Last month Denim Boulevard organised a new edition in Milan. This was the place to be for every denimhead. Kassim Denim teamed-up with Sperry Footwear to make a special limited edition. They dyed Sperry shoes in natural indigo to create this exclusive. The result is amazing, all different kind of blue shades. Check it out!
Dutch lifestyle denim brand Chasin’ launched last week during the Pitti Uomo tradeshow their latest collaboration: Royal Attitude. With this collab Chasin’ recycled uniforms from the Royal Netherlands Navy. The project was conceived together with James Veenhoff, founder of House of Denim Amsterdam.
Royal Attitude will be a seasonal part of the Chasin’ collection as of now. 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. Collection in stores from January 2017.
Congrats guys with the launch of this great and creative idea. Jeans and Navy are a perfect match!
Chasin’ X Royal Attitude
Jan Peters (Founder Chasin’) with James Veenhoff
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:
Last week the new co-owner from G-Star Pharrell Williams invited a group of friends to visit the ‘RAW Factory’ at G-Star’s Amsterdam HQ. Celebrating his co-ownership with the denim brand, Pharrell was giving his guests an all-access peek into his new denim playground.
My friends from the very respected denim platform ‘Heddels’ started something new. They launched the first product with their CO-OP series. The CO-OP series are collaborations with brands they admire to create limited runs of specialized products exclusively for ‘Heddels’ readers. The first CO-OP product is made with ‘Winter Sessions‘ are they developed a ‘Natural Indigo Bank Bag’. The collab bag is inspired by the bank bags which were the standard for almost all retail businesses to move their cash and checks from the store to the bank. The goal wasn’t to keep people from running off with the money, but just make sure it wasn’t tampered with and kept everyone honest. The ‘Heddels X Winter Sessions’ bank bag is produced with carry goods brand ‘Winter Session‘ and made entirely at their in-house workshop in Denver, Colorado. Their design is based off of vintage bank deposit bags from the 1950′s and 60′s, which featured a locking zipper. They replaced the lock with a snap leather stash pocket that secures the zipper in place.
The bank bag materials which are used include:
- · Cone Mills Natural Plant Indigo 16oz. selvedge denim
- · Hermann Oak veg-tanned 4oz. cowhide leather
- · Vintage mid-century cotton-taped Talon Zippers
- · Also included is a laser-cut and engraved commemorative wooden nickel
The Bank Bag will be available for sale on the Heddels Shop here: http://shop.heddels.com at 12pm noon EST on Monday, March 7.
Congrats guys with this new CO-OP milestone! Looking forward to see the next collab already, but I know it would be an one of a kind as well. Keep up the good work!
The video below is made for the Endrime X Denim Boulevard collaboration jacket. Mohsin Sajid (founder of the Endrime brand) dyed an ecru jacket into a bath of natural indigo in his atelier in London -UK. In the video you can see the magical process of indigo, the colour will change from green into blue when the jacket comes out of the indigo bath and comes in contact with oxygen. The more dips you do, the more dark blue the item gets. Always great to see Mohsin doing those crafted skills by himself. Keep on going Mohsin!
Indigo People teamed-up again with Denham Jeans after their first successful collaboration. For the Spring 2016 collection, there are again two scarves that embody the spirits of both brands to show their love for indigo and authentic craftsmanship. Both scarves are created following the traditional Ikat technique, which is a resist dyeing process by binding the designed pattern on the weaving yarns with a tight wrap. After repeatedly dipped the bound yarns in natural indigo to reach the dark blue colour, the bindings are then removed to create the pattern directly on the handloom. Because the design is created in the yarns the pattern is visible at both sides of the fabric.
The Toru scarf has a simple yet contemporary plaid design that is formed by the irregular Ikat yarns in both the warp and the weft direction of the scarf. The rain effect of these ikat yarns gives an apparent blurriness to the plaid.
The Hajime scarf’s graphic design is inspired by Denham’s logo. The scissors have been abstracted and bound on the weft yarns. This weft Ikat technique is much slower to weave because the weft yarns must be carefully adjusted to maintain the clarity of the design. A misplaced yarn will destroy the entire pattern. It’s a highly labor-intensive process to create the scissor pattern of this scarf.
Both scarves will be available in the official Denham stores. Congrats guys with this second collab, it looks stunning as always!
