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Denim Dudes Book Launch London

Last Friday 27th February saw the official London launch party of Denim Dudes, the recent book release by Amy Leverton that features over 80 industry names from the world of denim. Shortly after the initial release at Rin Tanaka's Inspiration LA, Amy Leverton continues her global book launches for the highly celebrated Denim Dudes book. As the hometown of the author, ...
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Calik Denim Campaign Photographed by Eric Kvatek

Leading Turkish denim mill Calik team up with accomplished photographer Eric Kvatek to shoot their fabric collection.  While many of our denim savvy readers will be familiar with the various American and Japanese mill names popping up on their favourite raw wears, Calik might not be such a recognisable title. Based out of Malatya in Turky, this intergrated yarn and weaving ...
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Desert and Denim – Not Your Typical Trade Show

Earlier this month Juniper Ridge hosted Desert and Denim, a makers trade show in California's hi-desert. At the tail end of Rin Tinaka Inspiration trade show in LA, Feb 12-13, California health and beauty label Juniper Ridge threw a two day tradeshow/conference showcasing some of the best brands and makers in the world. However, this wasn't you're average trade show you've come ...
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Introducing: Brave Star Selvage

Brave Star Selvage is reinventing the way you buy premium denim and how much you pay. Last week while we were out in the LA denim office, we had the pleasure of meeting one of the cities denim veterans, Mik Serfontaine of Brave Star Selvage. A South African native but now a fully fledged California resident, Mik has a long history ...
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Vintage Treasures at LA’s Raggedy Threads

Since its founding in 2002, LA's Raggedy Threads vintage store has quickly become one of the go-to destinations for vintage enthusiasts and designers alike. Here we speak to the owner and founder, Jamie Wong on her favorite finds. While Little Tokyo may be off the beaten track of LA's retail and vintage store destinations like Melrose or La Brea, the area is becoming ...
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Supreme Spring/Summer 2015 Lookbook

Supreme unveils the lookbook imagery for its Spring/Summer 2015 collection. Over the past month Supreme fans have been offered up teasers for the upcoming S/S 15 collection including the initial Yankee x '47 Brand collaboration leather varsity jacket and also their latest poster campaign featuring Neil Young. This week the New York brand released its seasonal lookbook and preview that showcases that ...
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New Store Opening: Hollywood Trading Company

Earlier this month, Zip Stevenson of Hollywood Trading Company and Denim Doctors relocated his store from Beverly Blvd to the new upcoming area of West Adams Blvd. Zip Stevenson is one of LA's most seasoned veterans in American vintage. His passion for raw denim and searching out handcrafted vintage leather belts led to him to found Denim Doctors in 1994 and Hollywood ...
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Introducing: Bliss And Mischief

Hillary Justin is taking the idea of upcycling to a new level with her made-to-order, hand embroidered vintage denim goods. The denim team is still out on the West Coats soaking up the denim scene in LA  so today we're highlighting one of the new brands we discovered at Rin Tanaka's Inspiration show. Hailing from LA, Bliss And Mischief are gaining traction in ...
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KR3W x Charles Peterson Collection & Exhibition

Last week saw iconic East London pub, The Macbeth, play host to the global launch of KR3W's Rights Refused collaboration with legendary photographer Charles Peterson. LA-based skate brand KR3W are known for their collaborations with creative personalities from the underground. As part of the labels Rights Refused program, KR3W have brought in Charles Peterson to produce a capsule collection in celebration of the images that immortalised the ...
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Rin Tinaka Inspiration Vol.6: “Happiness is…”

Vintage enthusiasts re-united once again last weekend for the sixth edition of Rin Tanaka's annual show, Inspiration LA. Here, the WGSN denim team shares some of the highlights from the two-day event. For the past five years, Inspiration LA has gathered together fans and brands from all over the world for a two-day party celebrating American vintage and the clothing inspired by it. Now ...
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Story mfg. Showroom Visit

Last weekend, the denim team headed down to the East London canals to check out a unique and beautiful retail & showroom project by London-based denim purists, STORY mfg. STORY mfg. have been going since 2013 and focus on ‘Slow Made’ product, natural dyes, season-less drops and British manufacturing. They were keen to find the brand a place to call its ...
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Denim Dudes: Street Style, Vintage, Workwear, Obession

This week at Rin Tinaka Inspiration, WGSN's very own Head of Youth and Denim will present the launch of her debut book, Denim Dudes. As a member of the WGSN denim team (and Amy's assistant of four years), I'm very proud to introduce our readers to the upcoming release of Amy Leverton's Denim Dudes book. For those who don't know, Amy ...
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Indigo People Spring/Summer 2015

Founded on the affection for traditional craftsmanship and the love of natural indigo, Amsterdam-based label Indigo People present their S/S 15 collection True Nature. Last month at Bread & Butter's "Back to The Street" show in Berlin, we were able to catch up with the good folks at Indigo People. Only in its second season, the Dutch brand has been making waves ...
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Tenue De Nîmes Announces Own Denim Line

After 3 years of planning and development, Amsterdam-based denim boutique Tenue de Nîmes finally announce their own brand of jeans. Back in 2012 when we visited the Dutch capital for our Amsterdam denim guide, we sat down down and spoke to Rene (see interview here), one of the owners and founders of the award winning denim store Tenue de Nîmes. During ...
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Workwear – Factory Floor to Fashion Statement

Last week in Glasgow, Make Works presented their second public event series in Scotland at the Glasgow School of Art with a series of talks by designers, manufacturers and researchers around the theme of 'workwear'. Our denim contributor Bex Robinson gives the lowdown on the event.  In one of the largest industrial cities in the UK, online factory finder Make works in ...
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