Mr Porter made a video about The Denim Lab from Levi’s Jeans in San Francisco. They visited the jean master Mr Jonathan Cheung, senior vice president of design at the 162 year old U.S.A. brand. In the denim lab the latest Levi’s creation was born, the re-make of the classic 501 called the 501 CT. CT stands for Customized Tapered, and that is what the new fit does, it has the authentic old school 501 block and tapered narrow legs. Check out in the video the ultimate denim experience lab. It’s a true small denim heaven factory for every denim designer. Thanks Mr Porter (www.mrporter.com) for giving us an insight in the laboratory of the worlds oldest denim brand. Enjoy!
Ru is a new denim label started in early 2014, and is based in Amsterdam. A while ago they went to Porto – Portugal to visit their denim factory. They made a great video to give us an impression of what we can expect from their new collection called: Chapter Amsterdam. Keep an eye on Ru Denim. Nice video Ruann da Silva!
Just back from 4 great days in Amsterdam: Kingpins show and Blueprint event. Will post later some updates with the highlights of both events. In the meantime here’s a short impression of the Blueprint event. It was great to see you all! Till the next one.
Yesterday evening after the Kingpins fair in Amsterdam Denham Jeans organised a special evening to launch their long awaited follow up on their Cannes Award winning viral sensation ‘Denham Psycho’. Their new explicit remake is ‘The Jeanmaker’. Watch it here online! Congrats Denham crew with this brilliant master piece!
Companion Denim is a brand faithful to the values of quality, durability, honesty, respect for the environment, and to the aesthetics of clean and minimal subtelty. Straight to the core of denim pureness. Each pair of jeans is designed and handcrafted with the most attention to detail and an obsessively manicured confection.
All the Companion jeans are made in Barcelona – Spain with the finest selvedge denim coming from an accurate selection of qualities from the best mills, mostly from Japan, USA and Italy. The jeans are artisanally crafted with a selection of the best sewing machines for making denim. Using a mix of both modern and classic vintage machines which made the jeans of the old. Some of those machines are even 100 years old and make a beautiful and highly durable stitching. Check out the making of a pair of jeans in the movie here below.
Dutch denim brand Kings of Indigo is doing it very good last seasons with expanding their business. Their top products are made on old school small shuttle looms. They use only the very best organic and recycled selvage fabrics from Italy and Japan for the Kings of Shuttle loom premium range. The selvage fabrics are slowly woven on authentic shuttle loom machines with a narrow width of 29’’ for the best quality. The machines are slightly trembling, resulting in an uneveness in the fabric which makes each piece an one of a kind and thus extra special. Check the cool brand and the video of the production process here below. Keep an eye on this Dutch blue denim pride!
‘In Search of Blue Gold’ is a great documentary made by RedBull tv. In the docu they followed David White from Ragtop – London on a trip to Colorado in search for the ultimate rare and old pair of jeans. David is a well known respected denim expert which operated under the name Ragtop. He’s standing on the vintage market in London and he also runs his own vintage shop where he’s selling the most beautiful denim and related items. In this docu he’s visiting another denim expert, Brit Eaton, in Colorado. Brit is one of the biggest denim collectors in the business and has an extremely impressive big collection. They are both so passionate about the blue gold that they joined forces for this trip in search for the ultimate pair of blue gold. In the first part of the docu David is going to old barns together with Brit, they even made a great score, and in the second part David is climbing into an old silver mine which dates from 1890. This is where it’s all about if you’re sharing the passion about the blue denim gold. Check the well made docu in the link. The pics below are screen shots, so they aren’t totally sharp, but will get you in the mood. Enjoy!
Watch the docu here on RedBull tv;
Most of the people who are into denim have a weakness for Levi’s Jeans. They are the ‘mother of the jeans’. But these two guys Wanda and Kabelo from Johannesburg are two really die hard fans of the American brand. In the video they speak about their love for the blue gold and their passion of finding vintage and rare pieces. Great to see the dedication of these two dudes. Meet the two hunters in the video!
Great video about the good life in Italy! Check out the product placements in the video from the many authentic brands, nice list!
Kuro is a Japanese denim brand launched in 2010. The name of the brand Kuro means black in Japanese. The word black represents darkness and loneliness with an image of mystery and great strength. For Japanese people, black also reminds them of beautiful hair. The Japanese have achieved a widespread reputation for the finest craftsmanship in the industry of denim. Kuro made a great production video to show all the stages of making a fine pair of jeans. Enjoy.
Jan den Hartogh, founder Duke & Sons, is a true craftsman who works the most of the time with natural vegetable tanned leather. All his products are made by hand. He also develops his own coloring which gives his products a great vintage and heritage look. Besides his awesome work he’s a very cool guy. Meet Mr. Duke & Sons in the nice video here below. Keep it up Jan!
This movie shows you how a 3 years old worn-out Iron Heart 21oz denim will get his rebirth. Always great to see how a pair of denim get his second life. A jeans will get more beautiful over time, so wear it day in day out!
Looking forward to see this new denim documentary Blue Gold – American Jeans directed by Christian D. Bruun. Below already a teaser. ‘Every pair tells it’s own story’. (you can only watch the teaser on Vimeo, click on the button Watch on Vimeo)
Ben Fokkema, founder of denim brand Amsterdenim, did an interview for the Dutch television. In the interview Ben talks about his brand, drive, energy and passion to reach his goals with Amsterdenim. Always nice and inspiring to see this authentic man speaking. Check it out! (sorry Dutch language only)
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!