Q&A with Jerry van Vorstenbos aka @vorstenbos

Name: Jerry van Vorstenbos

Birth year: 1988

Location: Nijmegen

Profession: Retail manager Gebrs. Coster (Levi’s partner)

Jerry’s Instagram Routines

T: Why Instagram? What are your goals?

J: I started using Instagram a few years ago when a friend suggested I should share my Levi’s collection. At that time, I’d never heard of it before. In the beginning, I was really pushing myself to post on a daily base, but I’m glad that faded away.

T: How much time do you spend on Instagram on a daily basis?

J: I spend more time looking at people’s pictures than I do taking my own.

T: How do you take your photos?

J: Just an iPhone ? Sometimes, when I know me and my girlfriend are going somewhere nice, I tend to dress up a bit extra to snap an Insta shot.

T: Which tools do you use?

J: iPhone 8 plus

T: What’s your editorial flow?

J: I don’t plan anything, but I do tend to have periods in which a do a lot of the same. For instance, I’ve been using my kitchen floor instead of the wooden floor in the living room.

T: What are your favourite locations to take photos? And why?

J: Outside near the river. It’s called ‘the Waal’ and it stretches from my home town to Germany. Great WW2 battles were fought along this river.

Jerry’s Denim Style and Preferences

T: How did you get into denim?

J: When I started working for Levi’s and discovered LVC and true vintage items.

T: What’s your favourite feature of jeans?

J: Back pockets for sure!

T: How do you wash your denim?

J: I try not to wash them, so I switch a lot between jeans so that the other pairs have time to take a breath.

T: What’s your favourite denim brand?

J: Levi’s Vintage Clothing.

T: What’s your favourite fit? And why?

J: The 1947 501XX. It looks a lot like the 501 we have nowadays, but with a slightly baggier fit and rockabilly look. It is the fit for me!

T: Which boots and leather goods do you wear with your denim?

J: Red Wing and Yuketen.

T: Which sneakers do you wear?

J: All Stars.

T: Favourite item that’s not denim or leather?

J: Sukajan jacket from Japan. It’s a satin bomber. 

T: Where do you buy your gear?

J: Mostly online. I try to buy secondhand. Good for our planet and your wallet ?

T: What’s your monthly clothing budget?

J: I have an arrangement with my girlfriend that I can buy anything I like. But, I have to balance it out by selling pieces of my own.

T: What styling tips would you give your followers if they wanted your style?

J: Don’t buy as much as I once did. I look at clothing and think “damn, I’m only going to wear that jacket for now.” I wish I could, but I have so many jackets this feeling comes back every day. I try the sell a lot to invest in watches. At one point, I’ll get there. 

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This article was written by Thomas Stege Bojer, the founder and owner of Denimhunters. Thomas launched the site in 2011 and built it into a voice for the denim industry and community.

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