The guys from Michael Chell did a nice experiment with some several denim brands, a three months river wash in the Thames. The brands which are included in this experiment are Denham, Edwin, Natural Selection, Nudie Jeans and Scotch & Soda. The results are really destroyed teared denim pairs. True worn-outs. Check them here below.
Dutch denim store Baretta from The Hague (NL) are celebrating their 3rd anniversary this weekend. To celebrate this they made a special limited edition, 75 pairs only, collab jean together with denim brand Naked & Famous from Canada and Dutch artist Pieter Ceizer. The jean is made from 13,75oz Japanse lefthand selvage. Pieter designed a nice leather patch made from natural vegetable tanned leather wich will age nicely over time and he also did the graphics for the authentic pocket flasher. If you want to get your hands on one of these pairs, be quick! Big congrats guys with this great collab and ofcourse with this milestone! Bravo!
This Wrangler ‘Blue Bell’ kids jean is from my private collection. The jean is very worn-out by a kid as the knees are completely destroyed. As many kids jeans, also this one, has a zipper, made from non-selvage left hand fabric. Because the jean is washed some many times it feels really soft.
It was in 1947 that employees of ‘Blue Bell’ (the previous Wrangler brand name) voted on the name of a new line of jeanswear designed specifically for cowboys and rodeo riders. The name decided upon was Wrangler. In the year 1948 they replaced the arcuate stiching into the “W” stitch on the backpockets. What’s also nice to mention is that the first Wrangler pocket labels were made from pressed card and then in plastic for a simple reason, when a leather label and a leather saddle come into contact, they stick and Wranglers were designed for cowboys. It’s a pitty that Wrangler doesn’t make the ‘Blue Bell’ line anymore. This means that these items are hard to find, very rare.
This Evisu denim jacket with lot nr. 3641 is from my private collection and is about 10 years old. The jacket is inspired on the famous Levi’s Jeans Type 2 trucker jacket, original 507XX, introduced around 1953. Inside of the jacket there is a nice plain and red selvage. The sleeves has a nice worn pattern. But what makes this jacket really special are the embroidered pockets, with the Evisu seagull logo. Check it out.
A while ago I bought this nice worn in special edition from Evisu Jeans: Homage to Levi’s Jeans. Evisu brought a homage range years ago where they showed their love to the Big 3 denim brands: Levi’s, Lee and Wrangler. All the jeans were made with the unique specifics from each brand. I own this whole tribute collection in unwashed (raw) condition, but lately I came across a nice worn in pair of the Levi’s homage. The jean is made from right hand fabric, selvage and has the famous red tab, but painted ofcourse which is known of the Evisu brand. Check the jean below and check also the link with my previous post from my raw versions of these three Evisu homage jeans.
Check my previous post about The Homage to Levi’s, Lee and Wrangler here;
Yesterday was the kick-off of the second edition of the ‘Denim Boulevard’ event in Milan (Italy). Also this year the program is amazing: ‘Mood denim boulevard’ by Matt Hind and Nick Clements – Men’s File, museum ‘My Archive’ by Antonio Di Battista, book presentation ‘Details’ – A life with denim by Piero Turk, ‘Product Chain’ by Berto Industria Tessile, ‘Focus accessories’ by Spring ’85 and ’Focus finishings’ by Martelli Lavorazioni Tessili and Wash Italia. Mix these highlights with fine music, cold beers and dedicated denim people and you will have the perfect event! The event is running till Monday. Below some sneak pics with Antonio di Battista (Blue Blanket Jeans).
Again my ‘Eat Dust’ buddies Rob Harmsen and Keith Hioco from Antwerp dropped a really cool new Fall Winter 2014 – 2015 collection called: A few good men! This collection is absolutely next level, very inspiring to see their development every season! My personal favourite is the army p*ssy camo poncho. Great job boys. Cheers, one for the road!
Lucien Aberson sended me these pictures below of his great worn-out pair of Levi’s Vintage Clothing (LVC). The fit, 505 from 1967 is also one of my personal favourites in the LVC range, nice 14oz red line selvedge denim made from Japanese Kaihara fabric. Thanks for sending the pics Lucien!
