Next to the 501, the Lee 101 is one of the most iconic jeans fits. As a tribute to the company’s heritage the ’101′ collection of contemporary fits based on archival classics has strengthened Lee’s position in the commercial premium denim market, and today Lee has clearly stepped out of Levi’s’ shadow and in many ways gotten ahead in terms of coolness. We take a closer look at one particular jean that has helped pave the way for Lee’s newfound attractiveness.
Left Field is a brand that embodies the true American spirit. Started in 1998 by Christian McCann, Left Field was built with the vision of making quality clothing that would stand the test of time and stand out from the crowd. Fifteen years later, Left field has gained a notoriety in the American denim industry by doing just that.
Sweden is indisputably the Scandinavian leader when it comes to jeans and denim. In this context, comparing Sweden and Denmark doesn’t seem fair as the relative strength of the former is just so immense. However, Denmark has a few brands that are doing decent denim; one of them is NN.07. Still, one of the two founders of the company is Swedish. Recently, I visited their headquarters in Copenhagen and to “talk denim” with the Danish half of the successful Scandinavian clothing venturers.
The debate of Japanese denim quickly becomes heated among denim enthusiasts. In my opinion, the subject ought to be seen in a broader perspective. “Japanese denim” has become the finest endorsement a pair of jeans can have, but the general consensus that Japanese denim automatically is of the highest quality is a misinterpretation. With this article I will attempt to demystify Japanese denim and the of legend of what today is an industry like so much else.
As we’ve mentioned numerous times before, the Japanese are the world’s super denim nerds, and Lee Japan makes some of the most incredible reproductions. This is a stitch by stitch recreation of the Lee 101Z Riders as it was in 1952. Once you start inspecting the details further, you’ll soon realise the level of commitment put into these jeans to make them look completely like the original. Actually, the stitches in the “Lazy S” have already started to come out, which they also did on the originals. Oh, and by the way, there’s wide consensus among the denim aficionados that this was the model that James Dean wore in two of his movies. Yet the jeans were also worn by countless other rebels like Jackson Pollock and Bob Dylan.
NN.07 combines uncompromising quality, understated classic coolness, creativity and the best of the traditional men’s wardrobe in an accessible and no-bull-shit concept. The brand has over the past four and a half years been writing a new and exciting chapter in the history of Danish textile industry and lately they have added to their story a take on Danish denim. Read the story here.