For the upcoming Fall Winter 2015 collection Indigo People keeps exploring the traditional weaving and indigo dyeing techniques. Each product is an ultimate mixture of authentic texture, rich indigo color and authentic design that is handcrafted by passionate artisan following a long tradition and labor intensive process. Indigo People’s mission is to create unique products for indigo lovers and helping the artisanal weavers to maintain their endangered traditions. The new collection looks beautiful as always! Looking forward to see them real live on the two tradeshows, Selvedge Run – Berlin and Modefabriek Blueprint – Amsterdam. See you there!
The Dawson Jeans are all made in their own workshop in Brighton using vintage sewing machines from the 1950′s. Inspired by early 20th Century overalls. This DD03 White Selvage jeans is available with cinch back and suspender buttons or belt loops.
Some of the great details of this classic pair of indigo waist overalls are; 13 oz indigo dyed white selvedge, a copy of a pre 1930’s quality – Woven on Japanese Imamura looms developed in the 1920’s - Natural Japanese herring bone pocket bags, all pockets are fully lined. – Natural undyed leather patch, branded by hand. - Numbered product, signed by our maker. All in all a great pair in true authentic gold miners style.
One my latest denim treasures is this vintage denim Powrhouse jacket from the late ’50′s or begin of the ’60′s. The jacket was sold exclusively sold through the Montgomery Ward retail chain in the U.S.A. Montgomery Ward is a department store retailer, which operated between 1872 and 2000. The jacket had original sleeves but they are cut off by their previous owner. The model of the jacket is inspired by the 507XX – Type 2 – jacket from Levi’s Jeans which came out in 1953. In those times you saw a lot of workwear brands with references to the leader in the market, Levi’s. The Powr House jacket is made with a non-selvage right hand fabric and has the 101 buttons. It has a great vintage washed out look. Check it out here below.
Interesting interview with one of the denim legends Francois Girbaud and founder of the Kingpins denim fabric fair Andrew Olah. In the interview Francois is talking about jeans, indigo, the production but the most important is his vision on future production, new methods of making vintage washings, save water and use more new techniques like laser and ozon. Check it out it’s really interesting and the future. The future of denim will be more sustainable. Enjoy!
This Wrangler ‘Blue Bell’ 11MW (Men’s Western) is in my private collection for a while. It’s an unused jeans with all the original tags like the legendary comic book. This jean is inspired by the rodeo clown pants from the ’50′s. The repro model is the 11MW which was originally introduced in 1947 when Blue Bell changed their company name into Wrangler. The original pair had the arcuate stitch (like Levi’s Jeans) but in 1948 they changed it into the now famous ‘W’ stitch. This repro pair has the great embroidered back with the advertising Jeans, Shirts and Jackets words. It’s made of a 12oz left hand fabric with non-selvage. Even these repro’s are hard to find as Wrangler stopped producing this authentic line a few years ago. Check the jean here below.
The new Fall Winter ’15 campaign from Denham Jeans is beautiful. Kind of a blue indigo homage. It’s a collaboration with photographer Marc Haers. The new Denham campaign celebrates the journey taken from pure, unwashed “virgin” jeans to their most beautifully broken-in and naturalistic wear patterns, washed and finished in Italy. Check it out here below and check also the making of video.
One of the latest and the most innovative collaborations in the denim industry is this one with Levi’s Jeans and Google. They are developing a new denim fabric with smart technology woven into the fabric. With this fabric you can control your phone. This is a really innovatory project! Welcome to Project Jacquard.
Fred Hurkmans went to Greece a couple of weeks ago and this was the perfect time to give his 10 months old Nudie Jeans Grim Tim a natural sea rinse. Always great to see this authentic way of rinse treatment. The ocean is one of the best places to make your denim fresh and clean. Nice Fred! Check out his worn-out project!
- Owner: Fred Hurkmans from Eindhoven, Holland. Salesman at Rambam denim store Eindhoven, www.rambam.nl
- Brand: Nudie Jeans, fit Grim Tim Orange Selvage
- Age: 10 months
- Treatment: Natural sea wash
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Yesterday I already posted the innovative collaboration from the Italian denim mill Candiani, Jean School Amsterdam and Amsterdam Fashion Institute (Amfi) during the second edition of Amsterdam Denim Days – Blueprint last April. They could only made 30 -personally handmade- jeans during the event and I was one of the lucky ones.
