NEWS


BENZAK - EUROPEAN MADE || "A blue Indian Summer"


NEW AW17 GOODS ONLINE

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New AW17 goods are now available in our webstore!

It's that time of the year when we are releasing new products for the upcoming Autumn and Winter seasons. Although BDD focusses on continuous collections, there is always room for new goodies and more nice things! The coming weeks we are releasing new products to complement the current line.

First up is our new 13 oz. indigo selvedge by Candiani, available in the B-01 SLIM and the brand new B-03 TAPERED fits. The latter is the perfect cut for all you guys with muscular thighs, who still want to pull off a slim look. Or you can wear them a bit dropped for a more relaxed fit.


In our tees offer we have added new colours in our BT-01 and BT-02 tees, and we have added the new BLS-01 BASEBALL TEE with contrasting sleeves in two colour options.

Keep an eye out for more stuff to come in September!


THE CONTEST PREORDERS ARE SOLD OUT

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We are excited to announce the list for our contest is full and all preorders are sold out! All participants will be contacted soon with more information about the contest, including basic rules, the timeline and other useful stuff. Thanks a lot to everyone who is making this possible and we cannot wait till the 1st of November, when we kick off the very first BDD x CULTIZM x ROBIN DENIM fading contest!


WE ARE OPEN FOR PREORDERS

We are accepting preorders now! Go to CULTIZM and secure your spot in the contest, only 50 available!


BDD x CULTIZM x ROBIN DENIM FADING CONTEST

Benzak Denim Developers, CULTIZM and Robin Denim partnered up to create a special pair of jeans exclusively for a new fading contest, made from Japanese selvedge denim with amazing fading potential. The contest will be limited to 50 participants and there will be prizes for the winners up to €1.000 store credits at Cultizm. Pre-order starts on August 1st, so mark your calendar!

Go to Robindenim.com for more info..


CLEARANCE: SELECTED ITEMS AT 30-50% DISCOUNT

After almost 4 years on the market BDD has evolved into a mature brand with a constantly growing collection. To make some room for our upcoming AW17 drops, we have decided to discontinue a couple of styles and offer these at 30-50% discount. Not all sizes are available anymore and we will not be restocking them, so be quick while they last!

DISCOUNTED STYLES:

BDD-016 black black 14 oz. RHT -- € 199 (was € 279)
BDD-006 dark tone 14 oz. RHT -- € 149 (was € 299)
BDD-710 green cast 14.7 oz. LHT -- € 159 (was € 319)


FIND US AT SEEK BERLIN

This week we are presenting the entire collection at SEEK in Berlin. Besides our current offer, we also have a bunch of very cool new developments to show, like a new sweat line, additional pre-washes and a couple of non-denim pants.. So please drop by if you are around!

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LOCATION
ARENA BERLIN, EICHENSTRASSE 4, 12435 BERLIN

OPENING HOURS
TUESDAY, 4 JULY 2017, 10AM – 7PM
WEDNESDAY, 5 JULY 2017, 10AM – 7PM
THURSDAY, 6 JULY 2017, 10AM – 5PM

Please note that this is a professional trade show and not open to the public


UNION SPECIAL 43200G HEMMING SERVICE

We are happy to announce that we can offer hemming service once again! Our Union Special 43200G is finally fully operational again and ready to hem those BDD's with it's beautiful chain stitch and roping effect, without any additional costs, so it's for free!

If you require this service, please make sure to add it to your order by 'purchasing' it from the shopping pages.


VAT EXEMPT FOR NON-EU CUSTOMERS

Due to technical reasons we were not able to offer our goods without VAT to non-EU customers.. till now. We have found a workaround and can offer VAT exempt to everyone living outside of the EU! That means the 21% VAT which is normally added to the price will not be calculated to non-EU customers during checkout. Happy shopping!


COMING UP: DENIM BOULEVARD (MILAN)

Coming weekend we will be exhibiting in Milan at the 5th edition of Denim Boulervard. Entry is free so make sure to visit if you are in the neighborhood!

Alongside many other great brands, BDD will be displaying a selection of the collection. We will also showcase the worn in submission of the Artisan Challenge.

Besides this, there are also many other great things to see and do, such as:

 

MUSEUM
"Inside the Denim Boulevard you can personally enjoy a selection of vintage garments that have made the history of clothing: as usual we’re gonna set up the Denim Boulevard Museum – a reality that represents the starting point of the entire Denim Boulevard itself."

 

WORKSHOPS
"You can’t miss the different Workshop to get deeper into the multiple aspects of the Denim world: from the natural indigo dye to the historical natural dye techniques with vegetable extracts, besides the possibility to customize your garments with patchworks or embroidery made by hand… and many more!"

 

For more info on this exhibition please go to their website.


