Another killer jacket from my private denim collection is this Levi’s 507XX (Type 2) Big E Jeans Jacket from the ’50′s. The sleeves were cut-off by the previous owner, guess he (or she as it is a very small size) was a biker back in the days. Check also the cool vintage biker pins on the jacket. The jacket is washed very often as the colour is light blue with some brown dirt on it. Very nice natural washing! This jacket is very poluar among collectors as the originals are hard to find. These are one of my personal favo’s too. Pure Americana feeling!
Spotted these great worn-out pair of Nudie Jeans – Grim Tim a while ago. Unfortunately I can’t remember on which blog I saw it, sorry guys, but damn what a great result! True blue art!
This Levi’s Jeans 501 is the biggest selvage jeans in my private denim collection. It has a waist 54 and length 30. The jean is made from a great hairy fabric. It has a small e red tab, no. 6 on the top button, non-single stitch backpockets and washed-out red selvage. This jean is probably from the late ’70′s. Maybe earlier as you follow the no. 6 button, but normally the backpockets should be single stitched than. You can’t always track 100% the original production year/time from an old denim item. One thing is sure that these are the biggest in my collection! Big vintage Americana jeans!
The Amsterdam based store Tenue de Nîmes officially released their latest jean ‘Pablo’ yesterday as a successful follow-up on their first jean ‘Charles’. Their new jeans is made from a Japanese denim: ‘Memphis Blue’. The Tenue de Nîmes jeans are the first step within a collection of garments that are timeless and always based on the basic principle of quality. They made the Pablo jeans by a small factory in Italy, an hour away from Veneto, owned by an Italian woman and her son. The Pablo is a straight jean with a slightly more relaxed top-block and a slim but easy leg. It’s a more classic ‘Americana’ jean. The Pablo jean is created with a 14,5 o.z. Memphis II fabric from the Rampuya denim mill in Kojima, Japan. The Tenue de Nîmes Pablo Memphis II jeans are limited to 140 pieces and are exclusively available at Tenue de Nîmes. Every jean is hand-numbered and is presented in a special box. Congrats guys with the birth of Pablo!
One of my treasures from my private denim archive is this original vintage Levi’s Jeans 507XX (also known as Type 2) jacket. The jacket is from the ’50′s. It was introduced in 1953 as the follow up from the 506XX (Type 1) jacket. On the 507XX jacket was a second breast pocket added with bar tacks instead of rivets. The jacket got the famous BigE red tab. All vintage Levi’s items with a red tab (the red tab was introduced in 1936) made before 1971 have the BigE tab instead of a small e. These BigE red tabs are the valuable items to collect. This jacket was only made till 1962 when the follow up came: 557XX (Type 3) jacket. The 557XX is Levi’s most famous jacket, it has the pointed pocket flaps. The 507XX has selvage in the inside which dissapear at the 557XX jack. The buttons are showing a lot of patina. The back of the buttons are stamped with number 17.
My 507XX jacket is in totally worn-out condition, that’s how I like them the most. It shows different blue indigo shades. A perfect jacket with a lot of history! It came out in the time that the Rock & Roll era started. Check it out!
A couple of years ago Lee Jeans introduced their heavy weight 23oz jeans, made in a limited run of 250 pieces only. Now they are back with another bad boy, 101 Rider 19oz. The jean is made of a fine Japanese quality with two different selvage colours. The Rider fit is a classic in the Lee range, normal rise with tapered legs. Check them out in the great webshop from Meadow. Looking forward to see a worn-out pair of this one!
Available here: www.meadowweb.com
Spanky denim is a small scale denim brand from Indonesia. They are dedicated and focused on delivering the best quality and personalized denim pieces. Their collection of premium fabrics and hardware are sourced from Japan, USA, Italy and their home country Indonesia. They are using authentic Union Special machines for strenght and the best details.
Check out this heavy bad boy made from 21oz selvage fabric. It contains all the classic jeans features like: V-stitch top button, hidden rivets, leather patch, laurel leaf buttons, reinforced back pockets, selvage, etc. Follow Spanky Denim on Instagram: @spankyid. Keep up the good work guys!
