Hope to see you next week on the Selvedge Run tradeshow in Berlin. You can check out our Butts and Shoulders collection and especially our new released Sneakers. If you haven’t seen our Sneakers promo film yet, check it here: https://vimeo.com/198792618
Lennaert Nijgh started his brand with a true passion for dry selvedge denim which eventually turned into Benzak Denim Developers. The first ‘Made in Japan’ styles were developed in 2011 and hit the market in September 2013. After years of slowly building the BDD brand, in 2016 he released his 2nd line, BENZAK – EUROPEAN MADE.
As it goes with many brands, the first orders are placed by those who are close to you, your friends. In the new Benzak lookbook you can meet some of them wearing the brand on their own way.
Benzak Denim founder Lennaert Nijgh
Indigo People creates unique indigo pieces based on authentic craftsmanship. The Indigo People items are a perfect addition on your denim outfit and combines textile designs with the classic jeans attitude. For Spring/Summer 2017 Indigo People explored the traditional batik printing technique combined with indigo dyeing. The inspiration for this new collection came from antique batik textiles and vintage Japanese shibori designs.
Batik is a wax-resist printing and dyeing process applied to the finished textile. Batik is either created by hand drawing with the melted wax using a sprouted tool called ‘canting’, or by printing the wax with a handmade copper stamp. The wax blocks the dyestuff to penetrate into the textile. Then the cloth is dipped piece by piece multiple times in natural indigo by hand, to achieve the deep indigo colour. To remove the printed wax, the cloth is boiled in hot water. Once the wax is removed the printed areas regain their raw colour and the artwork appears on the textile.
Great to see that this indigo brand is expanding their collection with shirts next to their beautiful scarves. Keep up the good work guys. Take a look at the Indigo People SS17 collection.
Gaku Tsuyoshi from Tokyo – Japan started his FDMTL brand in 2005 because he couldn’t find the jeans he was looking for. This is the most common drive why people start with their own business. Gaku produced distressed jeans for several years before he expanded FDMTL with indigo fabrics and patchwork designs. Next to his very impressive collections Gaku also collabs with a lot of high-quality brands to create outstanding and special products. In 2016 for example he teamed-up with skateboard brand Vans to develop a special Era and Slip-On version.
That same year he also did a super nice collab together with Dover Street Market Ginza and created a boro inspired Eames Chair.
For this year we can expect collaborations with Vans (Sk8-Hi, Slip-on), New Era (5950 fitted hat), and Masterpiece (rucksack, tote) will all use a new Deep Indigo Collection design. Other notable collaborations include Jam Homemade (accessories), Chup (socks), Danner (hiking boots), and Seviskig (leather jackets).
My friends from the Heddels platform spent the afternoon with Gaku Tsuyoshi at his FDMTL’s flagship store, Catii Tokyo, in Meguro. He spoke with Heddels about his roots in denim, his love for boro fabrics, and his recent successful creative collaborations.
Check the video of the Heddels X FDMTL studio visit;
After one year of developing and testing I’m very proud to show you our latest Butts and Shoulders member: The Sneakers. After the very successful launch of our ‘Goodyear Welted’ boots last year we decided to make a kind of homage to another icon.
The specs of our Butts and Shoulders sneakers are;
- Designed in the Netherlands, produced in Portugal
- First production run: 100 pairs
- Natural Vegetable Leather
- Cork and leather insole with foam cushioning and Butts and Shoulders logo engraving
- Handstitched bridge lining
- Clean Eyelets
- PMU outsole
- Leather foxing with double stitching lining
- Hand numbered on tongue
- All leather innercase
- Cork-filled midsole
- Extra pair of dark brown laces
Take a look at our new Butts and Shoulders product: The Sneakers. For the promo of the sneakers we made again a film. The shots in the film are made in The Netherlands and in Portugal. The film is made by the talented Edwin van der Sande. Meet below The Sneakers!
Check out the promo film of The Sneakers:
The sneakers are available here:
This little vintage Sanforized blue overall is from my private archive. It’s a boys overall from Sanforized made in the 1940′s. These kind of overalls were worn by farmers in the U.S. This overall is a small one, waist size 20. Typical about these 1940′s workwear is the orange thread. It has only one fly button, donut button, and one top button with the brand name Sanforized on it. The pockets are fastened with flat rivets. Like the most overalls you could wear this with suspenders. The suspenders on this overall is fastened by hand and is an original Sanforized one but without the original buttons. The backpockets are simple, plain, without any arcuates. The overall is made of right hand non-selvage fabric. The overall is a true American workwear style.
