Edwin Jeans Malaysia just announced their new Limited Edition Edwin Rainbow Selvage jeans. The jean is made of a special rainbow selvage 13.25oz fabric. The jean will be made in run of 750 pieces and every jeans is individually numbered. The backpockets are the best part of this special edition as they are stitched with the colours of the rainbow. This idea of the backpockets looks the same as the special edition from Nudie Jeans and Oi Polloi from last year, check: www.long-john.nl/nudie-jeans-x-oil-polloi-rainbow-grim-tim-jean/. Looking forward to see this one in real live, but don’t know if it will released in Europe.
Sometimes you receive something really special, like last week. PRO-Keds sended me a great box which contains some super nice items; PRO-Keds sneakers, PRO-Keds t-shirt (made in Italy) and a Sneaker Freaker magazine including a PRO-Keds chapter with the rich history of this classic sneaker brand from the U.S.A.
PRO-Keds was established after World War 2 in 1949 as a basketball shoe. PRO-Keds was introduced to the world by George Mikan, basketball’s original Big Man. Mikan’s formidable style of play challenged the fundamental concepts of the game, so much so that the rules were changed because of him. And his challenger spirit brought results: PRO-Keds took Mikan and the Minneapolis Lakers to five NBA championships in the 40′s and 50′s. The team is remembered as much for its humility and integrity as for its dominant victories.
In the decades that followed, PRO-Keds became a symbol of quiet confidence, a conviction that simplicity is the purest form of sophistication. From stadiums to playgrounds to city streets, PRO-Keds sneakers were and are still worn by athletes, musicians, artists, style icons, and cultural innovators. I’m really stoked about this brand as they are the perfect sneaker for this Spring Summer. And yes, they match perfect to my jeans outfit. Thanks PRO-Keds for this great box which is loaded with American’s finest classic sneaker gear!
Recently Denham Jeans gave a Spring Summer ’17 collection presentation for their retailers at the Candiani Denim mills in Italy. Dutch magazine Jeans Cult made a short movie about this trip to give you an insight into this unique presentation which they did on a very cool way surrounded by piles of cotton. Check it here below.
Companion Denim is a denim brand from Barcelona – Spain. The brand is using the finest selvedge denim coming from an accurate selection of qualities from the best mills, mostly from Japan, USA and Italy. The jeans are artisanally crafted with a selection of the best sewing machines for making denim. Using a mix of both modern and classic vintage machines which made the jeans of the old. Some of those machines are even 100 years old and make a beautiful and highly durable stitching. Next to their limited made jeans they also offers custom jeans, so you can make your favo pair of jeans. Below some inspiration shots of their custom jeans.
Worn-Out Projects: Nudie Jeans
Brand: Nudie Jeans – fit Steady Eddies
Worn: 2 years – washed a few times
Info: The jean is worn by the owner when he sailed across the Atlantic, when riding his bike and being a teacher. Great result!
The new Spring Summer 2016 collection from Eat Dust is called ‘Cuckoo’s Nest’. Next to their classic denim items Eat Dust brings every season a collection with a street- and workwear twist. Founders Rob Harmsen and Keith Hioco are always creating items which they want to wear themselves. They keep it close to their own interests and needs. The results are always very creative and innovatory. Think this is one of the reasons why they are so successful. Well done buddies!
Last week Seven Senses organised an event called: ‘Blue Hands Never Lie’ in the Gustafon builiding on the Westergas in Amsterdam – NL. They organised the event for the launch of their new collection. Exactly one year ago Seven Senses made their entrance as a new denim fabric mill. Their fabrics are heaven for everyone with an eye for high-quality and sustainable made fabrics. Seven Senses are making fabrics which are handspun, handwoven and coloured by hand with natural indigo. This is the ultimate and it’s unique in the denim industry. Their set-up of their event was more like an expo, an inspiration and meeting point for likeminded people. People with an interest in durable fabrics with a luxurious feeling.
The new Seven Senses collection contains a diverse range of handmade fabrics, from light to heavy weight with light and dark colours. All the fabrics are made with a selvage lining which makes them more special. The fabrics are created on old wooden shuttle looms. On the event was also a part where they highlighted their collab partners as Mohsin Saijd from Endrime Jeans and bag brand Atelier de l’Armée to name a few. Both made some beautiful products which gave you the perfect reference how you can use the Seven Senses fabrics. It’s a pity if you have missed the event, but I’m sure you will hear more of them in the future. Keep an eye of this one, really nice! Below some shots of the Seven Senses ‘Blue Hands Never Lie’ event.