I have a kind of weakness for denim jackets. Especially when they are patched or natural destroyed with wear, but sometimes you come across vintage items which are amazing by themselves. This is one of them. I already have a lot of Lee Jeans Riders jackets from the ’60′s and ’70′s but this one is an original 101-J from the ’50′s. Not so long ago I already scored another one from this period, but that one is totally washed out and destroyed with time by the previous owner(s). The new 101-J is in great condition, it has a perfect blue colour and the golden / red neck label is still excellent! Old Lee jackets in these mint condition are hard to find. Great to add this one in my private collection!
Check here my other worn-out Lee 101-J jacket from the ’50′s:
While the summer finally kicks in and the trade shows are on full force right now the Amsterdam based denim brand Kings of Indigo (K.O.I.) launched their new Spring Summer 2016 collection at several fairs. Their new collection has some great international influences from Japan and the U.S. You can also see that in their logo where the American cowboy is riding a Japanse koi carper. The SS16 collection has inspirations from authentic workwear, marine stripes, Japanese sashiko stitching, and seventies patch-up customized items. The link in the whole collection is of course the indigo blue colour. As I said before, the 2015 summer kicks in, but prepare yourself for the summer of 2016! Well done guys!
Cheese Denim Works is a great denim brand with high standard jeans. The material of this particular jeans is sourced from a small mill in Okayama, Japan. The denim is raw unsanforized, heavy weight: 17oz selvage. The fit is slim straight. The jean has a laurel leaf button as top button and the back pockets have a hidden rivet. All in all a super nice authentic pair of jeans. Check the jean here below.
Available at: www.chainstitches.com
Denham the jeanmaker is coming with something very innovative as it comes to make your pair of worn jeans fresh again. For Fall Winter ’15 they will launch their Soap Nuts range. The Soap Nuts contains a natural substance called saponin, which when dissolved in water, creates mild suds that is very similar to soap. This soapy substance has remarkable detergent properties, easily replacing normal detergents. It works effectively by removing dirt and dissolving oils from your denims. The Soap Nuts has no chemicals, no perfume and only pure natural enzymes. You have to wait a little while until these crazy nuts will hit the stores!
Came across this vintage pair of Levi’s Jeans. The pair itself is not so special but what makes this jeans so great is the blue BigE tab. But the best detail from this pair is the super nice label with the gold miner image on the back pocket. Check it here below.
Selvedgework denim is making handcrafted jeans. You can make your own favo jeans with all the details you like. You can choose from more than 20 high quality selvedge fabrics in their own atelier. Take your all time classic fit and spare parts and create your dream pair of jeans. Check the video for the whole process.
Came across this beauty on Ebay, Lee Jeans 101-J Rider jacket from the ’50′s. The jacket has the yellow/red tag which refers to the beginning of the ’50′s. It’s from the same period as the Levi’s 507XX jacket. This Lee jacket has an amazing embroidery on the back. The auction is opened at $ 3.499. Although this is a great jacket, this is way to high for me to place a bid, but it’s damn cool! One of the best I have seen. Check the great jacket here below.
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The Dawson Jeans are all made in their own workshop in Brighton using vintage sewing machines from the 1950′s. Inspired by early 20th Century overalls. This DD03 White Selvage jeans is available with cinch back and suspender buttons or belt loops.
Some of the great details of this classic pair of indigo waist overalls are; 13 oz indigo dyed white selvedge, a copy of a pre 1930’s quality – Woven on Japanese Imamura looms developed in the 1920’s - Natural Japanese herring bone pocket bags, all pockets are fully lined. – Natural undyed leather patch, branded by hand. - Numbered product, signed by our maker. All in all a great pair in true authentic gold miners style.
One my latest denim treasures is this vintage denim Powrhouse jacket from the late ’50′s or begin of the ’60′s. The jacket was sold exclusively sold through the Montgomery Ward retail chain in the U.S.A. Montgomery Ward is a department store retailer, which operated between 1872 and 2000. The jacket had original sleeves but they are cut off by their previous owner. The model of the jacket is inspired by the 507XX – Type 2 – jacket from Levi’s Jeans which came out in 1953. In those times you saw a lot of workwear brands with references to the leader in the market, Levi’s. The Powr House jacket is made with a non-selvage right hand fabric and has the 101 buttons. It has a great vintage washed out look. Check it out here below.
