Joe & Co is a small independent British lifestyle denim & apparel brand. Their collections are inspired by timeless classics and the iconic looks that distils the workwear and casual wear of industrial Britain. The sneak production video here below is nice to watch, especially because the classic ’Riders on the Storm’ song is included.
My current daily jeans for 1.2 years, no wash, is the Levi’s Vintage Clothing (LVC) 505 fit – Big E - from 1967. This replica jeans was one of the first more tapered version in the ’60′s. It’s made from 14oz right hand sanforized Cone Mills fabric and has a zip fly. As I am always wearing one pair for a period of 2 years this one has still some months to go. Below some snap shots of my best indigo friend for now! Show yours by sending pictures to: firstname.lastname@example.org
One of my last vintage treasures is this rare deadstock Lee Jeans Riders kids jacket. The jacket is new and an original one from 1940. It was found behind store shelves from an old denim store, named Ries Strauss Men’s Clothing, which was closed in the beginning of the ’70′s. The store was located in a small town called Danville, Illinois – USA (around 120 miles (190 km) south of Chicago). Lee Jeans introduced the Rider jacket in 1931 as the first more shorter tailored western style jacket. My jacket is probably from the mid ’40′s, the time that the World War 2 ended. This period was very crucial for the denim industry as a lot of soldiers left their denim items all over the world. This was the start from a new denim era. Also known as the ‘Golden Period’. But back to my jacket. It has the cool red/golden necklabel with Union Made – Sanforized on it. Under the label there’s the sizing label, boys 4. Also one of the breast pockets has the Amalgamated Garment Workers of America tag. One of the most cool things about the jacket is that the original pricetag is still on it, $2.98. The jacket is made with right hand denim fabric. It has some dust on the right side of the jacket from laying for the many years in the store. I was very happy that I could get my hands on this special item. It’s very rare to find deadstock unused items these days. Great addition to my personal jacket collection. Check here below the Lee beauty!
The Raleigh Denim video ‘We Make Jeans’ gives you an insight into the brand. Victor and Sarah Litvinenko talk about their passion, denim ofcourse, and they will show the unique details from their jeans. At the end they also show some worn-out Raleigh pairs. Meet Victor and Sarah, meet Raleigh Denim. Passion about denim.
- Owner: Robin Falck
- Brand: Edwin Jeans ED-55 ‘Made in Japan’ (14oz Nihon Mempu selvage fabric)
- Age: 1 year old
- Treatment: Robin built 3 kayaks, 2 motorcycles, painted pieces in Mexico, driving down dustroads on a tiny motorcycle with this pair of Edwin Jeans.
Nudie Jeans presents the Lean Dean US selvage. The latest baby of Nudie jeans is a Swedish selvage jeans, made in the USA, limited to 1.000 pieces. The jean is an homage to the craftsmanship and art of making denim. Made with 100% organic cotton, grown and harvested in the state of Texas. The 14.75oz selvage fabric was made by Cone Denim at their White Oak mill in Greensboro, North Carolina – US. The fabric was then cut and sewn at the Last Denim Shop in San Francisco, California. An edition for the true Nudie heads.
Hiut Denim Company jeans are made by the Grandmasters of their company. When the music is loud and the coffee is strong, the Grandmasters can only make 100 pairs of Hiut’s a week. But at the end of the day, they are there to try and make the best jeans they can and not the most jeans they can.
Hiut Denim Company is based in Cardigan – UK, a small town of 4,000 people. 400 of them used to make jeans. They made 35,000 pairs a week for three decades. Then one day the factory closed. It left town. But all that skill and knowhow remained. Without any way of showing the world what they could do. That’s why Hiut have started The Hiut Denim Company. To bring manufacturing back home. Meet the Grandmasters of Hiut Denim in this production film.
Levi’s Jeans shared a story on their blog about this vintage Levi’s Lot 271 children’s bib overall. Lot 201 was first introduced in 1890 as a cheaper follow-up on the 501. The bib overall belonged to Dwight Dangberg who who died in 1904 of scarlet fever at the age of five. The family must have been devastated. After Dwight’s passing, they packed his belongings in the trunk, storing it out of sight in the attic, where it remained for a century. It’s a very sad story! The good thing about this is that the bib overall survived all those years and is now a great inspiration example. Thanks Levi’s for sharing this impressive story.
