Back in November, Wouter Munnichs and I visited Soorty’s NASDA innovation lab in Turkey to recreate our own worn-in jeans in the most sustainable way possible.
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So many great things have happened in 2019. Here’s a review of five highlights of my year, plus the most popular blog posts and an Instagram best nine.
Self Edge is an authority in the raw denim scene. Here’s the Q&A I did with founder Kiya Babzani for the article I wrote for Sportswear International.
We all might know a thing or two about fading denim, but most of us need a little work when it comes to photographing our fades.
Rivet & Hide is one of the world’s finest ‘rare denim’ retailers. Here’s the Q&A I did with co-founder Danny Hodgson as part of the research for the ‘top 10 denim stores’ article I wrote for issue #289 of Sportswear International.
This beginner’s guide provides a complete overview of how denim is made, along with links to in-depth member resources about each of the five production stages.
Classic blue jeans have five pockets. Three on the front, two on the back. This preview of a Denim 101 lesson gives a brief introduction to jeans pockets.
Rivets are a key defining feature of blue jeans. They were introduced in the early 1870s as a simple and durable solution to an urgent need for durability. In this video guide, I explain the origins of rivets.
With raw denim’s spread from niches to masses, several myths about raw denim care have taken hold in the public conscious. As a result, you might be getting really bad advice about how to best take care of your jeans.
This member resource discusses why these 4 raw denim care myths aren’t totally busted: soaking in vinegar, tumble drying, dry cleaning, and the bathtub soak.
This week on the podcast, Jake talks to Kyle Robinson aka Rocktransformed (formerly ‘Cold Summer’).
Kyle shares what learned during the year he was working for The Flat Head in Japan.
This week on the podcast, Jake and I talk to Mike Falkner from Wild Frontier Goods about what it’s like moving to Japan for denim.
In this episode of the podcast, Jake talk to Mike from Indigoshrimp about the changes we’re currently seeing in the heritage style industry, specifically in Japan.
In this episode of The Denim & Boots Podcast, Thomas talk to Pete and Tony from Tellason about choosing ‘made in Japan’ denim after White Oak closed.
This is the first of five episodes in the series about of how denim is made. You’ll discover what cotton is and how you can use this knowledge to tell better stories when you’re selling jeans.
This last episode in the series about how jeans are made discusses pre-washing; how it started, how it’s done, and what it will look like in the future.
This final episode of my “how denim is made” series discusses how the two kinds of fabric finishes impact the way denim looks and behaves. The trick is to use this knowledge to your advance a make it part of the story you tell.
This article explores what it takes to design a pair of jeans, and the three stages denim designers go through to do so.
You’ll learn how the design influences all aspects of the garment; how it looks, how it feels on the body, how it wears and fades. The design also differentiates one maker’s from another’s.
In this fourth episode in the series about how denim is made, you’ll learn how denim is woven and why denimheads prefer shuttle-loomed denim.
In this part 2 of my history of jeans overview, you’ll learn how ‘designer jeans’ broke through the mainstream, plus how to tell the story when you’re selling.
Through these Q&As, you’ve been learning how the blue bloods I interview got into denim. Mirco aka @rocket19 knows the exact date this happened to him. It’s all documented in his Instagram feed!
Business of denim
I’ve known Piero Turk for years, but I never really heard his story. We sat down at Munich Fabric Start’s Bluezone show in September to discuss how he ended up in denim, and how denim’s has changed since he did.
At the most recent edition of the Selvedge Run trade show in Berlin, I asked a handful of guys why they go to the show and what makes it special.
At the show back in January, I asked 10 denim influential insiders of the business of denim why Bluezone is a must-visit show in a series of video interviews. Find out what they have to say.
Mister Freedom founder, Christophe Loiron, has a refreshing take on why denim is so crucial for his workwear and Old West-inspired brand.