The ‘Selvedge Run’ is a new trade show for menswear in Berlin. The show is a platform for new and authentic brands, footwear, clothing and accessories. A home for brands with character, craft is the core of this show. As a show, the ‘Selvedge Run’ celebrates garments and products that are made in the best way possible and created to endure. This normally means making them in traditional, slow methods of manufacture. Items made with this in mind endure and grow alongside the owner. It is the anti-fast-fashion way of doing things. The name, ‘Selvedge Run’, is taken from the technical term for the narrow, tightly woven, self-finished edges most commonly associated with high-quality denim, also known as selvedge. In January they organised the second edition of this very successful event. Below a small impression of this great initiative, check also the film to get you in the mood for the Summer edition, edition #3.
Denimsquad Talk is a talk show and seminar aimed at sharing knowledge and experience in denim, including technical side of denim, creative industries, form a network of fellow denim enthusiasts and startups in the denim industry. Denimsquad is founded by Putri Mayangsari. The first edition was held on January the 17th at Bandung, West Java. There were several speakers who shared their blue experience, knowledge and love for denim: Aditya Mahardhika (Creative Director Sixteen Denim Scale), Randhi Pratama (Co-founder AYE! & Co.), Bhisma Diandra (INDIGO) and Putri Mayangsari (Founder Denim Squad).
The event ended with the creation of a short video to express the love of denim to all of the people around the world with the words “WE ARE INDONESIA AND WE LOVE DENIM”. Denim Squad Talk Vol. 2 is planned to be held also this year in Jakarta, Indonesia. Good luck guys with this blue initiative!
Tomorrow we will launch our ‘Butts and Shoulders’ boots at the Dutch fashion fair Modefabriek in Amsterdam. The boots are made with the classic ‘Goodyear Welted’ construction, all hand numbered, made from natural tanned leather and made in Portugal. The first run are 100 pairs only. Great to see you there. Below a sneak peak from our stand display. Cheers!
We made a road – production movie of our Portugal trip, check it here:
This upcoming weekend I will organise again a ‘Denim Tour’ during the Dutch fashion fair Modefabriek in Amsterdam. During the ‘Denim Tour’ you will see the highlights of the brands, meet the persons behind the brands and discover new inspiration for your store. You can join for free to this tour by sending me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. More details here below, sorry only Dutch language. See you there!
Last October during the second edition of ‘Global Denim Awards’, an event made possible by e3, a jury of international denim experts selected Sartoria Diletto and Italian mill Candiani Denim as the winning collaboration for this year’s Best Collection. A prize of €10.000 went to the designer. Over 750 denim professionals from around the globe were present at the runway show, while eight pair-ups of emerging designers and premier denim mills presented capsule collections at the Zuiveringshal of the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam. Denim mill Berto Industria Tessile (Italy) won the honorary Best Fabric award, as a recognition for its innovative denim fabrics. Check here the video from the denim blue night!
Last October Clutch magazine organised their new CC – Clutch Collection - show in Yokohama – Japan. The CC show is initiated by Atsushi Matsushima, eitor-in-chief of Clutch Magazine, one of Japan’s leading men’s vintage style publications. The event is a great set-up where it’s all about authentic craftsmanship and original products. In their own words: ”The Clutch Collection Show is a new concept in Japanese trade shows as it offers foreign buyers and exhibitors access to the huge Japanese market on its home territory. That means new markets to sell your product to if you are a manufacturer and new brands to buy from if you are a retailer. The “CC” Show should make your first direct business with Japan successful and stress free”.
In the video here below their latest edition. Congrats Atsushi Matsushima!
Amy Leverton (author of Denim Dudes book) shows the new upcoming denim fabrics and trends at Kingpins Amsterdam denim fabric show. Kingpins was organised last October were all the professionals from the business were to see what’s coming up. It was good to see you again Amy! Enjoy some of the highlights from the fair in the video here below.
Rin Tanaka, publisher of the ‘My Freedamn’ books, organised a new edition of his ‘Inspiration’ event. This time in New York. The two-day show brings together over international vendors and exhibitors offering unique and one-of-a-kind merchandise on exhibit and for sale. This include American vintage apparel manufactured from the 1900′s-1980′ and vintage clothing and accessories from boutique and corporate American and Japanese companies, surf and skate exhibitors, plus artists and artisans, hot-rods, antiques, records and audio equipement, as well as live music. Get an impression of the event here below. Keep it up Rin!
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!
The Clutch Collection Show is a new concept in Japanese trade shows, initiated by Atsushi Matsushima, editor-in-chief of Clutch Magazine (one of Japan’s leading men’s vintage style publications), as it offers buyers and exhibitors access to the huge Japanese market on its home territory. That means new markets to sell your product to if you are a manufacturer and new brands to buy from if you are a retailer. Perfect concept and surrounding for authentic and well made products which stands a lifetime. The best of the best buyers, designers and creative people came together in this new edition. Check below some faces shot by Nick Clements (www.nickclements.co.uk) from the UK.