Last Saturday I organised again a new edtion of Rambam Denim Days at the denim store Rambam in Eindhoven – NL. It was already the 4th edition of this special store event. Saturday was the kick-off and Levi’s Jeans was present to show their new 501 docu in a mini pop-up bios, they also showed some vintage jeans and gave a Levi’s lecture to the customers. The windows were filled with Levi’s items and their old advertisings. During the day you could drink a cold beer or a fresh made cup of coffee. See you on the next edition which is on Saturday the 21st of May with Nudie Jeans and Benzak Denim Developers (BDD). More about that later…Below some snapshots of last weekend.
The Amsterdam based denim store Tenue de Nîmes is launching a collection of special, hand-dyed, natural indigo, customized Converse Chuck 70 All Star shoes that will be released during Amsterdam Denim Days. Today Tenue de Nîmes will host a special indigo-dye event at their Haarlemmerstraat store in Amsterdam to celebrate the release of this limited edition Chuck 70. See here some sneak pics from the making off.
More info about this event here:
Seven Senses is organising a denim event during the upcoming ‘Amsterdam Denim Days’ called: ‘Blue Hands Never Lie’. Excaclty one year ago Seven Senses made their entrance with their new denim fabrics. Their fabrics are handspun, handwoven and coloured with natural indigo. The created denim fabrics by hand, something that can only be done by people without using any machines. This is the ultimate dream for every denimhead! During the ADD they will launch their new selvage denim fabrics, a new collection made with a luxurious look and feel.
Curious how it will look and how it’s made? Come over and be part of the journey. You can see their ‘Blue Hands Never Lie’ presentation here:
Westergasfabriek – In de Premises of Gustafon – Haarlemmerweg 8 – Amsterdam
Looking forward to see it. See you there!
Check more info on the Seven Senses ‘Blue Hands Never Lie’ event page:
The French vintage workwear inspired brand Fatboy Clothing Company is founded by Charles Niehues. All his creations are worked individually by hand, respecting all techniques of traditional work to have a genuine result. For Spring Summer ’16 he developed some really nice high quality made denim items. The items are made with Japanese fabrics which were came from an old Japanese factory from the ’50′s. The items are made with really cool authentic details. Below some highlights which are available this upcoming May on their website. Check also the really nice photoshoot which he did for his new lookbook. These pics gives you the feeling to want to work at the railroad and into the woods. Very nice Charles, keep up the good work!
The F.B.C. Spring Summer ’16 Lookbook
Benzak Denim Developers (BDD) announced a collaboration with Collect Denim Mill from Japan. Toghether they created a new special selvage fabric which you can now pre-order in the following fits: BDD-006, slim fit, and the new regular fit BDD-707.
The low tension is the first BDD special, together with their Japanese friends from the Collect mill this denim has been created exclusively for BDD. With a 14oz. right hand selvage fabric, this is a perfect mid-weight and the construction is slightly looser which allows for an uneven weaving pattern and small slubs. The selvage colour id is yellow & green, and represent the first stages of indigo, before it becomes the distinctive dark blue color. This is a very cool and creative idea! This colour combo is carefully developed by BDD and is very unlikely to be found elsewhere. The special bull patch is made from super thin goat leather from Italy and marks the fabric’s exclusivity. Because the denim is sanforized, minor shrinkage is expected after the first wash. Both jeans are created in Holland and crafted in Japan. Well done Lennaert, very nice!
Lennaert Nijght (Founder BDD) with the BDD Special
As a reward for pre-ordering, you will receive a brand new Benzak tee in white or black heavy jersey, with a crackle print. Just like indigo and leather, this print will age and becomes nicer with wear and wash.
Pre-order your BDD jeans here:
Livid Jeans from Norway developed a great shirt for Spring Summer ’16. The Norman Japan Stars & Dots is made from a 100% cotton indigo dye narrow loom fabric from the artisanal fabric mill, Nihon Menpu. This particular shirt features a button down collar and a centre front closure with real corozo nut buttons from Portugal. It has long sleeves ending in button cuffs, a single chest pocket and side tabs.
The garment features: – 100% cotton, woven by Nihon Menpu, Japan. – Indigo Dyed – Real corozo nut buttons from Portugal – Stitched with high quality poly core cotton thread. – Made in Barcelos, Portugal. – Limited to only 107 made.
Came again across a true denim collectors item on Ebay: vintage Levi’s Big E Jeans car club denim vest from the ’60′s. On the back of this original denim cut you see the cartoon Ed Roth type character running a red light while being chased by the police. LVC (Levi’s Vintage Clothing) reproduced this patch set based on an image of it. They chose to put it on a ’60′s type cream Bedford jacket. Check this very cool denim cut here below, it’s for Sale for $ 1.499,-
Blue de Gênes from Denmark just launched some great new items for Spring Summer 2016. The items are all made with authentic craftsmanship and loaded with rich details. Let’s highlight some of them here below.
The Blue de Gênes Vigo Harajuko Shirt, the Monta Rugged Waistcoat, the Gio N2 Jeans w1080, the Gari Belt and Scarf and Blue de Gênes Key Hanger.
