Digging for Denim.

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This is just an incredible read from the January issue of Outside magazine.  It’s all about mining for the vintage denim and duds of old miners!  

Brit Eaton is the best of a curious breed of fortune hunters combing old mine shafts and barns across the West for vintage denim. He’s discovered $50,000 worth of clothes in a single day, and his clients include Ralph Lauren and Levi’s.

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Junya Watanabe Spring 2009

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Junya Watanabe’s (of Comme des Garcons) Spring 2009 collection is a very fitted & fresh mix of American menswear “classics with a twist”.  Collaborations with iconic prepster brands- Brooks Brothers, Levi’s, Lacoste and Baracuta made for some funky updates to familiar models, patterns and fabrics.  What also makes it youthful is eye-catching denim pieces and cool hats thrown in.

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Nike Selvedge Denim Sneaker

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Spike sez-  “It’s the shoes.”  I have to agree.

This new high-top from Nike is pretty cool upon first look- selvedge denim and copper rivets.  The  2009 Terminator features 2 different denims on the upper with a navy leather toe cap and back heel.  A copper rivet can also be found on the back heel like the ones found on a pair of jeans.  I have to wonder if it is authentic selvedge denim, or stitching designed to look like selvedge.

Expected to be released Summer – Fall 2009.

Link to Kix Files story

Atelier LaDurance Selvedge Denim Bags

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Atelier LaDurance introduces blends of their premium selvedge denim against the luggage form. Two standouts are the Suit Carrier and Weekender Bags. Details are the prize in both of these pieces of luggage.  These bags are made from 11oz denim and saddle leather which is produced in the same factories as the famous Goyard luggage. Both the Suit Carrier and the Weekender feature zip top closures, saddle leather handles, brass studded bases, and Vichy check linings.

Their sportswear is a little too modern and sterile for my personal aesthetic, but these bags are great.  I do wonder if they are treated to control crocking (color transfer).

Link to Atelelier LaDurance

Link to story from Limite Magazine

Samurai Jeans Limited Edition 10th Anniversary Shogun Model.

Samurai 17oz S5000 Natural Indigo Jeans - $665

 

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Details:

  • 300 pairs produced / Serial Numbered
  • 100% cotton 17 ounce Japanese selvage denim
  • Raw Unwashed / Shrink to Fit
  • Natural Indigo warp threads Interwoven with Bamboo Ink dyed weft yarns
  • Dyed by KaseZome Technique (20 Dying Repetitions)
  • Gold-plated Steel Tack Buttons
  • Gold Leaf embossed Deer Leather patch
  • Red Line Selvage intertwined with Gold and Silver Lamé threads
  • Silk-screened Cotton/Hemp fabric pocket bags
  • Comes Boxed with Small denim Carry pouch
  • Made In Japan 
  • $665- Insane.

VINTAGE LEVI’S 501 JEANS | AN AMERICAN FASHION ICON

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1950s Levi’s Vintage 501 – front. Check the leg twist you’d get with old, un-sanforized denim.

1950s Levi's Vintage 501, back- Courtesy of Warehouse website.

Back view of a vintage Levi’s 501 jean.

Why do I love vintage Levi 501 jeans you ask?  Let me count the ways-

  • The capital “E’ on the red tab, introduced in 1936 and produced up until 1971.
  • The brown leather patch- changed to “leather-like” cardstock in the mid-late 1950s.
  • The red selvedge 10 oz denim woven by Cone Mills, North Carolina on 29″ wide looms.  I wish it were a little denser- but I’m not complainin’.
  • The incredible leg-twist that you get on a pair of vintage non-sanforized 501 jeans.
  • The great tracks produced by the selvedge outseams from wear and bruising of the denim.
  • The Arcuate stitching or “double arcs” on the back pockets- one of the oldest apparel trademarks still in use today.  During WWII it was actually painted on to due to government rationing.
  • The very narrow hem at the bottom leg opening, and all the great bunching and bruising from shrinkage and wear.

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