Last year Marc Nelson Denim team-up with Smooth Ambler to create a whiskey stained denim. Perfect combination. Never saw a denim tanned whiskey pair of jeans before. Really curious how this pair will smell. Enjoy the making of in the video here below.
This upcoming weekend the Miscellaneous store in Amsterdam is organising something special, the first Traveler’s Company Caravan in Europe. During the Traveler’s Factory pop up, the creative team behind Traveler’s notebook & company will be at their shop to meet you. Amsterdam is the first stop of the Traveler’s Company Caravan, and they are bringing the Spiral Ring Notebook event. During the event you can choose from 25+ Japanese Papers and Mr. Ishii from Tokyo will spiral it in front of you! Create your own notebook during this retail event. Pure Japanese craftsmanship. Next stop is Ace Hotel in London and afterwards Berlin. Check it out for yourself when you’re in their neighborhood!
More info about the event here:
Indigo People and Denham Jeans teamed up with a nice scarf collab. After a short informal meeting between Indigo People and Jason Denham of Denham The Jeanmaker during a trade show they decided to create something together to share their same indigo passion. Indigo People’s love for indigo and authentic craftsmanship and Denham’s worship for tradition and contemporary design refinement complete each other’s signature and form the fundament for these special edition scarves. The scarves are made from raw hand spun cotton yarns that are manually dyed in natural indigo, which creates an imperfect beauty that fits in an authentic jeans attitude. Blending the traditional open weave and ikat weaving technique with a refined modern look, the two timeless scarves embody both brands’ spirits. The scarves will be available for the true indigo lovers in the official Denham stores and Denham’s dealers.
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.
One of the highlights last April during the second edition of the Amsterdam Denim Days – Blueprint event was the collaboration between the Italian Candiani denim mill, Jean School / House of Denim and fashion institute Amfi. They collaborated to make live the best pair of jeans you’ve ever seen! The first 100% made in Amsterdam selvage jeans. Something for the denim history books.
The fabric was made live on an old Picanol shuttle loom from the ’50′s. The sound of the loom was magical! The Italian Candiani mill (started in 1938) is the only mill in Europe which still weaves on a day to day basis with these small, machine looms, which drove the first denim boom in the Western world. The result in a unique denim quality.
During the event these three partners could only create 30 of these exclusive custom jeans. So only for a few lucky bastards. Candiani made the denim fabric live and the students from Jean School and Amfi created the personal made jeans on the spot. You could choose your own fit, fabric and weight, buttons, rivets, pockets, patch, colour of thread, etc. This was heaven for every denimhead. I was honoured to be one of those lucky selected people.
The Picanol shuttle loom from the ’50′s.
The pop-up atelier were they made live on the spot your personal handmade jeans.
Tomorrow I will show you my personal handmade jeans which is 100% made in Amsterdam. So cool and proud to have one in my private collection. Big bravo for this great initiative! Keep up the good work guys!
Watch out for part 2. To be continued…
Japan meets Italy in this sneaker collaboration. Edwin Jeans teamed-up with Superga footwear for this Spring Summer ’15. Superga started 100 years ago in Turan producing shoes with vulcanised rubber soles and the Classic Superga 2750 Heritage style was born. For this collab they produced a tonal version of their iconic canvas tennis shoe. Crafted from a fully breathable cotton, the simple canvas silhouette has been stripped back, in-keeping with the ancient Japanese ‘Shibui’ aesthetic of appearing simple but including subtle details.
White sneakers are the best to wear with an unwashed denim so the indigo from the jean can bleed onto the white canvas. One of my personal favorites. Perfect collab with one of the oldest Japanese denim brands. The sneakers are available in Edwin stores located in Paris, Berlin and London.
Bob Rijnders from the famous Dutch denim store Best Of Brands – BOB located in Hoogland (NL) is launching his new denim collection during the Amsterdam Denim Days this week. He will show for the first time his brand new collection at the Blueprint event. One of the specials from the collection is the hook up with authentic label Armor Lux. The Armor Lux brand is started in 1938 in Quimper, France, and is known for their originality of its maritime inspired garments and excellent quality. All their collections are inspired by French tradition and the values conveyed by the sea.
