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The Story Of The Shipwrights & Lee

Earlier this week Dutch photographer & graphic designer, Joachim Baan, wrote a superb follow-up piece on the story of Lee denim donating free pairs of raw denim to all the shipwrights (ship builders) at a nearby shipyard.  These shipwrights specialize in creating and repairing traditional Dutch fishing vessels, botters”, which is very fitting considering how well matched their craftsmanship is with this denim.

Although we were unable to track down the exact denim model (will update soon) In particular, Lee gave 101- 1930, 1952, & 1966 model denim (special thanks to @anothercompany), Baan did a tremendous job of documenting his visit to the shipyard with photos included (see below).  As Baan explains,

Last year, my friends at Lee gave all the shipwrights a pair of unwashed jeans. One year later, a few pairs haven’t survived the hard work and though conditions, but a few aged like hell. Under a thick layer of oil, tar and paint, and patched together with extra ruler pockets the denim was hardly recognizable and almost look like waxed jeans. A beautiful setting for this original workwear.

Joachim Baan (05/10/2011)


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