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.
Lizzie Kroeze – Facing West
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 Motel in 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.
The great Rin Tanaka, publisher of the great vintage books My Freedamn, is organising a new edition of his Inspiration Event: ‘Let Freedamn Ring. It will be his 7th volume of this unique event loaded with the best vintage clothing: jeans, boots, shirts, jacket and many more. The event will start the 16th of October in the Brooklyn Expo Center in Brooklyn, New York. Check out his site for more details. Have fun Rin!
Rin Tanaka & Me in 2012
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!
In the begin of July the first edition of the new trade show Selvedge Run was a fact in Berlin. A trade show loaded with authentic brands. Brands with a storytelling product. Craftsmanship, quality and unique concepts. It was a huge success and the next edition is already planned in January 2016. Congrats guys with the successful kick-off!
In May Clutch magazine organised their 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. In addition Clutch has asked partner magazine, Men’s File, to advise on the needs and wants of the European and American visitors as the aim is to make the three days as profitable as possible for all parties.
The event is a great set-up where it’s all about authentic craftsmanship and authentic 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”.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
A few weeks ago the latest edition of Denim Boulevard was organised in Milan – Italy. This authentic denim event was three days long where you could meet and see the most cool people from the denim industry, denim brands and denim initiatives. It was all about sharing the same passion, all about denim. They had a great blue program, some highlights were: 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 have missed the event, check here the pics. Bravo for the organisation of this great event! Hope to see you next year!
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!