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Friday night, it was great to see a mix of familiar and new faces.



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Saturday at AB Fits with Florian Bertmer, Whitefeather, COF Studio, Shockoe Atelier, The Matchbook Company & Griffing Ave:







Artwork on display from Florian Bertmer. Really a good display, including many prints and original pieces I'd never seen.




Jordan of AB Fits hanging a surprise display item- an exquisite hand-dyed and sewn natural indigo geometric patterned kimono from Michael Masterson.





The Matchbook Company with Samantha Lee. Ray (left, formerly The Blackacre), Khue (right, Rising Sun pattern cutter) with Samantha of AB Fits (middle) who screen printed this years DB T shirts. The Matchbook Company launch featured wallet, belt, loop & fob sets, smaller wallets and pouches, and a small run of their really stellar first piece of apparel, their Outrider jacket, in three variants: heavy denim, grey twill, and a chunky green selvedge near-canvas (pictured in Sundays writeup).









Andrew Chee of Griffing Ave, a very well-kept San Francisco secret. Andrew makes very nice leather goods, including the vest he wears here, which I mistook from a distance as a Freewheelers item. He does some custom work for AB Fits as well, but maintains no social media profiles and a minimal web presence.


 At this point of the evening i got very busy, and had to put the phone away for a while. I got a few hit or miss pics, but I didn't manage to photograph the displays for COF Studio, Shockoe Atelier, or Whitefeather. If anyone else has good pics of these setups, please post them!



 C.O.F. (Circle Of Friends) Studio, from Sweden, showed off their denim selections, which are two denim cuts with a third on the way, and a selection of nice vests and light jackets. Per, the head of COF, has an excellent denim pedigree. He has worked with some of Europe's biggest denim companies for years, and was instrumental in the return to production of narrow loom selvedged denim in Europe in the late '80s, which he has many great stories about, including sending his first run of selvedged denim to an Italian production house who, thinking the edge a defect, promptly cut all of the selvedge off.
 Hopefully someone has a pic of me from that night wearing one of their chambray vests.


 

Shockoe Atelier, from Richmnod, VA, showed off their first large season. They make slim and slim tapered jeans and pants which really shine in their selection of fabrics- including a Japanese rainbow nep denim and a deadstock selvedged OD twill.
 They have a couple of jackets as well, the indigo P-coat shown here worn by a DB atendee (with the Matchbook Co. display in the background) and a really beautiful 3/4 length printed cotton coat. A standout is a quilted deep blue twill vest with a vibrant wool blanket lining.







Whitefeather mfg. co., headed up by denimbro Fardin Sefidpar, showed their selection of heritage influenced and reproduction jackets. The highlights were their Krouse jacket, a 1870s reproduction based on pieces of clothing and patent illustrations from the Harris Collection (worn above by denimbro Lefty), and a nice-fitting new 1920s leather jacket style, also pictured.



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Sunday, at Standard & Strange in Oakland, featuring Hollows Leather, Indigofera, Red Wing Heritage, Workhorse Rye, and Golden West Sign Arts.









 Kari Salmela, of Indigofera, displayed their current offerings and previewed their next season for attending retailers. Indigofera has been a bit under the radar in American denim circles, but IMO is really posed to take off as the mainstream pendulum swings away from the current extra slim to skinny fit and towards the normal, range-of-motion-friendly cuts that Indigofera excels at producing. They also do a solid job at sourcing interesting fabrics, and have already caught on in a big way with their collaborations with a variety of artists on their distinctive wool blankets, like the knock-out one pictured here (held by Neil Berrett of Standard & Stange), not commercially available yet but headed our way.


 Here is one of their stand-outs from this season (image taken from this DB's look book), their hickory striped Fargo shirt. It's a wonderful fabric, solid but smooth, and a comfortable, orgonomic cut. Love everything about it except that the pattern strobes no matter how its photographed (which I complained about to Kari).
 








A man that needs no introduction here, Nicholas Hollows, of Hollows Leather, with a selection of wallets, belts, fobs, loops, field notes covers, and leather & cloth bags in his usual choice selections of rare leathers and scarce fabrics.
 For sale was the wallet and belt set he sent to be photographed for this years look book, the wallet of which is shown above in an out-take from the book.



Also on display at Hollows booth, the hand-made wooden bowl produced by Double 0 Soul for this years DB.






Red Wing Heritage provided a shoe shine stand, which was manned, surprisingly, by American RWH representative Joey Benaron and covered by Raul from LAs Willy's Shoe Repair while he was on break.







Golden West Sign Arts painted a number of promotional signs for Red Wing Heritage during the show and displayed other examples of their handiwork.







Drinks were provided by Workhorse Rye frontman Rob Easter, who mixed drinks from their small batch Pale Horse whiskey and intricately compounded flavorings.







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Ruggedboss (Ken Ito) and Bandana Almanac with Andrew Chee of Griffing Ave. on Saturday.

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What a fun afternoon that was! So much good stuff going on. I really liked that rye btw.
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Some of the DB swap meet offerings on Sunday.





Fardin Sefidpar in a DB T and his denim Krouse jacket repro for the Harrises.

 




Michael Masterson, Roy Slaper, Raul of Willy's Shoe Repair, and Misty Rae.





Lefty, with his SE and DB swap meet Roy acquisitions.



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Me, on Sunday, in my new Matchbook Company Outrider jacket.
 Photo by Ray.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote achee Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Aug 2015 at 8:03pm
Thanks Mr. Randal!

As Mark said, I am basically unknown so this year's event has provided infinitely more publicity than I've ever had before. Thanks for organizing this and it was a pleasure to meet everyone!

Andrew

PS. I've actually started an Instagram account because of this weekend. You can find me @griffing.ave
www.griffingave.com
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Great write ups and photos. Thank you.
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Thx for sharing, thats awesome
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