Upcoming week the third edition of Global Denim Awards takes place on October 26, in Amsterdam. The Global Denim Awards is the world’s premier platform for the future of denim design, sustainability and craftsmanship. For this edition 11 paired fashion designers and progressive denim mills will present their co-created capsule collections during Global Denim Awards 2016. The 11 collections that result from the collabs between selected mills and designers, will be judged by a jury of international denim experts on the overall look, the innovative nature of the design, and the creative use of denim. The designer of the winning collection will receive a €10,000,- award, made possible by e3 Cotton. An additional award goes to the mill with the most innovative fabric. The winning collection will be exhibited at Kingpins Shows in New York City and Hong Kong, before returning to the Netherlands for Amsterdam Denim Days 2017.
See you there!
Address: Global Denim Awards 2016
De Hallen Studios (next to Denim City)
Hannie Dankbaarpassage 18
1053 RT Amsterdam – NL
The Designers and Mills;
Designer: Marina van Dieren and Christina Albrecht
(The Netherlands/Germany) X Mill: Advance Denim (China)
Last month I visited The Selvedge Run tradeshow in Berlin. This is one of the best tradeshows as it comes to authentic gear: denim, boots, workwear, books & mags and accessories. I had a great time seeing my friends again from the industry with the same shared passion. The organisation did an amazing job with the set-up. You should check it out for yourself this Winter. Below a recap film from SS2016. See you next edition!
Last month Denim Boulevard organised a new edition in Milan. This was the place to be for every denimhead. Kassim Denimteamed-up with Sperry Footwear to make a special limited edition. They dyed Sperry shoes in natural indigo to create this exclusive. The result is amazing, all different kind of blue shades. Check it out!
Last week I visited the 3rd edition of The Selvedge Run fair in Berlin. The Selvedge Run is a trade show for menswear, shoes and accessories. The location of the show, Kulturbrauerei Berlin, is really nice and a perfect link to the authentic exhibitors. On the show you can only find the best of the best brands available worldwide. Next to discover new treasures for your store this is also the place to be to catch-up with likeminded people which are sharing the same passion for durable high-quality made products. They also organised some good events after the show where you could drink some cold beers and having a chat with your friends. The organisation did a really nice job again, the mix of brands was perfect and the surrounding was just great! Good to see everyone again, till the next one!
This upcoming week it will be the 3rd edition of very successful tradeshow The Selvedge Run in Berlin. The Selvedge Run is a tradeshow for quality menswear and crafted goods. The focus of the tradeshow is upon brands with a strong affinity with craft, timeless classics, durable and unique products. You can expect the best denim brands, footwear, accessories, and many more. The tradeshow is 3 days long, so perfect for checking out all the beautiful stuff and meeting your friends. Looking forward to this one, see you there! – Check out the video here below to get an impression from last Winter edition. And don’t forget to check out their website to see the impressive exhibitors brandlist -
Adress: Kulturbrauerei Berlin - Schönhauser Allee 36 - 10435 Berlin / Germany
On the 24th of May, the third Clutch Collection Show was held over three days in Yokohama – Japan. The CC Show is a gateway of various international cultures. Like the first event that took place, the tradeshow was geared towards members of the fashion industry. In the video here below you get a perfect impression of the 3rd Clutch Collection Show.
This upcoming weekend, 18 – 19 – 20 of June, there’s a new edition of ‘DenimBoulevard’ in Milan – IT. Denim Boulevard is a tradeshow/event dedicated to the iconic denim product and the denim scene. This edition is loaded again with some good exhibitors as: Candiani, Tela Genova, Blue Blanket, Attrezzeria-Laboratorio Base, Jacob Cohën, Brothers, Manifattura Ceccarelli, Surf Hut, Blessed and Dr. Footers for Italy, Levi’s & Tellason, Sperry (with a shoe selection and indigo dye workshop) and Santa Cruz – USA, Samurai Jeans, Studio D’Artisan, Orgueil, Redmoon e Forty Niners for Japan, and Endrime, A S R, R.D.D. archive by Jack & Jones and many more!
Antonio di Battista (founder Blue Blanket) is showing again some highlights from his amazing collection in the ‘My Archive’ section. Also the every talented photographer Cory Piehowicz’s is showing his awesome pics about the event ‘The Frozen Few’ and there’s also a motorcycles selection by partner Harley-Davidson. You can also join the indigo-dye workshops by Kassim Denim, or by Annegret Affolderbach Choolips studio, and for this year edition there’s something extra special called ‘Mugshot Barber Deal’. ’Mugshot Barber Deal’ is a barbers reunion from the whole Europe, sponsored by Luxina.
As you can read this a lot to do during this year ‘Denim Boulevard’ edition as part of the Milan Fahion Week. Check below some impression pics and video from last year.
