Edwin Jeans is always one of my favo’s. Their collections are always loaded with classic items which you can wear all year around. My kind of stuff. The new Edwin Jeans Fall Winter collection has again the classic musthave items as basic tees, good fitted and priced selvage jeans, comfi sweats, shirts and warm jackets. One of the best things about the brand is that the prices are good and reasonable, but also their choices for colours are perfect. Their colours are matching with their no-nonsense look; white, grey, blue and black. Yes, that time of the year is coming again that you can layer your outfits and dress like it should be. Below some shots of the new Edwin Jeans Fall Winter ’16 lookbook.
Sander van de Vecht, founder of Denim.Lab, launched a couple of years ago his Denim.Lab brand. With Denim.Lab he’s creating high-end selvage jeans for men. Next to these quality jeans he’s selling unique deadstock selvage fabrics. His next new Denim.Lab project is his Mini.Lab Kids collection. With this collection he’s bringing the most cool stuff for the little denim boys and girls. From rigid stretch selvage denim qualities to very nice washed and patched jeans and jackets. True cool for the real little rebels! Check below some of my personal Mini.Lab Kids favo’s! Available now through the Denim.Lab webshop. Need these for my little girl!
Check the Mini.Lab collection here;
The Burds London brand is founded in 2015 by friends Tamara Bell and Ame Pearce. Burds London is a denim and clothing label for badass denim babes. With Tamara’s background in leather and lingerie design, launched Almeida London Lingerie in 2012, and Ame’s extensive knowledge of denim design after 10 years working as a designer at Levi’s Jeans and Edwin Jeans, they are a perfect and successful denim duo.
With Burds they combine their love of motorcycles, fashion and denim. Tamara and Ame developed Burds London to fill a gap in their own wardrobes for clothes that work hard but also look great. Nice one ladies, keep up the good work!
Check Ame Pearce telling her Burds story in the video here below made by Amy Leverton (Denim Dudes)
Another vintage Levi’s Jeans jacket from my private denim archive: Levi’s ‘Big E’ biker vest from the ’60′s. The jacket has a great patina and cut-off sleeves as it belonged to a biker from the ’60′s era. The back of the buttons are stamped with digit #525 which refers to that period. The ‘Big E’ Red Tab is still in very good condition. On the back of the vest you see a super nice fading which came from riding the back that often. Above the great fading you see H. Angel marked by hand.
Check the original Levi’s ’Big E’ Jeans MC Biker Vest here below. I also attached some links to some more Levi’s ‘Big E’ Jeans denim biker vests from my private collection. Enjoy!
Check more vintage biker vests from my private denim collection here:
Vintage Levi’s Big E patched biker jacket from the ’60′s: www.long-john.nl/vintage-levis-jeans-trucker-big-e-jacket-from-the-60s/
Vintage Levi’s Big E biker jacket from the ’60′s: www.long-john.nl/private-item-levis-big-e-trucker-jacket-from-the-60s/
Vintage Levi’s Big E biker jacket from the ’50′s: www.long-john.nl/vintage-levis-big-e-507xx-sleeveless-biker-jacket-from-the-50s/
- Vintage Levi’s Big E biker jacket from the ’50′s: www.long-john.nl/vintage-levis-507xx-type-2-big-e-jeans-jacket-from-the-50s/
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Today I want to highlight another original vintage Levi’s Jeans 507XX (also known as Type 2) Big E jackets from my private denim collection. The Levi’s Jeans 507XX jacket was introduced in 1953 as the follow up on the 506XX (Type 1) jacket and was produced until 1962. The 507XX jacket has a selvage redline inside which disappeared at the follow-up jacket, the 557XX (Type 3) Trucker model. The red in the selvage is gone through the many washes of the jacket. You see this a lot at old denim pieces. The back of the buttons are stamped with #0.
This jacket model is one of my favorites as it refers to the ‘Golden Period’ in the denim industry. During the ’50′s the denim industry exploded as denim became more mainstream as movie stars as Marlon Brando and James Dean were wearing denim outfits in the films. Also the rock and roll era was started in the ’50′s, Elvis was also spotted in denim many times. These icons were very important ambassadors for the denim industry.
Check below the alsmost 70 years old Levi’s Big E Jeans jacket which is still in very good condition. A true classic!
Lee Jeans is bringing their iconic jacket back on the market for Fall Winter ’16: Lee 101 191-LB Zip Jacket. They gave their classic jacket a modern twist and it’s made of premium dry denim which is lined for the cold upcoming Winters. Nice one guys!
