According to the Kickstarter brand RPMWEST, the essence of denim is simplicity. Jeans should be a democratic garment, one you can count on to be affordable and reliable. With today’s over-flooded market of cheap jeans made with lousy materials by exploited workers, RPMWEST have found a way to provide the indigo carving enthusiast with high quality jeans cut and sewn in San Francisco from Japanese selvage denim at a very reasonable price point of only $95. How is this possible you ask? Simple, RPMWEST have cut out the middle man so you can buy your jeans directly from them at wholesale prices.
Located on the east side of the San Francisco bay in Oakland, the shop has quickly gained a reputation as one of the area’s go-to denim destinations. But in fact the two owners didn’t initially set out to become denim-heavy in their line-up, yet, as they discovered that fit is so crucial to so most men they simply had to bring in more stock and variety to fit their customers. And their preference for locally produced products strongly affected their choice of suppliers. Today, the concept is a combination of interesting stories, good fits, and the shop is almost exclusively carrying American made products stocking brands like Tellason, UBI, Taylor Stitch, Rogue Territory, The Stronghold, Cadence, and White Horse Trading Co. for denim. We had a chat with co-owner Jeremy Smith about denim quality, his journey into denim, and
This jean is the creative peak of a close friendship between two very enthusiastic entrepreneurs, Morten and William, each with their own high quality niche brand. They’ve been friends since they met in London a few years ago. Morten was studying in the British capital but ended up quitting school to work for William. After Morten moved back to Copenhagen, and as his business making belts and suspenders started to grow, it seemed like a natural next step for the two friends to collaborate on a jean that could combine the things that they’re both most interested in. We asked Morten and William about the process and how they decided on the design on the jeans.
Hand made jeans sewn right before your eyes in a ShopFactory. That’s the concept of Malmö-based Nerdy by Nerds. With a stabile business plan and a great deal of commitment the three friends who coined the concept in the fall of 2011 only needed a little help finding the funds to realise their idea. This is why they submitted the Nerdy by Nerds project to FundedByMe to find people who are willing to invest in helping them establish their ShopFactory. And this fall the concept will become reality.
‘You Might As Well Have the Best’ is a slogan that says it all. Well, now ‘the best’ got even better. The historical American outdoor and workwear brand Filson relaunched itself earlier this year with a discretely and contemporarily updated luggage and apparel collection comprised of both their iconic classics and all new designs. We visited Filson to have a closer look at the offerings, and let’s just say we’re impressed.
Next to the 501, the Lee 101 is one of the most iconic jeans fits. As a tribute to the company’s heritage the ’101′ collection of contemporary fits based on archival classics has strengthened Lee’s position in the commercial premium denim market, and today Lee has clearly stepped out of Levi’s’ shadow and in many ways gotten ahead in terms of coolness. We take a closer look at one particular jean that has helped pave the way for Lee’s newfound attractiveness.
On April 21st we announced a Livid Jeans giveaway; a chance for one of our readers to win a pair of hand made jeans from Norway. Considering all you had to do was to upload a picture of yourself wearing denim (and that it didn’t necessarily have to be Livid) surprisingly few readers entered the competition. Well, too bad, because one of the 5 runner-ups below will win a pair of jeans for very little work. Maybe we’ll see more entries with the next giveaway? Anyway, we need your help to find a winner for this one. Below we have the 5 runner-ups. Have a look at them – who do you think should win? Head over to Facebook to give us your answer.
“I just found a pair of what appears to be an original vintage Levi’s 501, but how can I be sure that it’s the real deal?” Some of the most frequently asked questions we get are related to determining the authenticity of vintage jeans, especially Levi’s 501s. This article focuses on what you should be looking out for with late-1960s 501 jeans, exemplified with this rather rare pair produced between 1967-1968. But how can we be sure about this? Well, for starters it’s difficult to put an exact production date to a pair of vintage 501s, but by following the check liste below you will be able to get pretty close.
I’m overly happy and personally very honoured to announce that Denimhunters is now partner with the trendsetting and very well respected benchmark site of the online world of fashion news, you’ve probably already guessed which one it is, Hypebeast. Through the HB Network, Hypebeast’s own online umbrella network, Denimhunters has become part of a hand-picked selection of niche sites including Superfuture, FACT, Streething and about 30 others that stand out in terms of quality, consistency and potential. What this means to you as a reader and to the site in general we uncover below.
In little over a decade, The Quality Mending Co. has gained a reputation as one of the most venerable vintage purveyors of New York. However, what has really caught the attention of denimheads around the globe and made the name stick to the denim community is the ‘Highrider jean’, aslo sold under the Quality Mending Co. name. We had a chat with the man with the ideas, Oliver Harkness, an old time rock ‘n’ roller from Ireland who settled in The Big Apple to sell vintage clothes and design jeans.