Sep 22, 2017 | By Samuel Trotman
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British workwear brand Universal Works introduces Workshop denim, a capsule collection of denims handcrafted in England.
In a market dominated by American and Japanese denim, we were delighted to hear about yet another British brand (see Story mfg, Tender Co. and Dawson) going against the grain and looking to local resources to produce their denims. This time around, it’s Nottingham’s Universal Works with their newly launched Workshop Denim, a small range of five-pocket jeans, a ’30s-inspired double pleat trucker and workwear jacket – all crafted wholly in the center of England. To keep things simple, founder and designer David Keyte sourced the denim from Portugal where he selected an unwashed 13oz denim (woven on vintage looms) to create this European denim collection.
“We love when people get passionate about creating great garments. In the denim world it is normally either about American or Japanese; about looking for a specific union special machine to recreate a superior vintage look, or about capturing an authentic feel. We’re not saying there is anything wrong with this, but we wanted to go about things a little differently.”
The jeans come in two great fits – regular (straight) and slim – and feature a unbranded details like plain rivets, a ghost patch (the label itself is subtly sewn inside) and an unassuming yet unique pocket shape. The trucker jacket takes inspiration from the iconic Levi’s Type-I but adds a contemporary twist with an additional two angled side pocket and a slightly longer body. Meanwhile, the workwear jacket is a reissue of their Bakers Chore Jacket, but with new features like a selvedge split chest pocket and of course the beautiful rope dyed indigo shade.
To celebrate the launch of Workshop Denim the brand has created a short film in collaboration with the talented Allan Buxton, titled “Are Your Jeans Handmade?”
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