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NoKipple - Official Thread

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Hello SuFu, and welcome to the thread of our new retail venture, NoKipple.

 

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Our Concept

 

We have been members and enthusiasts of the denim and quality work wear scene for a long time now, and we are intimately familiar with many of the established high quality brands which we all love so much, which is exactly why we didn’t want to go down that particular well trodden route.

 

Something which has plagued us for a long time is that there must be many smaller brands out there doing their own thing and making stunning gear which is perhaps not getting the attention it deserves in the wider market. We went looking for it and feel that what we found is quite amazing.

 

Something else which struck us was that there is a growing scene for appreciation and manufacture of quality wears in areas of the world which may not have been traditionally associated with it in the past. We wanted to look at these emerging markets, explore their potential, and bring the very best that these countries have to offer to the Western market.

 

This is an ongoing project, what we present here is Phase 1, we believe in what we are doing and the brands we are working with and we will look to extend this over time.

 

In summary, we do not want to follow trends and retail already well established brands, we want to bring the customer new brands, new experiences, and shake things up a little.

 

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Who Are NoKipple

 

We are currently a team of two, with various other collaborators and friends helping us out and working with us at various times and with different aspects.

 

NoKipple is owned and operated by SuFu member Hectic (Jonathan). Jon is a deep enthusiast of quality in all aspects of the things he enjoys, and has harboured a long term want to do something in this field. Jon is one of the originators and founder members of the extremely successful Iron Heart forum.

 

The NoKipple brands are looked after by me (Megatron1505), in my capacity as our Brand Manager. I am the front facing liaison with the owners and manufacturers who we work with, and also look after the majority of our forum and social media exposure.

 

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Hectic (Jon) and Mega (Gav) meet the Trophy Clothing team at their store.

 

 

 

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Great to see NoKipple on Superdenim!

Looking forward to seeing your upcoming releases.

Good luck guys.

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Our Brands

 

Trophy Clothing

 

 Setagaya – Tokyo - Japan

 

Trophy Clothing is the result and expression of one mans passion and tastes and thankfully for us that man, Masaki Egawa, has extremely strong passions and impeccable tastes.

 

Egawa-San is an enthusiast of vintage motorcycles, clothing styles and music, but what he does as a designer is quite different from other brands drawing influence from the same pot.

 

Trophy are fussy about details to a level that we have not seen before, and this is born out through their clothing. Take for example the Reservoir Hood Jacket (pictured below), on the face of it this is quite a simple jacket , designed with some nice external details such as the anodised black steel clips, now lets take a look at the specs.

 

-       Paraffin coated heavy cotton canvas outer, for water resistance.

-       Black anodised steel clip fastenings, like on an old style N-1 Deck coat.

-       Thick, heavy brushed 100% cotton flannel lining EVERYWHERE, including the pockets and the full length of the sleeves.

-       Thick, soft corduroy lining on cuffs and throat latch.

-       Vintage reproduction Talon zipper.

-       Vintage reproduction moulded plastic buttons.

-       Lightweight and comfortable as a summer jacket yet warm like an N-1.

 

This garment perfectly sums up the Trophy approach to clothing.

 

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Jelado

 

Ebisu – Tokyo - Japan

 

Like Trophy, Jelado are the also the result of the impeccable tastes of one man , Yohei Goto, but that is where the similarities end. Jelados focus is on the classic youth wear of the 1940’s and 50’s.

 

Jelado make an enormous range of products, all in the best vintage style and all from the finest materials available, Yohei Goto ensures this because he is the very image of pride in what he does.

 

From our personal point of view, what first drew us to Jelado was something as innocent as their knitwear. We have tried sweaters and hoodies from the best and most highly regarded brands in the market and we sincerely believe that Jelados are the best by some distance. Similarly their shirts are made with a craft and attention to detail that is rare even in this field.

 

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Elhaus

 

Jakarta – Indonesia

 

When we first started to take a look at other countries where denim and work wear passion was a growing scene the first place we looked was Indonesia, and the first brand which grabbed our attention was Jakartas own Elhaus, owned and operated by friends and colleagues Raven and Eduardus.

 

The main thing which drew us to Elhaus, apart from their clean design, was their willingness to experiment, to push the boundaries and try new things whilst at the same time really drawing on their own countries rich history of textiles, clothing manufacturing and traditional dyeing techniques.

 

Elhaus are a young brand, who always look for projects to challenge them. They are acutely aware that the perception and reputation of the quality produced by other countries in Asia does not match that which is produced in Japan, and not only do they want to address that, they want to show that Indonesian made goods can be as good as those from anywhere else in the world by doing it their own way.

 

We believe that Elhaus are a real “brand to watchâ€, their potential is literally limited only by their imagination (which is vast as we have seen), they are only too eager to fully exploit the freedom of working in their own country and using the best craftsmen which they can find. We are very proud that Elhaus have worked with us to make our very first collaboration, and it promises to be quite special.

 

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Sagara

 

Bandung – Indonesia

 

Every team needs a maverick, someone of such undoubted ability that their talent can simply defy reason but with that added element of the unexpected. Sagara and their owner Bagus Satrio is our maverick.

 

I would not be exaggerating to say that when we first saw Sagaras boots in the flesh we were literally speechless, I was at the time wearing boots made by an extremely well known and regarded North American manufacturer which I removed to do a “Pepsi challenge†with the boots in front of me from Sagara, two things immediately struck me.

