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rodeo bill last won the day on September 22 2018

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  1. rodeo bill

    Tender Co. Denim

    looking fantastic @chicote! How are your modified 128s coming along?
  2. rodeo bill

    Tender Co. Denim

    Thanks for this @vexed_wear! Just about to reply to your email, but I think a size 3 should work nicely for you. I'm expecting a restock of these in the next couple of weeks.
  3. rodeo bill

    New Contest Suggestions

    With the definite caveat of timing I'd certainly be up for doing a special detail on existing cuts. I'd need to make about 12 pairs+ and if there were special details I'd need payment upfront with no refunds. Sorry to get down to brass tacks, just putting it out there to help people make decisions. I do like Maynard's green denim chest idea too though!
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    New Contest Suggestions

    Thanks so much for all this guys, very flattered to be considered! I'd love to be involved in theory, but I'm afraid I have a backlog on jeans production at the moment, and I couldn't offer a special run until existing retailer orders are made up. I'll have a general restock of standard styles around the end of the year/January, but it'll be late Spring/Summer before I can realistically do anything special. Do anyone get in touch if this circles back, but in the meantime I'm afraid I can't promise a specific date for stock.
  5. rodeo bill

    Tender Co. Denim

    Here's a closeup of the larger size on an indigo molleton Cook's Coat. Shirts will be coming through in the next couple of weeks with smaller copper buttons, more soon!
  6. rodeo bill

    Tender Co. Denim

    New buttons for the Autumn/Winter 2019 production, these are a first for me, custom stamped in England from solid copper. This was my first time in a sheet metal pressing factory, very noisy, very exciting!: the dies themselves are CNC milled at the factory, in a clean room off the main floor: my buttons come in two sizes (small for shirts and pyjama trousers, large for coats and jackets) and a single die set was made with large and small next to each other. Sorry no photos of these, they were set up in the machine on the day I visited. Here are some other die sets, though: My stampings are very small, of course, but some of the big machines are incredible. This one stamps out license plate numbers for lorries and trains: By comparison, my buttons are much less hardcore: The copper gets fed in on a strip, and the operator sets the stamp going, pushing the solid copper in one side, and pulling the remains through the other side: and out plop some buttons: the scrap is the frame of the copper strip, little slugs from the button holes, and bigger slugs from the locator punch next to each button, these all get melted back down to make more copper strips: the buttons come out with knife-sharp edges, so they get tumbled to soften the edges and brighten the copper up, but they're not lacquered or otherwise finished, so they will tarnish really nicely with wear.
  7. rodeo bill

    Tender Co. Denim

    ^superb @julian-wolf! Thanks for the photos, very inspiring.
  8. rodeo bill

    Tender Co. Denim

    @heyson looking great! Thank you so much. Are you painting or installing? The scribble makes it look like a Hodgkin. Lovely either way. Here are some detail photos, sent by a great friend of the brand, of his tan wattle dyed denim 129s. These are also slow to fade (as with the purple logwoods above), but are well worth the time- looking really special I think:
  9. rodeo bill

    Stuff you would like to see made

    +rep for the attempt!
  10. rodeo bill

    Stuff you would like to see made

    cool thread! Very late to this, and it may be common knowledge (I'm no sneaker expert) but I was reading an article about Hiroshi Fujiwara (Fragment design- Levi's Fenom among many other things) and they did a blue toe Chuck in 2009: https://www.sneakerfiles.com/fragment-design-x-converse-chuck-taylor-all-star-lo-december-2009/ edit, looks like there was a high top too:
  11. rodeo bill

    Watches and Denim

    ^lovely! is it vintage or the reissue? does the anchor wiggle?! great looking rice bracelet too.
  12. rodeo bill

    Tender Co. Denim

    Thanks for this. There's a bit of stretch, but they shrink back to delivered size with a wash, and the side straps keep the stretch in check- the size they start is the size to go for, bearing in mind that it's quite a generous cut. I hope this helps!
  13. rodeo bill

    Tender Co. Denim

    Thanks all! Here's a fit pic (Cousin Mary, size M- I like to wear pullovers relatively slim): Thanks for these, too. I was discussing this project early on with a friend who also mentioned weaving-as-coding, and this looks like a really interesting project! The weaving-to-melody idea is also something I've discussed with another friend who's a composer. Great minds!
  14. rodeo bill

    Tender Co. Denim

    Something new: Pop Punch is a project that I've been working on with some friends since earlier this year. I read something about early computers being based on the punch cards used in jacquard knitting machines (a binary system which allows a knitter to specify different background and foreground yarns in a double-layer Fair Isle sweater), and thought it would be cool to look into this some more. Working with a sound designer we created a simplified midi file from my vinyl copy of the Giant Steps LP (1959) by John Coltrane, then another friend who's a coder (and knitter) we took the notes of the melody and transposed them into the 24 holes that make up the width of a knitting punchcard: The length of the track was then fitted to the length of a pullover, and the punchcards were run through a hand-powered knitting machine: In a Fair Isle knit, the outside of the garment has a main background colour (in this case red) and an accent colour (in the case yellow). The accent colour mostly sits behind the front colour, as 'floats' of yarn. These are loose between the stitches at which they transfer through to the front. To stop them getting too long and catching on other clothing, their length has to be kept fairly short, which also dictated the logic in the coding. As well as being a punchcard jacquard, this is a fully fashioned traditional Fair Isle garment, knitted in Shetland woollen yarn. Fully fashioned means that unlike a cut-and-sew garment (a Tshirt for instance, where a bog piece of fabric is knitted, then the garment panels are cut out and sewn together), the panels of the garment are knitted in the correct shape, and then linked together. As well as being a structurally nice way of doing things, and giving flatter, more comfortable seams, this technique also produces no waisted yarn or fabric. Because the panels are knitted from the bottom up, you start with a rib stitch (the hem ribs are deep and tapered on these sweaters, based on late 50s/early 60s knitwear: When the rib's done, the punchcard is fed in and the jacquard section starts. You can just see the rib at the bottom if this body panel (the weights hooked onto the fabric pull it down from the machine, and keep the tension even on the needles: Here's a completed body panel before linking, finishing, and washing: and here are the finished garments, set into the impressive vinyl collection of another friend: Each sweater is packed with a new-old-stock punch card, and a folded record-sleeve-insert-style poster:
  15. rodeo bill

    Tender Co. Denim

    ^I'm so sorry to hear this. I lost some of my own jeans years ago (accidental, a box went missing at a trade show) but it still hurts- I know exactly what you mean. I'm afraid I don't have any more of these, it was from a long while ago. However I do have some new vests coming in over the next few weeks- on the Stores and elsewhere, so please keep a look out and/or email me. Hopefully there'll be something that will work as an alternative for you. By the way, I'm so sorry for the lack of updates here. I've tried posting a few times but I've not been able to upload photos and I'm a bit swamped so I've not given it more time. That said, I've just tested out an upload and it seems to be fine! More soon. In the meantime here's the vest Uchison's sadly lost: