Tag

Denham The Jeanmaker

Browsing

This is a guest post by Michael van Hal. No doubt Amsterdammers love their denim and indigo. The beginning of May 2014 saw the city painted entirely blue, figuratively. House of Denim, the organisation behind the Jean School and other denim-related initiatives that foster innovation and craftsmanship, hosted a new 4-day cross-business event for professionals, consumers, and media alike. They called it The Amsterdam Denim Days: an event that brought together the national and international denim community in the Dutch capital. It was an immense success and enthusiastically received by the entire industry. Denim Days was presented in collaboration with Modefabriek’s Blueprint, HTNK Fashion Recruitment & Consultancy, and the American Kingpins Show. We look back at the highlights from the Kingpins and Blueprint shows. Kingpins Show: First Time in Europe Amsterdam Denim Days opened on Wednesday and Thursday with the Kingpins Show, an international denim sourcing trade show enjoying cult status. The cutting edge industry-only show is held twice a year in New York, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong, and was visiting Amsterdam for the first time. Inside the amazing Westergasfabriek building brands, manufacturers, and agencies showcased their latest achievements and collections. Local students from Jean School also showcased their skills and networked for jobs and internships. Since Kingpins is one of the world’s most popular denim shows you could expect to spot some ‘denim celebrities’ there. We spotted pioneers and major players such as Adriano Goldschmied and Jason Denham, just to name a few. The Kingpins show in Amsterdam was an opportunity for European business professionals to experience the show, and for the Kingpins organisation to ‘test the waters’ in Europe. Let’s hope we’ll see them again next year. Modefabriek’s Blueprint: The Amsterdam Denim Days Edition The Amsterdam Denim Days edition of the popular Blueprint show took place in the same location on Friday and Saturday. Blueprint is known amongst denim professionals as the exclusive fashion-forward…

This is a guest post by Paul Travi. In the last week of January, denim aficionados once again had the opportunity to connect with their favorite brands in the Blueprint area at Amsterdam’s Modefabriek trade show; the most important of its kind in The Netherlands. The Blueprint area bathed in a throbbing blue atmosphere where exhibitors met denimheads and the general public, felt special. Japanese brands were showcasing their goods for the first time, a highlight of the show for diehard denimheads like yours truly. Brands like Momotaro, Japan Blue, Evisu and Edwin were sublimely mixing in between local brands like Denham, Kings of Indigo, Tulp Jeans, and Benzak Denim Developers. Denham The Dutch brand surprised us with a brilliant idea: a pop-up repair store with an unorthodox team in addition to their booth. In one corner sat Clint James – Denham resident repair artist – and in the other corner were the Grivec brothers, Marcel and Roger, dry denim and denim repairs experts. Visitors were offered a free repair; even Jason Demhan himself sat behind the machines. Denham were also presenting their new denim collection Category 5, together with well-crafted garments for men and women. Oyuki Denim The brainchild of Guido Kerssens, a professor at the Amsterdam Fashion Institute, this raw denim brand is remarkable in its target group, which is kids. Guido, a denimhead himself, has had problems finding affordable dry denim for his young daughter, so he decided to make a pair of jeans for her. After the first prototype was done, positive feedback encouraged him to take them to production. Oyuki Denim jeans might be for kids, but they are full of grownup details, such as orange selvedge, branded rivets, branded buttons, and raw stretch denim. Pig & Hen Pig and Hen is a small company specialising in bracelets. The two…

The Japanese denim brands have surely gained a foothold in the L.O.C.K. hall of the Bread & Butter trade show. Still, the majority of the exhibitors are European or American. We begin with a brand that has strong roots in Japan. Edwin Europe One of the usual suspects, Edwin blew us away with a capsule collection of six stunning jackets made in collaboration with the Scottish gents from Alexander Leathers. The first three are build on Alexander’s Montana Shawl Collar, Simmons-Bilt, and Grizzly using a well-balanced mixture of Horween Chromexcel and Edwin’s fine Japanese “Granite” denim. The other three are repros: one A-2, one D-1, and one G-1 jacket. Edwin also extend their continual collaboration with Blitz Motorcycles from Paris; this time it was more mature, using more technical fabrics. Words: Paul Travi Jean Shop Operating out of their Meatpacking District store, Jean Shop is a true New Yorker denim brand and have been at it for 10 years. They specialise in Japanese, selvedge denim sewn in the USA – but they also do leather jackets, shirts, and accessories. Exhibiting for the first time at Bread & Butter, founder Eric Goldstein and his crew displayed an impressive selection of beautiful vintage jeans, which perfectly demonstrated just how good their raw jeans will come to look in time. Some of the other items that caught our eye were their quirky vintage-looking “Wear the pig” logo t-shirts and a collection of very bad-ass leather western shirts. Words: Kasper Broue Meinertz Levi’s Vintage Clothing As always, the Levi’s Vintage Clothing stand did not disappoint. This time it resembled a building site of 1930’s NYC. The breadth of the collection is summed up perfectly in two outfits.The worker and the foreman. The worker in heavily used garments, with heavy repairs, and authentic aging; again showing Levi’s’ attention to detail and ability…

Last week, Stylesight’s denim team flew over to Berlin to cover the major trade shows across the city and bring you the best denim news from Fall/Winter 2014. This is their report. There was a noticeable change of mood in the air in Berlin this January.While the juggernaut that is Bread & Butter remains the biggest show in the city (showcasing over 500 brands), the main halls felt somewhat silent without some of the key players that have pulled out over the past 2 years.G-Star was the latest major brand to pull out this season (following Diesel, Levi’s, Wrangler, and Lee), opting instead to increase its presence at Pitti. Additionally, a number of other key designers moved to Premium, BBB’s neighbouring trade show that targets the higher end of the apparel market. Despite these crucial shifts, Karl-Heinz Müller still managed to draw in a great selection of purist and core denim brands in the L.O.C.K. and Fire Dept. areas. Rising Sun & Co., Denham, Edwin, and Levi’s Vintage Clothing were amongst the most inspirational presentations. A whole host of Japanese brands were also welcomed back once again, situated within the Concept Room in the L.O.C.K. hall, where Denimhunters and other media also exhibited. Meanwhile, over at Premium and SEEK, the halls were bustling with both shows noting record breaking visitor numbers after the first days of the shows – proving their relevance on the fashion calendar. While Premium focuses primarily on high end women’s denim market, featuring brands such as Hudson, Paige, Joe’s Jeans and 7 For All Mankind, neighbouring SEEK showcases finely curated selection of contemporary menswear labels such as Our Legacy, Universal Works and Indigofera Jeans.With all fairs showcasing such a huge and diverse portfolio of brands across the denim market, there was of course an inspirational amount of stories and new developments that emerged for the…