The Denim Run is coming again. This time, as part 3, they will organise the run in two Dutch cities; Amsterdam and Eindhoven. Great to see how they are growing and expanding their event were they show their love for bicycles and denim. Well done to the organisation: Wing Mok & Emiel Gerardu. See u there!
Check the video from their 1st edition
Last July the New York edition of the denim fabric fair Kingpins took place. Denim expert Amy Leverton from Denim Dudes (www.denimdudes.co) highlights the latest, new and upcoming trends in the denim industry. In the video she shows the best of the best from Cone Denim, Candiani Denim, Berto and Calik Denim. Check it out as the video is a great overview of what we can expect for Fall Winter 2016. Well done Amy!
Last June the ‘Denim Boulevard’ event was held in Milan – Italy. I already posted a short teaser video of this, but now their full impression video is online. If you missed it, check it out now! Big up to the organisation!
Lennaert Nijgh, founder of the Benzak Denim Developers (BDD) brand made a great video about his trip to Berlin to join the first edition of the new Selvedge Run (www.selvedgerun.com) trade show this July. The video is a kind of road movie which gives you a perfect insight into the Berlin vibe and of course the trade show. A lot of famous people from the (denim) industry are included. Well done guys! Check it out for yourself. Oh, and don’t forget to check out the brand from Lennaert, it’s loaded with amazing indigo treasures!
Last month during the 3rd edition of the Denim Boulevard event in Milan – Italy the second issue of the My Archive book range was launched. The My Archive II book is the follow-up from the first book by Antonio di Battista and gives you an insight in his extremely huge and rare denim and workwear collection. Antonio is a denim expert, designer and collector from Italy.
His second book gives you some highlights from his workwear collection. The book is filled with treasures which he found during his trips to the U.S., Japan and all over the world. The items are unbelievable cool. One of the best things of the book is that is gives you an insight into a lot of unknown brands. Brands which aren’t so common or never seen before. The book kick-off is an amazing pair of waist overalls from 1890, made by Sweet Orr. This is also the oldest pair in this book. Let the pics speaks for themselves and check out the historical items. Many thanks for the copy! Looking forward to see My Archive #3!
Check also the denim brand from Antonio, Blue Blanket Jeans: www.blueblanketjeans.com
If you missed My Archive I, check it here;
Last June the third edition of Denim Boulevard was a fact in Milan – Italy. An event for real denim lovers and indigo like minded people. The organisation did again an amazing job with the organisation of something different and something unique. This is what we need in these times of mass consuming. The program was of course all about denim, but one of the highlights was the new book launch from denim expert and collector Antonio di Battista. He made his second book, My Archive II. This new edition gives you again an insight in the rare and large collection from Antonio with the focus on vintage workwear styles. Really impressive! Tomorrow I will show you more about this in the next post.
As every event needs some good promo material Denim Boulevard teamed-up with Davidi Biondi to realize this. Davide Biondi (http://davidebiondi.tumblr.com) is a very talented graphic designer from Italy which makes extremely cool stuff. For this DB edition he made an old school denim window banner. The banner is made from selvage quality woven by the Italian Candiani mill. The result is amazing! Check it out here below! Thanks for sending one guys!
Tomorrow Part 2: My Archive II book by Antonio di Battista
Upcoming weekend I will organise a new edition of the ‘Blueprint Denim Tour’. After two successful editions it’s now time for #3. The idea behind the tour is to show retailers the latest trends and collections from the denim exhibitors. Besides that it’s cool to meet the people behind the brands and of course other retailers so you can share your latest store experiences with each other. Looking forward to see you all during the tour.
