Below some details shots.
Kuro is a Japanese denim brand launched in 2010. The name of the brand Kuro means black in Japanese. The word black represents darkness and loneliness with an image of mystery and great strength. For Japanese people, black also reminds them of beautiful hair. The Japanese have achieved a widespread reputation for the finest craftsmanship in the industry of denim. Kuro made a great production video to show all the stages of making a fine pair of jeans. Enjoy.
To celebrate the 70th anniversary of Swedish furniture producer Swedese, Nudie Jeans was asked to do an interpretation of their classic Lamino chair. Since 1956, over 300.000 Lamino chairs have been produced by skilled craftsmen at the factory in Vaggeryd, Småland, Sweden. During the collaboration process they realized that Swedese and Nudie Jeans share the same view on sustainability, and that the materials they use work really well together.
For the collab they chose materials that age beautifully. The frame is made with untreated birch veneer, with a few layers of orange colored veneer in between, which is a reference to their orange stitching of their selvage. The seat comes in three different variations: a dry, organic, Kaihara selvage option, a pre-washed, hand-treated selvage option made by their washing experts at ITAC in Italy, and a natural leather option, vegetable tanned by Tärnsjö Garveri. They made a classic denim chair, very nice!
Received a nice package from the Italian Sevenbell Company today. The package contains their new Roy Roger’s shop fragrance and the new Roy Roger’s denim candle light. Both products have a nice smell and the candle light is the perfect home decoration with the selvage fabric. The products are made with the best ingredients available and made in Italy. These products are a good reflection of their core business, premium clothing made from the best materials. Many thanks Guido Biondi for this great present! Hope everything is fine on your side. Till soon!
Flying Horse is a premium British denim brand. The name Flying Horse came from a British pub. This drinking house, filled with postcards and memories of customers travels, was the inspiration of their brand. FH creates clothing that become more unique and personal by age with the wearer. As a favourite pair of indigo dyed jeans wears over time and takes the personality and life of it’s owner, all the FH items shares the same spirit. They call it ”The spirit of Indigo”.
Their highlighted denim in the collection is the Off the Loom. This particular jeans is made from 15oz right hand selvage. Unsinged cotton as jeans were in the old days. This gives the jean a hairy look and feel, very cool! The cotton is made in U.S.A. It’s dipped 12 times in indigo which gave the jean a deep indigo colour. The fabric is woven on a vintage shuttle loom, so it has the famous selvage edge. Also the tops are very nice of Flying Horse, so check out the brand for yourself.
The Japanese label Jelado is one of the high-end brands on the Japanese denim market, founded in 2005 by Yohei Goto. Goto-san is known not only for his success as a professional kickboxer, but also as the owner of a huge collection of vintage clothing. The Jelado’s JPD 505 is a classic 5-pocket jean, made from unwashed 16oz Japanese selvedge denim. The straight cut and slightly higher rise are based on cuts developed in the late 40’s. Classic pair of jeans made from premium quality.
Check the jean here: www.burgundschild.com
Harbour Town is a new concept label based in the Netherlands founded by Wing Mok. It brings forth a modern heritage look and appeals to that adventurous person who knows what they want and reflects on what they stand for. Harbour Town uses only the finest handpicked fabrics and materials. They search for the best fabrics from the East and the best leathers from the West. Since they only use deadstock fabrics and make everything by hand, every piece is unique.
Last weekend I got this great gift from Wing for my little baby girl. It’s a baby selvage denim apron. The apron is made by a deadstock rainbow right hand selvage fabric which is famous from Edwin Jeans from Japan. On the front they branded the apron with a nice piece of natural vegetable tanned leather with a handstamped logo. Both the denim fabric and the leather will age nicely over time. The apron is adjustable in the neck with a button. Many thanks Wing, it will be usefull for the little monster!