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ITEMS OF INTEREST: REPAIRING DENIM

December 10th, 2012

So we’ve finally had a few of our machines delivered at the store, and we’ve been busy setting them up and testing them out for the last couple of weeks. With our vintage machines we can recreate the original hem on denim, and repair holes without the use of patches with our darning and straight stitch machines. These services will soon be fully available, until then please send any requests through via email or drop them by the store. For all of the finer details of the machines, before and after shots, continue reading after the jump 

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- 01. Stitch by stitch, reweaving, and repairing the denim.

ITEMS OF INTEREST: DENIM AND PLANT LIFE

December 6th, 2012

For those of you that don’t already know, our South Melbourne store is now open, and we’re having our grand opening this Friday the 7th of December. We’re now sitting nicely on the street, giving us some new window space to work with, and for our first display, Noir has installed some plant life, into our well worn denim. The plants have been living and growing in the pockets of each of the pairs of Denim for just on a month now, so it was perfect timing to drop by and check in on it all, and show off the details of the installation and a couple of his new noir pieces in the process.

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- 01. Denim, and plant life.
- 02. Jean001, Panel Shirt, and Summer Blazer, seeing how the denim’s reacting.
- 03. The finer details… Chainstitch runoff, and golden pocket stitching.

MY LIFE IN FILM: FROM THE LAND OF THE RISING SUN

December 4th, 2012

A couple of weeks ago we had the honor of hosting the launch for Losers second range of sneakers, whilst the team was in town from Tokyo we a chance to take them around and show them what we do in our down time. After a couple of bad days weather wise, we finally had some sun, which meant beers and an afternoon on the pier relaxing. I’ll let the photos do the rest of the talking from here, but I’d like to thank Sneakerwolf, Thian, and Zen for making the trip over, and hopefully we’ll be seeing them again soon!

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- 01. The finer details… Losers’ signature camouflage shark.
- 02. Sunsets in St. Kilda with Mister Zen-San.

MY LIFE IN FILM: BLACK AND WHITE

September 9th, 2012

Whilst I wait for all of my film to slowly make its way from the processors, and through my scanner, I’d like to give you an insight into the what’s going on in, around, and outside the world of the store, through the lens of some of my other cameras. Be it outtakes from shoots for new products, and outfits for the store, or simply just out and about around the city, I’ve always had one of my film or digital cameras with me to capture certain moments, so continue reading after the jump and I’ll leave it to the photos do the rest of the talking.

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- 01. New Balance on hand whilst we shoot the new season’s ranges.
- 02. Sunday coffee courtesy of the fine baristas at Market Lane.
- 03. First days of spring’s sunshine, perfect excuse to pull out Tantum’s bucket hat.

Posted by jason  |  9 September 2012  |  

 

INITIAL IMPRESSION: NOIR'S JEAN002

September 8th, 2012

With my old 3sixteens tucked away on the shelf it’s time for me to start wearing in a new pair of denim, and what better pair to start with than Noir’s new Jean002. The heaviest denim I’ve had the pleasure of wearing in to date, crafted using 17 ounce Japanese selvedge denim. The Jean002 takes a more western with a looser straighter leg than what I’m use to, but after a few wears, and a pin roll of the cuff they’re perfect. This thick denim has a beautiful, grainy texture, with the occasional slub making an appearance in the fabric, something that over time will develop character as the denim wears, and ages.

Each pair of Noir denim is crafted by hand in the southern Japanese district of Okayama, and bears the details, and craftsmanship of hundreds of years of experience. I could roll off an endless list of the finer details, but with 2 metals, 2 different buttons, 4 materials, 5 different types of thread, 8 different sewing machines going into each pair of Noir Denim I’ll leave the details to them, and let the pictures do the rest of the talking.

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- 01. Prior to their first wear, Noir’s Jean002.
- 02. Noir’s signature snakeskin patch, and pocket detailing.

Posted by jason  |  8 September 2012  |  

 

ITEMS OF INTEREST: SEWING MACHINES

September 7th, 2012

We’ve been on the search for some sewing machines for the store, for a while now, and it’s been quite a while in the making. Tracking down the right machines for the right job so we can offer alterations and repairs on both denim and pants in house.

It’s not the easiest thing tracking down machines to do these jobs, as some of these machines aren’t in production any more. Especially darning machines to reconstruct and repair damaged denim, along with chain stitch machines that hem, and rope identically to the original hem. So here’s a look into the search, and keep an eye out for an update on when the machines will be installed.

