The Sakol Project is a project to promote a natural indigo dyed fabric from SSAP founder & designer home country, Thailand. Sakol is short from Sakolnakorn, a province in Northeast of Thailand. This northern province in Thailand is best known for it’s indigo blue fabrics. Villagers still use centuries-old weaving and dyeing techniques that continue a long tradition of quality. In the video here below you can see how they do the whole process by hand: spinning, indigo dyeing and weaving. Indigo craftsmanship!
Dyemond Goods is founded by Mike van der Zanden from Holland. Mike started a couple of years ago with his passion and handmade products. Every product is made by the man itself in his small atelier. The name of his brand is pretty simple and can be described the best by himself: ”Like diamonds, leather and denim are both raw in their natural state and they need quite some work before they reach a stage of perfection. Polishing, tanning, and dyeing will turn it into a divine form, captivating the eyes and souls of many”. He started Dyemond Goods with heavy unwashed denim fabrics and natural vegetable tanned leather, which looks amazing!, but lately he added some new variations in black – black. This new line is really cool, and beautiful as diamonds supposed to be. The details from his new range are;
- 18oz USA water repellent canvas
- 3.5mm Black bridle leather
- Japanese 6oz Kuroki Mills selvedge chambray lining
- Internal pocket
- Handset solid red copper rivets
Check out the craftsmanship from Mike van der Zanden here below!
Mike van der Zanden at work
The Concrete Tailor Company is founded by Fernando García de la Calera from Madrid(Spain). Fernando starts his carrier as a designer in 2007 creating The Concrete Company Madrid, an extension of his curiosity and hobbies. He started creating designs for skateboards and t-shirts, but soon after that he started making clothing based on durability and comfort. Creating samples, Fernando’s interest in tailoring awakens and he starts a learning process leading to the opening of his fist tailor shop in 2012. He continues using the fabrics he always used, specialising in denim, having quality and exclusiveness as main goals. TCCM is the natural evolution of Fernando’s interests and passions, both in his style and his creating process. Check out his fresh lookbook here below and don’t forget to check his video as well.
Years ago I bought this vintage Lee Jeans Rider jacket from the ’70′s. The jacket itself has a great worn-out look. I love the different blue shades. The patches aren’t from the ’70′s, they must be added not so long ago when I bought it as these are in perfect new condition. All in all a great jacket, named it Blue Eagle.
The Japanese brand Kapital made again a really nice and impressive Fall Winter 2015 collection. Influences from classic U.S.A. styles and authentic Japanese boro’s and sashiko blue indigo mixed with new silhouettes. Really fresh look, check some styles here below.
Spotted these great worn-out pair of Nudie Jeans – Grim Tim a while ago. Unfortunately I can’t remember on which blog I saw it, sorry guys, but damn what a great result! True blue art!
Each season Denham Jeans reaches out to world-class artisans, designers and fabric developers to create collaborative expressions. For FW15 the inspiration is ‘Indigo Nomads’ and the highlight in the indigo range is the Re-Cut Kendo Coat featuring dead stock military blankets that have been soaked in blue. The result is a really nice and unique coat with different kind of blue shades. Well done Denham crew!
This Levi’s Jeans 501 is the biggest selvage jeans in my private denim collection. It has a waist 54 and length 30. The jean is made from a great hairy fabric. It has a small e red tab, no. 6 on the top button, non-single stitch backpockets and washed-out red selvage. This jean is probably from the late ’70′s. Maybe earlier as you follow the no. 6 button, but normally the backpockets should be single stitched than. You can’t always track 100% the original production year/time from an old denim item. One thing is sure that these are the biggest in my collection! Big vintage Americana jeans!
One of my treasures from my private denim archive is this original vintage Levi’s Jeans 507XX (also known as Type 2) jacket. The jacket is from the ’50′s. It was introduced in 1953 as the follow up from the 506XX (Type 1) jacket. On the 507XX jacket was a second breast pocket added with bar tacks instead of rivets. The jacket got the famous BigE red tab. All vintage Levi’s items with a red tab (the red tab was introduced in 1936) made before 1971 have the BigE tab instead of a small e. These BigE red tabs are the valuable items to collect. This jacket was only made till 1962 when the follow up came: 557XX (Type 3) jacket. The 557XX is Levi’s most famous jacket, it has the pointed pocket flaps. The 507XX has selvage in the inside which dissapear at the 557XX jack. The buttons are showing a lot of patina. The back of the buttons are stamped with number 17.
My 507XX jacket is in totally worn-out condition, that’s how I like them the most. It shows different blue indigo shades. A perfect jacket with a lot of history! It came out in the time that the Rock & Roll era started. Check it out!
