Since the idea for Denimhunter came to me more than a year ago, I’ve spent several hours searching the web and libraries for everything related to denim and jeans. I have often felt like a “Lonesome Cowboy” in my search, but luckily I’m completely not alone.
There are a handful of books that are worth looking into, but much of my inspiration I have found from various denim forums and more or less unorganized threads that can be rather difficult to navigate through. In the summer of 2011, I started getting comments on my articles from a guy who seemed to know what he was writing about, and to my great joy I discovered that it was a fellow Danish denim enthusiast and blogger.
His blog is called After the Denim, and he describes it as, “an unedited bunch of thoughts, ideas and rants on all things good.” As the name suggests, at least that’s my interpretation, the blog is not only about denim, but also about home-made leather articles, footwear, Harris Tweed, and other good clothing designs. In September 2011, however, the blog was a virtual tour de force into denim, where a new denim-related article was published every day. Especially some of the latest articles on Danish denim caught my attention. Here’s a few highlights.
The worker jacket above is of the unknown brand “EK,” and is probably made in Denmark sometime in the 50s or 60s of denim woven by Grenaa Danpvæveri. It has white selvage edges on both the lapel and locker loop, and fabric is slubby and has a grayish blue cast. All seams are triple stitched and edges are chain stitchet. An interesting detail is the embroidery on one pocket which is sewn with newspaper on the back.
This F. Engel jacket is also produced in Denmark in the middle of last century. The jacket has hidden buttons except for the top two ones, with equivalents found on the two large lined pockets. The jacket also features selvage, triple stitched seams and elastic bands at the sides. The fabric is slubby and rather hairy.
You can read more about both jacket on After the Denim.
Words by Thomas Bojer.