Today the Amsterdam edition started of the Kingpins denim fabric show. Two days filled with the indigo blue fabric. The best mills worldwide are representing their new collections for denim designers. A must visit for people in the denim industry. Besides it’s inspiring to see what the mills are bringing for innovation in their new collection it’s also big fun to meet like minded blue people again. Here are some of them shot by Team Peter Stigter. See you tomorrow!
This week after the first day of the Kingpins denim fabric fair Tenue de Nîmes is organising an event together with Levi’s Vintage Clothing (LVC) called: The Golden Handshake Celebration. The 100 Year Anniversary of the Golden Handshake is a historic gentlemen’s agreement between Levi Strauss & Co. and Cone Denim Mills.
During the event they also release their latest edition of Journal de Nîmes. The event is this upcoming Wednesday from 19:00-22:00 at Elandsgracht 60 in Amsterdam.
Next week the second edition of the ‘Global Denim Awards’ is going to be held in Amsterdam. The competition is between 8 international upcoming fashion designers who team-up with 8 denim mills worldwide. The collections will be judged by a panel of international denim experts: Adriano Goldschmied (godfather of denim), Amy Leverton (Denim Dudes book), Menno van Meurs (Tenue de Nimes store), Pierre Morisset (head design G-Star Raw). There will be a winning designer will be awarded €10,000 for the best collection. And an award will be given to the mill with the most innovative fabric. The Global Denim Awards is an initiative of HTNK, Kingpins Show & House of Denim, made possible by e3. See you all next week!
Today I organised for the oldest denim store, Rambam Store, in my hometown Eindhoven (NL) the 3rd edition of the ‘Rambam Denim Days’. The event is also the kick-off of the famous Dutch Design Week in my town. In the store we show traditional sashiko and handmade indigo items by Lizzie Kroeze from Facing West. Lizzie is a very talented girl with a huge passion for U.S. and Japanese workwear. She is showing in a mini expo some of her private items which she customized with her authentic skills. Come and drop by to meet her in person in Eindhoven – NL. See you there!
This October the Kingpins denim fabric fair is back in Amsterdam. All the best denim mills from the world are coming together: USA, Japan, Italy, Spain,
Austria, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Turkey, Egypt, Thailand, Pakistan and India. On the fair you can get your denim inspiration and you can shop of course for Spring/Summer 2017. See you there!
Facing West is a conceptual design and visual merchandising company which is founded by Lizzie Kroeze from Amsterdam – NL. With her company Facing West she makes the most beautiful pieces, all indigo workwear inspired. Most of the times she’s doing everything by hand, pure craftsmanship with a lot of Japanese and USA influences. Last year she did a great expo as part of the Bread & Butter trade show in July. The set-up was extremely cool and was filled with inspiration for every denim – indigo lover, designer, or people with interest in old school workwear clothing. If you haven’t seen it before, check it out here below. And check of course more indigo stuff on her new website.
The normal conventional trade shows are not from this time anymore. Retailers, buyers, designers and other people want something different. More experience and not only shows that are sales driven. Here’s an excellent example how you can do it! Meet the concept of Desert & Denim. Desert & Denim is the world’s premier, renegade men’s denim and accessories trade show. An international maker’s carnival of designers and ground-breaking brands will gather for two days in the desert, discussing what’s next in the world of men’s apparel around the bourbon campfire until the early hours of the morning. The organisation invited only the best of the new wave of men’s rugged, high quality, workshop-made clothes and accessories, and what has happened as a result is the emergence of a new kind of tribe, a new kind of community. Sounds great isn’t it!
You can now support these guys for the next 2016 edition through their Kickstarter project. But first you need to know when and where this unique trade show is going to be held. Desert & Denim is going to be at eco chic Mojave Sands Motelin Joshua Tree, CA on February 17th & 18th, 2016. Check out the awesome video at the end to get you in the right mood to go to the desert! Good luck guys, great concept!
Support the Desert & Denim Kickstarter project here:
Last weekend I organised ‘Denim City Hang-Out Part 2′ for Rambam Store as part of Fashion Weekend in my hometown Eindhoven – NL. Fashion Weekend is an yearly returning event to promote and celebrate the new collections in the stores. It’s a kick-off of the new Fall Winter season. With the event we created a small blue denim festival with a mini market with Dyemond Goods, Deadstock Resurrection, The Denim Run, Wielerhuis ‘t Verzet, Royal Sneakers and Amsterdenim. They showed some highlights of their collection and their craftsmanship. Of course their was also some good food, cold drinks, fresh made coffee and music. Below some shots to give you an impression of the event. Although the weather wasn’t good, there was a good vibe. A blue vibe. Big thanks to everyone who made this edition possible. Till the next one.