#MEET LUCAS VERHOEF
Today an interview with the sales & product manager of the Royal Denim Division. Lucas is a true denimhead and has a big denim knowledge. Read what inspires him, what he likes about denim and what he’s doing in his spare time. Meet Lucas Verhoef. Enjoy!
- Name: Lucas Verhoef
- Living in village & country: Pijnacker (Rotterdam Area) the Netherlands
- Age: 28
- Instagram ID: lucasverhoef
- Number of Instagram followers: 1995
- Daily work: Country Sales & Product Manager at Royal Denim Division
What’s your role exactly at R.D.D.? My role goes 2 ways:
- Working closely with our buying and design team to create the best products. I gather all kinds of feedback and information so they can make the best collections.
- Being the sales representative for the Netherlands, trying to find cool denim stores where we can display R.D.D. in the future.
How long are you working in the Denim industry? 12 years.
What’s the best part of your job? Working with the collections and talking about denim. I think the whole heritage and craftsmanship behind this product is so interesting, that I really like talking about the production process and all the effort that is being made to produce a single pair of jeans.
What makes R.D.D. so special? That we take the inspiration from authentic workwear and transforming it into genuine premium jeans-wear for the denim enthusiast of the present time. We work exclusively with selvedge denim from Japan and Italy. Next to the very cool dry denims from Kuroki we also have stretch denims from Candiani. In this way we combine authentic qualities with modern ones.
What is your favourite item from the R.D.D. collection? The dry 13oZ denim jacket from Kuroki. It shows the authentic work wear in so many different details and has a very nice slim fit.
What is your favourite all-time denimfit? Our Regular, this is bit loser on the upper leg and a bit tapered at the leg opening.
What jeans are you wearing right now? The slim fit 13oZ from Kuroki (have been wearing it for approx. 150 days).
new vs worn
What do you like the most as it comes to fading’s on jeans? I really like the honey combs on the back of the knee!!
What kind of denim accessories do you recommend to denim heads? A vegetable leather belt + keychain, this for me makes every denim outfit complete. And I never leave home without my wallet on a chain!
new vs worn
What are the next steps with R.D.D.? For the coming Autumn we have planned 2 pop-up stores at 2 retailers who are interesting in the collection. We will create a cool event around it so potential customers can get in touch with this new denim brand.
What are your hobbies’ next to denim? Off course spending time with my family, but also playing with my band and working on my bikes. Currently I’m building a hardtail old-school bobber and brat-style cafe racer.
What’s your favourite music band/singer? I have a lot! But when I take it back to the core it is definitely Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley. Band wise I’m also a big fan of the Stray Cats, Batmobile, Reverend Horton Heat…. and I could continue like this for 2 pages.
J.R. CASH: original name of Johnny Cash.
TCB: this is the band which Elvis Presley had before he died (TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS BAND).
SUN STUDIO: this is the record company where Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and many others have recorded their music.
What’s your favourite music record and why? Jim Croce – he is singer/songwriter who played his songs in the late 1960’s. It is mainly just 2 guitars and Jim as the singer. For me the lyrics are spot-on, true and also funny.
Where do you get your daily inspiration from? Mainly from how people looked in the 50’s. The way James Dean and Marlon Brando looked, I think a classic look is an unwashed jean with a basic t-shirt. Also for R.D.D. we take the vintage authentic denim look and transform it into present time premium denim wear.
What’s on your bucket list?
- Road trip in America with my wife and daughter
- Visiting Sun studio in Memphis Tennessee
- Visiting Graceland (Elvis his Property)
- Playing a big show with my band
- Getting me an old beat-up pickup from ‘1959
What’s your favourite inspiration quote?
“IF IT IS TO BE IT IS UP TO ME”
Interested to see and read more about Royal Denim Division?
Check the article ‘The Introduction of Royal Denim Division’ here:
The Dutch G-Star brand was started in 1989 under the name Gapstar as a new denim initiative. A few years after their kick-off, when they were going global, they changed their name from Gapstar into G-star because of the American Gap brand. G-Star is now a very big, well known and respective denim brand worldwide. In my private denim collection their are some key items, sort of vintage in the meantime, from their more than 25 years of G-star history. Today I want to highlight 3 pieces which are a kind of cult nowadays and for me personally one the best ever made by the Gapstar / G-Star company.
The 3 Gapstar / G-star items;
- Gapstar US Second jeans. Selvage jeans made of left hand fabric. Dated from +/- 1994-1995. Classic 5 pocket jeans. Sold as pre-washed jeans.
- G-star US Lumber jeans. Selvage jeans made of right hand fabric. Dated from 1997-1998. Classic 5 pocket jeans with a cinch back. Sold as pre-washed jeans. They also had these as a rigid (unwashed) version.