 

1 – Sagaras boots had a much more consistent and even stitch pattern that the other boots.

 

2 – The other boots were machine stitched, Sagara do not own a machine of any desription.

 

When we met with Sagara, Bagus told us a couple of things which made us realise that they were the footwear brand for us. Firstly I asked how much of their process was automated, this made Bagus laugh as he told us that they could not afford a machine so everything has to be done by hand. The second discussion point which we loved  was that Bagus asked us if we had plans to open an actual shop, “not in the near future†we replied, to which Bagus smiled and said “good, or I could not sell to youâ€. I asked why and Bagus explained that he needs his footwear to reach the customer in absolutely pristine condition, and that by allowing people to put their sweaty feet in and out of display pairs that it would make the product less than perfect, we thought that this was great.

 

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Tush Leathers

 

Yokohama – Japan

 

Tush leathers is a one man band, and that one man comes in the form of rock and blues loving, long haired biker Tush Kawakami. Tush does everything; he selects the finest hides from cow, calf and horse and crafts them into items of great beauty, durability and practicality with a skill that is tough to match.

 

When you buy a Tush product you are buying a rare thing, not something which has been designed by someone with a college degree in design, ordered from a factory and stitched on a machine (vintage or otherwise). You are buying something which has been completely made from scratch by the man whose name the company carries.

 

Tush is an extremely skilled leather craftsman, using goat sinew and heavy gauge cotton to sew and saddle stitch his wallets into perfect form.

 

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NoKipple will launch in the second week of November as a webstore at

 

www.nokipple.com

 

We can be contacted for any pre-launch enquiries at

 

jonathan@nokipple.com

 

megatron@nokipple.com

 

We hope you like what you see and we look forward to hearing what you guys think of our venture.

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Thanks man, we're extremely excited by this.

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Thank you Danny  :)

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All the best Mega! Really excited for you and I'm sure your business will take off in no time.

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Thank you sir. 

 

Tomorrow I will introduce some of our products in further detail  :)

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Nice to see there finally is a European retailer giving Indonesian denim and leather the love they deserve.

Best of luck to your venture!

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The quality of much of what we saw in Indonesia was outstanding, there are many brands we would like to work with in the future. The scene for denim and workwear there is being driven by such a young and energetic group, with such pride in what they do. 

 

It is our pleasure to be working with these brands, and we hope to extend our relationship Indonesia in the future.

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Thank you Tillman  :)

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The quality of much of what we saw in Indonesia was outstanding, there are many brands we would like to work with in the future. The scene for denim and workwear there is being driven by such a young and energetic group, with such pride in what they do. 

 

It is our pleasure to be working with these brands, and we hope to extend our relationship Indonesia in the future.

There are so many small and interesting brands in Indonesia. Just take a look at the 'local brand' section of the Darakubiru forum and you will find a lot of brands with outstanding craftmanship and quality.

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Regain - Darahkubiru is one of the places where we did our research and saw some amazing brands. Direz is a friend of ours and we met up with him earlier this year in Jakarta, he has a great brand himself who we like a lot.

 

Simon - Thank you buddy, we're saying the second week in November to give us a few days of play for final system testing.

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^Very exciting to see things come together! Congratulations on this, I know we're all itching for your webstore to go live ;)

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Me too, at least I hope that's what the itching is caused by  :ph34r2:

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First of, congrats! Second I own a pair of Sagara boots and all I can say is that they are second to none, both in quality and craftmanship. Superior! And I bought mine for a fraction of the price other brands sell for.

Best of luck and I will certainly buy from you guys in the future.

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Thank you Alex  :)

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Can't wait to cop a Trophy watch cap, and the tan Trophy jacket you posted in Trophy thread a while back.

 

Also congrats!

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Exciting news.  Congratulations!

 

I can't wait to see some product pages...always fun to have some new stuff to geek out on!

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Thank you all guys  :)

 

As this is Superdenim, we though that it would make sense to begin with talking about our denim range.

 

Trophy Clothing

 

Trophy Clothing have three types of denim, all quite different from each other.

 

Dirt Denim – This is the signature Trophy Denim, weighing 14.5oz it is a one washed rough, low tension woven, slubby and hairy denim with deep contrasting colours, absolutely full of character. Dirt denim is offered in a standard straight cut (1605) and slimmer slightly tapered narrow cut (1607).

 

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Garage Denim – The polar opposite to Dirt Denim in its purchased state. Garage Denim is raw and unprocessed “Kibata†denim which is flat, uniform and quite rigid to the touch. This is denim which really comes alive after a soak to reveal a wonderful depth of texture and colour. This denim is offered is a standard straight cut.

 

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Blackie Denim – Blackie Denim is the exact same denim at Dirt Denim but washed and dyed with a black warp and a dark brown weft to leave and overall brown cast to the fades. Due to the dyeing process Blackie Denim is much smoother in appearance from Dirt Denim, and is offered in a slimmer slightly tapered narrow cut.

 

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Jelado

 

Jelado 55 denim is cut based on the style so popular with rebellious teenagers in the 1950’s.The denim itself is a low tension weave 14oz with rich colour variation, plenty of texture and incredible potential for vintage style fading. The denim is raw and has quite a lot of shrink, so a rarely advocated machine wash and tumble dry is recommended by the brand.

 

 

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