I mentioned last time that I would throw some light on the denim I am currently wearing. Before I get to that, I must mention the “C” word. Black Friday and its insanity is behind us as I type this. Not a fan. It’s actually a bit of an embarrassment to us all to be honest.
I really enjoyed footage on one of the news stations of several staff poised at the door for the 8am Grand Opening on the aforementioned Friday, on opening, a solitary man shuffles sheepishly past the camera crew on his way to get a vacuum cleaner.
I understand the need for businesses to make money, it keeps a lot of us in jobs of course and keeps the VAT rolling in to Government coffers. Anyways, I bought zilch on Black Friday.
I grumpily digress of course. Christmas is being mentioned a lot right now. Tip from me is when somebody close to you, who maybe willing to get you something you would actually like on the 25th, asks what you would like, then be honest with them and just say denim!
Great denim. Good denim. Stylish denim. Denim that will last the test of time and feel good on you. There is no denying it, you feel like The Man stepping out in really good denim. In mediocre denim it’s a bit more of an everyman stumble. There are a few worthwhile denim brands for you to check out and put the spring in your step. I have had really good experiences with these brands here and I just wanted to share them with you-
Hiut Denim (Wales)
Came across these through another blogger (Arran Cross- Check out his Instagram feed for slow style) and I was utterly smitten by the denim. The story behind the denim, the people and the production process is inspiring and pretty damn cool. Could all our clothes be made with this dedication and attitude please?
The fabrics are sourced in some of the best, if not THE best mills in Japan and Italy. Small batches are run off with a major injection of TLC in Cardigan, Wales and the end result is bewitching. I have only the one pair just now, but what a pair. Dark double dyed indigo from an Italian mill to Wales for manufacture to Ireland for pleasurable wearing. I am reliably informed these will fade and it will make the denim even more beautiful. The only advice from Hiut is that you don’t wash them. We are talking great denim made with a lot of expertise (they don’t sell tees, sweats etc) that will give years of pleasure and lasting wear.
Check them out-
Nudie Jeans (Sweden)
Swedish Lords of denim that offer everything from organic skinny fit jeans (yes, in your forties you can wear skinny denim if you bloody well want to) to heavy Japanese selvedge. The price rises accordingly as the weight and cloth increases in quality.
Most of the denim from Nudie Jeans is organically produced. When you consider that the fashion industry is the second most polluting industry (after oil & gas) in the world, then it’s good to know your denims have not pumped pesticides into the environment on your behalf. They also offer a repair service on denim that will restore them to wearable condition. So, environmentally a very attractive proposition for us men.
I have found the denim to be reliably good. You can get a good pair for a keen price. The basic organic denim is very comfortable and will be a good fit for any day of the week as well as weekend wanderings. The online fit guide is invaluable and will give you a good idea as to how they will sit on you. It also makes it clear as to whether you are getting a zip or button fly. Some guys are keen on one over the other, I am not one of them.
Mastercraft Union (Japan)
This really is only an entry to show off the fact that I own a pair! Well it almost happened by accident as I took a punt on some from Matches Fashion online store. Every pair is handmade and manufactured in Japan. They have only been in production since 2015 and the website is utterly cool.
The concept is the craftsmen of Japan meeting western denim style and the result is a stunning quality of denim. My pair are numbered and the attention to detail in manufacture is obvious. They get more comfortable with every wear, but were a pleasure to put on for the first time. Go figure. They are on the pricey side (mine were in the sale), but if you want something that’s handmade in Japan, you had better be prepared to pony up for it!
This company, based in Cornwall, is not a denim company as such. They originate from the surfing and seafaring communities and the associated attire. I was attracted to them a while back due to their ecofashion credentials which are impeccable. They do tie ins with the RNLI and are just generally a really cool brand with its finger right on the pulse of how things should be done in my opinion. The denim in question is manufactured in Blackburn, Lancashire (no need to recite “A Day in The Life” though). It is part of a technologically advanced product range known as True North. They have a coating on them that is dirt and water repellent. So, looking good doing the garden then? Eh, no. I wore them for friends coming around a few weekends ago and got several thumbs up from folk.
Comfortable, look good, ethically produced and they feel like they have a lot of wear in them. What’s not to like?