Sundays are perfect to stroll around Ebay to find some nice vintage denim items. Today I came across a really special item from Levi’s Jeans. A rare vintage and hard to find Levi’s Jeans from 1920′s. The jeans were discovered long time ago by an explorer in a mine shaft in the great basin of the US. The jeans have all the features of that time. It’s a true vintage treasure. You can buy it for $6.500,- Check the beauty here below.
One of the coolest places for vintage clothing is ‘The Vintage Showroom’ in London – UK. Founders Douglas Gunn and Roy Luckett from ‘The Vintage Showroom’ became one of the leading resources for vintage menswear. Their collection is huge, rare and unique. I am a big fan of their denim, workwear and military collection. 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 ‘An archive of vintage menswear’ which came out last November is also loaded with the most beautiful items. It’s like walking in a clothing museum, just like their showroom in London. Get impressed by the pics here below.See you guys in Amsterdam this April.
Sukomo Leather from Japan makes the most beautiful indigo dyed leather. Sukumo leather receives it’s color in a natural dyeing process that is performed completely in Japan. Following a 600 year old tradition, the dye used in the process is made by fermenting indigo leaves in Tokushima prefecture, Japan. With the dye the leather is dyed in the historical city of Kyoto. Watch in the film every step from the magical indigo process, very nice shots of this authentic craftsmanship!
Denim expert Amy Leverton, known of her street-style denim inspiration book ‘Denim Dudes’ with 80 blue influencers in the denim industry, launched again new video’s from some cool Denim Dudes. Check them out here below. Keep it up Amy!
David Himel of Himel Brothers Leather, shot at Pier 94, New York.
Alex Verier of Haeckels, shot at Pier 94, New York.
Tanden Launder, founder of Thrux Lawrence, shot at Pier 94, New York.
Shogo Koike of Clutch magazine, Japan. Shot at Pier 94, New York.
Chelito Villaflor of David Pirrotta Brands, shot at Pier 94, New York.
David Shuck, Managing Editor, Heddels, shot at Pier 94, New York.
Bahzad Trinos Sales Director, Naked & Famous shot at Pier 94., New York.
Nick Williams is designing graphics for over 25 years. His studio is based in West Sussex, UK. Nick started his career in New York where he worked for 7 years at print studios and then with Nautica. He moved back to the UK to commence working for Levi’s Jeans in Brussels, he eventually headed up the graphics division for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. After 6 years at Levi’s he moved onto Puma, heading up their worldwide graphics division. After those successful years he’s now running his own studio, 4th Avenue Graphics. With 4th Avenue Graphics he works with 8 carefully selected designers and illustrators, all with varying and unique handwritings. They have a full team at their disposal to work on packaging and branding. The team is fortunate to work with some great brands such as Levi’s, Gap, True Religion, Banana Republic, Lucky Brand, Patagonia and many more. As far as branding for denim (hang tags and trims) they are working (and have worked) with Gap, Jack Wills, Farah, Levi’s & Puma / Evisu for example and for t-shirt graphics they have worked on Lucky Brand, True Religion & Lee to name of few.
While Nick was working at Levi’s Jeans his passion for denim and branding started. You can see his passion and very talented skills in his work. Check some of my favo highlights here below. Keep up the good work Nick & 4th Avenue Graphics-crew!
Sustainability is a growing topic nowadays in the clothing industry, also in the denim industry. It’s all about making denim less damaging to the environment and better for the people who work in the farms, factories and laundries. What are the options and how to do this? Below some options by Andrew Olah (Founder, Kingpins fabric show), Miles Johnson (Creative Director, Patagonia), Mattia Donadi (VP of Production, R13 Studio), Alberto Candiani (Global Manager, Candiani Denim).
Last year denim expert Amy Leverton launched her street-style book ‘Denim Dudes’ with 80 blue influencers in the denim industry. From the U.S. to Europe, Japan and Australia. All the important names captured in one book full of great pics. This time Amy made a range of video portraits to highlight some denim professionals. Check them out here below.Well done Amy!
Daniel McKinley, Denim Designer, shot at Tower Bridge, London
Jessica Gebhart, Trend Forecaster and Owner, i-and-me, shot at Tower Bridge, London
Mohsin Sajid, Denim Designer, Owner, Endrime, shot at London Bridge, London
Kelly Harrington, Designer and trend forecaster, H+M, shot at Tower Bridge London
Scott Boyd-Errol, Master Tailor at Atelier & Repairs, London. shot at Tower Bridge, London
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!
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.
A lot of people like vintage clothing nowadays. Most of those fanatics knows of Bobby Garnett. For those who have never heard about this legend, here’s Bobby from Boston! Bobby has an extremely cool vintage store filled with the most beautiful suits, army stuff, boots, dresses, sport items, workwear and jeans. You name it, he has it! A lot of famous clothing designers are shopping at Bobby’s to buy inspiration items to create their new collections. Also stylists from movies are regular clients at Bobby’s to score suits for new upcoming movies. Meet Bobby from Boston here below in the two short docu’s.
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!
In 1934 Levi’s Jeans introduced their first denim line for ladies. It was the 701 also called Lady Levi’s. The jeans was made out of selvage fabric but with white and pink thread instead of white and red. This new line was very revolutionary for the denim industry. Below some old Levi’s advertising with a focus on their Lady Levi’s.
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!