The trunk of Dwight Dangberg
Dwight Dangberg wearing his Levi’s Lot 271 bib overall
This original vintage Levi’s Jeans 501 from 1960 is from my private denim archive. It has a worn-out Red Tab Big E and button number 6 (top button), washed-out redline selvage, different colour thread (yellow and tobacco) and a great faded and worn look. This is a typical old pair of Levi’s worn by a hippie in California. Normally these totally faded jeans were thrown away by the previous owners, but thankfully this one is kept alive. True Americana piece of blue indigo history. Check the classic details here below.
Kiriko Jeans is a denim brand from Portland – Oregon. They are proud to introduce their Japanese denim line. This particular jeans here below is made of 100% cotton 13oz. selvedge denim made in Fukuyama City - Japan. Fukuyama City is one of the biggest manufacturers out of Japan producing some of the highest quality, most sought after denim textile. The jeans has a combination of their new crafted denim cuffed with two of their most popular Japanese patterns creates a one-of-a-kind look. They believe in quality clothes made with the best materials that will last a lifetime and fit perfectly. Check out the craftsmanship from Kiriko Jeans.
Last August Lennaert Nijgh (founder Benzak Denim Developers – BDD) went to Japan to check out his new production. Lennaert is making jeans on a top level quality, designed in Holland and made in Japan. Only the best of the best denim fabrics and spare parts are used. In the video here below Lennaert shows his love for Japan and why he likes to work with the craftsman in this beloved denim country. Great production road movie Lennaert, well done! Keep up the blue spirit!
Lennaert Nijgh (founder Benzak Denim Developers)
Deadstock Resurrection is a new denim brand founded by Peter Overbeek (NL). The first items are just finished and I can tell you that these are looking very nice. Especially the Robert Trucker Jacket. The jacket is made of 15.5oz beautiful sugar cane denim from the Nihon Menpu Mills in Japan. The fabric is made out of sugar cane. The jacket is a tailored slim fit, has iconic double pleats on the front fastened with signature bartacks. The two-prong shank button and pierced through rivet construction in combination with the heavy yarn for the triple needle stitching gives the jacket extra strong durability. Their genuine brown leather logo burned inside patch, big inside print, signature crossbones embroidery, selvedge placket and chest pocket details gives it the authentic Deadstock Resurrection feeling. All in all a perfect jacket. I saw Peter wearing a worn-in sample of the jacket and the fabric age very nice! It has different shades of blue which is very cool! Check the jacket here below, it’s available now. Good luck Peter!
Dawson Denim from Birghton – UK started with their denim brand with vintage motoring as their inspiration. It all began with a 1957 BSA Bantam motorbike. It was this motorbike that would combine their passion for design and their love of denim, this would inspire their branding. The Dawson Denim range began with workwear aprons. These were inspired by original aprons used up until the 1960’s. They have expanded their range slowly since 2012 with jackets, jeans and bags. Take a look into their workshop where they make their handmade blue indigo goods in the short film here below.
Rest Denim is an independent denim brand started in London. The brand is entirely run by one man Toby Owen. Toby started Rest Denim out of a love for raw denim. His items are made with the highest quality selvedge denim and canvas, most is woven in Japan, but also by Cone Mills in the U.S.A. Most of his hardware is made from solid brass or copper, made in Japan and the U.K. One of my favo’s is his denim apron. The apron pictured is made from unsanforized green selvedge denim. This is extremely slubby and irregular, and fades to a stunning patina with use. Rest arcuates and ‘peekaboo’ selvedge detail showing next to the rivet on the breast pocket. Check out the work of this craftsman Toby Owen!
Check out the jeans from Lennaert Nijgh (founder Benzak Denim Developers), fit BDD-006 heavy slub after 4,5 months of active wear every day. His jeans has already shows some nice fadings. Lennaert just went to Japan to make a production video of the whole process. His jeans are designed in Holland and made in Japan. On his trip he also went to the legendary Jeans street in Kojima – Okayama. Looking forward to see more pics of this unwashed jeans. And to the production video. Go for it Lennaert!
Lennaert Nijgh (founder Benzak Denim Deveopers)
Spotted this nice vintage Levi’s BigE Jeans 507XX (Type 2) biker jacket on Ebay. It has some great patches on it. A true hardcore biker jacket from the ’50′s. Take your chance to add it to your collection. Not cheap, it’s for sale for $1.500,-
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!