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Joachim Pianka of Berlin’s fein und ripp is a great example of how you stay true to yourself, your style, and your beliefs and be successful in the fashion business. He’s a man who values the importance in codes of honours and verbal agreements. The world is an ever-changing place but what he does is his passion and it gives him great pleasure. His personal style and taste, as well as fein und ripp’s selection of denim and vintage clothing, have left a mark on the fashion scene. Photographer Victor de Mello tells his story with images. Old Is Better: The Story of fein und ripp The story of Pianka is also the story of the family business fein und ripp; it began when Pianka discovered a large stock of original deadstock long sleeved button henleys and seized the opportunity to bring the garments to Berlin and sell them there. fein und ripp’s concept is to continue to find new old deadstock textiles and offer them with as much detailed history as possible. Textile treasures from the past inspire Pianka, and when he finds the right item he wants to make his herald available and to sell it to his customers. As for Pianka’s own style it is characterized by ‘function ability;’ clothes that can be worn every day, which gives him the feeling of being well dressed. Denim Anytime, Anywhere Pianka has been into denim since his teens when his uncle brought him back a pair of Levi’s 501s from the US. Talking about denim and its popularity today, Pianka argues that the coarse fabric can be worn at any occasion by anyone. In his opinion, the love for denim transcends all layers of society; something the selection of fein und ripp reflects: “We try to avoid a particular scene or target group to address, whether it’s the rockabilly,…

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…