6/30/2013

Naked & Famous "Weird Guy" 10oz Lightweight Selvedge Denim in Indigo - Restocked!


A small restock of the Weird Guy 10oz lightweight selvedge in indigo just arrived. We were only able to get sizes 29-34 with this shipment which was last remaining available sizes from the warehouse. Once warmer temperatures hit, this became an immediate store favorite. Great for the current warm weather that has hit most of the West Coast, and great to have as reserve pair for winter if you plan a tropical vacation.

Naked & Famous "Weird Guy" 10oz lightweight selvedge denim in indigo. 100% cotton. Made in Canada. Sizes 29-34. $158. For more information on the N&F weird guy 10oz lightweight selvedge, click here.

The "lightweight selvedge" is a super lightweight breathable indigo selvedge that is perfect for spring and summer wear. The indigo base is a nice dark shade that will fade extremely well.

Naked & Famous Denim Restocks: Core Denims!

We are getting ready for fall and making sure all of the core Naked & Famous denims are in stock.  A large restock shipment of the Naked & Famous core denims just arrived, plus a couple store favorites.  This shipment loads us up on the following fabrics: Left Hand Twill, Dirty Fade, Deep Indigo, Black Power Stretch, Solid Black, Khaki Chinos, Beige Chinos, Indigo Selvedge, and Red Weft. Below is complete list:

Naked & Famous "Weird Guy" 13.75oz left hand twill selvedge denim. 100% cotton. Made in Canada. Sizes 28-34, 36. $140. For more information on the N&F weird guy LHT, click here.

Naked & Famous "Skinny Guy" 13.75oz left hand twill selvedge denim. 100% cotton. Made in Canada. Sizes 28-34, 36. $140. For more information on the N&;F skinny guy LHT, click here.
Naked & Famous "Weird Guy" 14.5oz dirty fade selvedge denim. 100% cotton. Made in Canada. Sizes 28-34, 36. $158. For more information on the N&F weird guy dirty fade, click here.

Naked & Famous "Skinny Guy" 14.5oz dirty fade selvedge denim. 100% cotton. Made in Canada. Sizes 28-34, 36. $158. For more information on the N&F skinny guy dirty fade, click here.

Naked & Famous "Weird Guy" Red Weft 12.5oz selvedge denim. 100% cotton. Made in Canada. Sizes 28-34, 36. $180. For more information on the N&F weird guy red weft, click here.

Naked & Famous "Weird Guy" sulphur dyed black 14oz selvedge. 100% cotton. Made in Canada. Sizes 29-34, 36 (sorry, missing 28). $165. For more information on the N&F weird guy solid black, click here.

Naked & Famous "weird guy" 13oz selvedge chino in khaki. 100% cotton. Fabric made in Japan. Assembled in Canada. Sizes 28-34 (sorry, missing 36). $150. For more information on the N&F weird guy khaki chino, click here.

Naked & Famous "Skinny Guy" black power stretch. 95% cotton, 5% stretch. Fabric made in Japan, denim assembled in Canada. Sizes 28-34, 36. $140. For more information on the N&F skinny guy black power stretch, click here.

Naked & Famous "weird guy" 13oz selvedge chino in beige. 100% cotton. Fabric woven in Japan. Made in Canada. Sizes 28-34, 36. $150. For more information on the N&F weird guy selvedge chino, click here.

Naked & Famous "Weird Guy" 15oz Deep Indigo Selvedge Denim. 100% cotton. Fabric woven in Japan. Made in Canada. Sizes 28-34, 36. $165. For more information on the N&F weird guy deep indigo, click here.

Naked & Famous "Skinny Guy" 15oz Deep Indigo Selvedge Denim. 100% cotton. Fabric woven in Japan. Made in Canada. Sizes 28-34, 36. $165. For more information on the N&F skinny guy deep indigo, click here.

Naked & Famous "Weird Guy" 13oz indigo selvedge denim. 100% cotton. Made in Canada. Sizes 28-34, 36. $135. For more information on the N&F weird guy indigo selvedge, click here.

