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  1. Taking Care of the World Tour

    To be fair they have washed out to dad jeans level. Don't be sad, be happy that you could take part!
  2. Denim Blunders, Reflections and General Nonsense.

    $239 Canadian is actually like $23 USD, to be fair.
  3. Denim Blunders, Reflections and General Nonsense.

    I say go for it! I wish I could wear hats, but my head is small, and they always make me look like a chemo patient. Lots of great brands doing hats though, from Stetson to Lofgren, H.W. Dog & Co, Wellema, the Fat Hatter, Hufvud, etc.
  4. Hardware anyone? (Buttons, rivets, and zippers oh my.)

    The only way to get quality ones it seems is to put in a wholesale order, such as with YKK, or to yank the buttons off an old shirt or find some spare ones on eBay or Etsy. The only other options are wholesale orders off Alibaba or Indiamart, neither of which are of interest.
  5. TCB

    Gramsci would likely agree that Trump's model (T?) is in the mold of Henry Ford.
  6. Hardware anyone? (Buttons, rivets, and zippers oh my.)

    @mpukas Try Smoky Sumi (aka Kaijin X): http://smoky-sumis-store.biz/mens-accessories-3.html @428CJ Your case is difficult; I know how hard it can be to source pearl snaps.Try Etsy for starters: https://www.etsy.com/market/pearl_snap_buttons You could also thrift a cheap western shirt and cannibalize it for the buttons.
  7. Denim Blunders, Reflections and General Nonsense.

    What...I take back everything I said about those bastards at Bronson! I kid, I kid! Yeah, if I do scarves again then I'll certainly look at those again and just say... It's made in China.
  8. iconic denim photos

    There can be only one. Wilford Brimley is...The Highlander.
  9. Happy Jeans - Tcb 20s contest thread

    Did you say percolating?
  10. Hardware anyone? (Buttons, rivets, and zippers oh my.)

    The Citron pre-rusted nickel buckle and the actual rusty buttons from my Levi's Japan S702XX:
  11. Denim Blunders, Reflections and General Nonsense.

    I actually had that instance in mind. It just perfectly illustrates the "optics" of a situation. "It's not wrong or illegal, but the timing seems fishy." Basically what CNN is telling me about the Russia investigation(s). I ran into this when I was picking fabrics for scarves; I knew I wanted one in wabash dot stripe, and the other was up for decision. I looked over all manner of indigo-based fabric swatches, and there were a few in particular from one mill that were great. Problem is, the previous year, Freewheelers used them to make scarves/shirts (and Jelado used them in shirts). If I were to use the same fabric, I'd likely be viewed as copying them (these are not custom fabrics, they're off the rack). Muh optics won out and I decided against picking one of them, welp.
  12. Denim Blunders, Reflections and General Nonsense.

    To be fair, I understand the reluctance with hobbyists to embrace designs coming from China; it's hard for us on the outside to see what's going on in China thanks to the Great Wall of the language barrier, but trust me, a lot of denim designers and brands are being copied like this season's Burberry purses within China (I'm not including Bronson in this, I think their hearts/heads are in the right place). I'm talking wholesale copying of original designs. In one case, store owner/brand designer in question would get e-mails from the guys in China who ripped off his design asking what his next designs would be, so that they could copy those too. It boggles the mind. But that's a whole different can of worms. The one in question, I would agree, it's all a remix; what matters to me is if the product is good. If your design is good, people will copy it, but design isn't just about how things look, it's about how they work (thanks for that one, Steve Jobs).
  13. The Flat Head

