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.
Over the past years, “vintage” and “heritage” have been bastardised by the fashion industry and you won’t have a hard time finding petty startup brands or shops marketing their products as “authentic” or “original.” But in few occasions such labels do ring true, like it’s the case with fein und ripp. Most of the garments sold in the shop were produced between the late 1920s to the early 80s – deadstock and unworn. Swooped up from an abandoned factory in the Swabian alps near Stuttgart in southern Germany, the garments they sell are true and rare old world beauties – they simply don’t make them like this anymore.
You’ve probably already noticed, but either way we would like to do a little promotion for our sponsor of December, the newly opened denim and lifestyle shop, Kersting & Henschel. The shop is located in Potsdam near Berlin in Germany and as stockists of brands like Pike Brothers, Momotaro, Iron Heart, Eat Dust, Indigofera, The Flat Head, Filson, and Red Wing Shoes they went straight into our top 3 of must-visit shops in the German capital. The atmosphere of the shop is quite unique and it resonates very well with the lifestyle of bikers and hotrodders. The pictures below give you an idea of the style of the store; it’s a step back in time to an era where manufacturers took pride in their products.
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.
Our Dutch ‘colleague’ LONG JOHN just dropped the news about his most recent project, a collaboration with Pike Brothers. “As we’re both lovers of authentic quality products we came together to make an exclusive t-shirt with all the details from 1948,” he writes. And what are those details you might ask, well a Pike Brothers 1948 tee is first of all slim fitting and made 100% cotton. Secondly, the threads are yarn spun on vintage ring spinning machine and it naturally bears the authentic Pike Brothers Sportswear label. And finally, for the LONG JOHN collaboration edition it also features a handstamped handtag with the LONG JOHN anchor-logo. The shirt is made in a limited small run and only available on their respective websites, you find links below.
It’s no secret that I like Pike Brothers; the brand is not about fashion or the latest trends but instead it focuses on creating authentic and honest workwear without making any compromises. An appealing philosophy that is worth striving for. Recently I had a closer look at what the proud Germans will shipping out shortly. Exhibiting for the first time in the Fire Dept. at Bread & Butter, the response from both buyers and media was overwhelming for Fabian Jedlitschka and his crew, but the fact is that they have earned their popularity.
“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.
Remember the 23 oz. Japanese selvage 1958 Roamer Pant that we mentioned when Pike Brothers sponsored us a couple of months back? Well, now they’ve received all the accessories and the first sizes of the long-awaited jeans. If everything works out right they will be in stock by beginning of July, so keep an eye on the Pike Brothers webshop.