- Owner: Lucien Aberson from Holland
- Brand: Levi’s Vintage Clothing (LVC) Big E - fit 505, 1967
- Age: 1+ year old
- Treatment: One wash
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This Wrangler ‘Blue Bell’ jacket 8MZ is my latest vintage found. This jacket was introduced in 1951 as the second edition Wrangler jacket included a zipper. It’s made of 8oz left hand denim, the feeling is extremely soft! It features golden/yellow selvage behind the zipper, elastic side details, sleeve vents, one breast pocket and two hip pockets.
The previous owner wore this jacket a lot as the denim is faded completely, a lot of holes and damages and the jacket also got some several chlorine spots. A true nice piece of a worn-out denim item. Perfect addition in my private collection!
Pike Brothers came with a great innovation for the hardcore bikers and denimheads, the ultimate motorcycle protect jean. The model is called 1958 MotoRoamer and it’s the first selvage motortcycle jean with EN 13595-1 certification! They teamed up with a European PPE manufacturer who specializes in bullet proof vests and protection gear for military and police forces. The result is a combination of our hard-wearing 11oz selvage denim jeans and a removable inner pant made 100% DuPont™ Kevlar® – an extremely robust combination, as the pant will withstand 12 seconds of abrasion, keeping your skin protected! Really nice to see this new combination for the bikers and denimheads! Great job Fabian!
My latest vintage denim treasure is this old Wrangler ‘Blue Bell’ denim banner. The banner is in a deadstock never washed condition. They used to make these banners in small numbers, only a couple of hundred, because the silk screens weren’t so strong as nowadays. This one is made on a light weight plain right hand selvage fabric. Made from the colours red, yellow and white. Most of the Levi’s banners are also made with only these three colours. These banners were made as advertising material for the shop windows. Very hard to find and true collector items. Think this one is from the ’70′s but can also be older. If you have some more info about it, please send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Recently I got my hands on this great Levi’s ‘Big E’ kids jean from the ’60. The jean has a really nice natural vintage worn-out look. The jean has a red line selvage, big e tab, train tracks, single stich back pockets, talon zipper, button #4 and repaired knees. Nice addition in my private collection.
- Owner: Freddy Keyner from Breda, Holland. Working as denim merchandiser at Men_at_Work, www.menatwork.nl.
- Brand: Lee Jeans, fit 101z 23oz dry selvage
- Age: 390 days
- Treatment: One rinse
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Lee Jeans celebrates their 125 years this year. For this anniversary they developed several different items with some highend fashion designers as special projects. The idea of these special projects was to re-imagine their most popular fits and finishes. The all star line up from the designers are Donwan Harrell, Emma Francois, Orjan Andersson and design trio Sarah and Carol Prion and Gregory Derkenne. Below some sneak pics of items to celebrate this milestone. Happy birthday Lee Jeans!
Paul Kruize from Enschede (NL) is a true denim craftsman. A couple of months ago he started to make custom made jeans with the best fabric available. So if you can’t find the perfect fit or fabric, contact Paul and he will measure all your sizes to make you ultimate handmade pair of jeans. The jean below is made from 16.7oz Cone Mills selvage fabric. It’s a straight fit, classic 5 pocket with selvage on the coin pocket. Check also the inside of the jean, really nice finished. Keep on going Paul!
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My latest vintage found is this little kids ’Blue Bell’ jacket from the ’60′s with front pockets and nice pleats. It’s orange stitched. The sleeves have been shortened, done pretty well. The jacket has two elastic cinchers on back, striped flannel lining and yellow/gold selvage. Very cool addition in my private collection!
For the ‘Amsterdam Denim Days’ I curated a denim expo with items from my friend Antonio di Battista from Italy. Antonio is a fanatic denim collector and has an amazing private collection full of rare items. His collections contains more than 3.000 hard to find pieces from all over the world. Besides a collector he’s a true craftsman when it comes to denim design and he also has his own brand called Blue Blanket Jeans. Below the expo which was part of the Blueprint event. Thank you all for coming and for your support!
In late 2008 Universal Works was born, with the Autumn Winter 2009 as their first collection. Universal Works aims to mix the great British clothing heritage with a modern, more international feel, clothes that reflect the personality of the owner. The ideas come from a humble blue-collar background but one that knows how to dress well and live well. They wanted to create a brand that offers great fits and great quality at a fair price. Below their Boncoura 5 pocket cinch back jeans.