- G-star US First jacket. Selvage jacket made of right hand fabric. Dated from 1997-1998. Classic trucker denim jacket. Sold as a rigid (unwashed) jacket. The jacket is still unwashed.
Gapstar ‘US Second’ jeans
G-star ‘US Lumber’ jeans
G-star ‘US First’ jacket
Do you also own one of these Gapstar / G-Star classics in your denim collection? Show them by sending pics to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Last week Eat Dust showed their Spring Summer ’17 collection for the first time at the Seek Show in Berlin. The theme of their brand new collection is: ‘The Lonely Hearts Club‘. Rob Harmsen and Keith Hioco, both founders of Eat Dust, are true masters as it comes to make a collection with a mix of denim, workwear, streetwear and biker influences. Its always a big pleasure to catch up with these buddies, hearing the story behind every high-quality made piece. They added some killer pieces next to their core heavy weight denim fabric items, from very light comfomfortable denim pieces to an iconic suede item. The best is to check their collection live ofcourse at the upcoming Jacket Required show in London or visit their showroom in Antwerp – Belgium. I made some shots of several key pieces, check them here below (pics quality isn’t that good, sorry for that). Great to see you again guys and congrats with your new collection! Your hard work pays off every season, keep it up! Eat Dust: ‘One for the Road’.
Rob Harmsen & Keith Hioco
Dutch lifestyle denim brand Chasin’ launched last week during the Pitti Uomo tradeshow their latest collaboration: Royal Attitude. With this collab Chasin’ recycled uniforms from the Royal Netherlands Navy. The project was conceived together with James Veenhoff, founder of House of Denim Amsterdam.
Royal Attitude will be a seasonal part of the Chasin’ collection as of now. Through recycling of naval pieces Chasin’ created 2 stand out jeans, both in a 11,5oz quality. 1 is the iconic Ego jeans, which is the brand’s representation of the classic 5 pocket, with added stretch. A more contemporary fit is the cropped chino fit. For these jeans unique washes were created, inspired by the ocean. Next to the denims, the collection contains a denim jacket and several tops. Collection in stores from January 2017.
Congrats guys with the launch of this great and creative idea. Jeans and Navy are a perfect match!
Chasin’ X Royal Attitude
Jan Peters (Founder Chasin’) with James Veenhoff
This vintage Levi’s Jeans Trucker ‘Big E’ cut-off vest, dated late ’60′s, is from my personal archive. I have a true weakness for old customized denim jackets. Especially if they are original Levi’s. This model, the 70506 also known as the Type 3, is the most famous jacket of the denim jackets, also the most copied model by many other brands. This model was introduced by Levi’s Jeans in 1962 as the follow-up from the 507XX (Type 2 Jacket). The key details from this jacket are: Big E Red Tab, single stitched closure, button stamp is #521 (Levi’s used the single digit stamps first, later they changed it into three digits like 521, 524, 525, 526, etc.), tobacco stitching and cut-off sleeves (which refers to bikers). The previous owner was a Suzuki racer fan as he patched a lot of biker related patches and pins on his denim vest. Check it out!
Last year Levi’s Jeans and Google announced their latest innovative collaboration. Their project is called Project Jacquard. With this project they created a new smart technology woven into the denim fabric. With this fabric you can control your phone. Project Jacquard will allow designers and developers to build connected, touch-sensitive textiles into their own products. For this first kick-off project they used the classic Levi’s Jeans Trucker Jacket and gave it a twist that’s really cool and outstanding. In the two short movies here below you can see the introduction and the making of the project Jacquard. Great things are going to happen in the future of denim!
Project Jacquard: Making the Jacket
Waistcoats plays a key role in every collection from Blue de Gênes. Every waistcoat has an authentic look and comes with a special Italian lining made especially for Blue de Gênes. From the SS16 collection they created the Monta Rugged and Pieve Rapello waistcoats. Both waistcoats are high-quality made with a lot of authentic details.
A waistcoat is a perfect item to wear during Spring or Summer. You can wear with a simple t-shirt or (denim) shirt.
The Blue de Gênes Monta Rugged and Pieve Rapello waistcoats have special shaped pockets and branded real leather straps in the neck. The buttons are inspired by vintage military buttons, made of buffalo horn. It has the characteristic adjustable buckle on the back to make it all complete. The Blue de Gênes waistcoats are available in sizes 46-56.
