Lately I bounced on a great new clothing treasure, called Union Spark. Union Spark is originally an American brand, founded 1925 in Georgia, U.S.A. but is since 2012 owned by the Italian company Sevenbell that is continuing the American heritage. Back in the days the brand produced t-shirts for colleges and for the U.S. Army and still today, the brand is influenced by classic Army items, in the style of Steve McQueen in ‘The Great Escape’ and Marlon Brando’s ‘The Wild One’.
Sevenbell, more famous for the brands Roy Roger’s and President’s, is for the season of Autumn/Winter 2013-14 releasing a first mini collection of Union Spark tees, mixing the touch of the 50’s with their 100% Made in Italy manufacturing. The t-shirts are made in the same way today as they were back in the days – produced on the same looms, the t-shirts looks like they would be coming straight from that era, without unnecessary ‘aging’ processes.
The amazingly authentic collection will for this first season be exclusively sold on www.sevenbell.com and what is nice to mention is that you will receive 10% discount if you subscribe on their website before the launch. See the images here below and you’ll know that this is worth to have an extra look at! All in all happy to see that a historic brand like this one is still alive!
Recently I had some luck and got a great package from Arthur from Amsterdam with some old Diesel Jeans ‘Old Glory’ items. As I used to work for Diesel way back, started 19 years ago and worked their 6 years, Old Glory was something new in that time. They were the first with an authentic workwear inspired premium denim line. Made with orange selvage and costs a fortune at that time. It is the year 1992-1993 when this line was launched and I was immediatly a big fan of it. After some years Diesel had to changed their name into MaxGrade because of an old U.S.A. company with the same name. I collected a lot of this special OG line, which is the best Diesel has made so far. Below the cutt-off Nomad fit, a great t-shirt and the fourties-fifties inspired workwear elastic detail. Many thanks Arthur for this great addition for my private collection!
The Flash Collection of Sailor Jerry is a made with style icon and musician Paul Simonon from The Clash. Simonon combined Norman Collins’ iconic flash artwork with his own signature design style to create four limited edition pieces – a leather jacket, two t-shirts and a bandana. Check out the great items here below.
The Breton Stripe was first introduced by French law in 1858 to locate overboard sailors. The original design had 21 stripes, one for each of Napoleons’ victories. The “mariniere” has been worn by icons over decades, such as James Dean and Coco Chanel.
K.O.I (Kings Of Indigo) Jeans brings their Breton Stripe classic for men and women as they also love the water.
Buddy Johan Honig is wearing the Long John collab shirt. The shirt is made with artist Wytse Sterk & Blendomatic print company. The picture shows our shared love for Lee Jeans (for the collab we used a Lee Jeans shirt). Thanks for the picture Johnny!
Only a few of this shirt on stock, check the second page of our webshop;
The Spring Summer 2013 Rugged collection from the authentic Italian brand Roy Roger’s contains a lot of new innovative highlights. As always the Rugged line is my personal favourite with references to American and Japanese fabrics and styles. Both influences mixed with the Italian craftsmanship make the collection unique in quality and styling.
Below some highlights from this collection. The chino in the photo is made with double twisted columbian cotton, inside lining with stripe design coming from England. On the right back pocket there is an embroidery with the initials of Roy Roger’s Rugged (RRR). The treatment is taken from a very old 1930 Italian army chino used in Ethiopian war. The long sleeved shirt is a traditional cowboy style with embroidery on the pocket, this style is taken from their archive from late 1950. The fabric is 100% cotton made in Japan with a regular fit. And the white t-shirt is a classic crew pocket fleece. It’s made from the best 100% cotton yarns.
Upcoming September ‘Sevenbell’, mother company of Roy Roger’s and President’s, will launch their new webstore where you can check out (and buy of course) 24/7 their latest treasures. Looking forward to see it live!
Jason Denham from the Dutch denim brand ‘Denham Jeans’ is one of the proud owners of the Long John ”Tribute to message in a bottle” t-shirt. This week Jason went to Japan to visit his shops and denim mills and took his LJ shirt with him. He was so kind to make some great pictures during his travel. Many thanks Jason, great to see Long John in Japan. Keep in touch!
The Long John ”Tribute to message in a bottle” promo video;
SEVENBELL, a company from Italy has a rich history in making the best and unique denim and denim-related pieces. Besides the authentic denim brand Roy Roger’s, the company also has a premium brand called President’s. The President’s products are all made with high standards, true Tuscan craftsmanship. This summer they will bring a brand new collection full of Japanese influences. We all know that the Japanese are famous for bringing only the best quality products, and for always being focused on special details. This inspired the design team of President’s for the new Spring Summer 2013 collection.
We are highlighting two specialties: the first item is a Hawaiian Japanese printed shirt with a single chest pocket. It has an all-over flower print and it’s made from Japanese fabric. The second President’s item is the 5 pocket Bull Pant, made of organic Japanese selvage fabric with a red listing. They used leather reinforcements under the rivets, a vegetable tanned leather patch and classic herringbone fabric inner pockets. All in all two great items, ready for the summer vibes!
President’s Hawaiian Japanese printed shirt;
Single chest pocket;All-over flower print;
Short sleeve detail;
President’s Bull Pant;
President’s donut button;
Selvage coin pocket;
Leather reinforcements under the rivets;
Herringbone fabric inner pockets;
Inside waistband label;
Vegetable tanned leather patch;
Japanese selvage fabric with red listing; Check also this video where creative director Guido Biondi tells you everything about the new Fall Winter 2013 collection. See you soon Guido!
Limelight is a new t-shirt initiative by Vif Jeans shop from Rijssen (NL) en Niels de Jong (The Young Creative). The inspiration of the prints has influences from their daily lifestyle; denim, motorcycles, cities, tattoo and art. They will drop now and then a new small limited collection of master pieces. Below a sneak preview from the first three shirts which will be only available at Vif Jeans shop. Let the summer begin!