You could choose between three different denim fabrics, from light weight to heavy. I picked the heavy one, 14oz right hand dark blue with red line selvage. The next step was picking you favo colour thread, which for me was a combination from blue and red as a reference to Holland and the Amsterdam red light district. Step three was about the right shape of your backpocket. The backpockets are lined with canvas which has an all-over print with the logo’s; Candiani, Jean School and Amfi. They also used the printed canvas for the inner pockets. For step 4, the buttons, I made a kind of a small tribute to one of my favourite Levi’s 501 fits, the 1944 model which has unbranded different buttons as all major manufacturers in World War 2 has to skip unnecessary parts to save them. The four different buttons in my handmade pair is a kind of homage to that period. The top button is the one from the Amsterdam based Jean School, as I am very proud of this first jeans education! For the rivets I picked rusty brown ones to give the jean an authentic look. And to make the jean totally complete I had to go for the indigo leather patch of course! The block from the jeans is a classic one and I made the leggs a little bit more tapered, about a 19 cm hem. The hem is also chainstiched with red thread inside.
All in all this special handmade jeans is one of the only thirty 100% made in Amsterdam jeans. This is something very special and unique! Very proud to have these in my private collection. Many thanks again for this great opportunity and for the high quality handmade personal jeans. You guys did a perfect job together. Again a big bravo! Check my jeans here below. There are more nice details included, for example, a sixth coin/watch pocket made of selvage quality, which I didn’t mentioned here above, but check it out for yourself.
Got my hands on this really nice and heavy worn original vintage Lee Jeans 101-J (Jacket) from the ’50′s. It’s the popular Rider jacket which was introduced in 1931. It was a slim denim jacket made for cowboys. The Rider jacket has some features for cowboys like the inward breast pockets which made it easier for them to reach inside the pocket with the opposite hand, especially when riding a horse. It also has a wider waistband for a better fit making sure the jacket didn’t fold upwards. On the back you see the famous cat-eye buttons.
My jacket has the red/yellow neck label which refers to the ’50′s. This label was made from 1955 to 1962. The start of the cool rock & roll era. It’s completely faded and worn-out. In these times they stitched clothing with cotton thread and over wearing the thread broke at several places. That’s why you see lots of old denim pieces are broken onto the sleeves and at the front and the back. Later they develop cotton thread combined with polyester which is much stronger. The jacket is a nice denim history addition in my private collection. Check the jacket here below!
This season the Italian brand Roy Roger’s comes with a collection as a tribute to the summer! The collection is an eclectic mix of floral and Hawaiian patterns. It’s a tribute to JFK style and the world of surfing, mixing both distinctive traits in a collection that speaks about refined elegance in its simplicity. Highlights of the collection are the classic Oxford button-down shirts with the contemporary flavor of the overprinting: flowers, pin-ups, american trucks and pineapples are the main characters of the SS15 men’s collection. Let’s start the summer!
The collection is also available on Roy Roger’s shop-on-line at:
Denim.Lab is founded by Sander van de Vecht from Holland. After working for several denim brands Sander decided to choose his own denim road. He’s active in the denim industry for many years and is very experienced. He put all his knowledge in Denim.Lab and develops denim collections as private label for several big chain stores in Holland and also for denim brands. His showroom / office is something really cool. It’s the ultimate surrounding for every denimhead. Filled with the most beautiful selvage qualities from all over the world. I like the industrial look combined with the clean walls. Sander is also working with Denim.Lab as a seperate denim label. Recently I got a regular tapered from his collection. The jean is made from 13.5oz right hand deadstock rigid selvage quality. Straight classic fit with some nice features like the leather patch (from Italy), the old school rivets, the fully lined inside yoke and inside pockets with chambray. Also the backpockets are lined! The coin pocket has a selvage as well. And what it makes really outstanding is that the jean is packed in a cotton bag. All in all a perfect product! Something to check it our for yourself on his website. Thanks Sander and keep up the good work!
Denim.Lab Showroom – Office
Denim.Lab Regular Tapered Jean
Received some pics from my buddy Wouter Reimert from Vif Jeans (www.vifjeans.nl) - Rijssen (NL) from a nice worn-out Homage to Lee Jeans by Evisu Jeans. Their customer Erik Meijer is wearing this beauty for a lot of years already. The jean has a really nice vintage fading pattern. Well done Erik!
- Owner: Erik Meijer from Wierden, Holland
- Brand: Evisu Jeans – Homage to Lee Jeans (Part of the Homage to Levi’s – Lee & Wrangler Jeans collection)
- Age: +/- 9 years
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Received yesterday a great package from Livd. Livd is a creative design atelier founded by Linda van Deursen en Dejan Toskic in Utrecht – NL. They create the most beautiful creations for the fashion, music and theatre business. Besides that they make handmade products like the canvas totebag which I got from them. The tote bag or shopper is made from high standard canvas and leather. Simple but timeless design. Also the packaging was something different, an envelope which was made with a sewing machine. Very original. Check some of their cool rojects on their website. Thanks for the great gift Linda and Dejan!
