The Japanese boro style is popular at the moment. You see different variations in the denim collections from several brands. All inspired by the repaired and patched items from the authentic farmers and fishermens in Japan. Nudie Jeans developed a nice tee with this inspiration as well, Raw Hem T-Shirt Organic Boro Blue. This print is inspired by an antique futon cover. The patchwork print will differ slightly, making each one unique. The tee itself is made in soft, slubby jersey. Clean look with narrow neck rib in self fabric and raw edge roll up hems at sleeve and bottom. Nice one!
My buddy Sebastian Gerritsen from Kurt’s Amsterdam launched his fresh Kickstarter project this week. Sebastian started his brand a couple of years ago with beautiful handwoven scarves. After this success he added a classic workwear jacket in his collection, also handmade, handwoven and coloured with natural indigo. With his Kickstarter project he want to promote his new t-shirt range which is made from hemp and natural indigo.
Sebastian Gerritsen – Founder Kurt’s Amsterdam
The new t-shirts range is made from high quality hemp with beautiful and modern designs, that are durable and are produced locally by real craftsmen. With the combination of hemp and natural indigo the unique t-shirts are made from sustainable materials, printed with traditional techniques of silk screening or dyed in indigo.
With Kurt’s he believes that he should again follow his heart when making clothing. Something which the fashion industry of today has lost when fast fashion came to the stage. With that, a few beautiful and sustainable techniques and crafts have been forgotten. That’s what he want to change. All the t-shirts are manufactured in Porto, Portugal.
He took a deep dive into the old techniques, fibers and production processes and found the answer in hemp, natural indigo dying and silkscreen printing. Hemp is a long forgotten and truly sustainable fiber that is comfortable, strong and breathable. In their opinion it is the perfect material to make clothing. In silkscreen printing and natural indigo dying we came upon the workmanship we were looking for. At Kurt’s they share a love for natural indigo (indigofera tinctoria Linn), a central theme used in all of their products.
Check the Kickstarter project here:
Deadstock Resurrection is a new initiative from Peter Overbeek from Holland. DR will be the new kid in de denim-clothing industry with references to bikes, tattoo and authentic denim. Their philosophy is to re-use, re-claim and re-construct. They approach is creating new, one-off designs that transform surplus fabric and apparel. Apparel stocks from around the world. Their extensive global network sources small quantities of high-quality apparel and fabrics. These surplus stocks would be discarded so by reviving them they are helping to preserve the world’s precious resources. Eveything will be handcrafted in the Netherlands. Each design transformation is produced by hand in limited editions, never to be repeated. Their workshop in the Netherlands customized apparel labels, artworks, prints, patterns, trimmings and the details by hand. This gives each garment a rich and distinctive character, and exclusivity is guaranteed.
During the Amsterdam Denim Days they will officialy launch their brand at the denim Flea Market. Below some sneak images to give you a small insight from their first collection. Look out for Deadstock Resurrection!
Although it’s still winter outside Denham Jeans dropped some nice indigo t-shirts for Spring Summer 2015. Great to wear with your rigid denim. Or with your favourite worn-out pair. Spring here we come!
All the Long John t-shirts are € 10,- for one week only! So don’t sleep and check them while they are still available.
Check the shirts here: www.long-john.nl/webshop/product-categorie/t-shirts/
Every man need a classic grey sweater in his closet. The Iron Heart brand made a nice one for this winter season, the IHSW-06 Heavy Loopwheeled Crew Neck Sweat. The sweat is super windproof, heavy “Wakayama” loopwheeled cotton fleece, made with four needle, Union Special flat stitched seams, tubular construction so no side seams and the the cuffs are cylinder sewn, so also without seams. All in all a classic piece for your daily rigid denim outfit.
ByBeatle is a fresh new denim brand that launched some nice products. One of those is the Golden Nugget denim shirt. The 8oz denim shirt is inspired by the 1920-30´s. The classic round collar work shirt is a true staple piece – a hommage to working men´s garments worn in and around the Golden Age. The features from the shirt are: 100% Cotton 8oz Japanese Unsanforized Denim, One Wash, Cats Eye Buttons, Single Stitch Construction, Gusseted Side Seams, Chainstitch Run Off Detail and 100% Cotton Lined Collar & Placket. Really nice work guys! Check also their ByBeatle Vol.1 jean made from 17oz Japanese raw selvage.
Frank Beckmann bought last week a fresh Long John Mr. Hope t-shirt and is wearing it with pride. Thanks and enjoy!
Buy your own Long John shirt here;
The anchor shirts are available in my webshop for special prices:
My Dutch friends, Remco van der Velden and Etienne Dekkers, from Ontour Clothing just launched their new summer collection. My favourite is the classic mechanic shirt in indigo colour. The specifics of the shirt are: Heavy canvas shirt jacket – 100% Cotton / Canvas – Chest pocket – Two front pockets. Good job guys!
This secret friendship The Genius Monkeys X Benzak Denim Developers (BDD) X Long John collaboration comes in a two pack: a classic t-shirt in 2 indigo yarn dyed options: deep indigo & indigo stripe. It comes with a high crew neck and small chest pocket. The jersey fabric is a 150gr/m2 mid weight fabric. The shirts are made in vila nova de famalicão, Portugal and printed in Holland in a very limited run.
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!