Hardly you see a brand who manages to combine canvas, leather and solid brass hardware so well together – for sure a Japanese Brand. I hope they will be at the Bread & Butter January 2014 for a closer look. Thanks to Takao for pointing me to Superior Labor Website.
As with exceptional things, they get remarkable when they are connected by a good story they can tell. Thanks to Thomas for guiding me around a bit through the denim world @ the Bread & Butter Summer 2013. Before his tour I was just fascinated by LVCnew collection and especially the yellow Western Shirt made of silk and so nicely done embroidery. But via Thomas I understood the story of the Bing Crosby Denim Tuxedo made by Levi´s. A limited edition of this Tuxedo will be produced by Levi´s, an Investment and for sure it gets a well hunted collectors item.
Here the short story about this Tuxedo and Bing Crosby´s connection to it.
After he was told to be not dressed appropriate in his Levi´s Jeans by a Canadian Hotel Clerk and was nearly rejected to get a hotel room for the night, Bing told the story Levi´s and they went into action and crafted him a Denim Tuxedo. The President of the American Hotel Association even put a Label inside and granted him – Bing Crosby entrance to all Hotels in America in this Tuxedo.
You have to see and to feel the collection of Natic Marine designed by Tadanori Domyo. So rich in details and crafted so well. I had the chance to take some detail images of his naval/maritime influenced designs. Probably the most fascinating pieces was an oxford style shirt with southern crosses, mermaids and anchors woven into the fabric. But as with most of the Japanese Brands it is so hard to find them over here in Europe, but I really hope that their performance in Berlin @ the Bread & Butter June 2013 has payed of and we will see their garments being distributed here as well.
EDIT! Takao Tsubouchi from Jayprojectjust contacted me, he is distributing Natic and other Japanese premiums brands and is located in Milano (Italy), so he is your contact over here.
Pike Brothers Roamer Shirt mohawk check: I´ve met Fabian from Pike Brothers at the Bread&Butter two weeks ago and my intentions was to tell him how I honor his/their products which are authentic, durable and affordable. His statement was more or less that his roots are within the classic hot rod scene for which he developed cloth where “form follows function” those guys wear his garments at work and are happy they are worth the price by outlasting cheaper stuff they bought before by far.
If would not have seen that shirt at their stand I would have guessed it has Japanese roots. (see it as a compliment). What a great fabric, soft, nice in detail and breathable. For sure perfect at temperatures to wear which we have right now (+30 Celsius). (c) of the first two images by Pike Brothers
Kiki Fritz – Cartridge ring and cufflinks: Just a small glimpse into the cartridge collection of Kiki Fritz who we met at the Bread&Butter in Berlin. Kiki Fritz is a gold- & silversmith from south Tyrol – Bozen. Inspired by finds of old rifle cartridges from WWI + WWII she started to cut off the bottoms and integrate them into rings and cufflinks. Since the state of decay of those cartridges and the id marks, all works by her are unique.
Clutch Magazine Japan: Another Japanese gem, the Clutch Magazinefrom Japan. Thanks to Moto for taking the time to have a talk with us and the nice gifts e.g the “you pay finger” and the Clutch x Mr. Freedom Bandana.
Fein und Ripp – Pike Brothers Party – Bread & Butter 2013: At the Fire Dept. I had the chance to have a talk with Fabian from Pike Brothers and he invited me to Fein und Ripp at the party. Traditional Bavarian food and beer was served there by Fabian and it was the place to go at the wednesday after the Bread & Butter fair.
Fein und Ripp can be described as a well stocked Pike Brothershomebase. But as you can see it´s another unique shop far away from being normal which is surely worth a visit. The interieur is carefully selected and seems natural in there. Family run by father and his two sons with a great dedication to quality and deadstock items. Check their news section for keeping updated about their latest finds.
Thedileathers @ Harry Damson Store Friedrichshain Berlin:
I was very fortunate to run into Thedi & Alex who were in the Harry Damson Store in Friedrichshain – Berlin. Thedi with his handsome appearance, who could easily be the the more greek looking twin of Jeff Bridges was hard to overlook in Berlin. His stand at the Bread & Butter at the Fire Departmentwas always crowded. So I had the chance to have a talk with him and a closer look at his leather products there. Thedi who used to design for Harley Davidson Europe surely knows how to design and produce great stuff. Either trim cut leather jackets, rugged belts or leather bags he got it all right. See more of his products on the Thedileather Website.
The Heritage Post – Feinschmuck: One of the most anticipated things was to check the new issue of The Heritage Postas we knew someFeinschmuck products will be covered in an article. But we did not know how many items or pages. Needless to say we were more than happy to see that actually 3 full pages with lots of my images made it in the magazine. Thanks a lot to Uwe van Afferden, and Ronny Schröder and especially for the really well written article to Stefanie Kobayashi.