BENZAK x CANDIANI: 5-YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY
We are super excited to finally show you the last styles from our AW18 drop: 14 oz. double indigo selvedge in B-01 SLIM and B-03 TAPERED.
Double indigo means that both the warp and weft are indigo dyed, which creates the deep and dark blue colour. Because it starts dark, it has a lot of high contrast fading potential. First it will fade to a brighter blue, and once the fading reached the white core of the fabric the contrast will become really apparent.
This fabric is one of our personal favourites. Lennaert spent some months wearing the prototype in the B-03 fit, to convince you of the beauty of this fabric fading, if you weren’t convinced already. Check out the results after about 6 months of effective wear, and of course no washes yet!
Both styles will be shipped to our retailers this week and are also available in our webshop as of now.
Winter lurks around the corner, so it’s time to start preparing for the colder months. We have just shipped out the latest AW18 items, so make sure to pay a visit to your local BENZAK retailer to check them out. We have also uploaded the new stuff on our webshop, but online quantities are limited, so act quick.
This latest drop contains the following styles:
Let’s talk green! This week we are going to focus on two of our greenest styles: one in terms of sustainability, and one in terms of colour.
B-01 SLIM 15 oz. hemp selvedge
In 2016 we launched our EUROPEAN MADE line with the 15 oz. indigo selvedge, which has proven itself as one of the bestsellers throughout the year. With this in mind, together with Candiani, we have created the B-01 SLIM 15 oz. hemp selvedge.
The fabric is woven with the exact same warp yarns as the 15 oz. indigo selvedge, but we replaced about 50% of the cotton weft with hemp (28% hemp in total). From a construction point of view these fabrics are the same, but the hemp version comes with a couple of nice features:
· Hemp is better for the environment because it uses only half of the water needed to grow the same amount of cotton.
· You can produce about 200% more hemp fibres on the same amount of land compared to cotton.
· Hemp doesn’t require pesticides to grow quicker, which means it automatically falls in the same category as organic cotton.
· Although hemp feels a bit stiffer in the beginning compared to cotton, it is a much more durable fibre and doesn’t wear down as quickly as cotton.
If you look closely at the inside, you can see the difference in colour, and the hemp is noticeable by the shine of the weft. Our 15 oz. hemp selvedge is very unique in its own way and a definite recommendation to try out next to your conventional 100% cotton jeans.
BDD-006 green cast 15 oz. RHT
We go back in time even further, to 2013 when Lennaert was working on the first made in Japan collection. The first fabric he had selected to build the BENZAK brand with, was a left hand twill 14.7 oz. green cast denim from Collect.
After two years we decided to discontinue this fabric to make room for new developments, but we got so many requests for it that Lennaert decided to bring back its right hand twill version, and here it is!
Instead of the vintage inspired fit BDD-710, we relaunched our green cast with the most popular BDD-006 fit, again after many requests from customers.
The most beautiful feature of this fabric is it fading capacity. Check out how green this fabric becomes, this is what we aim for!
5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY COLLAB: DYEMOND GOODS
This month we celebrate our 5-year anniversary since the release of the ‘made in Japan’ line in 2013. In the upcoming months we are going to release a series of collaborations with industry friends. Click here to check out all our new products.
Up next is DYEMOND GOODS, which is the brainchild of Mike van der Zanden, a good friend of BDD and specialist in high quality bags and leather goods. All their products are designed, developed and made by hand in their workshop. Every product that leaves the workshop is carefully crafted from high spec materials, selected to fit their functional design philosophy. The leather on all of their products is vegetable tanned. This means the leather will change over time. It will add character and a story to all of our products.
For this collaboration we used a cognac natural tan leather, combined with a 100% brass buckle, which is a combination exclusive to BENZAK. The belt is cut, edges are rounded & burnished and waxed by hand.
4.0mm cognac vegetable tanned leather
Solid brass hardware (made in USA)
Hand burnished and polished
Made in The Netherlands
DENIM TALK No.8: AW18 DROP 1 PREVIEW
In this episode Lennaert will give you a first look into the first drop of the AW18 collection, which is now available at our retailers and in the webshop.
The crown piece of the first drop is our special #2 denim, a new BENZAK exclusive fabric woven by Candiani in Italy. This 15 oz. vintage indigo selvedge denim pays a beautiful homage to a denim construction from the 50s and 60s, and has two different selvedge colours: 'AZZURRI' (blue), to represent Italy, and 'ORANJE' (orange), to represent the Netherlands.
The special #2 fabric comes in the B-01, B-02 and our very first denim jacket, the BDJ-01 COWBOY JACKET.
Also included in this first drop are a hemp selvedge denim, two new colours in the baseball tee and six new graphic print tees.
AN EDUCATIONAL VIDEO SERIES, CO-PRODUCED WITH DENIMHUNTERS - LESSON 1 OF 4
Together with Thomas of Denimhunters, we have co-produced a new educational video series, all about the brand. With the retailer in mind, we made this series to educate shop staff about the story of BDD, highlight the different lines, and explain the fits and fabrics.
