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!
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!
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 GênesMonta 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.
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!
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!
Lavenham is an English manufacturer of quality country clothing and horse rugs. The Lavenham brand was founded in 1969 when they manufactured the first nylon quilted horse rug which was followed by matching jackets and waistcosts with the idea the rider would match their horse. The Lavenham jackets are still made in their factory in Suffolk – England, from quilting to final inspection.
The original Lavenham jacket is the Raydon Mens Jacket. It’s their slim fit with cord collar, trim, press stud fastening, with two patch pockets, an additional internal pocket and back vents. Quilted in their signature diamond quilt and lined with their horse jacquard polyester in medallion gold.
If you’re interested as a retailer to sell this brand in Holland, contact Matthias Peuser: www.stoer.agency
One of my latest vintage purchases is this original vintage Levi’s Big E 507XX (Type 2) Jeans jacket for kids. These small kids versions are hard to find and therefore rare and true collector items. I was lucky to get my hands on one of them. The jacket has a perfect vintage washed-out look with several different blue tones. This look of a worn-out jacket is really hard to fake or to copy in a denim wash factory. The 507XX jacket, also known as the Type 2, was introduced in 1953. It still has the Red Big E Tab on the right pocket. Inside the jacket you will see the faded selvage and the buttons are stamped with digit #17. As you can see the cuffs were cut-off and the sleeves were folded to the inside to make them shorter, that explains the lines on it. On the back you see that this kids was a ‘Etch a Sketch club member’. To fresh up your mind about this classic kids toy here’s a pic and some additional info about it.
‘Etch A Sketch’ is a mechanical drawingtoy invented by André Cassagnes of France and manufactured by the Ohio Art Company, now owned by Spin Master of Toronto, Canada. An ‘Etch A Sketch’ has a thick, flat gray screen in a red plastic frame. There are two knobs on the front of the frame in the lower corners. Twisting the knobs moves a stylus that displaces aluminum powder on the back of the screen, leaving a solid line. The knobs create lineographicimages. The left control moves the stylus horizontally, and the right one moves it vertically. The ‘Etch A Sketch’ was introduced near the peak of the ‘Baby Boom’ on July 12, 1960 for $2.99. It went on to sell 600,000 units that year and is one of the best known toys of that era. I used to play with it too when I was a young kid.
As I collect denim jackets, especially patched ones, this is a great addition in my private collection. The jacket tells a story with the ‘Etch a Sketch’ patch. This must be a creative kid from California – U.S.A.
Bazar des Poilus Store in an online shop with vintage French workwear items. Most of the items are from the ’30′ – ’40′s and ’50′s. The shop is loaded with the most cool blue workwear items which are all an one of a kind. They all have their ‘rips and tears’ from over the years and are repaired which makes them even more nicer. If you have an addiction for denim, you have to check this out to discover these rare and beautiful pieces. Below some of my favo’s.
Fatboy Clothing Company is a French artisanal brand created by Charles Niehues. The brand is inspired by vintage workwear cothing. All their creations are worked individually by hand, respecting all techniques of traditional work to have a genuine result. The line-up is a total look, is contains caps, t-shirts, shirts, pants and jackets. I really like the look and feel of it, very authentic. Looking forward to see the brand in real live one day. Below some of my favo items, especially the jackets are very cool.
Check the making of the Fatboy Clothing Indigo Jacket
Bomber jackets are a classic and a musthave for everyone. Especially when it’s combined with camo. Nudie Jeans made for Spring Summer ’16 a reversable bomber jacket, two jackets for the price of one. One side features their own handmade and ever so peaceful aquarelle camo print. Turn it inside out and you get a matte black jacket. Both sides have two front pockets and matching ribbed jersey trims. Both are made in a Japanese nylonmix thats hydrophobic enough to cope with a quite Spring rain or two. Nice one!
Today I want to highlight one of my original vintage Levi’s Jeans 507XX (also known as Type 2) jackets from my private denim collection. The jacket is from the ’50′s. The 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 line inside which disappeared at the follow-up jacket, the 557XX (Type 3) Trucker model. The back of the buttons are stamped with #17. I own more original 507XX jackets and they all have this number, but I saw them also without this # stamped. Normally the number refers to a production period and/or the production factory.
The sleeveless biker jackets are also known as the ‘denim cut’ because bikers cutted off the sleeves and the collar so they could wear them over their clothes. When bikers were making long distance trips during cold weather riding (as in winter, below freezing temps), you know that wearing layers is necessary for keeping warm. When you wear very many layers that have sleeves, it’s very difficult to bend your elbows, so that’s why they cutted off the sleeves. That’s how the cut-offs were born.
One of the rumors is that before bikers were wearing leather club vests they wore only denim vests, but they made the change because when the cops busted the bikers they would often wash the bikers cut-offs to wind them up, which eventually led to the move towards leather cut-offs. Original bikers who rode in the ’60′s still wear denim cuts, as once you earn your cut, it’s for life. My cut-off denim vest has a ‘Harley Davidson’ patch on the front and a ‘Nomads’ patch on the back. A Nomad is an individual who may or may not be a member of a particular motorcycle club, and not bound by geographic territory. They will attend club meetings and pay required dues to different chapters, depending on his travels. So this jacket belonged to a real Nomad biker from the California area.
Denim cut-offs have always a story to tell. Besides that they always look very cool I really like hand made and customized denim jackets, it gives the jacket more character. Check below my Levi’s 507XX Big E ‘Nomads’ jacket from the ’50′s.
The video below is made for the Endrime X Denim Boulevard collaboration jacket. Mohsin Sajid (founder of the Endrime brand) dyed an ecru jacket into a bath of natural indigo in his atelier in London -UK. In the video you can see the magical process of indigo, the colour will change from green into blue when the jacket comes out of the indigo bath and comes in contact with oxygen. The more dips you do, the more dark blue the item gets. Always great to see Mohsin doing those crafted skills by himself. Keep on going Mohsin!