Amy Leverton was out for the premiere of her new book Denim Dudes. Inspiration was the perfect place to kick it off as a sizable portion of the dudes in the book were in attendance. She had also teamed with Mohsin Sajid of Endrime to make a bandana that came with the book exclusively at the Inspiration launch.
It was a shorter trip than most for brothers Matt and Andrew Brodrick of Freenote Cloth. They even brought a couch and lounge chairs up from their workshop in San Juan Capistrano.
They had a few new things on offer including a peppered indigo/white weft denim that almost looks like a broken twill.
A tweedy nep blanket denim that’s been repurposed for a chore coat.
And a truly broken twill.
YKK, the 800-pound gorilla in the hardware game, had all their vintage inspired hardware on display. These are their beefiest of beefy #10 zippers.
Rivets, buttons, and cinches galore:
They also had many pieces from the original zipper company Universal Fasteners Inc., which YKK acquired in the 1980s, including button molds, presses, and a variety of literature.
Including this poor fellow.
The Real McCoy’s
Japanese repro all-stars The Real McCoy’s are always out in force at Inspiration, offering their wares for eye-popping wholesale deals. Yours truly may have picked up a baseball sweat.
It can be difficult to stand out in a gathering of some of the best vintage clothing on the planet, but Carpe Denim’s always made it look easy. Brit Eaton aka “Indiana Jeans” spends his days scouring the southwest for some of the rarest workwear in the world.
This pair of circa 1890 Levi’s was found by fellow denim hunter Michael Allen Harris, the asking price was $7,000.
Hinoya’s house line Burgus Plus is making big moves. They were previously exclusive to Hickoree’s outside of their native Japan, but were recently stocked at Tate+Yoko and are searching for new accounts stateside.
Designer Osamu Taniguchi holds up a vintage Japanese textile that he drew on to create this shirt’s pattern.
Lady White Co.
If you can’t do one thing right, who’s going to trust you to do two? Aiming for a very specific niche (like writing about raw denim) and knocking it out of the park before moving on to other pursuits is a tried and true way to start a company. Lady White Co. wants to make the best tube knit tee and they’re off to a great start.