In Berlin you will find yourself spoiled for choice in just about every way. The possibilities to experience history, theatre, arts, cultural and simply a damn good time are in abundance. Whatever it is you are looking for Berlin caters for it all and more. It is no different when it comes to denim. You’ll find the Usual Suspects within, quite literally, a ten minute walk of each other. Burg&Schild, 14 oz. and DC4 all carry a fantastic range of denim and gear; however if you stray a little bit further there are a few other haunts that are well worth a visit. Along the way you can see some of the best bits of Berlin, eat some good food and get a great coffee.
“To travel is to live,” is a famous quote by one of Denmark’s greatest national treasures, H.C. Andersen. As a kid I simply adored his poetry. After spending a few weeks of the summer in modern day India, I’m tempted to rephrase mr. Andersen’s famous quote to, “to travel is to survive.” But in the midst of the overpopulated, bureaucratic mess with all its hassle, filth, and poverty it is possible to find an honest man doing a decent job that he’s proud of. On my way through touristy Rajasthan I met two leather smiths who on a good day would fit that description.
For a long time I have dreamt about going to Japan. The fact that Japan is located on the other side of our planet and for me is a very exotic destination is one reason, but ignoring my passion for jeans would be lying for both myself and anybody who knows me. When my friend Henrik called one night and said, “let’s go to Tokyo,” I thought he was joking, but the seriousness in his voice was convincing. So, we booked a flight and on April 4th we landed at Narita, 4 hours delayed, but with high hopes and our pockets filled with yen.
When you to think of denim and Jack Nicholson immediately the imagery from “One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest” pops up. This is not surprising, his outfit throughout that movie is marvelous. Yet when it comes to Americana clothing and Jack Nicholson there are quite a few other noteworthy movies. Riekele from stillstile.com takes us through another great example, “Five Easy Pieces” released in 1970 with superfluous presence of denim and boots.
This article is the first in a series of travel guides to great places and cities around the world. During the lifespan of Denimhunters I’ve wanted to share my experiences of cities like Madrid, Paris, Berlin, Malmö, Stockholm, and all other destinations I’ve visited, but didn’t find it suited for the site. Now, as the magazine is slowly expanding it’s focus to include the lifestyle of jeans nerds and denim hunters and not only the products and where to buy them, I found it natural to share my travel experiences with you and give you some “heads up’s”. And to underline the fact to these are merely my personal experiences, I’ve called the new category “Where I Went”. First stop is Amsterdam; one of the most beautiful and romantic cities of Northern Europe. It is somewhat a hybrid of Venice and Paris with a cooler climate.
They have become a rarity, but there are still a few old school and authentic barber shops left in Denmark. My personal favourite is Frisør Nielsen; located a bit upside the city centre of Copenhagen in the district of Frederikberg where it has been for almost 93 years now. The two barbers running it have worked there for a lifetime and they’ve already passed retirement age some years ago, but why stop working when you really love what you do and still have fun with it.