Vintage Deadstock JSB ‘James Dean’ Kids Jeans From 1950

Last week I got my hands on these two deadstock JSB kids jeans. The jeans are inspired by the moviestar James Dean which became a very popular icon for the youth in the movie ‘Rebel without a Cause’ which came out in 1955. A lot of young kids wanted to be as cool as James who was dressed in jeans with a classic white t-shirt and a pair of boots. This era was also the breakthrough for the new rock and roll music. This period after World War 2 is one of the most important periods for the denim industry and also known as the ‘Golden Period’. A lot of small new denim brands were born. Denim became a fashion statement instead of daily workwear. Brands were using the new upcoming icons as a marketing tool to reach the teenagers.

These two deadstock pair of jeans, size 6 & 8, were made by the JSB brand. They are produced in Belgium around the late ’50′s. The pairs are made of right hand sanforized rigid denim fabrics, non-selvage. The back pockets are inspired by Lee Jeans, maybe because of the fact that James Dean was a fan of Lee. I couldn’t find a lot of info about JSB, so great if you know more about this brand. If you know more about it, please send me an email to: wouter@long-john.nl. Check out these rebel jeans here below.

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The Vintage Showroom London Styles

Last Kingpins edition in Amsterdam the two guys from ‘The Vintage Showroom’, Douglas Gunn and Roy Luckett, were exhibiting some styles to give the visitors inspiration for their new collections. Their collection is unbelievable large and extremely rare and impressive! The Vintage Showroom has become one of the leading resources for vintage menswear in the UK. A couple of years ago they give us an insight into their collection with their first successful book ‘Vintage Menswear’. The follow-up on the first edition is coming out within some days. You have to check this out, saw already the sample book and it’s again amazing and a true must have for your collection. Below some of the silhouettes which they showed at the Kingpins fair last October in Amsterdam. Keep it up guys!

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Meet Yosuke Otsubo From Levi’s Jeans

There are lots of people around the world these days who collect vintage denim. Not so many years ago, that wasn’t the case. But there were enough of them in the late 1970′s and early 1980′s. Yosuke Otsubo was one of them and earned his living finding sought-after denim in Southern California and exporting it to buyers in Japan, his homeland. For the past five years, he has worked in Tokyo – Japan for Levi Strauss & Co. He handles sales and marketing for their best lines: Levi’s Made & Crafted and Levi’s Vintage Clothing. Meet style master Yosuke Otsubo.

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Photographer Cory Piehowicz

Sometimes you see work of an artist which is so cool and after digging into more work of that person it only gets better. One of those few is Cory Piehowicz from Ohio, Colombus (USA). Cory has an extremely passion for photography and gives every pic something special. Next to his love for photography he’s also into denim, big time! He combines those two passions which creates the most beautiful pics you have ever seen. Together with his denim friends he’s doing trips which are a dream for every denimhead. Every now and then they go into old mines to check out if they can find some old denims and denim rags from the miners. Most of the mines were closed after the ‘Gold Rush’ period which started around 1850. Some miners left their old workwear denim items back in the days and these are the ones which Cory and his friends like denim specialist Michael Allen Harris (writer of the book ‘Jeans of the old West’) are looking for. On those trips Cory makes the most perfect shots which bring us all back in the time that the mines were fully operated and it makes us all jealous to make a trip of this by ourselves one day. Below some shots of one of the many trips Cory made in the desert looking for some blue gold. Check also his website for a total overview of his extremely cool work. Keep up the good Cory! Looking forward to see more of your great work in the future!

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Early Twentieth Century Boro Noragi

Came across this very beautiful early twentieth century boro. This ragged short boro noragi or work coat is something of a masterpiece of stitching and mending. The amount and variety of repair are impressive, but more importantly is the manner in which all the patches and pieces are innocently arranged to form a beautifully collage of old cloth. The coat is shorter than most of its kind and it is clearly re-tailored from an existing garment. True indigo treasure!

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California Gold Rush Miners

Around 1848 the famous ”California Gold Rush” started. A lot of farmers left their farm in order to get a better life by finding gold in the mines. But in the early ’50′s they didn’t find any gold anymore. This was a true disaster for everybody as they gave up their old living. Some of them returned back to their farm. But soon their was some good news as they discovered something new in the Nevada mines. Silver, a lot of silver.

This is the beginning of the denim story as the miners needed some strong pants to work in. In the beginning they called these pants, Overalls, which later in the 1930′s became legendary as Jeans. Read the full story in the recently released new denim book: True Fit (http://truefitdenim.com) by Viktor Fredback and Fredrik Ottosson. A must have for everybody who’s interested in denim.