In this first lesson (of four), Lennaert explains his two guiding principles, and how the brand’s built on his passion. He also discusses how the ‘Made in Japan’ line is the best he’s able to make, why he created the ‘European made’ line, and how it’s turning BDD into a lifestyle brand.
Denimhunters is a platform with a strong focus on education within the denim industry, mainly targeting retail side of the business. If haven’t seen it already, we highly recommend watching Denim Talk No.5, a conversion between Thomas and Lennaert about the platform.
DENIM TALK No.7: DETAILS OF A PAIR OF BENZAK JEANS pt.2
This second part will focus on the hidden pocket, the waistband construction and the belt loops.
DENIM TALK No.6: DETAILS OF A PAIR OF BENZAK JEANS pt.1
We are back with a new Denim Talk! In the coming episodes Lennaert is going to talk about the details of a pair of BENZAK jeans. He will talk about the inspiration, functionality and ideas behind many of these details.
RESTOCKED: MINI JEANS
We just restocked our mini jeans again. Last times they sold out super fast, so act quick if you want to get your hands on one of them!
NEW POCKET TEES
We have just dropped three new colours in our BT-01 POCKET TEE: dark grey melee, dark grey melee & black striped, and off white & navy striped. There are no surprises, you can expect the same heavy but soft jersey as you are used to with all of our tees. On top of that, we have fully restocked the off white and black options as well.
BENZAK DENIM TALK No.5: A CONVERSATION WITH THOMAS FROM DENIMHUNTERS
In the 5th Denim Talk Lennaert is joined by Thomas Stege Bojer from Denimhunters, to talk about his platform.
NEW SPRING ARRIVALS
We just added the new arrivals for spring to our webstore!
First up is the latest addition to our 'stone washed family': B-01 SLIM 13 oz. black stone. We applied the same wash recipe as our medium stone wash on a 13 oz. black denim, made by Candiani.
Then, a brand new product group: hoodies. Available as a classic hoodie (BS-03 HOODIE SWEAT) or with a zipper made by TALON (BS-04 ZIP HOODIE). Both come in 2 colour options: grey melee and black. But the most outstanding feature of these garments is the heavy weight of the fabric: a whopping 500 gr/m2.
Last is a special navy melee sweat with contrasting oatmeal ribbing: BS-05 REVERSE SWEAT. The fabric is cut in a reversed knit direction on the body, which means it is turned 90 degrees.
BENZAK DENIM TALK No.4: HOW WE MEASURE OUR JEANS
We get a lot of questions about the sizing of our jeans, and we know it can be very confusing. The number 1 reason for returns is that the jeans fit too small. In the fourth episode of our DENIM TALK series, Lennaert will show you how we measure our jeans.
NEW JEANS: 3 TAPERED CUTS & 1 SLIM FIT
Last season we introduced our first regular tapered fit, in form of the B-03 TAPERED, as part of the BENZAK – EUROPEAN MADE line. We soon realized how much we were missing this fusion between our B-01 and B-02 fits in the collection. This fit caters to all you guys that work out, bike a lot or are just build with muscular thighs, but still want to pull off a slim fit look. We have been neglecting you, but are going to make thing right by introducing 3 new tapered cuts this season: BDD-711 from Japan in 2 fabric options, and 1 new B-03 TAPERED.
BDD-711 grey blue 13.5 oz. LHT
We have been using the grey blue fabric for our BDD-016 since 2014 already, but now it was time to introduce a second fit in this special left hand twill fabric. The bright colour has a 1970s look and feel and is really comfy from the first wear day, due to it’s 13.5 oz. mid weight and left hand soft touch.
BDD-711 heavy slub 16 oz. RHT
This fabric was introduced through Artisan Challenge in 2014, released later in 2015 as part of the collection in our BDD-006 fit, and became our most popular style ever since. It was a no-brainer to add another fit this fabric as well. Due to its heavy weight, slubby structure and low tension weave, it has an amazing fading potential (check out some examples in our HALL OF FADES).
B-03 TAPERED 13.5 oz. dark indigo selvedge
This is a brand new fabric and only available in the B-03 fit. It’s our darkest indigo dye so far. Don’t be fooled by its 13.5 oz. weight; due its tight weave it feels very crisp and has high contrast fading potential.
Next to these additions, B-01 SLIM also gets 1 new option: 13 oz. brown cotton selvedge. Instead of the regular (off) white colour, the weft of this fabric is dyed brown. This will help to create a so-called dirt effect when worn in.
BENZAK DENIM TALK No.3: THE NEW PANTS COLLECTION
In the third episode of our new series DENIM TALK, Lennaert will review the new pants collection:
BC-01 TAPERED CHINO
BP-01 WORKER PANTS
BP-02 PATCH POCKET PANTS
Shop the new pants here.