Rabbie Denim (R.D.G.) jeans is a denim label based in Glasgow,Scotland. The company was founded in 2013 by jeans designer Rabbie Denim. Up until now Rabbie has been making commission based one off pieces, which has led to boasting clients such as Manchester United and Barcelona Fc. Rabbie was recently described in the Financial Times contemporary arts issue as most creative jeans designer in the field.
Below the Rabbie Denim Tartan jeans in 14oz soft indigo Wembley denim. The jean has a tartan yoke and ticket pocket. Rabbie jeans are always an one off piece as they put a different slant on each pair. Check it out!
Dutch lifestyle denim brand Chasin’ launched their latest collaboration: Royal Attitude Denim Collection. With this collab Chasin’ recycled uniforms from the Royal Netherlands Navy. The marine theme fits perfect with Chasin’ brand pay-off: We Never Stop! Training and perseverance are essential, combined with the right ‘attitude’. The project was conceived together with James Veenhoff, founder of House of Denim Amsterdam.
Through recycling of naval pieces Chasin’ created 2 stand out jeans, both in a 11,5oz quality. 1 is the iconic Ego jeans, which is the brand’s representation of the classic 5 pocket, with added stretch. A more contemporary fit is the cropped chino fit. For these jeans unique washes were created, inspired by the ocean. Next to the denims, the collection contains a denim jacket and several tops. The collection is now available through some selected stores as: De Bijenkorf, X Bank, en Denim City and some Score stores.
Congrats guys with the launch of this great and creative idea. Jeans and Navy are a perfect match!
Celebrating the 10th sign of the Chinese Zodiac, Evisu Jeans brings the “Year of the Rooster” jeans. This collectable Evisu Jeans is made in limited quantities and represents the craftsmanship of Evisu. The jeans has embroidery details on it’s signature 2008 regular fit selvedge jeans. The coin pocket is made with red Godhead quality guaranteed print. The Kanji character of Rooster and Katakana characters of Evisu Jeans are featured on the rear pockets, and motifs of fierce Rooster and Kamon are embroidered on the black Daicock insert.
This deluxe pair of Evisu Jeans comes with a unique number on the gold leather patch, as well as a premium wooden box engraved with Kanji character of Rooster for the collectors. The specs of this special Evisu Jeans edition are;
• Year of the Rooster Limited Edition
• 100% Cotton
• Raw selvedge denim
• 2008 Regular fit
• Button fly
• Gold leather patch with limited edition number
Endrime is a denim brand by the talented denim designer Mohsin Sajid from London – UK. After working for many famous and big brands as Levi’s Japan, Edwin Jeans and Evisu (to name a few) he started his own Endrime brand. With Endrime Mohsin creates a denim collection for men and women. The Endrime collection contains t-shirts, shirts, sweats, jeans, jackets and accessories. All made with high-quality fabrics with excellent details, just like this French worker jacket.
This French worker jacket has selvegde details on the chest pockets and a down centre back. It has a real Endrime leather patch which is unique on each jacket. On the front it has patched pockets. The blue colour is very intense of the fabric. The Endrime French worker jacket is a classic with fits perfect with your favorite pair of jeans for the authentic look.
Blue de Gênes is a denim inspired brand from Denmark which takes their inspiration from the origin of jeans. That’s also how they came up with their strong name, Blue de Gênes. Their name refers to the harbor workers in Genoa, Italy.
Next to their outstanding denim collection they bring every season much more than that; shirts, pants, knitwear, footwear and accessories. It’s a total look for men. For the Winter 2016 collection Blue de Gênes also made a very wide range on classic jackets, blazers and waistcoats. They introduced new and unique styles, all made in fine Italian quality fabrics. And all the items are made with the typical Blue de Gênes details like the real horn buttons or corozo nut buttons. Below some perfect Winter shots of the Blue de Gênes Oria Jeep Blazer and the San Giorgio Jeep Blazer.
