what's happening in the art on denim community
visvim’s Hiroki Nakamura has created the most meme-worthy denim jacket of all time. The designer put together a giant version of his iconic Social Sculpture jacket for the SS18 collection, made using raw, selvage, UNWSD Japanese denim. The jacket comes in only one size called “giant,” which, judging by the images above, is something north of XXXXL. It also reminds us a lot of our new favorite big-jacket meme that’s been making the rounds
Produced in extremely limited numbers, Canadian retailer HAVEN describes the piece as a “bold showpiece coveted collector’s item.” However, fans will have to fork out just over $6,000 to get their hands on this rarity.
So, if you’re into Japanese craftsmanship as much as you’re into memes, this jacket is for you. What do you think of the big jacket meme? Are you on team cozy? Let us know in the comments below.
How do you deliver high-quality, durable denim styles to consumers when and where they want them while improving and modernizing the manufacturing process for the 21st century?
Welcome to the future of jeans manufacturing, where Levi Strauss & Co. is leading the way.
Today, we announced Project F.L.X. (future-led execution), a new operating model that ushers denim finishing into the digital era. It digitizes denim finish design and enables a responsive and sustainable supply chain at an unparalleled scale. By replacing manual techniques and automating the jeans finishing process, Project F.L.X. radically reduces time to market — and puts us on a path to eliminate thousands of chemical formulations from jeans finishing. In short, Project F.L.X. delivers a cleaner jean that fully adheres to the Levi’s® standards of craftsmanship, quality and authenticity.
“We believe it is possible to be both agile and sustainable without compromising the authenticity our consumers expect from us,” said Chip Bergh, president and CEO of Levi Strauss & Co.
PROJECT F.L.X. REDEFINES THE FUTURE OF
HOW JEANS ARE DESIGNED, MADE AND SOLD
Huston Textiles will soon be the last remaining selvedge denim mill in the United States. Based out of Sacramento, California and owned by engineer and tinkerer Ryan Huston, the mill uses vintage American-made machines — like those from Draper, Crompton & Knowles, Davis & Furber and Whitin — and domestically sources natural fibers in an effort to make a high-quality, fully-American product to the same lofty standards held during the golden age of textiles.
It’s not an easy path — just ask the nonexistent competition. But, Ryan has taken it upon himself to carry the burden and see it through. And like a real-world Ben Kenobi, when it comes to the future of American selvedge textiles Ryan may be our only hope.
When Cone Mills closed their historic White Oak plant, the entire menswear industry felt a collective jolt. As the news spread, many wondered (and worried) what it meant for both the iconic American blue jean and the fragile supply chain of independent domestic collaborators — like growers, ranchers, and dyers — that make up the their pieces of the American textile puzzle.
To help fund his mission of keeping U.S-sourced-and-made selvedge fabrics on the market, Ryan’s created a Kickstarter campaign. So now, those of you who want to contribute to the continued existence of American selvedge totally can. And in the process, you can make sure that the fabric isn’t just a hallmark of America’s past excellence when it comes to textiles, but the continuation of a great legacy moving forward.
Learn more about what they’re doing, what the Kickstarter campaign is looking to achieve, and how you can lend a hand here.
Huston Textiles Looks to Revive
American Textiles Via Kickstarter
Because of its durability, denim began as an ideal fabric for work wear — most famously in Levi Strauss & Co.’s clothing for the fortune hunters of the 19th-century California gold rush. By the start of the 20th century, denim was regularly used for a variety of clothing, from prison garb to naval uniforms. Today, denim is one of the world’s most beloved and frequently worn fabrics. It is speculated that on any given day, more than half the world’s population is wearing jeans.