Burg & Schild store from Berlin – Germany and Indigofera brand from Sweden teamed up in a great collaboration. The collab consists several nice items as the ultimate biker outfit. One of the items is a classic jean. The “Shane” jeans is made from Japanese 16oz loomstate selvedge denim. The cut is straight and a bit wider, just perfect for motorcycle rides. For the promotion of these iconic items they made a roadtrip through Sweden. Check the jean below and their cool roadtrip video. Well done Shane Brandenburg and Mats Andersson!
www.burgundschild.com & www.indigoferajeans.com
Italian company Sevenbell, the company that made iconic denim brand Roy Roger’s since 1952, launched the new Autumn/Winter campaign for 2014-’15.
Their new campaign with models Marta Hunt and Johannes Huebl, both perfect performers of the relaxed luxury with a new attitude of the collection, tells a story about a new concept of elegance, combining a current and up-to-date style with the brand heritage, made of high quality raw materials and strictly made in Italy pieces.
Roy Roger’s new campaign underlines how its research of innovative fabrics connects with tradition, giving life to a sportswear inspired collection of fine clothing, expressing dynamism and activity, in accordance with true Italian style.
Check out the new collection on: www.sevenbell.com
Sarva is the new denim outdoor inspired brand from Sweden. All their denims are made in Sweden. This is something really special as in the late 70′s all Swedish factories had to close down due to lower priced competition overseas. Now for the first time in 35 years they can produce jeans in Sweden again together with a small factory that has kept their machines and knowledge from the glory days of Swedish textile production.
One of their denim highlights is the Riekte Sami Selvage. A jean made of a Japanese selvedge fabric from Kaihara, Japan. They have worked with them to develop their own 13.75 oz fabric with the selvedge in their south Sami colors red, blue and green. Peek-a-boo selvedge on the coin pocket and Swedish flag bar tacks to finish of the side seams. The leather patch is made in Sweden with naturally tanned reindeer leather from KERO Company in Sattajärvi. All in all a really nice high-end denim. Good luck guys! And check out their new webshop, it’s now online.
Iron Heart was founded by Shinichi Haraki in 2003 as an American workwear inspired denim brand, especially with a focus on bikers. Iron Heart is best known for its use of heavyweight fabric for clothing. The first jeans model released was the 21oz IH-634S, a classic straight cut style, which is the signature of the brand. From their signature they made a nice 21oz heavy black selvedge denim version. The made in Japan denim is very soft and comfortable to wear despite the thickness of the fabric. It is woven with hand-picked American cotton, which is known for its long fibers. Nowadays you see more and more black denim in the premium denim market, which is a nice alternative on the classic blue ones. Looking forward to see a worn-in pair of this one, think it will age very beautiful.
Available at the Burg & Schild Store in Berlin: www.burgundschild.com
This Levi’s Baby Jeans is a denim pant from my private collection. Size tag 12 months. It is made in U.S.A. and from the 1980′s. On the back pocket you see the famous orange tab. Levi’s originally introduced the orange tab in the late ’60′s as a new line next to their red tab line, but the orange tab pieces were more fashionable items. The jeans is a classic 5 pocket and has a zipper, this is common on kids jeans to close it more easily than buttons. The jean is made from right hand fabric, non-selvage and has a stone washed finish, typical from the 80′s period. I also own the jacket from this little ‘cowboy set’, will show you this one in Part 2.
This pair of Gapstar jeans is the first selvage pair made by Dutch company G-star in the mid ’90′s. Gapstar had to change their name into G-star because of the Gap Jeans brand from the U.S. G-star’s first raw selvage denim was the now famous model U.S. Lumber, but this was their first red line selvage denim, pre-washed in an ultra soft left hand fabric quality. It’s a classic five pocket jean, anti-fit model. The jean is in my private collection for a long time and a true collectors item nowadays. This is where it all started…Check out the old back pocket stitching on the really big pockets.
OriJeans from the U.S.A. began as a kickstarter campaign to produce individually hand-crafted jeans, from raw, selvedge denim, delivered at an affordable price. They want to make selvage denim more available for those who appreciate quality and timeless fashion in the same garment. Their filosofie is that most folks cannot afford made-to-order clothing and OriJeans changed that. You choose the fabric (they work with the best fabics like Kaihara, Kuroki, Kurabo and Cone Mills) and details like fit, buttons, thread, etc. and then your favourite pair of jeans is going to be made, tailormade, for you. Their goal is to deliver your dream pair of jeans! In their words: ”We produce selvedge denim jeans that are made-to-order – you design, you customize, and you fit to your body – all at a great price!” Check it out on their website how you can make your dream pair of jeans in a few simple steps. Good luck guys!
Meet the OriJeans team:
In 1937 Levi’s Jeans used large banners to advertise the hidden rivets that replaced the exposed copper rivets on that year’s version of the 501, in response to complaints of exposed rivets damaging customers furniture. These denim banners were used to hang in the shopwindows or inside the stores to promote the brand. The banners were mostly made in really limited numbers, around 200 each, because silk screens in those days weren’t good enough to make more out of them. Nowadays these banners are really hard to find and are true collector items.
This Fall Winter Levi’s Vintage Clothing did something really cool as a kind of a tribute to the vintage banners, they made three classic pieces from reproduction banners: Type 1 jacket from 1936, 501 jeans fit from 1937 and a duffle bag. These limited edition items are made from rigid Cone Mills White Oak selvedge fabric, allowing them to break in beautifully, and uniquely, with time and wear. Check the item here below. They are available at Unionmade Store – US.