Explore the Blue de Gênes collection here:
Today I want to share one of the best fadings from my private denim collection. Personally I really like this kind of old school hardcore fadings. The jeans is a vintage Levi’s Jeans from the ’60′s. It’s the 517 style – Boot Cut - model, which is a typical ’60′s fit and very popular at that time. The jeans has an Orange Big E Tab on the backpocket. The Orange Tab collection was introduced as a more fashionable and affordable collection with bell-bottoms and boot cut jeans. Levi’s Jeans introduced their Orange Tab collection in 1969 and the Big E tabs were only produced until 1971, so a vintage pair with an Orange Big E Tab is quite hard to find. The back of the button is stamped with digit number 8 and the jeans features a Talon 42 zipper. The jeans is made from non-selvage right hand fabric.
This Levi’s Jeans has a true vintage natural faded pattern. The jeans is repaired a couple of times which makes the jeans more special. There’s a lot of brown patina on the jeans which appear when you wear your jeans very hard and long without washing. On the front you see beautiful whiskers and on the back the classic honeycombs. A lot of thread is broken and replaced with purple thread by the previous owner. Back in the days jeans were made with cotton thread which isn’t so strong as the cotton/polyester thread which they use nowadays. On the backpockets you see two colours of threads, this is very common on original Big E’s. The crotch is repaired more than once. This vintage pair of Levi’s Jeans is a prefect example of a hippie pair of jeans with amazing different shades of blue. Viva America!
One of my original vintage Levi’s ‘Big E’ Jeans Type 3 jackets from the ’60′s. The back of the buttons are stamped with the digit #526. The jacket is single stitched. Both details from the ’60′s. The jacket is customized by myself with the authentic Sashiko stitching technique from Japan. This jacket is a kind of a homage to the Japan. The ‘canvas’ of the homage is the authentic U.S.A. made jacket. The Sashiko stitching is done entirely by hand, even the red Japan flag on the back is painted by hand. In total I spend 40 hours to make this homage jacket. This special Levi’s Jeans jacket connects America and Japan.
Tony Patella and Pete Searson are the founders of the Tellason denim brand. They have been friends since 1990. Their love for durable goods, their respect for where they came from and who made them is the basis in their Tellason brand. They are 100% committed to the city of San Francisco and will make their jeans and only there, forever as they say. San Francisco is the home of the blue jean culture, so they don’t see why they have to change their production to somewhere else to save a couple of dollars. Perfect example of slow fashion instead of mass production. Only the best is good enough for the Tellason guys. Watch below the story of Tellason. Enjoy!
Last week Danish menswear brand, Jack & Jones, opened their doors of their new denim store; the JEANS INTELLIGENCE STUDIO. This is the second JEANS INTELLIGENCE STUDIO which is located in Tilburg -NL. The Jeans Intelligence collection is the backbone of the Jack & Jones brand. With the JEANS INTELLIGENCE STUDIO they want to give the customers a full denim experience. The store has a wide selection of jeans. The denim wall is loaded with 24 different styles, different washes and different fits.
Next to their JEANS INTELLIGENCE STUDIO core collection they carry a very special Limited Edition jeans made in 250 pieces only worldwide. This jeans is based on a worn-out selvage dry denim. Every jeans comes with a certificate of origin and is numbered. Also the Jack & Jones footwear collection and accessories are available to make your denim outfit complete. Next to that you can also find the top notch Royal Denim Division (R.D.D.) collection in the store.
During the JEANS INTELLIGENCE STUDIO opening they served some fresh made food, cold drinks in a really cool and outstanding way in front of the store. Next to that there was the opportunity to customize your jacket with a laser machine. To make the evening complete there was some fine live music. This made it a totally denim experinece what was very special.
The JEANS INTELLIGENCE STUDIO is a true denim store for the real dedicated denimheads. Go check it out for yourself!
Check the after movie from the JEANS INTELLIGENCE STUDIO in Tilburg – NL
Adress: JACK & JONES: JEANS INTELLIGENCE STUDIO – Heuvelstraat 78 – Tilburg – The Netherlands.
The One Piece of Rock brand relies on support from the skilled craftsmen of Japan’s denim mecca in Kojima, Okayama. They create authentic denim styles based on the U.S. influences. The spirit of American good ol’ days renewed with a contemporary eye. The One Piece of Rock brand was started by Yoshiaki Konaka which has a preference for vintage denim workwear.
