‘You only get one chance to make a first impression,’ and Hans Bollen, owner of Antwerp’s Kings & Queens, sure doesn’t pass up that chance. He’s the kind of proprietor that always gives each customer a warm welcome, even when he’s busy helping out other customers. And with a combination of a distinctive 50′s style and the emerging biker-scene with the more contemporary fashion market, King & Queens reaches out to both hardcore enthusiasts and denim novices.
A few years back the so called “heritage wave” swept across the fashion industry and brought raw jeans and worker boots to every imaginable fashionista, who didn’t know the first thing about denim or leather and basically couldn’t care less. Now, in the speed of light, the insatiable industry has turned to the next new fad, but for those of us that feel comfortable on the “heritage” shelve, we now have it to ourselves.
During this summer’s Copenhagen Fashion Week, the second edition of the “loudest, friendliest and most rugged event” took place at the Wrenchmonkees garage; the Iron&Denim ‘trade show.’ A celebration of honestly made products, the love for roaring engines and good friendships, Iron&Denim is a small “fuck you” to the established fashion industry. And the Monkees are clearly not the only ones ready for something else than mingling with the common fashion mob. In case you didn’t make it there, this is what you missed out on.
The Wrenchmonkees crew is something of a wild bunch. Whether they are custom building bikes, designing workwear clothes or pulling off events they don’t like to be tied down by conventions, especially not the conventions of the fashion world. In keeping with this spirit, during the summer’s Berlin fashion week the Monkees chose to stick it to the trade shows by exhibiting their WM.A.C collection in-store Burg&Schild. On Monday the 1st of July, the day before the official opening of the Bread & Butter, a celebration of the collection drew in the majority of the European denim mafia. Of course we were there as well.
Launched this spring, Copenhagen’s Wrenchmonkees has created a small collection of decent and simple workwear under the WM A.C label in collaboration with Danish workwear manufacturer Kansas. The Wrench #6 waistcoat is a functional and versatile garment that works equally well for the slightly dressed up jeans and shirt look or for wrenching in the garage. It’s made of a 100% heavyweight 375g overdyed cotton fabric that is unwashed. To give the fabric a unique look, co-owner Andreas Mørk-Hansen has experimented with applying 4 layers of Otter Wax to his waistcoat. Why? Because it makes the hard wearing fabric even more wind and water resistant – and because it looks great!
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.
Wrenchmonkees is best know for their unique custom bikes, but for a long time the three founders have been dreaming of functional motorcycle clothes that would fit their way of life working in their garage and riding their bikes. This fall, the dream has been realised with the launch of the WM A.C Nordic Workwear label in collaboration with KANSAS, established supplier of authentic Danish workwear since 1952 and the no. 1 choice of workers for generations. The clothes are crafted to withstand hard work and designed to be worn with pride when you ride your bike.