Philadelphia is not only known for it’s rich history, but also it’s culture. A culture that once included many factories and garment manufacturers has since disappeared leaving Philadelphia with a void, and old-fashioned garment makers like Norman Porter is filling this void. A three man denim and leather goods operation run by denim lovers Michael and David Stampler and John Mahaffey, Norman Porter makes simple, well-made, no-frill, heritage inspired products that are built to last a lifetime.
With 102,000 square metres of manufacturing space, a weekly cotton consumption of 1.1 million kilos of raw cotton, and a production capacity of 2.3 million square metres of denim each week, the Mount Vernon Mills denim plant in Trion, Georgia is one of the largest manufacturers of denim in North America. Watch the short documentary presented by Americana Classic Vintage of Stockholm here.
The story of rag & bone could very well have been the main source of inspiration for Ian Edelman when he came up with the idea for one of our favourite HBO series, How to Make It in America. Established in New York in 2002 by Marcus Wainwright and David Neville, as a brand rag & bone distinguishes itself by combining British heritage with directional, modern design melding classic tailoring with understated New York aesthetic. With a downtown sensibility and award winning signature clean silhouettes, each piece is handcrafted in New York from the finest materials available.
Ever since day 1 of Denimhunters, Roy Slaper has been a “topic” we’ve wanted to write about, but we just never got around to it. This Cool Hunting video roughly sums up what there is to know about the eccentric one-man-denim-factory.
Skateboarding is no longer reserved for snotty teenagers and hardcore pros; the sport, and especially the culture surrounding it, has been embraced by family fathers and fashionistas as well, and the commercial potential of the market has not gone unnoticed by the big brands. As a direct response to the growing popularity of the culture, Levi’s introduced their Streetwear line for the fall of 2011. At first it was only available in Europe, but from this fall the collection has become global. The concept is strongly influenced by the Northern Californian skate and surf culture, and each piece is designed for maximum mobility, comfort and durability.
The designers from Levi’s Vintage Clothing are know to go a long way to find sources of inspiration. For the spring summer 2013 collection they literally went all in to find the roots of the company’s rich heritage as they explored a silver mine that had lain disused for 130 years together with Michael Harris. The result is the pre-1900s denim workwear inspired Miners theme, the second leg of the season’s dichotomy is the slightly more commercial 1950s Hot Rod theme.
The Bread & Butter tradeshow in Berlin is not just about scooping out the next big thing; nurturing existing relationships are often much more important. Visiting the Fire Dept. at the L.O.C.K. area I once again met the very honest and humble Pete and Tony of Tellason and I got to ask Pete a few questions about his background, motivation, inspiration, and the future of the All-American San Francisco-brand.
In terms of philosophy and approach, 3sixteen and Denimhunters are almost the perfect soulmates. It’s all about an honest simple product and sharing your knowledge and passion by creating something you can truly vouch for. The aim of 3sixteen is to produce the highest quality clothing and accessories, using premium materials and quality American manufacturing. Every pair of 3sixteen jeans is made in the US, handsewn in San Francisco and the star of the show is the textile; the denim is developed in collaboration with Kuroki Mills in Okayama, Japan, and woven specifically and exclusively for 3sixteen.
For this fall season Lee has introduced a capsule collection in collaboration with KRISVANASSCHE to celebrate the heritage and expertise of the old American denim brand by revisiting timeless jeanswear styles. It’s a mixture of tough cotton twill workwear and the sophisticated modern masculine world of the successful Belgian fashion designer. The collection is made up by five iconic styles from the Lee archive including the original Rider jacket, the work blazer, a denim shirt, chinos and the original zip-fly jeans.
Rising Sun & Co. is about a simple, well-designed, beautifully crafted garment. It may be a pair of jeans, a hat or a shirt for that matter. The underlying component and goal is to make the best things possible. Rising Sun & Co. is a reflection of owner and designer Mike Hodis’ commitment to create and produce garments that he would be proud to wear himself. Rising Sun & Co. are craftsmen not manufacturers. They strive to create timeless, long-lasting quality garments while utilizing all the best that modern technology and techniques have to offer. By definition and by design the right people gravitate towards the products, you either have that sensibility and that predisposition or you don’t.