New York Denim Days debuted this past week with a full agenda of workshops, installations, shopping, brands, artists + stylists.
New York Denim Days, at the Metropolitan Pavilion, which took place from September 30th to October 1st, was the place for denim professionals, denim lovers, and shoppers to explore all facets of the denim industry.
And lucky me, who actually lives in New York City. I had one of the best denim days in my life during this awesome festival. You can check out all my personal impressions on Instagram and the Denimology Facebook.
I would like to point out here a few especially interesting and fun people I have met there:
Ian Berry – in “real” life this British artist is just amazing, we hat some quite interesting chats about his totally unique denim arts
Wrangler is re-vamping and bringing back the old styles – vintage denim and t-shirts, stay tuned for more here @Denimology
3×1 created the biggest jeans in the Big Apple! That was funny 😉
Tonello is an Italian family company whose awesome laser techniques are really incredible. They worked with 10 designers from all over the globe to create a gallery of 5-pocket jeans that represent what reality and vision mean to them. This is the final part of the project, which launched during the Amsterdam Denim Days in April 2017.
And here is a re-cap of all that was happening:
Hands-on workshops and interactive installations let New Yorkers learn first-hand about denim and indigo at New York Denim Days.
Jean Shop, the beloved Manhattan-based selvedge jean store, displayed rare vintage jeans. Shoppers could buy the vintage denim as well as customize leather bracelets with dye and hand-stamps.
Curious Corners hosted a pop-up Dip Dye Station of Yamato Indigo.
Artisans and artists were spotlighting their craft at New York Denim Days.
Deverazul is a project between two Colombian artists, Berto – the renowned Italian denim mill, and Officina+39 that transformed Berto’s new Recycrom fabric (made with recycled denim fabrics) into a canvas. The medium was everything from lasers to indigo powder.
Silver Jeans Co. x Hanna Barczyk debuted “For Us”. Merging art with fashion, we were able to explore the new Silver Jeans Co. capsule collection “For Us’” and watch as New
York artist, Hanna Barczyk, brought the brand’s inspiration to life in a live denim art installation. The art piece was then be raffled off to one lucky winner at the end of the Festival.
Denim mill Artistic Milliners had collaborated with New York-based graffiti artist Hektad on a collection of denim and skateboards that Hektad painted on and customized live.
Denimrush hosted a live demonstration of hand-painted denim jackets.
Los Angeles-based Atelier & Repairs, the studio with a focus on creating unique, up-cycled and limited run reconstruction of apparel, accessories, and other objects, spotlighted its garments inspired by denim.
Other artisans at New York Denim Days included: Various Mediums Inc., Weaving Hand Indiko, Hartford Denim Co., Claudia Gontovnik, Beru Kids, Danyaki, Denimcratic, Izome People, and Windbeam Pottery.
Also present were vintage denim vendor Eric Kvatek (outdoor) and Japanese retailer Tricot Field, a New York based retailer offering children’s clothing created by three popular Japanese brands: FITH, DENIM DUNGAREE and GO TO HOLLYWOOD. They provide comfortable stylish clothing that brings out a child’s inner glow.
And the most fun part – shop shop shop, of course!
New York Denim Days was a denim shopping event like no other. Brands and retailers included:
3 x 1, Jean Shop, Blue in Green, Wrangler, 69, Silver Jeans, Detroit Denim, Brooklyn Denim, Hudson, Mavi, Baldwin, BLKSMTH, Dickies 1922, ABL Denim, Hartford Denim Co., Reds Outfitters, Thigh High Jeans, and Knickerbocker Mfg.
INTERNATIONAL DENIM EXCHANGE
The City of Amsterdam supports the House of Denim Foundation in presenting Amsterdam-based denim entrepreneurs at New York Denim Days Festival. It’s like an international denim exchange program. you could see what all the fuss is about from some of our favorite brands from the country that boasts the most jeans purchased, per capita.
Participating brands / designers included:
Anbasja Blanken, Benzak Denim Developers, Kings of Indigo, Tenue de Nîmes, and TOSSIJN.
Denim is all about what goes into making the product – from the fabric, to the fit, to the wash. We have brought in the hidden craftspeople that work behind the scenes to make denim special – the mills, the manufacturers, the laundries.
Cone Denim partnered with 3×1 to make denim aprons and drawstring bags onsite that were customized with embroidery, patches and stitching.
Calik took you on a 3D tour of its entire denim fabric manufacturing process – all the way from the processing of the cotton to quality control of denim fabric.
Other participating denim insiders included: Candiani Denim, Albiate, Tonello, Orta Anodolu, Berto, Officina 39, Deverazul, Atlantic Mills (Salvage + Rivet), and Carved in Blue TENCEL.
We were invited meet some of the most well-known and well-loved voices of the denim industry. London-based “The Vintage Showroom” joined New York Denim Days brought copies of its instant classic books “The Vintage Showroom: An Archive of Menswear” and “Vintage Menswear: A Collection From the Vintage Showroom” as well as an edited selection of its gorgeous vintage clothing.
All in all it was a fantastic experience and we can’t wait to see it happening again next year.
(Photographs: Lisa Kato}