In little over a decade, SUN/SET/STAR has manifested itself as the destination for good denim in Austria. It’s located in Graz, Austria’s second largest city with 300.000 inhabitants. The concept of the shop is based on the keywords quality and sustainability, identification and history, and independence and individuality, which the two owners Steve and Gerry use as a mindmap for every decision they make for the shop. Both are deeply rooted in the Austrian punk rock scene, which, along with their mutual interest in products that become better with age, is the basis for the merchandising for the shop. SUN/SET/STAR is more than just a fashion store and Steve and Gerry take pride in providing their customers with personal advice and a feels-like-home atmosphere alongside with handpicked items that each tells a story.
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.
Our good friends at the Wrenchmonkees garage are putting together their own little tradeshow during the Copenhagen Fashion Week this winter. Summing up fellow Iron&Denim lovers from Indigofera, Rooktown, Eat Dust and For Holding Up The Trousers, the WM A.C. label will be displayed in it’s rightful environment. During the days craftsmen will be working on their respective products everybody is invited to join the show – free of charge! Come grab a beer, eat some food and get pit access to the founders and craftsmen behind this selected group of hardwearing brands. By the way, on Friday the 1st of February the Monkees are planning to throw one of their kick-ass parties, so be sure to put down the date.
“They’re not scared of you. They’re scared of what you represent to ‘em.” This is how George (Jack Nicholson) sums up the essence of what the biker culture represented in the 1969 cult movie Easy Rider. Even though criminalised and drug-financed hardcore biker gangs still shake down our society now and then, a new and more civilised biker culture is flourishing in the Copenhagen area with workshops like Wrenchmonkees and Customs From Jamesville. Most recently, back in March this year Copenhagen got itself its very first supplier of “vintage motorcycle spare parts, obscure accessories and junk you didn’t know you needed.” And it’s the only supplier of Eat Dust in Denmark too.
Berlin is one of my favourite denim destinations. Most of the hype is focused on the three main denim suppliers of the city centre that with individual ‘themes’ stock the cream of the world’s most premium brands. On Saturday the 17th earlier this month, the former residence of the German Kaisers and part of the Berlin metropolitan area, Potsdam was put on the German denim map with the grand opening of Kersting & Henschel. Curious to find out more about the new boys in town, stockists of brands like Momotaro, Iron Heart, Eat Dust, Indigofera, The Flat Head, Filson, and Red Wing Shoes, I had co-owner of the shop, Torsten Kersting answer a few questions.
“This is a store for real men who seek clothes not costumes.” This is how Burg&Schild describe their business themselves. The name of the shop is an abbreviation of the last names of owners Shane Brandenburg and Kay Knipschild. As one of the top 3 denim shops in Berlin, Burg&Schild ideal customer owns a motorcycle, wears black boots and never washes his jeans. Customers value their clothes for what they are not what the labels on them say, and they know that nothing feels better than a boot, a pair of jeans or a leather jacket that has been perfectly worn in. I had a little chat with Shane about bikes, boots and denim.
Sunday the 26th of February 2012 would have been the 80th birthday of the legendary country bass-baritone singer Johnny Cash, and even though he’s sadly no longer among us, there’s no reason not to honour and celebrate him. That was what the boys from HepCat Store in Lund decided to do, and attending the event was the perfect excuse for me to spent a Sunday visiting their shop, which I had wanted to do since I first met Robert the owner last fall in Copenhagen.