The Butcher of Blue (BoB) brand – founded by Bob Rijnders from BOB Hoogland Store – NL, expanded the collection for Spring Summer ’16. For SS there are several new t-shirt prints and colours added to the BoB collection, all made in Portugal. There are also some new jeans in the collection. Bob started his brand with an unwashed (dry) jeans so the new light washed jeans and rock ‘n roll black jeans are both a perfect complement in the collection. The jeans are made of selvage fabrics from the Italian Candiani Mill. And to make it all complete, and really nice!, is that he also made his own Butcher of Blue coffee and indigo coffee cups. Well done Bob, great to see that your collection is growing every season. Check below some highlights of the collection.
Butcher of Blue T-shirts
Butcher of Blue Sweats
Butcher of Blue Coffee
Butcher of Blue Coffee Cups
Butcher of Blue Jeans
Last week Lennaert Nijgh, founder of Benzak Denim Developers (BDD) launched his new Kickstarter project with his Benzak – European Made – collection. After 4 years of producing jeans in Japan, Benzak Denim Developers is expanding the brand with a new line. With this new Europe made line Lennaert created a high-quality jeans and other garments that complement the same lifestyle as Benzak Denim Developers, but at a lower price point.
The entirely new Benzak collection is made in Europe. The fabrics for the jeans are from the Candiani mills in Italy, which is known as one of the best denim mills in Europe. The entire line, jeans, jersey and sweat fabrics, are produced in small ateliers in Portugal. The Kickstarter project is already very successful as Lennaert received nearly 50% of his Kickstarter goal in just a couple of days. Check his new Benzak – Europa Made – collection here below and give him some support. Congrats Lennaert with this new collection and good luck with your goal!
Support the Benzak Kickstarter project here:
Fat-Boy Clothing (FBC) from France are having next to their high-end made quality denim items also some fresh Spring Summer tees in their collection. Great authentic inspired workwear prints, printed on water base to get the best results, on quality t-shirts. Here are some of my favo’s, but check their site for the whole collection.
Livid Jeans from Norway developed a great shirt for Spring Summer ’16. The Norman Japan Stars & Dots is made from a 100% cotton indigo dye narrow loom fabric from the artisanal fabric mill, Nihon Menpu. This particular shirt features a button down collar and a centre front closure with real corozo nut buttons from Portugal. It has long sleeves ending in button cuffs, a single chest pocket and side tabs.
The garment features: – 100% cotton, woven by Nihon Menpu, Japan. – Indigo Dyed – Real corozo nut buttons from Portugal – Stitched with high quality poly core cotton thread. – Made in Barcelos, Portugal. – Limited to only 107 made.
Blue de Gênes from Denmark just launched some great new items for Spring Summer 2016. The items are all made with authentic craftsmanship and loaded with rich details. Let’s highlight some of them here below.
The Blue de Gênes Vigo Harajuko Shirt, the Monta Rugged Waistcoat, the Gio N2 Jeans w1080, the Gari Belt and Scarf and Blue de Gênes Key Hanger.
The Blue de Gênes shirt button is made of corozo nut. (The Vigo Harajuko Shirt is inspired by old shirts and has a classical grandad opening. The particular stitching and patchwork details contribute to a fine vintage look).
Most of the Blue de Gênes shirts are inspired by old worker shirts. The shirts have the characteristic Blue de Gênes branded real corozo hard nut buttons. The shirts are made in natural materials using cotton, hemp, linen and wool. Some fabrics are made on old selfedge looms and feature the characteristic red selvedge line. Most fabrics are from Italy and Japan.
The Monta rugged Waistcoat is a tailored gillet/vest and has buffalo horn buttons.
The Gio N2 Jeans is a slim fit jean in indigo blue which is made in Italy. The Gari Belt is a co-lab belt made with together with Dukes Finest Artisans. It’s handmade and handpainted and tells the great story of the Italian general Giuseppe Garibaldis adventures. The Blue de Gênes Keyhanger is made of corosu nut where only parts of the shell is polished off to give it a rough look. It will start by being ivory white but over time it will take colour and get a roustiqe look.
Check more new items for SS16 here: www.blue-de-genes.com
Keith Hioco and Rob Harmsen from Eat Dust just launched their new denim shirt ’2 Tone Western 70tis’ for Spring Summer 2016. The shirt is made of Japanese 70′s denim fabric. It has two front pockets with tonal Z-Bar stitch, marble snap buttons, Eat Dust woven labels. It comes in a slim fit which makes this a perfect denim shirt for upcoming sunny days. Check their site for more new stuff.
Keith Hioco (Eat Dust) wearing the Western Denim Shirt 70tis
Fatboy Clothing Company is a French artisanal brand created by Charles Niehues. The brand is inspired by vintage workwear cothing. All their creations are worked individually by hand, respecting all techniques of traditional work to have a genuine result. The line-up is a total look, is contains caps, t-shirts, shirts, pants and jackets. I really like the look and feel of it, very authentic. Looking forward to see the brand in real live one day. Below some of my favo items, especially the jackets are very cool.
Check the making of the Fatboy Clothing Indigo Jacket
The Italian clothing company Scarti-Lab has a true unique signature. With every collection they will take you back in the workwear time, the origin of the Italian workers. They mix the authentic high standard Italian craftsmanship with old school silhouettes. These are the perfect ingredients from the successful Scarti-Lab brand. Every season they drop a total new line from chino’s, jeans, shirts, vests and jackets. For Fall Winter 2015 they made a really nice master piece in their collection. It’s a vintage inspired workwear denim shirt. The shirt has an awesome finish which you see at original vintage pieces. Normally these kind of finishes are ‘natural finishes’ which can only be created by time of wear. Big bravo for this great highlight in your new collection guys!
The Sakol Project is a project to promote a natural indigo dyed fabric from SSAP founder & designer home country, Thailand. Sakol is short from Sakolnakorn, a province in Northeast of Thailand. This northern province in Thailand is best known for it’s indigo blue fabrics. Villagers still use centuries-old weaving and dyeing techniques that continue a long tradition of quality. In the video here below you can see how they do the whole process by hand: spinning, indigo dyeing and weaving. Indigo craftsmanship!
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:
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!
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