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Upcoming Raw Denim Events: May 1 – May 8

Raw denim culture may exist in large part online:  in forums, tumblrs, instagram feeds, webshops, and news sites like this one, but there’s still a lot to be said for meeting with the people who make and sell the stuff we love. This is the first iteration of a new weekly post to tell you all about the happenings in the world of raw denim so you can go out and be a part of them.

If you’re hosting an event and would like it featured on an upcoming post, please let us know at events[at]heddels.com.

North America

Filson Restorations at Berkeley Supply – Denver

Friday, May 2, 6-10pm
4405 W. 43rd Ave; Denver, CO 80212

berkeley supply event flyer

Denver’s premier Americana outlet hosts Filson’s archival division with some of their famous restored bags. But there’s also free food and drink–Basil Hayden’s will be making Mint Juleps all evening, and local chef Jeff Osaka will be bringing the ramen. Heddels’s managing editor David Shuck will also be in attendance, say hi if I’m not stuffing my face with noodles. Enter to win one of the restored bags and find more info here.

Left Field Spring BBQ – New York City

Saturday, May 3, 4-7pm
753 Onderdonk Ave; Queens, New York 11385


The boys out in Queens are throwing a barbecue to celebrate what’s (hopefully) the end of a long and hellacious winter. Stop by for free beer, burgers, hot dogs, and 15% discount on everything in store.

Reigning Champ/Wings + Horns Factory Sale – Vancouver

Thursday-Sunday, May 1-4, 11am-7pm
68 E 1st Ave; Vancouver, BC V5T Canada


The Canadian streetwear and sweats cos Wings+Horns and Reigning Champ are holding a factory sale all weekend long. It’s cash only and all sales are final, but they’re putting out new stock everyday so don’t feel like you’ll only get picked over XXLs if you head in on Sunday.

Railcar Fine Goods at Orn Hansen – Long Beach

Saturday, May 3, Noon-5pm
306 Cerritos Ave.; Long Beach, CA 90802
railcar pomade pyramid

The whole team at Railcar Fine Goods is heading down south to Long Beach shop Orn Hansen to debut their pomade line and their new black over indigo jean, the Spikes 006. But this isn’t just a party for Stephen Dang and his crew–always the hard workers, their bringing down some of their machines to do darning repair and chain stitch hemming live and in store. So head on down with your busted jeans and watch the master at work!


Amsterdam Denim Days – Amsterdam

Wednesday-Saturday, May 7-10
Zuiveringshal, Westergasfabriek; Amsterdam, Netherlands

amsterdam denim days 2014 logo

It’s that time of year again in Holland! All of the local and many international denim pros and aficionados are out in force to paint the orange town blue, including Levi’s Vintage ClothingG-Star RawNudie Jeans, and Scotch & Soda. The Kingpins trade show on the 7th and 8th may be industry only, but the weekend events are open to the public. Heddels founding editor Nick Coe will be joining in on the festivities, be sure to give him a warm welcome! Find more info and buy tickets on their website.

Do you know of another denim event next week that we missed? Feel free to sound off in the comments.

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