Maple Motorcycle jeans made a technical jeans for bikers. Their goal was to make a pair of jeans which has a cool outside look, but with a lined inside with kevlar for the ultimate protection while riding the bike. The jean is made in Los Angeles for premium quality. They used a Cone Mills 13oz rigid selvage fabric. Check the video for all the features of this Maple Motorcycle Straight Cut – 1941 pair of jeans.
Paul Kruize from Holland is an one man, one machine denim maker company. He makes jeans for everybody personal by taking the right measurements of your body so the jean will finally fits like a glove. This is a really unique process and not common when someone makes every time a new pattern. It’s really labour intensive. You can choose your favorite fit, spare parts like buttons, rivets and thread and of course your favourite fabric. I know he’s using high quality like Japanese and American fabrics. So finally you will get your dream pair of denim. Very cool!
Paul made a mini documentary with Richard Bussink. The entire making process from taking measurements, drafting a pattern, cutting the denim to making the jeans, shown in one continuous flow. So relax and check out this true craftsman. Nice one Paul, well done!
Wouter Reimert from Vif Jeans store Rijssen sended me these cool pics from a nice worn-out Eat Dust jean. The jean has a really nice blue fading and wear pattern. It looks like an old pair of vintage jeans. Well done Richard! And thanks buddy for the pics. Till soon.
- Owner: Richard Smit from Holland
- Brand: Eat Dust, fit 73, 13.25oz Japanese blue selvage
- Age: 3 years old
- Treatment: Two rinses in bad with Mr. Black Denim Wash
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This vintage deadstock Levi’s Jeans Dura Plus is in my private collection for a while, but never showed on my blog. It’s a typical pair of denim from the mid ’70′s featuring the orange tab on the back pocket. In the ’70′s Levi’s Jeans made a new fabric called Dura Plus. Dura Plus was a fabric that was made of a mix of 54% cotton and 36% polyester to give you comfort, minimize wrinkling and reduce shrinkage. It was one of the heaviest Levi’s fabrics ever made so far. A true 1970′s tough denim. The fit is a classic hippy flare pipe model and the blue colour is amazing, deeply indigo blue. Check also the funny original tv commercial which they used to promote this new fabric.
Levi’s Jeans Dura Plus TV Commercial
Levi’s Jeans Dura Plus Kids Advertising from 1977
Great new denim project for Endrime Jeans from UK. Their latest special edition is a Made in Japan jeans, 50 pieces only. They worked closely with Collect and Okamoto Denim mills – who are both based in Kojima – Japan, to develop the fabric. The first 25 pieces from the 50 run have been sold exclusively into London boutique denim store: Son of a Stag. Mohsin made a great video for this project. Good work Mohsin Sajid, looking forward to see the jean!
SJC founder Simon James Cathcart began SJC with the objective of creating a link between specialist communities circling the fringes of men’s fashion. These groups range from music, denim, leather, suiting, iron work, motorbikes, jewellery, bulldogs and fighting.
SJC founder Simon James Cathcart
The Hellcat Denim Dungarees are made from 18oz Japanese one wash selvage denim that has been woven on shuttle looms in a 1920′s style to create a very dark, crispy, denim. Only 101 pairs of these were be produced. The cut is a synthesis of WW2 commission denim, prison and work pants of the 40′s. Check out this great brand.
The ‘Steady Eddie Dry Heavy Japan Selvage’ is the heaviest jean so far made by Nudie Jeans. It’s made of 18oz orange Japanese Kaihara selvage. The whole process takes 5–6 days including cutting, sewing and inspecting. This release is limited to 1.000 pieces, every pair is of course numbered and comes in a special box with book. It’s a kind of marketing trend nowadays to make such heavy denims by a lot of brands. Very cool, but for me the most comfortable denims are still made from 14oz – 15oz fabrics.
A few days ago I already posted the Lee Jeans Rider Rodeo Clowns Pants, and today I came across the rodeo pants from Wrangler Blue Bell on Ebay. Really nice to see those classic cult western pants. The pics are not so good, but the jean is so nice and rare! Price $ 1.000.
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Last weekend Westside store in Den Bosch – NL organised a great day full of specials. One of the specials was the Denham Jeans repair corner where you could fix your favourite pair of worn-out jeans. Clinton from Denham is a true craftsman as it comes to repairing, so I decided to do some repairs on my two years old Eat Dust jeans fit 73. The result is super nice, and I am ready for round 2! Thanks Clinton, see you soon!
