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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
During the Amsterdam Denim Days I organised a denim expo. For this expo I used the private collection from denim designer Jason Denham. Jason is the founder of the Amsterdam based Denham brand and has an extremely huge and rare collection. Jason collected the items within his long career where he travelled a lot to the U.S.A. and Japan for inspiration. One of his best items were displayed to show the visitors of the Blueprint event a bit of his collection. The Blueprint event was a big success, so can’t wait till next year for #3. Below some highlights. Thanks for your support Jason!
Pepe Jeans - Model Minor. The 1st selvedge jean he ever designed in 1996.
Levi’s 501 Big E from 1970. The smallest jean in his collection and his daughters 1st vintage selvedge jean, Waist 18 Lenght 12.
Amish denim jacket from circa ’30′s – ’40′s. Handmade in U.S.A. Covered “plain
button” closures associated with the religious modesty of Amish culture.
Evis Jean. His ultimate tear and repair reference jean.
French fireman jacket from the ’40′s. Beautiful condition Hydron French uniform piece.
The American Brand from the ’30′s. 10oz work pant. His favorite patched up work pant.
Indigo Kendo gloves from the ’70′s. Indigo dyed Martial arts indigo fighting gloves.
Head Light Overalls from the ’50′s.
Levi’s 501 Big E. Rare 1940’s burn out repairs and grafted leg.
Big Yank shirt from the ’40′s.
Indigo Boro kimono from Japan. Circa 1890. Early twentieth I century boro, or ‘ragged’ patched and mended work garb, used by farmers, lumberman and fisherman and itinerant workers in Japan. Made of indigo dyed cotton.
Levi’s 501 Big E from the ’60′s. The biggest jean in his collection, Waist 76 Length 45.
Since last week the denim industry has a new denim mill. The official kick-off from this new handmade selvage denim fabric took place at the Kingpins fair in Amsterdam. The fabric is totally made by hand, handspun and handwoven, which is pretty rare. I am very exited about this new fabric as I work as a consultant for them. The Kingpins fair was the moment that all the buyers, designers and media saw this unique and traditional made fabric for the very first time. The fabrics are all made by hand in India. The threads are dyed with natural indigo and woven on old authentic wooden shuttle looms. The result is the best of the best with beautiful indigo colours. True heaven for every denimhead. One of the best parts is that the selvage is made with real silver and gold which come from old Indian sarees. The kick-off was a huge success!
The first Seven Senses collections contains are variety of several different shades of blue. Even a green fabric was added to the collection. The different types of blue depends how often the threads got in contact with the indigo. To promote the fabrics on a right way we asked two successful denim designers to make a piece of the first light coloured fabric. The collaborated designers are Paul Kruize (Paul Kruize Jeans) from Holland and Mohsin Sajid (Endrime) from the UK. Paul made a great jacket and Mohsin an amazing pair of jeans. Both made of heavy woven fabric which is uncommon in the denim industry. The result shows something new and fresh. Below the booth from Seven Senses at the Kingspins fair and the two promotional items. Keep an eye on this revolutionary denim fabric! Congrats with the launch Seven Senses crew!
This week I will be in Amsterdam for the Amsterdam Denim Days. The first stop was the Kingpins denim fabric fair for 2 days and then 2 days Blueprint. For the Blueprint event I worked this time for the Denim Market and curated a denim expo with private items from the English denim designer Jason Denham – founder of the Denham brand. So no updates the upcoming days, but I guess I will meet a lot of indigo heads live on the events. It’s time to catch up with friends and talk about our blue denim passion.
To give you a sneak of what you can expect from the very cool denim expo here’s an old patched and repaired pants from The American Brand from the 1930′s. This pant is one of Jason’s favorite patched up work pants from his huge and rare archive. Hope to see you all at Blueprint Amsterdam!
Check the complete program of Amsterdam Denim Days here:
Yesterday I went to first edition of the new tradeshow The Low Show at the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam – NL. It was the last day of the three days event. The ingredients of this new event were perfect; great location, super list of exhibitors, the display furniture were amazing and the catering was more than perfect! When I entered the fair it was like coming home. Cosy and relax vibe, the music wasn’t too loud and I was surrounded by like minded people who share the same passion for authenticity. All the exhibitors were brands with craftsmanship and only made from the best materials. It was all about storytelling products. Founder Kenneth Jaworski did something different and something new. Great new initiative with a lot of potential for the future. Much respect for this first big step. Looking forward to the 2nd edition! Keep it up guys.
This February there will be something really new and cool going to happen in Amsterdam – NL. It will be the kick-off of the first edition of a new trade show, called The Low Show. This initiative is founded by Kenneth Jaworski. Kenneth is not new in the business, he’s a well known and informed nice authentic guy who had the idea to start something different. In daily life he develops interior and design concepts. In his own words he describes his new project as; ”The Low Show is based around mens clothing and accessory brands that embody history, authenticity and quality and appreciate the importance of storytelling. These brands reference the past, but also look firmly to the future. This is just as much about where brands have been as where they are going. It is, most importantly, a show for today”. The brand list shows some really interesting and established clothing brands. Looking forward to this one. The show will start on the 16th till the 18th of February on the Westergasfabriek area. Good luck Kenneth with all the preperations for the first edition. See u there!
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!