Waistcoats plays a key role in every collection from Blue de Gênes. Every waistcoat has an authentic look and comes with a special Italian lining made especially for Blue de Gênes. From the SS16 collection they created the Monta Rugged and Pieve Rapello waistcoats. Both waistcoats are high-quality made with a lot of authentic details.
A waistcoat is a perfect item to wear during Spring or Summer. You can wear with a simple t-shirt or (denim) shirt.
The Blue de GênesMonta Rugged and Pieve Rapello waistcoats have special shaped pockets and branded real leather straps in the neck. The buttons are inspired by vintage military buttons, made of buffalo horn. It has the characteristic adjustable buckle on the back to make it all complete. The Blue de Gênes waistcoats are available in sizes 46-56.
Monta Rugged Waistcoat
Pieve Rapello Waistcoat
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Lebl Denim Atelier is an Amsterdam based denim studio founded by Leon Blok. Leon is making tailored made and personalised denim garments. If you can’t find your favo denim style, he’s your man! For his creations he is only using the best suppliers from America and Japan that have a long history in manufacturing high-quality denim fabrics.
How does it work to get your favo Lebl pair of jeans or jacket? Here are the steps to your ultimate piece of denim:
Step 1) We sit down and have a chat about your style, your personality, what you do. We also discuss any ideas you might have about your new favorite jeans.
Step 2) We take your body measurements and go into the subjects of fit, choice of fabric and stitch detailing. Lebl serves as your sounding board and will give advice, but you are the one making decisions.
Step 3) Then we part ways and Lebl draws up a pattern and design, and carefully construct your sample.
Step 4) We meet again for a sample fit. This is where you test and try the functional design before it’ll be made out of your selected fabric. We make the necessary alterations to the pattern, rejig pockets, fine-tune all details and adjust things where needed. Next time you see your garment, it’ll be for real.
Step 5) The day has come to try on the final product. When you slip into it for the first time, the raw fabric might feel weird to you. But trust us: after a week or two you might not want to take it off again and it feels like a natural match. Not love at first wear? We’ll adjust it for as long as it takes to feel perfect to you.
Below some examples of high quality, special handmade Lebl Denim garments.
Denham Jeans opened their first store in the city centre of Utrecht – NL on the Choorstraat 2. The 80sqm shop is created within the richly sculpted 1897 corner building originally designed by famous Dutch architect P.J. Houtzagers. The new store focuses on Denham’s premium 5-pocket denim line for men as well as seasonal menswear offer in shirting, jersey, knits, tailored styles and outerwear.
The design concept of this store contains authentic vintage elements including a rescued and reconditioned farmhouse floor, 60’s era industrial French tannery-trollies, reclaimed 1950’s Utrecht street lamps, and repurposed brass tailor’s scissors are set off by fresh white walls, modern lighting and bold photography. The spirit of storytelling and a celebration of natural patina continues through to the bespoke service desk which has been carefully clad with over 200 individual brightly colored antique American measuring sticks. The store looks really fresh, congrats to Jason Denham and crew with this new adventure! Check below the new Denham store.
Fat-Boy Clothing (FBC) from France are having next to their high-end made quality denim items also some fresh Spring Summer tees in their collection. Great authentic inspired workwear prints, printed on water base to get the best results, on quality t-shirts. Here are some of my favo’s, but check their site for the whole collection.
Ondura is an one man army brand founded by Leens Jan Ondra in 2013. Ondura is based in Bünde Westfalen, a small town in Germany. Leens is born and raised in a small village, inspired by D.I.Y, punk music and subculture. Leens lived in a 6 m2 old army truck for nearly ten years. Due to this lifestyle, he became minimalist; less is more and quality will endure. After working as a carpenter he studied fashion design at the fine art school Berlin Weißensee where he graduated with distinction. After working unsatisfied for several years in the fashion industry as a designer, it was time to built his own brand with his passion for durable goods, so Ondura was born. Leens is using only the best of the best leather with Ondura, natural vegetable tanned which age very nice with use. Check below a selection of his high-end handmade products made by a true craftsman. Keep up the good work Leens!
In the denim industry you see a lot of very special jeans nowadays, different weights of fabric, methods of making, production wise, special selvage colours, etc. But sometimes you see a really special one, like this jeans from Nobrandedon. Nobrandedon is a denim brand founded in 2011 by Aryan Pandam Raafi from Indonesia. Aryan created this special and limited edition Nobrandedon THW501XX Jeans.
The jeans is completely made by hand. The total time to produce one pair of jeans is 36 hours. The jeans is made from heavy weight 18/19oz selvage broken twill fabric. The fabric has a double redline selvage which referes to the Indonesia flag. The threads of the jeans are handspun, coloured by hand with natural indigo and the fabric is woven by hand by Lumintu. The slubby fabric shows some amazing different colours of blue shades. Lumintu is specialized in handwoven selvage fabrics. Their fabrics are an one of a kind. Their handwoven fabrics need 4 times of energy and time to weave strong and stiff fabrics. They can create only 1.5 meter each day. The fit of the jeans is inspired by the Levi’s 501 fit from 1947. The backpockets are strenght with hidden rivets. The patch is made with several different denim fabrics, colour and weight, and stitched with the Japanese sashiko method.
This pair of Nobrandedon is a true musthave for every denimhead. Unfortunately this pair is already sold out, but they planned to do a new handwoven jeans this upcoming Fall Winter ’16. I’m really happy to have this one in my private collection! Looking forward to see their new edition. Check this very special Nobrandedon jeans here below. Thanks Aryan for this pair and keep up the good work! Keep in touch!
Every jeans is packed in a heavy weight cotton totebag
The Nobrandedon Handmade THW501XX Selvage Jeans
Authentic pocketflasher with all the special details
This weekend Japanese denim brand Japan Blue opended their store in Paris – France. The store looks amazing with Japanese details in the interior. It looks that they made a perfect mix of a gallery look and feel on the first floor and in the basement a true denim heaven. With the store they introduce Japan culture and indigo craftsmanship. Congrats Katsu Manabe and Japan Blue crew!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.