This Wrangler ‘Blue Bell’ 11MW (Men’s Western) is in my private collection for a while. It’s an unused jeans with all the original tags like the legendary comic book. This jean is inspired by the rodeo clown pants from the ’50′s. The repro model is the 11MW which was originally introduced in 1947 when Blue Bell changed their company name into Wrangler. The original pair had the arcuate stitch (like Levi’s Jeans) but in 1948 they changed it into the now famous ‘W’ stitch. This repro pair has the great embroidered back with the advertising Jeans, Shirts and Jackets words. It’s made of a 12oz left hand fabric with non-selvage. Even these repro’s are hard to find as Wrangler stopped producing this authentic line a few years ago. Check the jean here below.
Fred Hurkmans went to Greece a couple of weeks ago and this was the perfect time to give his 10 months old Nudie Jeans Grim Tim a natural sea rinse. Always great to see this authentic way of rinse treatment. The ocean is one of the best places to make your denim fresh and clean. Nice Fred! Check out his worn-out project!
- Owner: Fred Hurkmans from Eindhoven, Holland. Salesman at Rambam denim store Eindhoven, www.rambam.nl
- Brand: Nudie Jeans, fit Grim Tim Orange Selvage
- Age: 10 months
- Treatment: Natural sea wash
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Yesterday I already posted the innovative collaboration from the Italian denim mill Candiani, Jean School Amsterdam and Amsterdam Fashion Institute (Amfi) during the second edition of Amsterdam Denim Days – Blueprint last April. They could only made 30 -personally handmade- jeans during the event and I was one of the lucky ones.
You could choose between three different denim fabrics, from light weight to heavy. I picked the heavy one, 14oz right hand dark blue with red line selvage. The next step was picking you favo colour thread, which for me was a combination from blue and red as a reference to Holland and the Amsterdam red light district. Step three was about the right shape of your backpocket. The backpockets are lined with canvas which has an all-over print with the logo’s; Candiani, Jean School and Amfi. They also used the printed canvas for the inner pockets. For step 4, the buttons, I made a kind of a small tribute to one of my favourite Levi’s 501 fits, the 1944 model which has unbranded different buttons as all major manufacturers in World War 2 has to skip unnecessary parts to save them. The four different buttons in my handmade pair is a kind of homage to that period. The top button is the one from the Amsterdam based Jean School, as I am very proud of this first jeans education! For the rivets I picked rusty brown ones to give the jean an authentic look. And to make the jean totally complete I had to go for the indigo leather patch of course! The block from the jeans is a classic one and I made the leggs a little bit more tapered, about a 19 cm hem. The hem is also chainstiched with red thread inside.
All in all this special handmade jeans is one of the only thirty 100% made in Amsterdam jeans. This is something very special and unique! Very proud to have these in my private collection. Many thanks again for this great opportunity and for the high quality handmade personal jeans. You guys did a perfect job together. Again a big bravo! Check my jeans here below. There are more nice details included, for example, a sixth coin/watch pocket made of selvage quality, which I didn’t mentioned here above, but check it out for yourself.
One of the highlights last April during the second edition of the Amsterdam Denim Days – Blueprint event was the collaboration between the Italian Candiani denim mill, Jean School / House of Denim and fashion institute Amfi. They collaborated to make live the best pair of jeans you’ve ever seen! The first 100% made in Amsterdam selvage jeans. Something for the denim history books.
The fabric was made live on an old Picanol shuttle loom from the ’50′s. The sound of the loom was magical! The Italian Candiani mill (started in 1938) is the only mill in Europe which still weaves on a day to day basis with these small, machine looms, which drove the first denim boom in the Western world. The result in a unique denim quality.
During the event these three partners could only create 30 of these exclusive custom jeans. So only for a few lucky bastards. Candiani made the denim fabric live and the students from Jean School and Amfi created the personal made jeans on the spot. You could choose your own fit, fabric and weight, buttons, rivets, pockets, patch, colour of thread, etc. This was heaven for every denimhead. I was honoured to be one of those lucky selected people.
The Picanol shuttle loom from the ’50′s.
The pop-up atelier were they made live on the spot your personal handmade jeans.
Tomorrow I will show you my personal handmade jeans which is 100% made in Amsterdam. So cool and proud to have one in my private collection. Big bravo for this great initiative! Keep up the good work guys!
Watch out for part 2. To be continued…