This upcoming weekend it’s already the 5th edition of the Rambam Denim Days at Rambam Store Eindhoven – NL. For this edition Lennaert Nijgh, founder of Benzak Denim Developers – BDD, is coming to the store to show extremely cool worn-out BDD jeans in a mini denim expo and you can have a sneak on his new upcoming Europe made denim collection which will launch soon on Kickstarter. Lennaert will also tell and show the story behind his BDD brand which is an inspiration for everyone to hear. Next to that there’s good music and fresh made coffee by a true denim barrista. So see you all this upcoming weekend in the South of Holland at Rambam Store.
Blue Lab is part of the Denim City in Amsterdam. Blue Lab is an unique collaboration between industry’s leading mills, laundries, chemists, engineers, suppliers and producers. It brings laundry and finishing for design team’s and students. Blue Lab will offer opportunities to train craftspeople and educate professionals, to test and improve new technologies and solutions, to bring ideas to trial. Check here a nice overview video from Blue Lab during the Amsterdam Denim Days from last April.
Within a couple of days the next edition of Bangladesh Denim Expo will take place in Dhaka. During the event you can see all the ins and outs from the denim industry. Firms from all over the world are coming, from Italy, Turkey, Japan, Pakistan and India to name a few. Check the video here below to get an impression from the November 2015 edition.
Part 2 with some highlights of the Blueprint Event at Amsterdam Denim Days. There was so many to see to highlight them all, but here are some of them; Lennaert Nijgh from Benzak Denim Developers (BDD) with his new special Collect jean - Leonie & Lois from Spijkerbrij making their famous denim bow ties - Butcher of Blue with his new coffee and cups - DenimLab with his new kids denim collection and Atelier de l’Armée with their amazing handmade bags. Enjoy and till the next one!
Last week Seven Senses organised an event called: ‘Blue Hands Never Lie’ in the Gustafon builiding on the Westergas in Amsterdam – NL. They organised the event for the launch of their new collection. Exactly one year ago Seven Senses made their entrance as a new denim fabric mill. Their fabrics are heaven for everyone with an eye for high-quality and sustainable made fabrics. Seven Senses are making fabrics which are handspun, handwoven and coloured by hand with natural indigo. This is the ultimate and it’s unique in the denim industry. Their set-up of their event was more like an expo, an inspiration and meeting point for likeminded people. People with an interest in durable fabrics with a luxurious feeling.
The new Seven Senses collection contains a diverse range of handmade fabrics, from light to heavy weight with light and dark colours. All the fabrics are made with a selvage lining which makes them more special. The fabrics are created on old wooden shuttle looms. On the event was also a part where they highlighted their collab partners as Mohsin Saijd from Endrime Jeans and bag brand Atelier de l’Armée to name a few. Both made some beautiful products which gave you the perfect reference how you can use the Seven Senses fabrics. It’s a pity if you have missed the event, but I’m sure you will hear more of them in the future. Keep an eye of this one, really nice! Below some shots of the Seven Senses ‘Blue Hands Never Lie’ event.
Last week Amsterdam was coloured into blue again because of the Amsterdam Denim Days. The kick-off was with the denim fabric fair Kingpins. The consumer event Blueprint was on Friday and Saturdays. It was already their 3rd edition. This event is for consumers and retailers to give them more insight into the blue denim industry. It’s a blue denim playground for adults. The event was loaded with cool blue stuff. A lot of brands where there to show their craftsmanship through innovative and inspirative activations. Next to see cool stuff it’s always very nice to meet likeminded people with the same interests, denim people.
The event contained too much to highlight but here are some of them in the first update from the Blueprint event. It contains the legendary Cone Mills. Cone Mills showed some iconic pieces from their archive to celebrate their 125th anniversary. Lee Jeans did an amazing job to chainstitch their classic Riders items, at Kings of Indigo (KOI) you could patch your favorite denim items, denim artist Ian Berry showed his amazing portrait from Ayrton Senna. The portrait is made of old denim rags from the family from Ayrton Senna. The final pics are from the denim expo from The Vintage Showroom from London. They displayed some vintage overalls. Check out some highlights in Part 1 of the Blueprint event as part of Amsterdam Denim Days. Looking forward to part 4 next year!
Going to to the Blueprint Event today as part of the Amsterdam Denim Days. The event is a true denim playground for every denimhead. There’s a lot to do today and tomorrow, so check out the program if you don’t want to miss something: www.amsterdamdenimdays.com
To get you in the right mood Marije Rottier from the AMFI School Amsterdam created a nice overview video from last year. Well done and see you there!
Next week Amsterdam will turn blue again during the Amsterdam Denim Days. One of the main events is the Kingpins denim fabric fair. On this fair designers can select and buy denim fabrics for their upcoming collection. The best denim mills worldwide are there to show you their latest creations. Besides checking out the new denim trends it’s always good to see your denimfriends. Looking forward to this new edition. See you there and check out the video from last year to get you in the right blue mood.