6/29/2013

Introducing the Tanner Goods "Journeyman" Slim Card Wallet


The Tanner Goods "journeyman" is the ultimate super slim wallet/card holder. It is designed for the person who wants to carry their wallet in their front pocket, or simply prefers a super slim wallet. It is large enough to hold all of the essential cards and a little cash, simple yet efficient!

Tanner Goods "Journeyman" card wallet in natural. 100% vegetable tanned leather. Made in USA. One size. $60. For more information on the Tanner journeyman, click here.

4 card slots, 1 folded bill slot (5 total pockets), approximately 3.85" x 2.75" x .3"

6/28/2013

Tanner Goods Utility Bifold Wallet in Natural - Restocked!


Tanner natural bifolds are back! Restock just arrived and we are happy to have them available once again. The above Tanner natural wallet has a crazy beautiful patina. This patina was achieved after only 5 months of daily use, oiled one time.

Tanner Goods Utility Bifold Wallet in natural. 100% vegetable tanned leather. Made in USA. One size. $75. For more information on the Tanner natural bifold wallet, click here.

4 card slots, 2 hidden pockets, 1 bill slot

6/24/2013

Vintage Machinery: History of Union Special


The Union Special 43200G is famous in the denim world for its iconic chain stitch that creates roping at the hem, but Union Special didn't begin with denim, or even apparel at all. In 1879 an inventor named Jasper Corey became interested in bag manufacturing. Corey had more than ten years behind his belt working with sewing machines, and after speaking with the leading production facilities in his area he boldly pronounced that he would make a new machine to increase the speed and efficiency of bag making. With lofty goals in mind Corey moved to Chicago and drew up the plans while living behind the storefront of a sewing machine repair shop owned by Lorenz Munther. Munther and Corey, with similar mechanical backgrounds, quickly became close friends and agreed to build Corey's new machine together. The two enlisted the help of expert mechanic Russell Woodward to construct the machine, and in the spring of 1880 the three presented their prototype to a bag factory in Chicago for testing. The machine was a definite improvement, and the factory was so enthusiastic that they ordered twelve more.
An incredibly favorable review of the machine was published in the trade paper of the time, Sewing Machine Advance. With all the good press, orders began coming in for the machine and the three were presented with a new problem: production. None of them had the money to finance manufacture of the machines, and simply building the machines themselves was too slow. As the issues mounted Corey withdrew himself from the group and moved to California to study medicine. In desperation Munther and Woodward turned to friends for financial assistance, and managed to attract the attention of William Stanley North. North, already a successful businessman, convinced the two to incorporate and was elected the first president of the newly formed Union Bag Company in 1881. To convince skeptics of the new machine's efficiency the company opened its own bag factory as an example, and quickly the entire industry switched to Union Bag Company's sewing machines. Tent and sail manufacturers began to take notice of this new machine with a double locking stitch, and put orders in for customized machines for their factories. With the company's increasing success and reputation the apparel industry also became interested. A large knit goods firm in Amsterdam ordered one machine as a test, but for the first time Union Bag Company's machine wasn't up to standards. The stitch was good, but not elastic enough, and the machine was far too slow. Upon hearing this Muther and Woodward began development of a specialized machine for the apparel industry. Through two prototypes the pair developed the rotary take-up for the looper thread, which prevented the stitch from skipping at high speeds while still allowing high elasticity. This "Safe Elastic Stitch" machine soon became standard equipment for the entire knit goods industry.
As Union Bag Company began to make headway into many industries they held a vision of building machines that were designed for a single operation, that would perform that operation very effectively at high speeds. Manufacturers were resistant to the idea of buying a machine that could only do one thing, thinking that garments should be sewn on a single machine whenever possible. However, this specialization became an asset in the newly industrializing America where the widespread use of the production line would prove to be much more efficient than previous methods. This specialization of both the machine and the worker set record production values, and led to the name of the new machines: Union Special. In 1885 the company changed their name to Union Special Sewing Machine Company. Through the next couple years the company continued to expand their facilities in Chicago to meet rising demand. In 1893 the World's Fair was held in Chicago and the Union Special machines were put on display for the world to see. Their machines received more awards than their established competitors did, and the company gained reputation in the world market. By 1901 they had opened their first oversea factory in Germany. In 1939 the machine we all know and love, the 43200G, was first manufactured. By this time denim already had a large market in the United States, but this locking chain stitch machine greatly increased the speed of sewing and strength of the hem. The machine was featured on the front page of the Needle's Eye, the most popular sewing trade paper of the time.
Through the rest of the century Union Special continued to do what they did best: create sewing machines specialized for specific manufacturing purposes. In 1948 they moved their own manufacturing back to the United States, to Huntley, IL, where they are still located today. Through the 50's and 60's they expanded their facilities to accommodate production. Even today Union Special retains their reputation as a leader in industrial sewing machines. 
In 1989 Union Special stopped servicing the 43200G, meaning that it became impossible to find original replacement parts. By that time the old machines were already becoming rare in America, as Japanese denim manufacturers had begun buying up every one they could find. With the revival of vintage-made denim in both the United States and Japan the 43200G became a high demand item, but few were still in working condition. Today they are incredibly rare, and very pricy if you manage to find a working one. When compared to modern day machines the 43200G may be slower and more labor intensive, but it creates vintage characteristics that simply cannot be replicated. The push and pull style of sewing creates directional pressure in the fabric and is the reason behind the beautiful roping effect. Blue Owl is happy to offer a chain stitch hemming service on our second generation 43200G.