Monta Rugged Waistcoat
Pieve Rapello Waistcoat
Explore more of the Blue de Gênes collection here:
Lebl Denim Atelier is an Amsterdam based denim studio founded by Leon Blok. Leon is making tailored made and personalised denim garments. If you can’t find your favo denim style, he’s your man! For his creations he is only using the best suppliers from America and Japan that have a long history in manufacturing high-quality denim fabrics.
How does it work to get your favo Lebl pair of jeans or jacket? Here are the steps to your ultimate piece of denim:
Step 1) We sit down and have a chat about your style, your personality, what you do. We also discuss any ideas you might have about your new favorite jeans.
Step 2) We take your body measurements and go into the subjects of fit, choice of fabric and stitch detailing. Lebl serves as your sounding board and will give advice, but you are the one making decisions.
Step 3) Then we part ways and Lebl draws up a pattern and design, and carefully construct your sample.
Step 4) We meet again for a sample fit. This is where you test and try the functional design before it’ll be made out of your selected fabric. We make the necessary alterations to the pattern, rejig pockets, fine-tune all details and adjust things where needed. Next time you see your garment, it’ll be for real.
Step 5) The day has come to try on the final product. When you slip into it for the first time, the raw fabric might feel weird to you. But trust us: after a week or two you might not want to take it off again and it feels like a natural match. Not love at first wear? We’ll adjust it for as long as it takes to feel perfect to you.
Below some examples of high quality, special handmade Lebl Denim garments.
Leon Blok – Lebl Denim
Great designed and hand painted trucker jackets by The Almighty Defender. The jackets are for Sale on his site, so check it out. You can also see more designs on his Instagram account: @thealmightydefender
The new Spring Summer 2016 collection from Eat Dust is called ‘Cuckoo’s Nest’. Next to their classic denim items Eat Dust brings every season a collection with a street- and workwear twist. Founders Rob Harmsen and Keith Hioco are always creating items which they want to wear themselves. They keep it close to their own interests and needs. The results are always very creative and innovatory. Think this is one of the reasons why they are so successful. Well done buddies!
The French vintage workwear inspired brand Fatboy Clothing Company is founded by Charles Niehues. All his creations are worked individually by hand, respecting all techniques of traditional work to have a genuine result. For Spring Summer ’16 he developed some really nice high quality made denim items. The items are made with Japanese fabrics which were came from an old Japanese factory from the ’50′s. The items are made with really cool authentic details. Below some highlights which are available this upcoming May on their website. Check also the really nice photoshoot which he did for his new lookbook. These pics gives you the feeling to want to work at the railroad and into the woods. Very nice Charles, keep up the good work!
The F.B.C. Spring Summer ’16 Lookbook
Came again across a true denim collectors item on Ebay: vintage Levi’s Big E Jeans car club denim vest from the ’60′s. On the back of this original denim cut you see the cartoon Ed Roth type character running a red light while being chased by the police. LVC (Levi’s Vintage Clothing) reproduced this patch set based on an image of it. They chose to put it on a ’60′s type cream Bedford jacket. Check this very cool denim cut here below, it’s for Sale for $ 1.499,-
The Dawson Denim brand started with workwear aprons. These were inspired by original aprons used up until the 1960’s. Since 2012 Dawson Denim expanded their collection with jackets, jeans and bags. All the Dawson Denim products are personally tailored, each piece is one of a numbered run and in some cases very limited. All the patterns from their products are cut, graded and finished by hand. All are made in their own workshop in Brighton – UK using vintage sewing machines from the 1950′s. Today I want to highlight their great workwear inspired denim jackets.
Founders Dawson Denim: Scott Ogden and Kelly Dawson
Sack Jacket : DD03 White Selvedge. The jacket is made from 13oz indigo dyed white selvedge, a copy of a pre 1930’s quality. Woven on Japanese Imamura looms developed in the 1920’s
Sack Jacket : DD06 Wabash. Limited edition Wabash printed indigo dyed twill jacket. Only 10 will be made and are made to order. The jacket is made from 11oz Indigo Dyed printed wabash twill from Japan.
Sack Jacket : DD05 Neppy. A classic workwear shape first named a Sack jacket in the 19th Century. The jacket is made from 10oz indigo dyed neppy selvedge, a copy of a pre 1930’s quality. Woven on Japanese Imamura looms developed in the 1920’s.
Over history the Utility Jacket has been worn for a variety of purposes, from workwear and military combat through to leisurewear. For this design, the UK brand Nigel Cabourn pieced together three different vintage garments including the USMC shirt jacket and these can be seen in the distinct upper and lower parts as well as the left chest pocket. This great item is made in two colours for Spring Summer ’16: a special washed indigo and an indigo denim version. Great denim cut and sew item!