Today I want to highlight 2 classic One Piece of Rock items which are inspired by World War 2 pieces: Denim Jacket and a pair of Jeans.
The One Piece of Rock denim jacket, much like denim pants of this period, had a simplified design due to the wartime production restriction. The number of buttons was reduced from five down to four and the pocket flap was removed. This model was made during the war for use among the general U.S. population. The same story is behind the One Piece of Rock jeans, also called “WWII Model”, which is a simplified piece reflecting the wartime production restrictions. Both styles are very popular among denimheads. Check both items here below. And see also the film to see and learn more about One Piece of Rock.
Denim Jacket: S406XXX M-WW2 San Francisco
Jeans: S409XXX M-WW2 San Francisco
The Indigofera brand from Stockholm – Sweden was started back in 2007 by Mats Andersson. Indigofera is making high-end quality clothes for men with an eye on details. The core is jeans, but also their tops are really great. Next to their clothes also the blankets are really worth for checking out. I want to highlight 4 of my favo denim pieces from the Indigofera collection: Logan Vest, Fargo Shirt, Grant Denim Jacket and the Kurt Jacket. Here you go!
Indigofera Logan Vest, Broken Twill
* 100% Cotton Fabric. (Milled in Japan) 13,6 oz.
* Two Front Pockets. One Inside Pocket.
* Indigofera Snap Buttons.
* Made in Portugal.
Indigofera Fargo Shirt, Shrink To Fit
* No 2 Fabric. 16 oz Japanese Selvage Denim. 100% Cotton.
* Brass Buttons.
* Lined pocket flaps and yoke.
* Made in Portugal.
Indigofera Grant Denim Jacket, Shrink to Fit
* Indigofera No 2 Fabric. 16 oz Japanese Selvage Denim. 100% Cotton.
* Unwashed, STPF, Shrink To Prima Fit.
* 1 Chest Pocket, 1 Inside Pocket.
* Made in Portugal.
Indigofera Kurt Jacket, Denim
* 100% Cotton selvage denim. 13,5 oz. Unwashed.
* 2 chest pockets, 2 at the bottom and 2 inside pockets.
* 1920s – 30s style.
* Chin strap.
* Made in Portugal.
This vintage Levi’s Jeans kids jacket is another treasure from my personal denim archive. It’s a 70805 jacket, also known as the Type 3 jacket. The jacket is made in the ’60′s and is a so called Big E jacket. The Red Tab is cut-off but the back of the number is stamped with digit #527 (look closely to see the whole number) which refers to the Big E period. Red Tab Big E items were produced until 1971. The jacket is single stitched what you can see on the bottom at the closure. All indicators that this is a true original vintage piece. The size of this Levi’s Jeans jacket is Size 8, a small kids jacket. The jacket is made in the U.S.A.
This Levi’s Jeans jacket belonged probably to a kid with the name Chris as you can see on the chest patch. The patches of the jacket shows that his parents were really into bikes. The whole jacket is patched with original patches from the ’60′s and ’70′s. This was the period people would love to patch their denim jackets to express themselves. This Chris kid was definitely one of the coolest kids on school with this jacket. No doubt about that! Check below this cool Levi’s ‘Wild Thing’ Jeans jacket.
Evisu Jeans team-up with Zippo to create the best lighter ever seen. They made a special denim lighter edition which is made in U.S.A. The Zippo lighter is wrapped into denim fabric with a printed seagull on the pocket. Check also the seagull stitching on the back, really cool! You can put this one on your X-Mas wishlist! The Evisu Jeans X Zippo lighter is available here and at the Evisu Jeans stores.
This Thursday the new JEANS INTELLIGENCE STUDIO will open their doors in Tilburg – NL. This will be the 2nd JEANS INTELLIGENCE STUDIO worldwide. To celebrate the store opening they will organise something very special. From the 8th till the 11th of December you have the opportunity to customize your new denim product with a special denimlaser and badge press machine. You can create your own limited edition!
And there is more! The first 20 clients everyday who buys for € 150,- or more during the openingsdays will get a free trucker jacket! So, come over and check out the new JEANS INTELLIGENCE STUDIO in Tilburg and be prepared for a special denim experience.
Adress: JACK & JONES: JEANS INTELLIGENCE STUDIO – Heuvelstraat 78 – Tilburg – The Netherlands.
See you there!