Tomorrow and Monday we are participating on the Dutch fashion fair Modefabriek in Amsterdam – NL with our leather brand Butts and Shoulders. We have a booth in the denim hall Blueprint. During the trade show we are showing our mini expo: Virgin meets Worn. From every item we made so far we are showing a new one (Virgin) and an old used item (Worn). It’s very cool to see the difference of the ageing process from our natural vegetable tanned leather. Would be great to show it in real live to you. See u there!
This upcoming April the capital of Holland, Amsterdam, will turns blue again during the Amsterdam Denim Days. After a successful first edition it’s time to continue this great event. The kick-off will be the Kingpins denim fabric show and after those two days Blueprint will follow for the blue denim consumers. Besides the two main events there are a lot of denim retailers who’s joining the ADD with special events in their stores. It’s going to be a good one, believe me! So mark your agenda’s for the 13th till the 18th of April. See you there!
This upcoming weekend I will organise the 2nd edition of the ‘Blueprint Denim Tour’ during the Dutch fashion fair Modefabriek in Amsterdam. During the tour I will introduce denim retailers to the exhibitors of the Blueprint part of the fair, show them the denim highlights and what’s happening for Fall Winter ’15. There are a few spaces left for retailers on the Sunday and Monday. Come and enjoy! Check for more info here below and send your request to: firstname.lastname@example.org
(sorry Dutch language only)
Last weekend Vif Jeans store in Rijssen – NL organised their 2nd edition of ‘Dry Denim Day’. Of course the day was all about blue denim, denim lectures and unique blue stories but they also showed craftsmanship in general. To make the day complete they organised authentic music, cold beers and fresh burgers from the winter BBQ. Below some pics of the blue denim people!
Pics by Dick Ruumpol
Vif Jeans is organising their 2nd edition of the Dry Denim Day event. Two years ago I was there to make pics from all the nice worn-out denim projects. Next week on Saturday a lot of nice things are going to happen, several denim lectures, special handmade products, music, cold beers and many more. Check the event highlights here below. It’s going to be blue in Rijssen next week! (sorry highlights only in Dutch)
During the second edition of Kingpins denim fabric show in Amsterdam the first edition of the Global Denim Awards were held. The Global Denim Awards is an innovative initiative, six of the world’s premier denim mills with six emerging designers. Its aim is to connect talent and industry to create a directional platform for the future of denim design, innovation, sustainability and craftsmanship. The concept for Global Denim Awards was developed by HTNK, Amsterdam-based fashion recruitment and consultancy firm, in collaboration with the Kingpins Show. The Global Denim Awards is made possible by e3.
The winner of the first edition is Jonathan Christopher (27 years) and won € 10.000. Jonathan did the master’s education at ArtEZ Fashion Masters in Arnhem after his fashion degree at Willem de Kooning Academie in Rotterdam – NL. He’s now part of the Karl Lagerfeld designteam and he also runs his own mens label Jonathan Christopher Homme. For the Global Denim Awards he worked with the Italian mill ITV denim.
Congratulations Jonathan with this victory! And big bravo for the organisation for creating such a high level international denim event. Looking forward to see the next one!
Pics by Team Peter Stigter
Keep updated about Global Denim Awards here;
Last weekend Westside store in Den Bosch – NL organised a great day full of specials. One of the specials was the Denham Jeans repair corner where you could fix your favourite pair of worn-out jeans. Clinton from Denham is a true craftsman as it comes to repairing, so I decided to do some repairs on my two years old Eat Dust jeans fit 73. The result is super nice, and I am ready for round 2! Thanks Clinton, see you soon!
During the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven – NL I did a denim expo project for Lois Jeans. The project was in collaboration with Jean School from Amsterdam. We showed some innovative denim items made by the students and besides that we also showed some original vintage Lois Jeans items from the ’70′s. Below some pictures of the highlighted items which came over from Spain – Valencia, Lois Jeans Headquaters.
Last weekend denim brand Amsterdenim did again their great denim tanning event, this time at Cosmic Cowboys Store in Amsterdam – NL. Ben Fokkema (founder of Amsterdenim) developed a really cool idea to make the first tanned denim. It’s the same process as they used back in the days to make sailing sails more durable. It’s such a great idea to make a link with denim and this old technique. The perfect combination to promote denim and Amsterdam. Always so nice to see how Ben is so active to establish his brand in an original way. Check below some pics of the event and don’t forget to check out his brand. Till soon Ben!
Next week the second edition of Kingpins denim fabirc show in Amsterdam will be held for the second time. With this 2nd edition there’s something special on the 29th of October, the Global Denim Awards. The Global Denim Awards is an innovative initiative, six of the world’s premier denim mills with six emerging designers. Its aim is to connect talent and industry to create a directional platform for the future of denim design, innovation, sustainability and craftsmanship.