The original Levi’s Jeans banner from 1937
The Levi’s Vintage Clothing banner items
Available here: http://unionmadegoods.com
Ru Denim is a new denim brand founded by Ruann Da Silva from Amsterdam – NL, original from Sao Paulo. The first two styles are slim fits models, Type 01: 15oz Thai Red Selvedge Denim and Type 02: 17.5oz Japanese Red Selvedge Denim. Both models are made with nice details and links to Amsterdam like the embroidered tulip on the back pocket and the stamp with typical Amsterdam canal houses on the inner pockets. My personal favourite is the Type 02, looking forward to see the first worn-out pair. The specifics of the Type 02 are:
- 17.5oz Japanese Red Selvedge Denim
- Slub Texture
- Hidden Rivets
- Selvedge Fly
- Selvedge Coin Pocket
- Salmon Chambray Pocket Lining
- Inside Pocket Prints
- YKK Royal Copper Buttons and Rivets
This Rising Sun Jeans, style Blacksmith, is made from American 14oz dark indigo, selvage denim, reinforced acorn-back pockets, continuous fly detail, & heavy duty pocket lining, signature brown duck wasteband facing and double-Prong copper clinch rivets.
Interview founder Rising Sun Jeans, Mike Hodis
The Nudie Jeans: Grim Tim Dry Selvage is the top of the line selvage quality from Nudie. It’s actually the original selvage denim that dates back to the day they were born. This fabric is a tight weave, right hand construction with slubby yarns. It has orange in the selvage edge, a feature made exclusively for Nudie Jeans. The coin pocket also features a selvage edge. Organic silver trims and organic pocket lining. Made with Japanese 13.5oz. red cast rigid denim. 100% organic cotton. Thanks for sending me a pair of these Anthony (sales rep for Nudie Holland), cheers! Below some details pics.
Lee Jeans dropped a very nice new special edition of the 101s Slim Rider. They made a jean with two different fabrics on the front and the back. It’s now available at Cultizm, check the specs here;
- Style: The Original Slim Rider
- Fit: Slim Fit
- Color: Indigo
- Wash: Raw
- Material: 100% Cotton
- 13oz Green Selvage Denim (front) with 12oz White Selvage Denim (back)
- 2 premium denims – one contemporary garment
- Lefthand and righthand twill
- Leather patch with logo
Available here: www.cultizm.com
Take a look into the Hiut Denim factory. In the factory they can make 100 pairs of Hiut’s a week. Pure blue craftsmanship. Check the nice video here below.
My friend Antonio di Battista (founder from Blue Blanket Jeans) from Italy just came back from California where he was for the Denimbruin event. During the event he presented his new jean inspired by the gold rush era in collaboration with Cory Piehowicz (a.k.a. Bandit Photograph). The jean they made is based on a pair of 1800′s waist overalls which Cory found in the desert when he was on a trip with his buddies Mike Harris (writer from the book Jeans from the old West) and Russ. Everything was made by hand and with old machines using a Japanese pure indigo denim made especially for this jean. The jean will be produced as a limited edion and will come this Fall. Really nice project between two authentic passionated guys! Below some pictures of the jean.
Antonio di BattistaPhoto by Cory Piehowicz
Cory Piehowicz wearing the Bandit Overalls
www.blueblanketjeans.com & http://corypiehowicz.com
It’s already twelve years ago that Atelier LaDurance was launched in the stores. The brand was founded by Gerard Backx. ALD were premium denim items full of great details and super Japanese quality! Next to the amazing products the branding was extremely good! All done by true craftsman Boy Bastiaens (www.stormhand.com) from Maastricht – NL. He’s responsible for the whole creative identity of this brand. One of the best ideas from Boy was to make a simple connection to France (in the beginning the collections were made in France!) and to men and women, he came with the idea to make the inner pockets with a fabric refering to the French jam jars. So for men it’s blue with white and women red with white. Also the repairkit bullet delivered with every item was amazing. Besides that the all over branding was something new, something different. The total look and especially the fits from ALD had a link to workwear from the ’40′s and ’50′s.
A while ago I got my hands on this deadstock Atelier LaDurance Prescott workwear jacket made of 11oz Japanese raw fabric. I already have one in my collection, but that one is already washed one time. Check the jacket here below for all the great details from the great denim brand which unfortunately isn’t available anymore.
Edwin Jeans teamed up with department store Liberty from London – UK. Liberty is an amazing classic store, the building is beautiful, and world famous with their colourful all over prints. Great to see this combo, classic fabric mixed with denim. For this collab they used the ED-80 fit and is made of an exclusive 14oz Japanese red selvage, rinsed denim, with the addition of iconic Liberty print fabric on the interior yoke and pocket lining. This exclusive jean is available from today at Liberty only.
www.edwin-europe.com & www.liberty.co.uk
Great detail from this jean brand is that all the inner pockets are very deep to carry a lot of stuff with you like your wallet, keys, phone, cash, cigars etc. This detail is one of my personal favourite parts of a good jean.
Dutch denim brand G-Star celebrates their 25th anniversary this year and to celebrate this they launched a few classic from their archive back in the stores. The classics are the G-star Elwood, Faeroes, Lumber and US First. They came in different fabrics, from 25 years of wear wash to 25oz fabric. The US Lumber is my personal favourite, it was origanally introduced in 1994 and it was their miner inspired jean made of red listing selvage. For collectors this is a wanna have, so now it’s the time to get your hands on a pair, this time in a heavy 25oz fabric. This will last your lifetime! In the words from G-star: ”The kind of denim that can only be created on old shuttle looms in the hands of skilled craftsmen”. Great to see these classic back again and enjoy your anniversary!
The guys behind denim brand ‘Denim Demon’ from Sweden introduced their new brand called ‘Sarva’ during the last fashion fairs. The jeans are made from Japanse selvage fabric with a link to their Sami roots. The tops are outdoor items which has a really nice and rich look and feel. Below a sneak preview.