BENZAK DENIM TALK No.2: HOW WE WASH OUR JEANS
We just released our second episode of DENIM TALK on our YouTube Channel. In this video Lennaert will show you his pair of BDD-707 special #1 low tension 14 oz. RHT, that he has been wearing for 1 year, before and after the first wash. He will also explain you how we prefer to wash our jeans.
BENZAK DENIM TALK No.1: BDD SPECIAL #1
In this first episode of our new series DENIM TALK, Lennaert will explain all you need to know about the first BDD exclusive fabric: special #1 low tension 14 oz. RHT.
FINAL STOP: FUNKIE HOUSE, ROTTERDAM
Last week we arrived at our final stop with the BENZAK POP-UP ROADSHOW in Rotterdam. Till the 10th of December you can find our collection at Funkie House. After this we will pack up our things and return homewards. We might return for another tour somewhere next year, but not for any time soon so make sure to drop by if you are in the neighborhood.
Funkie House Rotterdam
Korte Hoogstraat 15a
3011 GJ Rotterdam
Last Saturday we held a little event at the store, with both Lennaert and Rudy (our Dutch sales agent) present to explain the collection, talk denim and have a beer. Below some pictures we took during the event. Thanks to everyone who took the time to visit us!
RESTOCKED: BDD-006 HEAVY SLUB 16 oz. RHT
You might see something unfamiliar in the above picture. That's because we gave our popular BDD-006 heavy slub 16 oz. RHT a little make over. What you see here is our new branding, including:
updated pocket flasher, featuring our story and an analoge picture from the rice fields in Kojima, shot by Eduard Nijgh
100% brass buttons and rivets, that will beautifully age
new button design, classic and timeless
new inside labels, for a clean look
The BDD-006 heavy slub 16 oz. RHT is now fully restocked with the rebranding. All future restocking of 'Made in Japan' jeans will go through the same updates.
If you are looking for a pair with the old branding, please send us a message, we have some sizes left in stock.
BENZAK POP-UP ROADSHOW: FULL SCHEDULE
One week ago we landed at our first stop for the BENZAK - POP-UP ROADSHOW, at STUF|F in Düsseldorf (see picture above). After this weekend we will move our POP-UP to the next location: BLACK & BLUE in Nijmegen. Together with them, we will organize an event on the 21st of October, please check out the official Facebook event page here.
5 - 15 October
BLACK & BLUE (Nijmegen)
17 - 29 October
RAY BRANDSTORE (Delft)
3 - 12 November
HYPE HEROES (Den Bosch)
17 - 26 November
FUNKIE HOUSE (Rotterdam)
1 - 10 December
BENZAK POP-UP ROADSHOW - FIRST STOP: STUF|F DÜSSELDORF
We are going on the road with a special pop-up roadshow visiting various retailers, where you will be able to check out, fit, and buy almost the entire BDD collection. The first stop will be stuf|f in Düsseldorf, from the 5th of October, but we will only be there for 11 days until we move on to the next stop, so make sure to check it out if you are around!
More stops to be announced soon..
NEXT UP: NEW YORK DENIM DAYS
After 3 successful editions of the Amsterdam Denim Days festival, they are going to bring the festival across the pond.. and BENZAK is going to be part of it! Coming weekend (September 30th & October 1st) we will exhibit our entire collection a the first edition of the New York Denim Days festival, where you can check out our products in real life.
Lennaert, founder of BDD, is going to be there to show and tell you everything about the brand and products that you would like to know. You will also have the possibility to order our products directly at the festival.
We hope to meet as many of you as possible!
DENIM DAYS FESTIVAL
When: Sept 30 – Oct 1
Where: Metropolitan Pavilion- 125 West 18th Street
Sept 30: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Oct 1: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tickets: $ 10,- excl booking costs online / $ 15,- at the door
Students: Student tickets only $ 5,- at the door with valid student identification card
Feel free to bring your kids! Children aged up to 12 are allowed to enter the Denim Days Festival for free (no ticket needed).
THE NEW BENZAK TOTEBAG BY VISLA GRAPHIC
We asked our friend Daniel Ekelund from VISLA Graphic to turn our vision of ‘Benzak, the modern day cowboy’ into a storytelling character. The illustration he created is now used for the very first time on this new totebag, but will be seen in the near future through other BENZAK products as well.
You can add the totebag to your order for only EUR 10 at our webstore here, or get it for free with the purchase of a ‘made in Japan’ jeans. Limited to 160 pieces.
About VISLA Graphic:
“VISLA Graphic is a creative design studio set up and led by creative Daniel Ekelund. VISLA operates within several areas of design. From Illustration and branding to packaging and product development. The projects filling up the VISLA drawing table comes from all over, but Amsterdam and Gothenburg in particular.”
Check out more of Daniel's work here.
BENZAK - EUROPEAN MADE || "A blue Indian Summer"
NEW AW17 GOODS ONLINE
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
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!
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!
ARENA BERLIN, EICHENSTRASSE 4, 12435 BERLIN
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:
"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."
"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!
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!
The history behind our baseball caps: 'This is about much more than baseball'
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
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
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
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).