MEET THE COLLECTOR #3

Today the 3rd episode of the new topic. This new topic is about passionate people with a focus on collecting. With this topic I will give you an insight in their special collection. Collectors will tell their story behind their treasures, show their most rare and unique items and tell you all about the collecting thrill. I’m very proud to show you the 3rd collector: Antonio di Battista in the topic: Meet the Collector! Thanks Antonio for sharing your great story and showing some of your awesome treasures from your collection. Enjoy.

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Antonio di Battista

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Meet collector;

  • Name: Antonio Di Battista
  • Living in village & country: Pescara, Italy
  • Age: 47
  • Instagram ID: antoniodibattista
  • Number of Instagram followers: 2200
  • Website www.blueblanketjeans.com
  • Daily work: Designer

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The showroom from Antonio with more than 3.000 rare denim items

What’s your favorite brand: To be honest my own brand Blue Blanket ; )

Antonio is talking about his Blue Blanket brand

What’s your favorite denim brand: Foremost.

What’s your favorite footwear brand: Vans.

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Shot of Antonio’s Vans collection

How long are you collecting: 30 years.

How many items are there in your collection: 3.000 items.

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A selection of the huge and rare denim collection from Antonio is highlighted in two denim books called: ‘My Archive’. The books are published together with Crackers Magazine.

How or why did you became a collector: I start buying jeans for washes and details inspiration.

In the video Antonio is talking about his passion, brand and his work as a designer  

What’s the best thrill about collecting? Every single pair of Jeans has a different fading and look.

What is your favorite item en why: A Foremost from 1940 for his character, fading, dirt and fabric.

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Foremost from 1940 

What’s your best bargain in your collection: A Lee 901J (Jelt) Work Jacket from the 1920’s which I bought for 5.000 Lire (about 3 Euros) in the 90’s found in a second hand market in Naples – Italy.

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Lee 901J (Jelt) Work Jacket from 1920

Which item was the hardest to get and/or the most valuable one: A Levi’s Jeans 501XX from 1901 in a very good condition.

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Levi’s Jeans 501XX from 1901

Which item would you add to your collection (wishlist): A Lee 101B Jeans buckle back and double leather patch from 1920.

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Lee 101B Jeans buckle back and double leather patch

Where do you get your daily inspiration from? Books and old pictures.

Check the daily life from Antonio

What’s your favorite inspiration quote: Less is more.

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Are you also a collector and want to share your story and treasures? Send me an email: wouter@long-john.nl

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Written by Wouter
I'm the founder of Long John. Next to running this daily magazine I'm working as a freelance marketing specialist for brands and retail. Specialized in denim.