The collab version of the hero piece the Sweat Bouclette Heritage Sweatshirt made of 100% pure cotton and napped on the inside will have the brands logo’s both being a hook and anchor imprinted on the shirt. In total there will be only 250 limited edition unisex shirts available with the retail price of € 89,95. The first 50 will be sold at the Blueprint and the rest will be sold via the Butcher of Blue store in Hoogland and via the webshop: www.butcherofblue.com/shop/ as of end of April 2015.
Next to items as shirts, sweats and t-shirts in the new collection, Bob will also launch two 100% Italian made iconic selvedge denims with the support of the well-known denim mill Candiani. Looking forward to see it by myself this week. Below a sneak peak from the collab with Armor Lux. Congrats Bob!
Something really exciting is going to happen this week on the 2nd edition of Amsterdam Denim Days at Blueprint. Italy’s premium denim mill, Candiani, and the industry’s finest apprentices unite: students of AMFI and the Jean School / House of Denim. They will co-create 30 exclusive custom jeans with Candiani Denim. Candiani Denim’s loom weaves the fabric live, right then and there, and the students will be creating your customised jeans on the spot. This “loom state” journey that starts and ends with jeans created in the heart of the contemporary denim capital of the world. It results in one of the most exclusive denims possible.
Candiani Denim will install a 1950s’ Picanol loom and a Denim Atelier to take denim lovers on a journey from thread to finished product. Candiani is the only mill in Europe which still weaves on a day to day basis with these small, machine looms, which drove the first denim boom in the Western world. They result in a unique denim quality.
As they can only make 30 pairs during the 2 days of the event, you have to be selected to buy one of these 100% Made in Amsterdam pair of selvage jeans. The lucky ones can select the denim weight, styling and trimming details. You will have to pay a symbolic donation. The donations will be used to fund a Denim Archive in the new to open Denim City / home of House of Denim at de Hallen.
Looking forward to see this authentic loom creating the first Amsterdam pair of jeans. See you this week at the Amsterdam Denim Days: Zuiveringshal, Westergasfabriek.
Eat Dust made a collaboration with Stance socks and the official launch was this weekend at Kings & Queens store in Antwerp – BE. The collab came out really nice. They organised an event to celebrate this special partnership. As always they did it in style; beer, music and good people! Check the pics of the event here below and also the great video! Congrats guys!
Nudie Jeans teamed up with Oi Polloi – British retailer to do a special collaboration with their Grim Tim style. The inspiration of this exclusive collab were the neon lights on the wet streets which give a special rainbow effect. They translated this effect on the back pocket stitching and the rainbow selvage which turned-out really special. The jean is made in Italy and the fabric is Japanese 14oz ring-spun denim. All the jeans are numbered and will come in a special box with the leather belt as closure. This Nudie Jeans x Oi Polloi Grim Tim Dry Rainbow was launched on February 26 and is made in 1.000 pairs.
My buddies Rob Harmsen en Keith Hioco from Eat Dust about their collaboration with Stance. In the interview you can see and hear how they created this collab and give you more insight in the process. This upcoming Sunday they will launch the socks at Antwerp based store Kings and Queens in Belgium. If you’re in the neighbourhood, check it out for yourself!
One of the first collabs which I made was with authentic leather brand Obbi Good Label. We made a keyfob and a small wallet in three different 3 colourways. Made of Horween leather which will age very nice within time. They are all sold out but I still have one black wallet and one black keyfob in stock. You can now purchase both for a special price. Be quick as they aren’t coming back again. Check them in my webshop.
Check the products here: www.long-john.nl/webshop
Amsterdam based denim store Tenue de Nîmes visited the legendary Trickers store in London last October to create a series of Trickers x Tenue de Nîmes shoes. Trickers established in 1829 is a classic UK footwear brand. The first collab shoe is a 21st century blue version of the Trickers Burton country shoe. The lining of this heavy brogue Derby is made of blue leather and the shoe is soled with brown Dainite rubber. The Burton is characterised by the bellows tongue, storm welt and leather uppers and linings. The exclusive Tenue de Nîmes x Trickers collaborations are hand-made in England and come with an additional pair of laces as well as leather conditioner to take good care of your shoes. Every pair is signed with a golden Trickers x Tenue de Nîmes logo. Meet the first of the series, the indigo blue ones.