For over a century, Filson has taken great pride in creating garments and equipment that work well in the great outdoors. To mark the relaunch of the brand we are giving away a Filson Tote bag #70261 to one lucky winner along with a wallet or cardholder to 2nd and 3rd place. To make sure the winner truly appreciates ‘life in the open’ we had the participants upload their best pictures within this fairly wide category open to creative interpretation. Now we need your help to find the winner. All you need to do is “like” your favourite of the 6 runner-ups below in this Facebook photo album.
When it comes to denim photography, especially advertising photography, the images become rather formulaic. A picture of the jeans from the front, from the back on a clear crisp background worn by a model chosen for his or her physiques ability to show the fit in the best possible light. We may also get a close-up of the denim or any particular feature, selvedge ID, hidden rivets and so on. We get what we expect and we get what we trust. For the most part this is a good thing, it allows us to compare and contrast and if we are purchasing without handling the garment it gives a fair impression of what we will receive.
However, every so often you will see an image that is different in its conception entirely; images which not only shows off the garment and tells us what we need to know in terms of fit, fabric and style, it also tells a precise story in where the garment came from. In the world of denim these images are more than likely the work of Cory Piehowicz, the photographer of choice for brands such as Mister Freedom and Rising Sun & Co.
The images give the impression that, in fact, colour photography was invented in the 18th century, down a mine or in the desert. They hark back to the quality and honesty that is so often associated with images from over 100 years ago, this look is often attempted but seldom emulated in a way that successfully achieves authenticity in the way Cory’s work does.
Cory was kind enough to have a chat with us about how he found his way into this niche, where he draws his inspiration and his thinking behind what he shoots.
‘You Might As Well Have the Best’ is a slogan that says it all. Well, now ‘the best’ got even better. The historical American outdoor and workwear brand Filson relaunched itself earlier this year with a discretely and contemporarily updated luggage and apparel collection comprised of both their iconic classics and all new designs. We visited Filson to have a closer look at the offerings, and let’s just say we’re impressed.
Need to carry all your favourite dry denim home for Christmas? This is the perfect bag for the job. Designed to carry plenty of cargo, this classic mid-sized Filson duffle bag is made of 18 oz. 100% Japanese selvage denim and the traditional natural coloured bridle leather straps. Plenty of pockets to keep all your belongings save. Like any other Filson bag it’s made in USA.
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.
Like so many of the century old American brands we cherish today, Filson was born out of a need for sturdy and long-wearing working clothes made for men looking for opportunities to make something of themselves. Founder of the company, C.C. Filson was born in 1850 and after making a living building houses in Nebraska and roaming the country as a railroad conductor he moved to Seattle in the 1890′s with a clear cut idea in mind and a new way of thinking about making clothing for hunters, fishermen, explorers and miners.
“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.
It has been around for 8 years under different variations of the ‘Nag’ name at its current location in central Copenhagen, but honestly until recently I hadn’t yet visited the shop; a great mistake. The concept of the store as it looks today was introduced two years ago when the original Nag Store was relocated to the basement of Pilestræde 47. This gave room to rethink the entire set up and the changes truly appeal to denim lovers. I visited Nag Classic on a lazy weekday afternoon to expand my horizons and have a little chat with Herman, store manager and buyer of the shop.
Visiting Amsterdam and reporting on the shopping opportunities you have in the city of course I had to stop by the Red Wing Shoes store. And what an experience. Even though I’ve seen most of the shoes and boots before and also own a few of them myself I was truly amazed of how inspiring the shop felt. This is a prime example of how to utilise and put into life the experience-shopping-culture. You simply have to put it on the top of your go-to-list.
In 2010, according to Statistics Denmark 18,000 new companies were set up in Denmark. One of these was Wardrobe 19, but while half of those aspiring entrepreneur have had to close shop the unique men’s wear shop in the centre of Copenhagen is an immense success. Wardrobe 19 is owned and run by the creative and fiery entrepreneur Martin Vestphael, who has created a highly personal and evocative stop that really stands out from the crowd.