The Blue de Gênes shirt button is made of corozo nut. (The Vigo Harajuko Shirt is inspired by old shirts and has a classical grandad opening. The particular stitching and patchwork details contribute to a fine vintage look).
Most of the Blue de Gênes shirts are inspired by old worker shirts. The shirts have the characteristic Blue de Gênes branded real corozo hard nut buttons. The shirts are made in natural materials using cotton, hemp, linen and wool. Some fabrics are made on old selfedge looms and feature the characteristic red selvedge line. Most fabrics are from Italy and Japan.
The Monta rugged Waistcoat is a tailored gillet/vest and has buffalo horn buttons.
The Gio N2 Jeans is a slim fit jean in indigo blue which is made in Italy. The Gari Belt is a co-lab belt made with together with Dukes Finest Artisans. It’s handmade and handpainted and tells the great story of the Italian general Giuseppe Garibaldis adventures. The Blue de Gênes Keyhanger is made of corosu nut where only parts of the shell is polished off to give it a rough look. It will start by being ivory white but over time it will take colour and get a roustiqe look.
Check more new items for SS16 here: www.blue-de-genes.com
The Dawson Denim brand started with workwear aprons. These were inspired by original aprons used up until the 1960’s. Since 2012 Dawson Denim expanded their collection with jackets, jeans and bags. All the Dawson Denim products are personally tailored, each piece is one of a numbered run and in some cases very limited. All the patterns from their products are cut, graded and finished by hand. All are made in their own workshop in Brighton – UK using vintage sewing machines from the 1950′s. Today I want to highlight their great workwear inspired denim jackets.
Founders Dawson Denim: Scott Ogden and Kelly Dawson
Sack Jacket : DD03 White Selvedge. The jacket is made from 13oz indigo dyed white selvedge, a copy of a pre 1930’s quality. Woven on Japanese Imamura looms developed in the 1920’s
Sack Jacket : DD06 Wabash. Limited edition Wabash printed indigo dyed twill jacket. Only 10 will be made and are made to order. The jacket is made from 11oz Indigo Dyed printed wabash twill from Japan.
Sack Jacket : DD05 Neppy. A classic workwear shape first named a Sack jacket in the 19th Century. The jacket is made from 10oz indigo dyed neppy selvedge, a copy of a pre 1930’s quality. Woven on Japanese Imamura looms developed in the 1920’s.
Over history the Utility Jacket has been worn for a variety of purposes, from workwear and military combat through to leisurewear. For this design, the UK brand Nigel Cabourn pieced together three different vintage garments including the USMC shirt jacket and these can be seen in the distinct upper and lower parts as well as the left chest pocket. This great item is made in two colours for Spring Summer ’16: a special washed indigo and an indigo denim version. Great denim cut and sew item!
Supported by Dutch Grolsch beer, Denham Jeans partnered with Dutch portrait photographer Marc Haers to create ‘Workoncanvas’. The concept from ‘Workoncanvas’ is to highlight the craftsmanship in Amsterdam. Liam Maher (brand director of Denham Jeans) and Marc Haers are giving an insight into the life of several very skilled craftspeople. Together they hand-picked seven artists who combine the skill and heritage of traditional crafts with their work and fitted them with a virgin Denham wardrobe. After 6 months of wear we can see how their creativity, craft and experiences have literally been mapped across their denim. The ‘Workoncanvas’ project offers a unique portrait of the artists, but also a portrait of Amsterdam itself – where it’s been, where it is today and where it is going.
For almost a quarter of a century, the Infinities stores from UK have been providing a collection of outstanding designer menswear. Since their opening from the first store in Newcastle-Under-Lyme in 1991, Infinities has a well-deserved reputation for stocking men’s designer clothing, footwear and accessories. For 25 years they stock high-end brands like Polo Ralph Lauren, Barbour, Carhartt, YMC, Stone Island, CP Company, Paul Smith and Edwin Jeans to name a few. In total they have more than 50 brands! I have just ordered some Edwin Jeans items for the upcoming Spring Summer days. My Infinities ‘Edwin Jeans’ order just came in. Check it out here below.
Check their webshop: www.infinities.co.uk
After the Lee 101 – 23oz and Lee 101 – 19oz monsters, Lee Jeans just launched with their premium 101 line their new creation: Lee 101 Cinch Tapered Jeans. This new fit is the most tapered one in their 101 collection, while the top of the jean is more relaxed fitted. The jeans has a zipper closure which is a real trademark from Lee Jeans. The fabric of the jean is a righthand 16oz Japanese orange selvage. The fabric is treated with a sulfur bath and dipped eight times in indigo. On the back of the jean they put an authentic cinch and their classic hair-on-hide leather patch. The dark orange treads and copper button gives this Lee 101 Jeans a true vintage workwear feeling. Check also the orange selvage in the waistband!
Available here: www.lee.nl