The Blue de Gênes brand expanded their clothing collection with high quality footwear. The shoes are a reflection of the brand and fits perfect with the brand dna.
The line is inspired by the Blue de Gênes cuts on jeans, trousers, shirts and leather jackets. That is why you will find the same signature stitching on the shoe line that you see on their leather jackets. Together with their supplier they created three styles that would fit perfectly into the Blue de Gênes collection.
It was very important to find the right manufacturer of shoes who understand the brand look and feel. They found the perfect partner in the northern part of Portugal in the city of Felgueiras. Their partner is a family owned company, founded in the 19th century by a man who sat by the Portuguese Camino and made and repaired shoes for all the weary pilgrims. The same techniques that were used back then are still used to this day giving the family more than 100 years of experience in making shoes.
The Blue de Gênes footwear collection contains 3 different models:
Labo – the Shoe: Named after the ancient city of “Laboriosa”. A Portuguese city where you will find an old Roman bridge called “Ponte de Lima”. A bridge that crosses the river “Lima”. See more pics here.
Minho – the Zipper Boot: Named after the river that springs in the most northern part of Portugal and crosses the border into Spain. See more pics here.
Lima – the Lace Boot: Named after the river that runs alongside parts of the Portuguese Camino. Lima is also the name of one of the oldest cities in Portugal. See more pics here.
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.
In the beginning of this year we introduced our new Butts and Shoulders boots for men. Our ‘Goodyear Welted’ constructed boots are a big success. So after the first run of 100 pairs, which sold out very quick, we produced the 2nd run. We also received a lot of positive feedback from women on the boots. This decided us to make them also for women. But with a different last, we shaped it a little bit to get it more feminine. We’re proud to tell you that the first Butts and Shoulders women boots are now ready and available in our webshop. These boots are also made of natural vegetable tanned leather, all handnumbered, made with the ‘Goodyear Welted’ construction, made in Portugal in small quantities. Perfect boot for this Fall / Winter. Go check it out!
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!
This vintage Levi’s Toddler Jeans is my smallest original ‘Big E’ jeans from my private denim collection. The jeans is dated from the early ’60′s. This pair of jeans is a rare pair as it is a transitional pair from the 503ZXX to the 3020117 model. This would be the 1st year of the production of the 302 model. The waist size of this jeans is W18 and the length is L13. It’s a small Toddler jeans. This pair of jeans feature all the classic and famous details as ‘Big E’Red Tab, yellow and tobacco stitching, v-stitch at top button, washed-out redline selvage and single stiched backpockets to mention a few. But check all the great details of this Made in the U.S.A. pair of jeans here below.
The Blue de Gênes Autumn/Winter 2016 collection shows a strong range of jeans and classical pants with a contemporary touch. Old naval trousers are being transformed into new cool trousers made in original Italian selvedge gabardine. The tailored details of fine old trousers are used as inspiration for exciting features on new trousers. The collection also holds track of historical moments and persons of the proud days ancient Genova. The Autumn/Winter 2016 collection is also strong on classic jackets and waistcoats.
Blue de Gênes introduced some new styles, all made in fine Italian fabrics with real horn or corozo nut buttons. New shirts are also introduced. There is a line of real indigo shirts developed for Blue de Gênes. Also knitted items are included which are made on old looms in Japan. As always there are jeans in the collection with heavy washed dark finishes for the cool winter look. All their jeans are made in Italy. To make the Blue de Gênes collection complete they added some high quality leather jackets and bombers in the collection too.
The new Blue de Gênes collection and lookbook gets you in the right Autumn – Winter mood!
Last week Atelier De L’Armée launched their amazing collaboration with Nigel Cabourn. The idea to make this special limited edition rucksack came out very natural as both are dedicated to old military bags, patterns and clothing. When both met eachother a few years ago Nigel was carrying his vintage Swiss army rucksack. They start talking about making a remake of this classic. They sourced the original fabric as they want to make the collab as close as the Original. Since it is highly unlikely to find a dead-stock roll of this 1960’s fabric we never thought the collab would actually happen. But after a year long search they were able to find a complete roll of selvage original Swiss army Salt & Pepper fabric and the collaboration was born.
The Salt & Pepper fabric had a cotton base when it was developed by Swiss army during the late 1930’s, but as cotton became rare during the years of war, nettle fibre was combined with cotton. This mix created a very rugged, waterrepellent and durable fabric. The selvage roll of fabric they found contained barely enough fabric to make a limited amount of 40 pieces. They combined the fabric with vegetable tanned leather. Although the bag is already sold-out at the webshop from Atelier De L’Armée, maybe you will have more luck at the Army Gym stores in London and Tokyo. Congrats with this very cool homage to the Swiss army bag! Bravo!
For the ones who’s following me for a while knows that I started my denim career more than 20 years ago at Diesel Jeans. In that time, beginning of the ’90′s till ’94, Diesel launched a special denim collection called Old Glory. Inspirered by the legendary Big 3 (Levi’s, Lee & Wrangler) this was something really cool and outstanding. This is the reason how my passion for denim started, ofcourse after wearing the classic 501′s in my previous years. Diesel came up with selvage fabrics and amazing embroidered jackets. Unfortunately the Old Glory line wasn’t a big commercial success, but the items are still great. My Old Glory collection is pretty big, and is still growing. Not so long ago I could add this original OG jeans in my collection, model Murphy. The jeans is a kind of a homage to Wrangler, their 11MWZ model. It has all the same features: broken twill fabric, button in combination with Talon zipper fly, 7 belt loops, flat rivets (won’t scratch your saddle), same coin-watch pocket shape and non-selvage folded side seams. Even the arcuate stitching on the backpockets are inspired by Wrangler. The jeans is made in Italy. An unique piece of the best days of Diesel Jeans.
