Always good to see Swiss denim freak Ruedi Karrer. Ruedi has a really large denim collection, almost 12.000 items. His biggest love is raw denim and especially green cast fabrics. Great that you were at Modefabriek Amsterdam. Till next time!
Just back from two great days at the Modefabriek, Dutch fashion fair in Amsterdam. I organised a ‘Blueprint Denim Tour’ for retailers to show them all the ins and outs from the blue denim exhibitors in the Blueprint area. Every brand could show some highlights from their latest collection and shared some interesting blue stories. It was a nice ride! Bravo to the Modefabriek crew for the set-up from this edition, nice job. Below my Long John advertising in the Modefabriek fair catalogue.
Come and visit us this weekend at our ‘Butts and Shoulders’ booth at the Dutch fashion fair Modefabriek and check out our new fresh products. See you there!
Yesterday was the kick-off of the second edition of the ‘Denim Boulevard’ event in Milan (Italy). Also this year the program is amazing: ‘Mood denim boulevard’ by Matt Hind and Nick Clements – Men’s File, museum ‘My Archive’ by Antonio Di Battista, book presentation ‘Details’ – A life with denim by Piero Turk, ‘Product Chain’ by Berto Industria Tessile, ‘Focus accessories’ by Spring ’85 and ’Focus finishings’ by Martelli Lavorazioni Tessili and Wash Italia. Mix these highlights with fine music, cold beers and dedicated denim people and you will have the perfect event! The event is running till Monday. Below some sneak pics with Antonio di Battista (Blue Blanket Jeans).
This upcoming weekend the prison is open again in Leeuwarden (NL) for the rock and roll festival ‘Jailbreak’. Three days filled with the best music, the best tattoo artists and the best art. Mix these three ingredients with good people, cold beers and fresh food and there it is, Jailbreak Festival. Check for an impressions the video from the 2012 edition. Enjoy.
Yesterday Emiel Gerardu & Wing Mok organised for the second time The Denim Run in Eindhoven, NL. They started this event because of two important aspects in their lives: denim and cycling. Also for this edition the very inspiring Strijp-S location was used to start the denim tour through the city. After the tour there was a nice bbq, beers and some fine music. Great to see so many denim fanatics together on this sunny Sunday. Well done Emiel & Wing. Nice to support this great event, onto the next one, Cheers!
Last weekend Vif Jeans Store (Rijssen) organised a trip with customers and friends to the Kustom Kulture Forever bikers event in Germany. To start the trip they organised a breakfast in their store, and after that they jumped on their bikes to make the roadtrip to KKF. They made a nice video to give you more insight into their weekend full of bikes, beer and burgers. Enjoy.
For the ‘Amsterdam Denim Days’ I curated a denim expo with items from my friend Antonio di Battista from Italy. Antonio is a fanatic denim collector and has an amazing private collection full of rare items. His collections contains more than 3.000 hard to find pieces from all over the world. Besides a collector he’s a true craftsman when it comes to denim design and he also has his own brand called Blue Blanket Jeans. Below the expo which was part of the Blueprint event. Thank you all for coming and for your support!
Another main event and part of the ‘Amsterdam Denim Days’ was Blueprint. Blueprint is normally the denim part of the Dutch fashion fair Modefabriek, but now they launched the first consumer editon. During the event a lot of denim brands like K.O.I., Denham, G-star, Pepe, Nudie, Scotch, etc. were there to present themselves on a new and special way. They didn’t showed their collection but did something different, something new like an indigo dipping workshop, denim expo, photo booth, etc. and HTNK had their nice shop with a lot of great Dutch treasures; Benzak Denim, Tulp Jeans, Indigo People, Toile de Chine, The Denim Run and many more…Outside on the Westergas terrain there was a nice denim flea market. One of my personal highlights was the boro textile exhibition by Facing West and Miles Johnson (Levi’s XX headdesigner). Really beautiful pieces, all with an interesting story. A lot of denimheads came to show their love for the blue gold. I also curate a great expo with vintage jeans from the ’60 and ’70 era from the archive of my denim friend Antonio di Battista (Blue Blanket Jeans). Tomorrow I will make a special update about this. But for now, check the cool blue vibe of the first editon of Blueprint! Bravo for the organisation, well done!
Pics by David Stegenga
Last week the ‘Amsterdam Denim Days’ were held for the first time. One of the major events was the Kingpins show from the U.S. Kingpins is a denim fabric show which started in 2004. The best weaving mills, washing plants and manufacturers of denim from Japan, China, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, Pakistan, Thailand, Spain and Mexico were there on this debut Amsterdam edition. Ofcourse the famous companies as Orta, Kurabo, Candiani and laundries as Martelli from Italy were represented. Besides suppliers HTNK, Jeans school and AMFI were there to show their latest projects. ’Below an impressions of the beautiful event location on the Westergas area. Big props to Andrew Olah (founder of Kingpins) for your hospitality!
Today I worked at the denim expo for the ‘Amsterdam Denim Days’ event which will start tomorrow. The denim expo will show some selected items from the private archive from Antonio di Battista (Blue Blanket Jeans) from Italy. The vintage items are for Sale! Below some sneak peak pics from the expo for this first edition of this denim event. Hope to see you tomorrow and Saturday!
At this moment I am working on a really cool project for the new event: Amsterdam Denim Days. Amsterdam will be turning (indigo) blue from 7 to 10 May with the event for real denimheads. Amsterdam Denim Days is being organised by Dutch fashion fair Modefabriek on the grounds of the Westergasfabriek and the city center of Amsterdam. This event is open to both professionals & consumers. The last two days will be open for consumers and they can go the to Blueprint area. You can take part in workshops, watch special denim documentaries and enjoy unique exhibitions from international experts. For the Blueprint part I am curating a really nice denim expo with items from my denim friend Antonio di Battista from Italy. Antonio is collecting for many years the most rare and special items and has an amazing private collection with more than 3.000 unique pieces. Now you will have the opportunity to see some of them in Amsterdam. And the best part is that you can also buy them! So finally you can get your hands on an original Levi’s, Lee and Wrangler item from the ’60′s or ’70′s. Below a sneak preview from some selected items. See you there and check the event site for more info!
Check for more info about Amsterdam Denim Days here;
The Denim Run part 2 will take place on Sunday the 1st of June. After a successful first edition the founders Wing Mok and Emiel Gerardu decided to continue this blue ride at their hometown Eindhoven, the South of Holland. They started this event because they wanted to share their biggest passion: denim and cycling.
Last year was the kick-off with a lot of denimheads who showed up with their unique customized bicycles. Afterwards their was a blue BBQ with some great music and cold beers ofcourse. I am proud to support this nice event with some Long John gear for the best dressed denim-cyclehead. Check their website for tickets, and below an impression video from the first edtion. Let’s cycle in denim! See you there.
ISKO Denim is a leading denim fabric producer and supplier and headquartered in Turkey. They are one of the largest producers of denim in Europe with 200 million meters of fabric a year. They just published a denim book called Bluemasters. The book has two chapters, the first chapter is filled with bluemasters from the industry like: Renzo Rosso, Vivienne Westwood, Ermanno Scervino, Adriano Goldschmied, François Girbaud, Maria Erixon Levin, etc. and the second chapter is all about how jeans are made: from raw cotton to the catwalk. Last Thursday, they celebrated the Bluemasters “Innovation in Denim” book launch at the 3×1 store in NYC. Below some impressions.