If you want to join this summer edition, send me an email to: email@example.com
Yesterday was a very special day for the Jean School in Amsterdam and in particular for some of their students. The first graduates of the first Jean School in the world received their denim diploma. This is a big milestone for this great education! I had the privilege to give one of the first lectures during the official kick-off day three years ago when this new initiative were launched. Time flies, three years later the first students finished the first blue school. The school of cool! Many congrats to Donna van Langen, Omar van Engel, Niels Mulder, Michael Bles, Julie van Luit, Soufyan Benrhziyel and Daniel Reginald Woesthoff! Wish you all the best in the denim industry and looking forward to see your denim creations in the stores! Cheers.
This upcoming weekend the next edition of Denim Boulevard will be organised in Milan – Italy. The authentic event is three days long (June 20 – 21 – 22) and all about denim. They made a great blue program, some highlights are: mood denim boulevard by Cory Piehowicz, museum My Archive by Antonio Di Battista, product chain by Candiani Mills, brands exhibition and finishings by Le Group. If you’re in the neighborhood, go check it! It’s a mecca for every denimhead! Check also the nice artwork done by the talented graphic designer Davide Biondi. Have a good one guys!
Last Sunday Paul van der Blom organised a new edition of the ‘Denim Ride Out’ in Rotterdam. The event is growing every edition and became a true indigo festival. Brands where there as well to show their latest collections or to sell their items; Paul Kruize, Butcher of Blue, Tulp Jeans, Blue Days Footwear, Oyuki Denim, Deadstock Ressurection, Mr Ed, Kurt’s, Amsterdenim, Warenmagazijn, Denim.Lab and Ger Weijsman (Red Wing shoemaker specialist) to name a few. Well done Paul! Check the pics for a review of the ‘Denim Ride Out’ 2015 edition here below.
Pics by Paul van der Blom
Last Monday I was honoured to give 4 denim masterclasses at the yearly Score festival. The Score is the biggest Dutch denim chain store with 120 stores. The stores are located in Holland, Belgium and Germany. Besides that they develop their own label, Chasin’ which is expanding very quick outside of Holland. Every year they organise a special big event for all their employees to give them more insight into the new upcoming collection and to celebrate their huge success. All the brands that they carry were represented to show their latest collections. Next to that there were a lot of other cool things happening to make it a real festival. During the festival I gave 4 denim masterclasses to the 600 employees. The goal was to give them more insight in denim in general. Told them the authentic denim history, all the ins and outs about denim and of course the new denim developments like the stretch and jogg pants qualities. It’s really great to see how Score organised such a big and unique festival at a beautiful location in a big park in the centre of Arnhem. Super nice to be part of it! Thanks for joining my denim masterclasses. Till the next one!
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.
www.candianidenim.it & http://jeanschool.com & http://amfi.nl
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…
www.candianidenim.it & http://jeanschool.com & http://amfi.nl
This upcoming Sunday Paul van der Blom is organising a new edition of his ‘Denim Ride Out’ in Rotterdam. Paul started this event some years ago and is growing every edition. The event started of course as an event about riding your bike in totally denim, but nowadays it is much more than that. It a true denim festival with music, food, cafe racers, but also some of my denim friends are showing their latest (denim) collections like Paul Kruize, Butcher of Blue, Tulp Jeans, Blue Days Footwear, Oyuki Denim, Deadstock Ressurection, Mr Ed, Kurt’s, Amsterdenim, Warenmagazijn, Denim.Lab and Ger Weijsman (Red Wing shoemaker specialist) to name a few. Great to see that the event is grown to a next denim level. Keep up the good work Paul and enjoy! Cheers.
Check all the event details here: http://denimride.com/
The after movie of the Blueprint event which was part of the Amsterdam Denim Days last April. The video is made by Team Peter Stigter. Enjoy! See you next year.
Meet my denim friend Antonio di Battista from Italy. Antonio is a denim designer and denim collector. His collection is an extremely huge and rare with over 3.000 original vintage pieces. Besides that he also has his own denim brand called Blue Blanket (www.blueblanketjeans.com). Check out the video where he explains more about his denim expo which was part of Denim Boulevard 2014 in Milan – Italy. Hope to see you soon again Antonio!
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.