Tag Archives : Denim

Paladrin – Workwear made by London

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Reading Time: 5 minutesThink of huge clothing companies, you know, the like of H&M and Zara. They make billions of garments, employ thousands of people, make whopping amounts of money and have their product made in faceless factories wherever will make it cheapest. Then move your thoughts right down to the other end of the scale. Consider what it’s like if a company…

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Taking my jeans to meet their maker – A visit to Livid Jeans

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Reading Time: 6 minutesI recently had business back in my old hometown of Trondheim in Norway. Fine old town that it is, it’s still not somewhere I find myself travelling to very often. This time though, I was looking forward to it though, as for the past 30 months or so, the most frequently pair of jeans in my rotation was handmade in…

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Companion Denim unboxing and review!

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Reading Time: 5 minutesI was recently reading a piece in the newspaper about internet trends and how the phenomena of “unboxing” was huge. Never one to let a bandwagon pass by, I thought “hey, I’m sure it’s not just kids that would like to see someone open a box and show them what’s in it!”. Heck, I know you’re gagging for my little…

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Blue Blooded, just another denim book?

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Reading Time: 5 minutesIs it just me or has there been something of a deluge of denim-related books the past couple of years? And none of them really all that good? Like this really bad one or this slightly better one. At least from where I’m sitting there has been more enthusiasm than actual content, more styled and curated photography than actual words…

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A pilgrimage to Companion Denim

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Reading Time: 7 minutesThis summer I decided to go on a pilgrimage. Not in the traditional sense of seeking out a holy place of note and walking there, mind you. More in the way of a growing awareness of going to be quite near a destination of note for enough time to allow me to saunter by to say “hola!” kind of thing. You…

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Lyle & Scott recycled denim cardigan

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Reading Time: 3 minutesLyle and Scott are on a roll this season. Not just one, but two pieces that show that someone has been feeling the hot flushes of inspiration. The first piece is this cardigan. Yes, a cardigan, and it’s rally inspired. C’mon, it’s blue, it’s knitted it’s got buttons, so what is so inspired about that? Yes, it’s also a classic…

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Review: A couple of leather belts with “different”

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Reading Time: 3 minutesFor me leather belts are a bit like waiting for a bus. Not like in that I’d rather cycle, walk or drive a rorty vintage car, but more like in that I they’re not really a factor until several arrive almost at the same time. So this week I’ll take a look at two of the belts that are in…

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Review: “Ametora – how Japan saved American style”

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Reading Time: 6 minutesI tend to buy most of the books published within the scope covered on this blog, and they tend to follow a quite similar formula along the lines of “plenty of photos, a bare minimum of text, nice layout and a quality feel”. Most of them would be considered more for browsing than actually reading.This weeks book turns the formula…

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Review: Wrangler Colton, denim for an active life

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Reading Time: 9 minutesI was recently contacted by a representative of Wrangler, one of the traditionally huge names in denim, asking my opinion on their new “Born Ready” line of jeans. What struck me then was that although Wrangler has always been one of the Big Three denim companies, I’ve never had any sort of opinion about them at all. Always one to grab an opportunity…

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The evolution and devolution of denim

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Reading Time: 5 minutesDenim is a curious fabric. I can’t think of any fabric that is currently so torn with regards to which way it should develop. On the one hand the traditional denim companies are doing what they do, continually creating a better and more technical and high quality product. On the other hand you have the heritage-orientated companies taking development back to…

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