The black version of the promo doll from Lee Jeans, the famous Buddy Lee, is very rare! You don’t see this version so often, there’s also one published in the book ‘True Fit’ from Viktor Fredback (check out his denim book, it’s really great!!). There’s also not much info about this one. It’s probably made in the late ’20′s but some say it’s from the ’40′s. Like all the first original Buddy Lee’s this one is also dressed in an overall. This Buddy Lee is for sale on Ebay for $ 1.599,- Check this Black Magic here below.
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Paul Kruize makes bespoke jeans with high quality denim fabrics. You can create your own favo pair of jeans with a lot of authentic details like the one piece fly. Paul was interviewed by the Dutch national television about his passion and craftsmanship. Check it here below in the video. (Only Dutch language)
A couple of years ago Lee Jeans introduced their heavy weight 23oz jeans, made in a limited run of 250 pieces only. Now they are back with another bad boy, 101 Rider 19oz. The jean is made of a fine Japanese quality with two different selvage colours. The Rider fit is a classic in the Lee range, normal rise with tapered legs. Check them out in the great webshop from Meadow. Looking forward to see a worn-out pair of this one!
Available here: www.meadowweb.com
Last week Red Wing launched the second edition of the Red Wing Post at the European Red Wing Shoe Stores. The second edition is filled with articles about the legendary St.James Hotel, a historic landmark in Red Wing Minnesota and old pictures of men working in the SB. Foot Tannery. Besides some real history, you will also find articles about the motorbike design company Wrenchmonkees, the coffee roasting duo Onno & Florian of Stooking Roasting Co. from Amsterdam and you get an insight into the workspace of Joost & Elza of Atelier de L’Armée. Joost & Elza are a very creative couple and the brains behind their amazing handmade brand. The pics from their atelier are shown here below. Pic up your own free copy in one the RW stores.
(pics by Michael van Hal)
(pics by Mounir Raji)
Spanky denim is a small scale denim brand from Indonesia. They are dedicated and focused on delivering the best quality and personalized denim pieces. Their collection of premium fabrics and hardware are sourced from Japan, USA, Italy and their home country Indonesia. They are using authentic Union Special machines for strenght and the best details.
Check out this heavy bad boy made from 21oz selvage fabric. It contains all the classic jeans features like: V-stitch top button, hidden rivets, leather patch, laurel leaf buttons, reinforced back pockets, selvage, etc. Follow Spanky Denim on Instagram: @spankyid. Keep up the good work guys!
I have a kind of weakness for denim jackets. Especially when they are patched or natural destroyed with wear, but sometimes you come across vintage items which are amazing by themselves. This is one of them. I already have a lot of Lee Jeans Riders jackets from the ’60′s and ’70′s but this one is an original 101-J from the ’50′s. Not so long ago I already scored another one from this period, but that one is totally washed out and destroyed with time by the previous owner(s). The new 101-J is in great condition, it has a perfect blue colour and the golden / red neck label is still excellent! Old Lee jackets in these mint condition are hard to find. Great to add this one in my private collection!
Check here my other worn-out Lee 101-J jacket from the ’50′s:
Last weekend we showed our latest Butts and Shoulders member, our ultimate boot. The boot is made from natural vegetable tanned leather with the legendary Goodyear Welted construction. The leather will age very nice within time, just like our ‘Virgin’ product range. The boots are made in Portugal and are made to last a lifetime. One style, one leather, one classic boot for men. Sales are starting now to retailers (if you’re are interested as retailer, send me an email to: email@example.com), first orders were already made at the fair. Keep you updated about our new Butts and Shoulders member. Check below some sneak pics from our booth and the boots.
New vs Worn
While the summer finally kicks in and the trade shows are on full force right now the Amsterdam based denim brand Kings of Indigo (K.O.I.) launched their new Spring Summer 2016 collection at several fairs. Their new collection has some great international influences from Japan and the U.S. You can also see that in their logo where the American cowboy is riding a Japanse koi carper. The SS16 collection has inspirations from authentic workwear, marine stripes, Japanese sashiko stitching, and seventies patch-up customized items. The link in the whole collection is of course the indigo blue colour. As I said before, the 2015 summer kicks in, but prepare yourself for the summer of 2016! Well done guys!
Cheese Denim Works is a great denim brand with high standard jeans. The material of this particular jeans is sourced from a small mill in Okayama, Japan. The denim is raw unsanforized, heavy weight: 17oz selvage. The fit is slim straight. The jean has a laurel leaf button as top button and the back pockets have a hidden rivet. All in all a super nice authentic pair of jeans. Check the jean here below.
Available at: www.chainstitches.com
Selvedgework denim is making handcrafted jeans. You can make your own favo jeans with all the details you like. You can choose from more than 20 high quality selvedge fabrics in their own atelier. Take your all time classic fit and spare parts and create your dream pair of jeans. Check the video for the whole process.