    This is likely better in the Blunders thread, but it's an interesting topic. Was TFH's fabric custom-made for them (they're one of the few brands who actually has custom fabrics, most brands buy what the mills offer because a custom run is a lot of money) and SOC liked it enough to make something similar? If so, is that sort of cribbing/theft/inspiration/homage more or less valid than everyone and their grandmother trying to make a repro of Levi's 501? Is there a moral absolutist in the house who's willing to put their foot down instead of saying, "Well, all interpretations are valid"? John made his first run of Champion sneakers in frog camo; the fabric is nothing new, but using it to make sneakers was. Was Visvim just trend-hopping then? Notice how in the past few years everyone made gum sole sneakers (and frog camo everything) and now John has moved on to black soles. Or was BAPE actually responsible for the frog camo revival? Something like this was related to me by a store/brand owner; he's been making a 1940's US Mail bag for about 12 years now. A few years ago, at a Japanese trade show, a popular Japanese brand owner, who also makes a US Mail bag, was with his friend who accused store owner A of "copying his design." Talk about not seeing the forest for the trees. This is that muddy line; if no one makes sawtooth shirts, then a brand makes one based on a 1940s Levi's shirt, it's popular, and suddenly every brand is making sawtooths, the idea likely didn't come from a lucky vintage score, but from seeing what the competition was doing. But what if brand B's version is better? Ah, the free market...anyway, I'm rambling.
  14. In cases such as this it might be worth it; if nothing else the IM function is great for reaching folks who don't check their email much.
  15. Shoes that look better with age...

    Seems like plain-toe six-inch laceups are the boots du jour; nice to see since if you look back at photos of farmers and other assorted workers of the early 1900s this was just about the most popular style.
  16. I'd hit them or the Wild One up but through Instagram. There's also Mr Oldman, which has a Rakuten account. If those don't pan out, Mayclub is one of West Ride's biggest stockists outside of Japan.
  17. What specifically are you after?
  18. Denim Blunders, Reflections and General Nonsense.

    Don't hem and haw, tell us what you really think!
  19. Hardware anyone? (Buttons, rivets, and zippers oh my.)

    I have a cinch buckle in the mail from Citron, looking forward to it.
  20. Denim Blunders, Reflections and General Nonsense.

    I'll have Kurt Chen over at Faith hem my Levi's soon (the previous owner had then non-chainstitch hemmed) and see how it goes, but from what I can tell Kurt is very good with his Union Special. In the meantime, the only chainstitch hem job I've had done, by Take5 Taipei:
  21. DWC2 - Photo Updates Thread

    @BrownMetallicThat's the place! I didn't have time to stop inside this time as I was searching for the store Mr. Old. Was only in town for a day, which is definitely not enough for a place like Tainan where you just want to sit back and take in the nicer little niches, cafes, and old buildings.
  22. DWC2 - Photo Updates Thread

    Got down to Tainan, a city in southern Taiwan (and former capital) for a day. The little lady went to a seminar so I dropped her off there and went to visit one of my stockists and enjoy the older, more historical city: The Hayashi Department store, built in 1932 during the Japanese colonial period. The first department store in the country, with the country's first elevator. It was recently renovated and now houses a cafe, restaurant, and concession stands from local brands and artisans: The cafe. The whole interior is this wonderful mix of Art Deco and traditional Japanese architecture. The Hayashi elevator: Bullet holes and other damage; during WWII, the Japanese placed anti-aircraft guns on the roof. Allied (American and Chinese) planes carried out air raids on Japanese supply routes and factories in Taiwan as part of the Pacific Theater campaign. Didn't have time to explore this old street this time, next time: Mr.old, the main denimhead/American casual shop in Tainan. Old, painted billboard for canned meat: Former Japanese temple: The Confucius Temple, built in 1665, one of the oldest standing structures in the country:
  23. Unknown Japanese Brands

    I saw those jeans last week while looking over denim mills. Take the plunge on them!
  24. Stevenson Overall Company

    Repped for the Jack Lambert av.
  25. Taking Care of the World Tour

    I'm not sure I would bother going to those clubs in Perth's Chinatown TBH. Fond memories of buying poorly copied bootleg DVDs down there, and entering the 4th dimension that is the Formosa Cafe.