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- 01. Piles of old dusty sewing machines about to be brought back to life.
- 02. Union Special chain stitch machines, they just don’t make them like this anymore.

WELL WORN: 3SIXTEEN ST-100X AFTER EIGHTEEN MONTHS

September 6th, 2012

With over eighteen months of everyday wear, three separate repairs, one beach wash, one tub soak, and one machine wash, it’s time to hang this well worn pair of 3sixteen’s ST100X denim on the rack and start a new… that is, at least until summer comes around. This has been one of my favourite pair of denim to date. With that said, I say that every time I wear a pair in and leave them to develop character over this many months. The indigo has almost disappeared from the most worn parts of the denim revealing the grain of the weave in the denim along the whiskers, combing, and any other creases. The denim has become so soft and lush, completely the opposite of the raw version I began to break in over 18 months ago. There are a few holes, and places that will need repairing and reinforcing on the darning machine before summer starts, but until then, I’ll leave the photos to do the rest of the talking…

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- 01. Eighteen months of wear, the front of my well worn 3sixteen ST-100X.
- 02. Denim will wear away but the hardware will always remain.

ITEMS OF INTEREST: CHUP SOCKS

September 4th, 2012

Along with Superior Labor, I also had the opportunity to head out of Tokyo to visit Chup, and see the production of their intricately woven socks first hand. Tucked away in a small business district outside of Sano, sits one of Chup, and Glen-Clyde’s workshops where the intricately woven socks are cylindrically knit in a slow but precise manor, to produce their bright, and sometimes whimsical patterned socks. These machines are becoming harder and harder to come by and maintain, and it’s amazing to see Chup keeping such traditional techniques alive as they strive to make products like most others can’t, as each of these now ancient machines and manufacturing techniques become old and obsolete.

I’d like to thank Hashimoto, Tsubasa, and the rest of the Chup team for their hospitality and ongoing support, and don’t forget to keep an eye out for this season’s collection from the brand as it will soon begin to arrive.

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- 01. The anatomy of a Chup sock.
- 02. One of very few mechanics still able to service these machines.
- 03. Aisles of yarn been slowly weaved into Chup socks.

Posted by jason  |  4 September 2012  |  

 

ITEMS OF INTEREST: THE SUPERIOR LABOR AND NAP VILLAGE

September 4th, 2012

Last season I had the opportunity to head down south of Japan for the first time, heading out of Tokyo, and past Osaka, to the prefecture of Okayama to visit the workshop of Superior Labor. Tucked away in the hills of Okayama sits an old schoolhouse, surviving the destruction of war, Superior Labor have converted this historic building into a workshop, and office whilst bringing new life to the surrounding area with a small village, where they house production of their brands as well as, extra workshops, showrooms, as well as a small café, and store.

I’ll let the images speak for themselves, giving you an insight into the handmade processes of Superior Labor’s products be it leather goods, luggage, or clothing for this coming season, as well as the surrounding area that engulfs the brands location. I’d like to thank Kawai, Yoshimi, Taka, and the rest of the Superior Labor team, for their hospitality and ongoing support, and don’t forget to keep an eye out for this season’s collection from the brand as it will soon begin to arrive.

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- 01. Walking up to the old schoolhouse turned workshop.
- 02. Turning pieces of canvas into the first of this seasons bags.
- 03. Marking the engineer tote bags before attaching the handsewn leather straps and hardware.

ITEMS OF INTEREST: NEW BALANCE 'MADE IN THE U.S.A'

February 2nd, 2012

Domestic manufacturing has been part of New Balances heritage since 1938 when they produced their first pair of running shoes. Since then the company has grown from 6 employees crafting 30 pairs of shoes daily to 1,300 employees crafting 19,000 pairs of shoes daily. Despite the bucking trend of companies moving their operations offshore, New Balance remains as one of the only athletic shoe manufacturers in the United States.

This investment in manufacturing has allowed New Balance to continue producing their timeless and classic silhouettes like the 998, and 1300 in such great detail, starting from the use of materials down to the detailing that goes into every last stitch. Which brings me to the two shoes before you. The M1300LG with its mostly grey upper featuring a textile mix of mesh, nubuck, along with the trademark ‘N’ highlighted in navy, and the M998BR with its tonal black upper that utilizes a mixture of premium leathers, suedes and wax canvas accents, amidst and contrasting white midsole with red highlights.

Both silhouettes are perfect examples of the timeless design, and attention to detail that the New Balance ‘Made in the U.S.A.’ range represent. I’ll let the images do the rest of the talking, so make sure you head on over after the jump for all of the finer details of both silhouettes…

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