Harbour Town is a new concept label based in the Netherlands founded by Wing Mok. It brings forth a modern heritage look and appeals to that adventurous person who knows what they want and reflects on what they stand for. Harbour Town uses only the finest handpicked fabrics and materials. They search for the best fabrics from the East and the best leathers from the West. Since they only use deadstock fabrics and make everything by hand, every piece is unique.
Last weekend I got this great gift from Wing for my little baby girl. It’s a baby selvage denim apron. The apron is made by a deadstock rainbow right hand selvage fabric which is famous from Edwin Jeans from Japan. On the front they branded the apron with a nice piece of natural vegetable tanned leather with a handstamped logo. Both the denim fabric and the leather will age nicely over time. The apron is adjustable in the neck with a button. Many thanks Wing, it will be usefull for the little monster!
Zace American Dry Goods Denim from Ohio – U.S.A. is founded by Zace Myers. Zace and his family are farmers with a vegetable, herb and berry farm. After experimenting with 100’s of vegetable varieties over the years, they have found their niche in growing the hottest specialty peppers and herbs on the planet. During daytime they are farmers, but in the night Zace makes the most cool raw denim products. From denim aprons, bags (even Yoga bags), wallets, hats, and ofcourse jeans and overalls for men and women. The products are made from the best fabrics from the mills Cone (USA), Kurabo (Japan) and Candiani (Italy). Even his own kids Denim and Diesel (perfect names bytheway) are dressed with his own creations. The combination of raw denim fabics is prefect with their raw pure food from their own biologic farm. Check out this great Zace brand!
Zace Myers as farmer
Zace Myers cutting denim
Jan den Hartogh, founder Duke & Sons, is a true craftsman who works the most of the time with natural vegetable tanned leather. All his products are made by hand. He also develops his own coloring which gives his products a great vintage and heritage look. Besides his awesome work he’s a very cool guy. Meet Mr. Duke & Sons in the nice video here below. Keep it up Jan!
Blue Days Footwear is a pretty new Dutch footwear brand made by people who combine the love for denim and the passion for shoes. Blue Days is in design, simple, fresh, and a bit against the grain. The shoes are made from the finest denim fabrics from Italy and manufactured in Portugal. Check some of the Blue Days Footwear here below.
Made some detail shots from one of my vintage Levi’s Jeans BigE jackets from the 60′s. It’s a Trucker Type 3 jacket which has a great worn-out look, especially the collar and cuffs turned out nice. The jacket has buttons with digit 525 which refers to productions from the ’60”s. Jacket is made in U.S.A.
Levi’s Jeans has a very rich history as it comes to denim. The early models are the most interesting as they tell all a great story from that time and these items are true historical moments in the denim industry. Not all the info is 100% garuanteed as the Levi’s HQ in San Francisco was destroyed by an earthquake in 1906, their complete archive was destroyed, and so are the stories behind every detail. Below some great old examples, from 1800 till 1947, from the one and only Levi’s Jeans from the U.S.A.
Levi’s Jeans 1800 model
1890 was the year that the 501 lot number was first assigned to the iconic jean. The number “5” were considered to be of the highest quality. A description of the quality of the pants was printed on the inside of the left pocket bag as another way to set the jeans apart from other clothing companies.
Levi’s Jeans 1922 model
Belt loops were add to the 501 for the first time in 1922.
Levi’s Jeans 1933 model
Hidden under the leather patch of the 1933 501 was a tiny, white cloth label with the letters “NRA” and a blue eagle. This was the National Recovery Act label which Levi’s was allowed to use because the company abided by President Franklin Roosevelt’s NRA labor rules of the 1930s.
Levi’s Jeans 1937
The 1937 501 featured the famous Red Tab with “LEVI’S” stitched in white capital letters on the right back pocket as an identifying mark to Levi’s Jeans. The Red Tab was introduced in 1936. This particular Red Tab is now also known as the BigE tab. In 1971 Levi’s swtiched to a small e in the Red Tab. The BigE tabs are true collector items nowadays. This model also has the first hidden rivets on the back pockets to safe furnitures from scratches.
Levi’s Jeans 1944 model
Most important change was the famous arcuate stitching, it had to be removed since the threaded design was decorative and had no function. During WW2 every brand was forced by the government to save materials. Levi’s decided to print the arcuate so customers could recognize the brand in the stores. After a few washes the printed arcuates were gone. They used also standard buttons, no rivets on the coin pocket and the cinchback was removed.
Levi’s Jeans 1947
After WW2 this would become the most popular denim fit. It’s also known as the mother of all fits. The classic 5 pocket with straight legs.
