This jean is the creative peak of a close friendship between two very enthusiastic entrepreneurs, Morten and William, each with their own high quality niche brand. They’ve been friends since they met in London a few years ago. Morten was studying in the British capital but ended up quitting school to work for William. After Morten moved back to Copenhagen, and as his business making belts and suspenders started to grow, it seemed like a natural next step for the two friends to collaborate on a jean that could combine the things that they’re both most interested in. We asked Morten and William about the process and how they decided on the design on the jeans.
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.
Morten Kristensen and his For Holding Up The Trousers specialising in high quality handmade belts and suspenders brand has stepped it up lately. Earlier this year Morten moved his workshop from the two-room flat he shared with a friend into the Wrenchmonkees’ garage. As you may have seen, he has now teamed up with the Monkees to supply the leather goods for the WM.A.C brand, and most recently a collab with William Kroll’s experimental jeans manufacturer, Tender Co, was launched.
For a long time I’ve been looking for a new belt and when I visited Morten from For Holding Up The Trousers he offered to make me one. Truly an offer I couldn’t refuse. Morten is a very modest and humble guy and in return for him taking the time and effort to make the belt I suggested that I documented the process. This is a visual tour of how Morten works, most of the images speak for themselves.
We all need something for holding up our trousers, at least some times. As you’ve probably heard before the devil is in the details and the right accessories completes your outfit. If you’re wearing Japanese ring-spun selvage jeans, handmade British leather shoes and fine shirts of Egyptian long stable cotton your belt (or suspenders) should naturally also be of equivalently high quality. Copenhagen-based one-man brand, For Holding Up The Trousers offers a solution to this issue with roughly crafted hardwearing belts and suspenders that will last you a long time and only get more beautiful with wear.
Together with Tivoli and the Little Mermaid, Nyhavn is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Copenhagen. But there’s more than overpriced beer, street musicians, and souvenir photo opportunities to the commercialised old habour. Take a detour off the main street down Toldbodgade, enter the basement on the left side of the street, and there’s a chance you’ll get one of the most authentic shopping experiences you’ve had in a very long time.