The Japanese boro style is popular at the moment. You see different variations in the denim collections from several brands. All inspired by the repaired and patched items from the authentic farmers and fishermens in Japan. Nudie Jeans developed a nice tee with this inspiration as well, Raw Hem T-Shirt Organic Boro Blue. This print is inspired by an antique futon cover. The patchwork print will differ slightly, making each one unique. The tee itself is made in soft, slubby jersey. Clean look with narrow neck rib in self fabric and raw edge roll up hems at sleeve and bottom. Nice one!
My buddy Sebastian Gerritsen from Kurt’s Amsterdam launched his fresh Kickstarter project this week. Sebastian started his brand a couple of years ago with beautiful handwoven scarves. After this success he added a classic workwear jacket in his collection, also handmade, handwoven and coloured with natural indigo. With his Kickstarter project he want to promote his new t-shirt range which is made from hemp and natural indigo.
Sebastian Gerritsen – Founder Kurt’s Amsterdam
The new t-shirts range is made from high quality hemp with beautiful and modern designs, that are durable and are produced locally by real craftsmen. With the combination of hemp and natural indigo the unique t-shirts are made from sustainable materials, printed with traditional techniques of silk screening or dyed in indigo.
With Kurt’s he believes that he should again follow his heart when making clothing. Something which the fashion industry of today has lost when fast fashion came to the stage. With that, a few beautiful and sustainable techniques and crafts have been forgotten. That’s what he want to change. All the t-shirts are manufactured in Porto, Portugal.
He took a deep dive into the old techniques, fibers and production processes and found the answer in hemp, natural indigo dying and silkscreen printing. Hemp is a long forgotten and truly sustainable fiber that is comfortable, strong and breathable. In their opinion it is the perfect material to make clothing. In silkscreen printing and natural indigo dying we came upon the workmanship we were looking for. At Kurt’s they share a love for natural indigo (indigofera tinctoria Linn), a central theme used in all of their products.
Check the Kickstarter project here:
Two weeks ago during the Blueprint Event in Amsterdam (part of the Amsterdam Denim Days) the second edition of the Denim Market was a fact. This time the outdoor market was located at the entrance of the event in an old school greenhouse. On the Denim Market you could spot the newest and coolest denim products; clothing, accessories, vintage, footwear, jeans, etc. The exhibitors were Concrete Matter, Butcher’s Vintage Shop (from Butcher of Blue), Pig & Hen, Kurt’s, Blue Days Footwear, DenimLab, Spijkerbrij, Deadstock Resurrection, Liza Witte, Misc, Witloft and more. The vibe was very inspiring! Looking forward to see the next edition! Check below some snapshots.
Sarva is a Swedish brand which is specialised in functional outdoor and made in Sweden jeans. Sami people are nomads, spending 365 days a year outdoors. To do that you need proper equipment that can withstand hard conditions and extreme weather. With this in mind they created Sarva – Functional outdoor. Wind and waterproof garments that keep you both warm and dry and at the same time looks good. They have been working very close with their family and relatives with these products to get everything right: details, function and durability.
In the late 70′s all Swedish factories had to close down due to cheaper competition overseas. Sarva found one small factory that has kept their machines and knowledge from the glory days of Swedish textile production. So now they can offer you jeans that is manufactured in their home country. Check here below the making of a pair of Sarva selvage jeans.
During the Blueprint event – Amsterdam Denim Days – Bob Rijnders showed his latest collection of his brand Butcher of Blue. Next to jeans Bob developed some crazy tops as well. He also did a collab with Armor Lux. Bob has one of the best denim stores in Holland, located in the pittoresque Hoogland village near Amersfoort. About two years ago Bob decided to launch his own denim. He made something unique, something special as the Butcher of Blue. One of the best details is the hook on the back pocket which become more visible after hard wearing. Of course Bob also put a lot of sweat, tears and rock & roll in his first pair ever made. The result is extremely nice! This is how every denimhead should treat his jeans. It has an amazing fading and is patched and repaired a lot of times in the two years of non-stop wearing. Well done Bob! ”In the land of the pig, the butcher is king!”.
Bob Rijnders (Best of Brands stores / Butcher of Blue)
◾Owner: Bob Rijnders (owner Butcher of Blue brand) - Holland
◾Brand: Butcher of Blue
◾Age: 2 years old
◾Treatment: One rinse and a lot of repairs
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