Oliver Harkness, the owner of The Quality Mending Company, has over 20 years of experience in dealing in vintage clothing, and sources rare, unique American and European pieces for the store. In 2010, as it became clear that select in-demand items were getting more difficult o track down, Oliver introduced his own label The Quality Mending Company, a line of mainly locally made clothing and accessories that takes its inspiration from vintage but possesses an of-the-moment sensibility. These new items fit in nicely alongside the carefully curated vintage pieces that continue to be an essential element of the store. It’s always nice to see when a brand is born out of a passion instead of a moneymaker. When you are in NY City, visit this authentic shop!
Last week you already saw pictures that Jason Denham (Denham Jeans) took my ‘Long John X GoSterk X Blendomatic’ collab shirt with him during his trip trough Japan. Today I am very proud to show you the real deal. Jason was lucky to visit the more than 100 years old small family hand dye house in Kojima (Japan) for his upcoming collection and dipped my shirt in natural indigo. The result is an -one of a kind- made by master Jason Denham himself! It’s one of the first collabs that gets a second collaboration: Denham X Long John. Jason was so kind to document the magical indigo dip process. When an indigo dyed item left the indigo bath it has a kind of green look. By the time this dipped item gets in contact with oxigen it slowly turns into the colour blue. This is why we call this indigo process magic. The result is really beautiful! It turned into a perfect blue colour, a.k.a. blue gold.
Check the process pictures of this true craftsman below. I am very honored Jason, big bravo for this great surprise! Can’t wait to add this shirt in my private collection. Till soon.
Recently I came across this vintage found: Lee Jeans U.S.A. railway patched jacket. It’s customized by the pre-owner with all kind of railway patches. Don’t know exactly how old the jacket is, but I think it is from the ’80′s early ’90′s. As I like customized jackets a lot this is a great addition in my private collection. If someone has some more info about this jacket, please send me an email:
Amsterdenim is a new denim brand developed by Ben Fokkema who is involved in the denim industry for many years. The brand refers to denim and the denim Capital of the world: Amsterdam. These two matches so good that the name was born naturally. The first delivery will be in November.
To kick-off the brand Ben decided to do a great project called: The First Tanned Denim. As we all know you have to protect yourself against the sun, but we also like to have a nice tan. Through the years we always searching to stay healthier and live longer. You have to protect yourself against bad influences, not only for ourselves, but also for the things to make it last longer.
A good example are the brown sailing sails from the old days. To make these sails more durable, they dipped the sails in a heated big bucket with water and crunched bark from an oak-tree. The sails got a brown tan, this procedure we call tanning. Profession wise it’s a tannery. Normally a cotton sail would last a 1.5 year and a tanned sail will last 20 years.
As you probably know the first dungaree was made from sail or tent canvas. This is the connection with the past. Amsterdenim is the first with the tanned denim. Great project for the kick-off of Amsterdenim. Good luck Ben with your new adventure!. Check the pics below to see the tanning process.
The Italian company Sevenbell has a rich history as they started in 1949 as the first blue jeans company in Italy. From the beginning the Roy Roger’s jeans have some unique details, like the original back pocket zip (patented since the 1950s) and the famous “money pocket” – the small front pocket for the small change. But also the brand triangle on the back pocket is a recognizable feature of the brand.
As the company developed every year by making better products the RR jeans became a more popular and cult garment during the sixties and seventies. They were worn by a lot of young people, students, fathers and sons.
Even today the company is revolutionary as it comes to jeans. Especially the special RR Rugged line is one of the best ones. Within this line they only use the best quality, finishes and fits. The jeans below show why Roy Roger’s is almost 70 years on top of the denim industry. The features of these jeans are extremely nice! They used a Japanese selvage denim fabric which is colored with the indigo plant from Okoyama. The washing is done by hand with the same character of a vintage piece from 1905. Of course you’ll find the triangle leather patch on the back pocket, made (for the first time!) from vegetable tanned leather. The same as for the brand patch. What also is very cool to mention is that one of the belt loops on the front is also made from leather. Even the inside shows some quality craftsmanship as the inner pocket linings are made of English cotton, used more commonly in quality mattresses.
All in all a great authentic limited edition by Roy Roger’s! See below some highlights of this masterpiece.
Roy Roger’s Limited Edition Jeans;
Vintage washing done by hand;
Roy Roger’s button;
Inner pocket linings made of English cotton;
Belt loop made from vegetable tanned leather;
Vintage washed inside waistband label;
Famous triangle made from vegetable tanned leather;