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Iconic Levi’s Jeans From 1800 till 1947

Levi’s Jeans has a very rich history as it comes to denim. The early models are the most interesting as they tell all a great story from that time and these items are true historical moments in the denim industry. Not all the info is 100% garuanteed as the Levi’s HQ in San Francisco was destroyed by an earthquake in 1906, their complete archive was destroyed, and so are the stories behind every detail. Below some great old examples, from 1800 till 1947, from the one and only Levi’s Jeans from the U.S.A.

Levi’s Jeans 1800 model

1890 was the year that the 501 lot number was first assigned to the iconic jean. The number “5” were considered to be of the highest quality. A description of the quality of the pants was printed on the inside of the left pocket bag as another way to set the jeans apart from other clothing companies.1890 levis long john blog

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Levi’s Jeans 1922 model

Belt loops were add to the 501 for the first time in 1922.

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Levi’s Jeans 1933 model

Hidden under the leather patch of the 1933 501 was a tiny, white cloth label with the letters “NRA” and a blue eagle.  This was the National Recovery Act label which Levi’s was allowed to use because the company abided by President Franklin Roosevelt’s NRA labor rules of the 1930s.

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Levi’s Jeans 1937

The 1937 501 featured the famous Red Tab with “LEVI’S” stitched in white capital letters on the right back pocket as an identifying mark to Levi’s Jeans. The Red Tab was introduced in 1936. This particular Red Tab is now also known as the BigE tab. In 1971 Levi’s swtiched to a small e in the Red Tab. The BigE tabs are true collector items nowadays. This model also has the first hidden rivets on the back pockets to safe furnitures from scratches.

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 Levi’s Jeans 1944 model

Most important change was the famous arcuate stitching, it had to be removed since the threaded design was decorative and had no function. During WW2 every brand was forced by the government to save materials. Levi’s decided to print the arcuate so customers could recognize the brand in the stores. After a few washes the printed arcuates were gone. They used also standard buttons, no rivets on the coin pocket and the cinchback was removed.

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 Levi’s Jeans 1947

After WW2 this would become the most popular denim fit. It’s also known as the mother of all fits. The classic 5 pocket with straight legs.

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Momohiki Japanese Boro Indigo Cotton Worker Trousers

Beautiful pair of Momohiki Japanese boro indigo cotton worker trousers. Momohiki was a common garment among farm women and shop men during the 1800′s and
the early 1900′s. It was worn by men and women. A woman’s Momohiki tended to be
decorative, often showing sashiko stitching. This pair has a lot of different kind of blue shades. It’s patched a lot which makes it a true authentic piece of art. Really nice!

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Vintage Lee Jeans Rodeo Clown Pants From The ’40′s

Lee Jeans introduced the Lee Rodeo Clown Pants for rodeos. These were very popular events, and this oversized pair of Lee Riders was made for rodeo clowns who played a critical role in rodeos. They not only entertained the crowds during breaks but also distracted a bull or horse from fallen riders, so that the injured could exit the ring. A true cult item and nowadays very hard to find and a collectors jean. Came across an original vintage one at Ebay today from the ’40′s, the auction starts at $ 975. Unfortunately too much for me to place a bid, but damn cool!

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Artist Moe Bandy in Lee Riders Rodeo Clown Pants

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Check the pants here on Ebay:

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R.I.P. Skateboard Legend Jay Adams

Jay Adams (February 3, 1961 – August 15, 2014) was an American skateboarder most prominently known as one of the original members of Z-Boys skateboarding team. He is known as “The Original Seed” of the sport and considered one of the most influential skateboarders of all time. Adams died of a heart attack on August 15, 2014.

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Camouflage Overview by Atelier de l’Armee

Elza and Joost from the Amsterdam based brand Atelier de l’Armee are making the most amazing bags from old and deadstock camouflage jackets and denim fabrics. Over the years they collected many different types of camouflage from all over the world. Here is an overview of the ones that pass through their hands either as cloth or as a garment. My personal favourites are the German (flecktarn), Korean and Swiss camouflage patterns. Very nice overview and check out their great handmade brand!

1960′s East German”Blumentarn

 1950′s Belgian Denison Smock

Brazilian lizard camouflage

British desert camouflage

British Woodland camouflage

Dutch Jungle camouflage

Dutch Woodland camouflage

Finnish M62 Camouflage

French Foreign Legion Lizard camouflage

German Flecktarn desert

German Flecktarn

Korean Duck camouflage

Portuguese lizard camouflage

Russian TTsKO camouflage

Swiss Alpentarn camouflage

US Army Choco chip camouflage

US Army Desert storm camouflage

US Army Rhodesian camouflage

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