My denim project for this moment is the Eat Dust Fit 73 jeans. Eat Dust is a fanatastic denim brand from Antwerp – Belgium and I am wearing this pair for 2.4 years now, every day, day in day out. The jean already got some really nice fadings and some spots are broken in and already repaired. Today my right knee just came through the denim fabric. Ít’s shows that the blue warp is broken but the white weft is still in perfect state. The beauty of denim.
Evisu Jeans Japan just released these new denim footwear styles. The shoes are classic styles combined with unwashed denim fabrics. Great to wear with your denim outfit. Looking forward to see a worn-out pair.
One of the best denim jackets ever made are the Wrangler Blue Bell Champion jackets. These jackets are also known as Promo jackets. This history about these jackets is really cool. They were made in the late ’40′s and ’50′s for the rodeo champions to promote the Wrangler brand. Rodeo events were very popular in those times. It was a clever way from Wrangler to use these heroes as living advertising boards. These rodeo jackets were specially made for them, so it wasn’t a piece in the regular collection. This also explains why these original jackets are really hard to find and very rare. True collectors items.
Wrangler Jeans also known as one of the Big 3 denim brands. The other two brands are Levi’s and Lee Jeans. The Wrangler name came from cowboys who worked with horses for their living. In 1947 Wrangler changed their name from Blue Bell into Wrangler for their cowboy oriented line.
The Champion jackets are special items, even the re-productions are not very easy to find anymore. Since a couple of years Wrangler unfortunately stopped producing this special premium Blue Bell line. My Wrangler Blue Bell 11MJ Champion jacket is a replica from 1956. This is the first jacket produced by Wrangler in 1948. It has a button front until 1950, when the buttons were replaced by a zip front.
The jacket featured vents on the back of the shoulders seams that were held in place by elastic strips on the side. It was tailored to give a tighter fit and still allow free movement.
The jacket is made of left hand golden selvage fabric.
And it has the famous Wrangler Jeans, Shirts and Jackets advertsing embroidery on the back.
The guys from The Stronghold Society developed some new members in their collection: Mr. Jesse James, Mr. Sam Bass, Mr. Robert LeRoy Parker and Mr. Frank James. Besides the really cool names their product is also very nice. It’s something new and different and a perfect match for your denim shirts. Meet the new members.
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The latest fit of the Amsterdam – NL based brand Benzak Denim Developers (BDD) by Lennaert Nijgh is the 006 Dark Tone. The BDD-006 is a slim fit with a modern mid rise, a snug thigh and slim legs. The dark tone denim is made from a right hand twill, slubby 14 oz., made by Collect from Okayama, Japan. Both warp and weft are indigo dyed, which creates the super dark indigo colour and will allow very interesting fading. The jean is created in Holland and crafted in Japan. The specifics of the jean are;
*slim fit / slim legs. *14 oz. Japanese selvage denim *right hand twill / dark tone. *unwashed – sanforized. *heavy chambray pocketing. *hidden 6th pocket. *fully lined backpockets. *hidden rivets. *embossed natural tan leather patch. Check the jean here below. Looking forward to see this jean aged. Think the fabric will be beautiful over time. Great work Lennaert!
BDD-006 Dark Tone fit
BBD-006 Dark Tone details
This movie shows you how a 3 years old worn-out Iron Heart 21oz denim will get his rebirth. Always great to see how a pair of denim get his second life. A jeans will get more beautiful over time, so wear it day in day out!
Lucky there are still people who are making something special and unique instead of mass production. Yesterday I came across another small denim brand from Lansing, Michigan (USA). Ray’s Raw Denim is a one man brand. They make world-class jeans by hand and believe that style is better than fashion. The garments they build are designed for hard wear and intended to make you stand just a bit taller and have a spring of confident comfort in your step. Seriously. These are the sort of jeans that will be like your favorite go-to sweatshirt or your lucky ball cap. And they’ll last you for years to come.
Mohsin Sajid from Endrime Denim – UK made a few months ago something which is the top of the top. A 100% full hand stitched denim. Every single detail is added by hand. It’s made from heavy denim fabric, 18oz Amhot selvage. No sewing machine was used to make this pair. It took 5 sewing days to complete one pair. This is something really uncommon and special. Great idea Mohsin! Check below the handmade Endrime jean.
Pics source: Rawr Denim
Yesterday I received this early X-Mas present from my friends from Indigo People. Indigo People was born out of love for traditional craftsmanship and the beauty of natural indigo. The brand is a homage to the artisans who keep up their heritage and to people with a great affection for authentic handicrafts. All their products are woven by hand and coloured with natural indigo. I got the Tsuru model which is width: 45cm / length: 180cm. I really like the intensive blue colour and the weaving structure of the scarf. The colour will age very nice over time. Many thanks guys and all the best for you too in 2015 with Indigo People! See you soon.