6/21/2013

Naked & Famous 12.5oz Broken-Twill Cast Denim Series: Vintagecast vs Royalcast

With the recent release of Naked and Famous' new Vintagecast denim on top of the their current Royalcast, you might be wondering: What's the difference? The answer is simply the indigo used to dye the cotton. The fabric was woven in the same mill, the jeans assembled in the same factory, and even down to the patch every detail is the same. However, the different indigo results in a very different color!
Royalcast on the left and Vintagecast on the right. You can see the details of the broken twill in this shot, as well as the identical selvedge ID. The Royalcast almost looks like a regular indigo next to the Vintagecast!
Both are astoundingly beautiful colors in person. A perfect light color, light weight denim for summer. Both are available in Skinny and Weird Guy fits.
Naked & Famous "Weird Guy" Vintagecast Broken-Twill 12.5oz selvedge denim in indigo. 100% cotton. Made in Canada. Sizes 28-34, 36. $155. For more information on the N&F weird guy vintagecast selvedge, click here.
Naked & Famous "Weird Guy" Royalcast Broken-Twill 12.5oz selvedge denim in indigo. 100% cotton. Made in Canada. Sizes 28-34, 36. $155. For more information on the N&F weird guy royalcast selvedge, click here.

6/20/2013

Naked & Famous "Weird Guy" 13oz Jade Selvedge Denim


The Naked & Famous Jade fabric is one of our favorites of the current fall 2013 collection! This fabric has such a beautiful shade of indigo achieved by using natural brown cotton for the warp yarns that are dyed with a blue-green indigo. Our first fall 2013 delivery included the Weird Guy version, Skinny Guy is on the way soon! One thing we need to point out is that for the Weird Guy only sizes 28-34 are available. Tag size 36 and 38 were made, but they were stolen somewhere between the factory and arriving at the Naked & Famous warehouse. We humbly apologize for our customers who are tag 36 or 38 and were eager for this fabric as these sizes will not be available. If anyone sees a 36 or 38 on Ebay or any other site, please send details to Naked & Famous.

Naked & Famous "Weird Guy" Jade 13oz selvedge denim in indigo. 100% cotton. Made in Canada. Sizes 28-34. $148. For more information on the N&F weird guy jade selvedge, click here.

This uniquely colored denim uses a 13oz selvedge made with natural brown cotton warp that is dyed in a blue-green to achieve the unique "Jade" color.

Custom engraved hardware with Naked & Famous logos

1/4" thick American Bison leather patch!

6/19/2013

Unbranded 21oz Heavyweight Selvedge in Indigo - Update!