NEW RETAILER: IOVINO CLOTH & INDIGO (WINTERTHUR, SWITZERLAND)

During our stay in Zürich, shooting the mini-docu about the Jeans Museum, we had some spare time and used this to visit our newest retailer:

IOVINO Cloth & Indigo

They are situated in a small town 30 minutes north from Zürich called Winterthur. Felice Iovino, a business veteran, and his small team run the shop from the same principles BDD stands for, or as how they explain it: "IOVINO Cloth & Indigo, that’s choice clothing for ladies and gentlemen, who value quality, craft, sustainability and passion as much as we do. You’ll find small but excellent labels – primarily European and from the US – that live the same values. Come see for yourself."

We are happy to have IOVINO Cloth & Indigo as our first retailer in Switzerland and welcome them to the BENZAK family!

IOVINO Cloth & Indigo
Kirchplatz 4
8400 Winterthur
Switzerland
info@iovino-ci.ch
+41 52 203 35 00

 

www.iovino-ci.ch


WE ARE GOING TO MILAN!

Thanks to your votes we managed to secure the 3rd spot in the Artisan Challenge.. which means we have won a booth at Denim Boulevard Milan next June!

For the 5th edition they moved to “Torneria” – a location situated in via Tortona, 32 – in the beating heart of the Milan fashion district. As usual Denim Boulevard will take place during Milan Fahion Week, from the 17th to the 19th of June 2017.

For more info on this exhibition please go to their website.


WE NEED YOUR VOTE!

From May 2015 till May 2017 we have competed in the Artisan Challenge, as part of the Denim World Championships. We submitted an early version of the BDD-006 heavy slub 16 oz. RHT, which has now become one of our most popular styles. Above you can see the result after 13 months of actual wear and 2 washes!

Now it is time to vote and we need your help! If you think our submission should win the contest, please click on the link below and vote for Benzak Denim Developers to crown us champion of the Artisan Challenge!

https://theartisanjournal.com/the-artisan-challenge/

Many thanks!


The history behind our baseball caps: 'This is about much more than baseball'

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Earlier this year we released the 4th version of our baseball cap, this time in the colour green. We produce these caps in collaboration with Ebbets Field Flannels. They are a Seattle-based company specialized in reproducing vintage sports jerseys and caps.

Our very first cap, back in 2013, was based on one of their famous reproductions: the New York Black Yankees 1936 ballcap (pictured above). We simply swapped the letters 'NY' for 'BDD'. This became the basis for all of our cap releases ever since.

But this particular cap has quite some history behind it. The New York Black Yankees was a team only allowed to play in the 'Negro League', consisting of only African-American players. One of our favorite podcasts, Stuff You Should Know, talked about this shameful subject. 

If you are interested in how this phenomenon worked and want to get a better understanding of the history behind a seemingly, but not-so, innocent cap, check out the podcast below. Trust us, it's really worth your time. Or as they put it: 'If you don't like sports, listen to this one anyway, because this is about much more than baseball'.


Re-stock 'made in Japan'

We have just fully re-stocked 3 of our 'made in Japan' styles:

BDD-016 grey blue 13.5 oz. LHT
BDD-006 deep indigo 15.7 oz. RHT
BDD-006 special #1 low tension 14 oz. RHT

Get them HERE


JEANS MUSEUM: full mini-docu now online!

Ruedi Karrer is one of the best known denim collectors in the world. With a collection of an estimated 14.000 pieces, collected over the last 43 years, he wants to show people the beauty denim evolution. We went to Zürich, Switzerland, to visit him in his 'little Jeans Museum of heaviest fadings'.

Direction & edit by Eduard Nijgh

Special thanks to Ruedi Karrer


TEASER: JEANS MUSEUM, Zürich, Switzerland

We went to Zürich, Switzerland, to visit Ruedi Karrer and his Jeans Museum.. Full mini-docu will be premiered at the Blueprint Festival, as part of Amsterdam Denim Days!


BENZAK DUCK HUNT CHALLENGE

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Our city has turned blue for a week, because it's Amsterdam Denim Days! An entire week of denim and indigo related events, with, as cherry on the pie, the Blueprint Festival. Of course, we'll return for this edition, but this time we'll bring our original NES setup from the BENZAK Studio and let you try to SHOOT & WIN at our DUCK HUNT CHALLENGE for great prices!

We hope to meet you there!

BLUEPRINT FESTIVAL – 21 & 22 April 2017

When: 21 & 22 April 2017
Opening hours
Friday 21 April 12.00 – 20.00
Saturday 22 April 12.00 – 20.00
Where: Westergasfabriekterrein (Zuiveringshal / Machinegebouw / Westergastheater)
Tickets: € 10,- online (excl booking costs) / € 12,50 at the door
Feel free to bring your kids! Children aged up to 12 are allowed to enter the Blueprint Festival for free (no ticket needed).