Lee Jeans introduced the Lee Rodeo Clown Pants for rodeos. These were very popular events, and this oversized pair of Lee Riders was made for rodeo clowns who played a critical role in rodeos. They not only entertained the crowds during breaks but also distracted a bull or horse from fallen riders, so that the injured could exit the ring. A true cult item and nowadays very hard to find and a collectors jean. Came across an original vintage one at Ebay today from the ’40′s, the auction starts at $ 975. Unfortunately too much for me to place a bid, but damn cool!
Artist Moe Bandy in Lee Riders Rodeo Clown Pants
Check the pants here on Ebay:
Levi’s Vintage Clothing made a nice iconic denim jacket with Cone Mills selvage fabric. The 1878 Triple Pleated Blouse Rooftop is extremely worn in and has repaired by hand. Years of wear and work in the outdoors creates rich layers of indigo tones and variances. Rusted buttons, hand repaired and replaced cuffs and waistband. A true piece of denim art! Well done Levi’s.
Available here: www.caliroots.com
During the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven – NL I did a denim expo project for Lois Jeans. The project was in collaboration with Jean School from Amsterdam. We showed some innovative denim items made by the students and besides that we also showed some original vintage Lois Jeans items from the ’70′s. Below some pictures of the highlighted items which came over from Spain – Valencia, Lois Jeans Headquaters.
The great blog The Bandanna Almanac from Japan posted a really cool worn-out pair of jeans. The Warehouse jean is worn for 17 years! by Mr. Narita from Japan. Mr. Narita, the owner of the store Brown Tabby, is a very knowledgeable vintage fanatic. His store is an amazing and unique selection of vintage accessories, handmade goods, vintage and new clothing, and some really great vintage footwear. Check out his extremely cool hand patched denim. This is a true masterpiece!! Also the inside of the jean is a piece of denim art. Thanks The Bandanna Almanac for sharing!
Sailor Jerry presents the flash collection by Iggy Pop. The highlighted item is the denim biker vest. It’s made of blue-black uber quality denim like the kind used in the 50’s. The buttons are handmade of copper, pressed with the name, Sailor Jerry. On the back is Iggy’s interpretation of Sailor Jerry’s iconic “Death Shall Triumph” anchor flash. The pins on the front collar are handmade metal anchors. Every vest comes with a pack of 6 patches chosen by Iggy – each based on a different Sailor Jerry flash design. The patches come separately, so you can choose which ones you like and sew them on yourself. They only made 50 of these and inside each you’ll find a small label noting which one of the 50 vests you’ve got. One of the coolest features, Iggy Pop himself has personally signed every one. The vest is made in Los Angeles, CA.
This replica Levi’s Jeans 501, from the Levi’s Vintage Clothing collection, is made in the old Levi’s factory in Valencia Street – USA in the year 2000. It has the legendary 555 button stamp on the back of the buttons. Something for the real collectors. This jean was originally created during the WW2. During the war, each manufacturer had to cut back due to shortages of materials, hence the famous Levi’s stiching on the back pockets were printed instead of stitched. On this particular jean the arcuates are almost completely faded away. They printed the arcuates in order to save yarn. This is also the reason why they used standard buttons (and not original Levi’s buttons). The top button is a laurel button which refers to victory. Even the inner pockets are made from different cotton. The pants have the authentic red line selvedge, hidden rivets, and Big E red tab. Personally this is one of my favourite 501′s in the historic range.
Incidentally, the Japanese denim brand Evisu is inspired by these pants, because of the printed back pockets, something Evisu made world famous. This 501 jean is from Caspar Hehemann who’s working at de denim store Rambam (www.rambam.nl) in Eindhoven- the South of Holland. Thanks for sending these pics Caspar!
Lois Jeans was established in 1962 in Valencia – Spain. The brand was founded by a close family which is still running this authentic brand. In the ’70′s Lois Jeans conquered the world as one of the first European denim brands. The brand was very popular by icons as ABBA, Johan Cruyff, James Hunt and Bjorn Borg.
One of their most famous items is the Torera denim jacket for men, for women it’s the Tejana. The Torera jacket was worn by teen celebrities during the ’70′s. The jacket became a true icon of a manufacturing error. The sleeves were slightly longer than usual, so people like Bjorn Borg wore the jacket with rolled up sleeves. That’s why this jacket also got the name Monkey Jacket. A true and cool story!
Last week I had the chance to take some pics from an original Lois Jeans Monkey Sleeve Jacket. It’s a vintage jacket from the ’70′s, on the pics you can see that the jacket is worn a lot. The sleeves shows some really nice natural honey combs and you can also see that this was one of those wrong manufactured items. The jacket shows some nice different shades of blue, which only appears on vintage items. You can see this jacket, and many other old Lois originals, in an exhibition at the Lois Denim store in Eindhoven – NL. The expo is part of the Dutch Design Week and is running till this Sunday. Great to see that the bull is back!
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!
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