I’m probably not the only denimhunter who’s into vintage motorbikes too. To me, denim clothes and old bikes are in fact part of the same mind set and culture, they’ve stood the test of time and they don’t have to prove themselves or change every other day; we love them for what they are. When I’m on my bike (a ’79 Kawasaki Z650) I want to feel safe, but at the same time I want to be me. I care about what I wear, how it feels and how I look – also when I get off the bike. No one really likes to wear a pair of tight-fitted leather pants on a hot summer day, you want to wear denim!
Antwerp may not be the first place that springs to mind when you think of Harley’s, motorcycle charters and denim. However, between the two of them the founders of Eat Dust, Keith and Rob, have decades of experience with denim and the denim industry. Along with this they combine a solid friendship, a passion for motorbikes, good music and the eternal search for a good time. This all gets poured into Eat Dust resulting in a collection of garments and accessories that exude authenticity and originality. Keith and Rob were kind enough to take some time to have a chat and give us an in-depth look at where the brand is coming from and where it is headed.
Buying a pair of Butcher of Blue is more than just buying a pair of denims. It’s about supporting your local “Butcher.” The brand is the brain child of Bob Rijnders, a passionate entrepreneur and owner of shop Best Of Brands in Hoogland, The Netherlands for 17 years. With more than 20 years of experience in the denim industry, one of Bob’s career milestones was the introduction of Nudie Jeans Co to the Benelux. Bob was also a vintage sourcer at Denham and he took part at the birth of the brand. Recently, Jason Denham and his team encouraged Bob to start his own label and with his passion and experience you should expect something special.
Rivets, denim, five pockets, fading indigo, a whole bunch of history and that special “stick it” attitude: all characteristics we know and love from jeans. Designers are often rather constrained by the conventions of the classic five pocket design, but after years of research Tender’s William Kroll has created a new template for the design of jeans. In this extensive article we explore the brand, the products and ideas behind them in depth, and we also had a chance to get an exclusive interview with the man with the ideas.
The answer to the question in the headline, and to what makes Denham stand out from hundreds of other premium denim brands, can be found in the company moto, “the truth is in the detail,” which becomes evident when you take a closer look at the products. Founder Jason Denham uniquely balances progressive and innovative design with respect for the craftsmanship and tradition of classic jeansmaking. In some way you can say it’s a breaking of conventions, but in Jason’s philosophy you have to understand the history and tradition of jeans in order to design them.
It’s no secret that I like Pike Brothers; the brand is not about fashion or the latest trends but instead it focuses on creating authentic and honest workwear without making any compromises. An appealing philosophy that is worth striving for. Recently I had a closer look at what the proud Germans will shipping out shortly. Exhibiting for the first time in the Fire Dept. at Bread & Butter, the response from both buyers and media was overwhelming for Fabian Jedlitschka and his crew, but the fact is that they have earned their popularity.
The Kings Of Indigo are ready to kick off their third season with a strong selection of new styles and washes. King Tony and his “subjects” at K.O.I. present a wide range of basic recycled washed indigo jeans, but they also add a bit of extra flavour with some sophisticated vintage inspired premium washes in the new King of Laundry concept.
Black Needle is the story of two French brothers, Ben and Guillaume (Mr.G) Barras, the driving forces behind the brand. Mr.G has been living in Hong Kong for 13 years, Ben has been there for 8 years. They travel back and forth between Asia and Europe. “When we were kids there was a sewing machine at home and one day, my brother was 12, our mom told him to amend the size of his jeans himself – that’s when we started making our own stuff.” Black was the main colour then as it is now and the needle was the first and only tool.
The denim scene is flocked with design and fashion brands that are all trying to get a piece of the cake. In 2009 Wood Wood introduced their denim concept known as Double Denim. The name is a reference to the repetition in the brand name. What makes the Double Denims stand out from other fashion brands doing jeans is the attention to craftsmansship and detail put into the products. The styling of the jeans is minimalistic and quality fabrics and perfect fitting are the main focus areas. But what it all comes down to in the end is the value of the name of the brand, and Wood Wood has truly made a name for themselves.
Remember the 23 oz. Japanese selvage 1958 Roamer Pant that we mentioned when Pike Brothers sponsored us a couple of months back? Well, now they’ve received all the accessories and the first sizes of the long-awaited jeans. If everything works out right they will be in stock by beginning of July, so keep an eye on the Pike Brothers webshop.