Unbranded heavyweights will be re-stocked soon! The latest production run is complete and we are patiently waiting for delivery. We expect our shipment to arrive in store in late July or early August 2013. This production is being shipped via boat from Macau to North America and are on the water now, so just a few more weeks. We will accept pre-orders of this delivery in late July once we confirm a more exact delivery date.  Please watch our blogsite for updates on delivery!

Unbranded "tapered leg" 21oz heavyweight selvedge in indigo - model UB221. 100% cotton. Fabric woven in Japan. Made in Macau. Size 30 available now. $110. For more information on the Unbranded UB221 tapered heavyweight, click here.

Unbranded "straight leg" 21oz heavyweight selvedge in indigo - model UB321. 100% cotton. Fabric woven in Japan. Made in Macau. Sizes 30 and 31 available now. $110. For more information on the Unbranded UB321 straight heavyweight, click here.

Unbranded "skinny leg" 21oz heavyweight selvedge in indigo - model UB121. 100% cotton. Fabric woven in Japan. Made in Macau. All sizes currently sold out. $110. For more information on the Unbranded UB121 skinny heavyweight, click here.

The fabric is a 21oz heavyweight selvedge woven on vintage shuttle looms in Japan. It has a soft feel and smooth texture, yet has the rigidness you would expect from a heavyweight fabric. The color is a deep indigo shade that will develop into a high contrast fade. Some of the extra details include the hidden selvedge under the coin pocket, hidden back pocket rivets, chainstitched hems and waistband, nickle doughnut buttons, and gold color rivets.

Nickle finish doughnut button fly, hidden back pocket rivets.

Dark brown cowhide leather patch

White selvedge with blue accents

6/18/2013

Momotaro "Going to Battle" 5.2oz 100% Zimbabwe Cotton T-Shirts - Introducing Olive!


A new production run of Momotaro "Going to Battle" Zimbabwe cotton t-shirt series just arrived!  For this summer's production Momotaro has introduced a fantastic new color....olive!  They have also brought back red and black which are two very popular colors.  We have a few t-shirts in white and orange available in limited sizes from the previous production.  Both white and orange were very popular, but unfortunately not available for restock at this time, but hopefully they will be back in fall.

Momotaro "Going to Battle" t-shirts feature a slim fit, the heavy 5.2oz weight fabric made with 100% Zimbabwe cotton which is extremely soft and durable, and the signature Momotaro battle stripes. The "Going to Battle" stripes are a symbol of Japanese tradition representing honor and strength. The warrior stripes also represent the flag carried by "Momotaro" in the original folklore story.

Momotaro "Going to Battle" 5.2oz 100% Zimbabwe cotton t-shirt in olive model MT301. 100% Zimbabwe cotton. Sizes S, M, L, XL. Made in Japan. $80. For more information on the Momotaro "Going to Battle" t-shirt in olive, click here.

Momotaro "Going to Battle" 5.2oz 100% Zimbabwe cotton t-shirt in white model MT301. 100% Zimbabwe cotton. Sizes L, XL only (will not be restocked). Made in Japan. $80. For more information on the Momotaro "Going to Battle" t-shirt in white, click here.

Momotaro "Going to Battle" 5.2oz 100% Zimbabwe cotton t-shirt in black model MT301. 100% Zimbabwe cotton. Sizes S, M, L, XL. Made in Japan. $80. For more information on the Momotaro "Going to Battle" t-shirt in black, click here.

Momotaro "Going to Battle" 5.2oz 100% Zimbabwe cotton t-shirt in orange model MT301. 100% Zimbabwe cotton. Sizes L only (will not be restocked). Made in Japan. $80. For more information on the Momotaro "Going to Battle" t-shirt in orange, click here.

Momotaro "Going to Battle" 5.2oz 100% Zimbabwe cotton t-shirt in red model MT301. 100% Zimbabwe cotton. Sizes S, M, L, XL. Made in Japan. $80. For more information on the Momotaro "Going to Battle" t-shirt in red, click here.

Simple design, good weight, extremely comfortable, and made with care in Kojima, Japan.