Six emerging designers from all over the world were selected and paired with one of six premier and progressive denim mills each. They were given the opportunity to visit their designated mill to develop an in-depth understanding of fibre, fabric, wash and denim development. Armed with these new skills as well as their mill’s best fabrications, each designer then developed a capsule collection of five total looks, including treatments and washes, which will be presented on the runway on 29 October.
The collections will be judged by a panel of international denim experts based on the merits of the design and the innovative nature of the denim fabrications. The winning designer will be awarded €10,000 and have his/her winning designs displayed at the Kingpins shows in Amsterdam, New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and at the Amsterdam Denim Days 2015.
The concept for Global Denim Awards was developed by HTNK, the Amsterdam-based fashion recruitment and consultancy firm, in collaboration with the Kingpins Show. Global Denim Awards by e3 will feature the latest and greatest fabrics by Candiani Denim, Royo Textile, ITV Denim, Bossa, Orta Anadolu and Prosperity Textile.
Looking forward to see the developed denim collections. And ofcourse the 2nd edition of Kingpins Amsterdam. See you there!
More info about the awards here;
Yesterday I built the denim expo at the Lois Denim store in Eindhoven for the upcoming Dutch Design Week. The DDW is a design week where you can check on hundreds locations the most innovative and cool stuff. The denim expo in the store is also part of this event. The expo will display some highlights from the Jean School Amsterdam students and some original vintage Lois Jeans items from the ’70′s. These vintage items are owned by the Spanish Lois family but came over for special occasion. Besides the expo Mike van der Zanden, also student on the Jean School and founder from Dyemond Goods label, will show his craftsmanship in the weekends in the store. The DDW will start today till next weekend. Check it out if you are in the neighbourhood. Have a good weekend!
We teamed up with authentic Beerze Beer brand from Vessem (NL) for this special collaboration. The best of both worlds come together in two fine limited edition products: a leather apron and a beer bottle opener. The apron is handnumbered and made from natural vegetable tanned leather which will age very nice within time. It’s 100% made in Holland. The opener also contains our natural leather and the opener itself is made in Portugal.
To celebrate our Beerze Beer collab we will organise a special event during the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven (NL) at the town coffee roasters: Stadsbranderij Eindhoven. The location is a beautiful authentic warehouse in the middle of the centre. Of course you can taste the unique Beerze Beer and see our handmade collaboration products. Besides that we will provide you with live music, soulfoul dj’s and unique fingerfood.
When? Friday the 24th of October from 17.00 till 24.00. Where? Bergstraat 14a – Eindhoven. Hope to see you there! Cheers.
Yesterday I visited the Jean School in Amsterdam because I had an interesting meeting with Mira Copini, who’s the main responsible of this study. Three years ago I did one of the first guest lectures for them on the openings day of this education. It was great to see yesterday that my ‘Worn-Out Projects’ expo, an expo which I did for the Dutch fashion fair Modefabriek some years ago, is still doing his job on the Jean School as inspiration for the students. Thanks again for the great meeting Mira, till soon!
Check the previous Worn-Out Projects expo post here;
Selvage denim just won’t quit in the future. That’s no surprise as this is the classic way of making denim fabric. This movie shows how the exhibitors at the Kingpins fabric fair in Los Angeles took selvage to great new levels for F/W 2015. Corduroy, cool blends, deep gorgeous shades of indigo, and even stretch selvage. For me personally I only prefer the classic raw selvage, but great to see the new possibilities. Check it. By the way, the Kingpins show is coming to Amsterdam again on October the 29th and 30th. See you there!
Last weekend I organised the ‘Denim City Hang-Out’ for the Dutch denim store Rambam as part of the Fashion Weekend in Eindhoven – NL. The ‘Denim City Hang-Out’ was held in the middle of the centre where we used an old ship container as the base to built a small blue world. In the container we had a mini Lee denim expo with private items from the Dutch Lee Jeans sales guy Pol Houtkamp. He has some amazing faded and worn-out items in his private collection. One of the highlights was his 23oz jean which he worn about 2 years and a jean worn by a fisherman. You also got the chance to win a pair of Lee Jeans by striking a blue pose in front of the camera. Lee also did a great performance during the day with a group of active dansers inspired by their campaign ‘Move your Lee’. In the front of the container we made a repair corner with Nudie Jeans. Craftsman Gio from the Jean School Amsterdam gave the jeans a second life. On the roof we had some various dj’s playing some authentic rock & roll music and you could drink some cold Vedett beers and eat some fresh burgers from De Burger place. All in all a nice blue day. Thanks everybody for your support!
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A couple of weeks ago Red Wing Shoes launched their first Red Wing Post. It’s loaded with great stories, history and boots highlights. Get your free copy at one of the RW stores.
Last June the second edition of Denim Boulevard was held in Milan -Italy. Also this year the program was 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. Check the video here below for an impression.