Lee Jeans launched a special edition for Fall Winter from their iconic Lee 101 Jeans. They create a slim fit version of their classic Rider fit. The Lee 101 Rider Slim Fit has more tapered legs than the regular version. The jeans is made of Japanese 13.75oz left hand blue line rigid selvage, Lot No. 49. The threads of this fabric is dipped 13 times in indigo to get the right blue colour. The old shuttle loom which was used for the creating of this fabric makes 100 meter of high quality fabric in 24 hours. The back of the jeans has a yellow ‘Lee Riders’ emboidery like the old Rodeo Clown pants. Nice one!
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!
Yesterday I visited my friends Marcel & Roger Grivec from Jeanspaleis in Kerkrade – NL. Marcel & Roger are one of the coolest and humble guys in the denim industry. I spend the whole day in their denim store and atelier. Marcel & Roger built up an extremely knowledge about denim in their rich and long denim retail history. A half year ago the twin brothers realised their ultimate dream, creating their own Grivec Bros denim collection. The first batch was sold out immediatly and the second one is going really fast too!
They made two different fits, a regual fit (Cool Pete) and a more slimmer fit (Hower). The Cool Pete is my favo fit as it refers to the classics. Both fits are loaded with a lot of details which you can see here below.
Thanks Marcel & Roger for your time and sharing your passion for denim. It’s always good to see you. I’m very honored to hear every story behind the many outstanding details from you. Very inspiring! Proud to have the Cool Pete in my denim collection and will wear them with pride! Many thanks for my pair of jeans! Keep up the good work and ‘Dry till you Die’. Talk soon!
Marcel & Roger Grivec in their atelier
The Cool Pete Jeans
14oz Japanese rigid selvage denim by the Kaihara mill – Japan
Selvage button fly
V-stitch on top button
Grivec Bros top button
Fly buttons are classic ’13 star’ buttons
Personalized Grivec Brothers rivets
One-line triangle backpocket arcuate stitching
Grained natural leather patch
Made in Portugal
Each jean is wrapped in a miners towel. These towels were used back in the days by miners to keep their laundry separated.
Daily Bags is a new sustainable denim brand specialised in handcrafted patchwork goods from The Netherlands. The designer is Sharifah Isa and her main goal is creating special bags of old denim leftover fabrics. Each Daily Bags item is unique and made of deconstructed jeans in different shades of blue. All her items are combined with a wide range of high-quality fabrics and leather. Next to bags she’s also making denim aprons and denim jackets. All made by hand. The look of Daily Bags refers to the vintage Japanese boro styles. Check the unique Daily Bags products here below.
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!
My friends from the great Heddels platform just lauched their latest video project to show the collaboration between PF Flyers and Gitman Vintage Bros called ‘Seed to Sew’. From the seed that grew the fabric to the final production line stage, the entire collab shoe is 100% made in the USA from an indigo denim fabric.
In the behind the scenes video you see the GBV’s President Chris Olberding and PF’s head of Global Merchandise Manager Chris Tobias. They tell you all about what each brand brought to the table. Heddels visited both Gitman’s factory in Ashland, Pennsylvania and the New Balance factory in Boston, Massachusetts where the shoes were made.
The Gitman Bros. Vintage x PF Flyers shoes themselves will be available from PF stockists on September 1. Very nice video project guys and the blue denim shoes looks awesome too!
Denham Jeans latest collaboration is with the two talented guys Sam Lambert and Shaka Maidoh of Art Comes First. They did a collaboration project within the House GuestArtist series. The A.C.F.’s own collection, Avec ces Freres explored the power and symbolism of black this season so it was natural to reflect this concept in the Denham project as well, since at Denham; “If It’s Not Indigo, It’s Black”. The Denham design team asked Sam and Shaka to roll up their sleeves and develop their own unique tweaks on Denham signature styes in both 5-pocket and the tops collection. Check it out here below!
Watch more of the Denham Jeans x Art Comes First (ACF) collaboration here;
Sander van de Vecht, founder of Denim.Lab, launched a couple of years ago his Denim.Lab brand. With Denim.Lab he’s creating high-end selvage jeans for men. Next to these quality jeans he’s selling unique deadstock selvage fabrics. His next new Denim.Lab project is his Mini.Lab Kids collection. With this collection he’s bringing the most cool stuff for the little denim boys and girls. From rigid stretch selvage denim qualities to very nice washed and patched jeans and jackets. True cool for the real little rebels! Check below some of my personal Mini.Lab Kids favo’s! Available now through the Denim.Lab webshop. Need these for my little girl!
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)
Another vintage Levi’s Jeans jacket from my private denim archive: Levi’s ‘Big E’ biker vest from the ’60′s. The jacket has a great patina and cut-off sleeves as it belonged to a biker from the ’60′s era. The back of the buttons are stamped with digit #525 which refers to that period. The ‘Big E’ Red Tab is still in very good condition. On the back of the vest you see a super nice fading which came from riding the back that often. Above the great fading you see H. Angel marked by hand.
Check the original Levi’s ’Big E’ Jeans MC Biker Vest here below. I also attached some links to some more Levi’s ‘Big E’ Jeans denim biker vests from my private collection. Enjoy!
Check more vintage biker vests from my private denim collection here: