MEET THE COLLECTOR #9 Mohsin Sajid

Today the 9th episode of the topic Meet the CollectorMeet the Collector 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 9th collector: Mohsin Sajid in the topic: Meet the Collector. Mohsin is a very talented denim designer and is loaded with true denim passion. Next to his designing projects he’s the founder of the Endrime brand, and he’s giving excellent denim lectures too. Mohsin is a multitalent and a really cool humble denim person. Glad that I can call him my friend. Thanks for sharing your story Mohsin! Enjoy.

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Mohsin Sajid

  • Name: Mohsin Sajid
  • Living in village & country: London, UK
  • Age: 37 years
  • Instagram ID: @ENDRIME & @mohsinsajid_
  • Number of Instagram followers: 6.000
  • Website Endrime.com / Shitdenim.com
  • Daily work: Denim Designer

Shots from the Endrime London studio.

What’s your favorite brand:

I started my career working for Levi’s Japan many years ago, so it has to be Levi’s, as that where I cut my teeth. But for many many years I have been a BIG fan of the Japanese denim brand called Johnbull, outside my own brand Endrime. I wear their stuff a lot as I like their modern fits and the fact they are a lot more sophisticated then most other European denim brands.

What’s your favorite denim brand:

I’m enjoying researching old brands, like The Boss, and anything made by Neustadter Brothers and Sweet Orr, but I am also a big fan of other designers like Ben Viapiana. People who are hands on with designing everything themselfs, as we often share the same machines and help eachother.

Vintage The Boss jacket.

What’s your favorite footwear brand:

Converse Allstars. I’m currently wearing a BlueBlue Japan version which is natural indigo dyed.

How long are you collecting:

I’ve been collecting vintage denim and workwear for well over 15 years now.

How many items are there in your collection:

I have lost count, well over 800+ pieces now. I’m in process of making a few vintage books about my Endrime archive collection.

Some special rare pieces I will be showing at Denim Boulevard event in June 2017 in Milan. Most recent pieces I have found in odd places in trips to Pakistan, and in Bangkok.

How or why did you became a collector:

To become a good designer, you have to understand the past. I collect both vintage garments and vintage sewing machines for better understanding of lost construction methods (I also get excited about small details, which can’t be made today, and try to put them in my own collections). Also the past 12 years I have been teaching at many University’s and helping a lot of young designers with there denim based collections, so I collect also to show my students. I like to pass on knowledge, and try to give up as much time to help others. I’m fortunate to be able to buy most of these things, and preserve them. Watch a denim lecture by Mohsin here.

What’s the best thrill about collecting?

Most of my job is researching denim fabrics, and washing treatments for my many clients, but I get excited finding missing links, or coming across a old type of stitch, or a construction, then researching the machine that makes the stitch etc. I’m currently hunting down an authentic circle bar tack machine that Wrangler used on their denim jackets. I have found a few, but they are not perfect. Most designers just cheat and use an embroidery machine. I want the real thing.

Circle bar tack machine in action.

What is your favorite item en why:

It has to be one of the many overalls I have collected, I’ve lost count how many I have. I picked up a really special overall in Greensboro at my friends Evans (@gcdrygoodsco) back in 2015. The story was that this garment was starched so much by the owners wife (sad story as she kept on washing, even after he died). It has such a smooth/hard hand feel and a sublime flat finish. I just had never seen that before. I used it as inspiration for one of my early Endrime collections, called it Greensboro wash.

Vintage Pay-Day overall.

Another favourite is a 1890’s womens silk/wode overall, the SPI’s (stitch per inch) is about 24 all over the garment and all the button holes are done by hand, its just a stunning piece. I researched the fabric and got something similar made in Japan.

1890’s womens silk/wode overall.

What’s your best bargain in your collection:

Finding a deadstock 1940’s British Army selvedge Flight Pant in New York, Douglas Gunn from the Vintage Showroom said he would happily take it from me. I’ve never seen another like it.

Deadstock 1940’s British Army selvedge Flight Pant.

1930’s Levi’s Type 1 Jacket I picked up in Japan.

1930’s Levi’s Type 1 Jacket.

1950’s Levi’s Type 2 Jackets in Pakistani vintage market together with my wife Sadia. We found so many amazing vintage garments that day, we got it for practically nothing, so its great when things like that happen, as normally I’m dropping thousands of euros on each garment.

1950’s Levi’s Type 2 Jacket.

Which item was the hardest to get and/or the most valuable one:

It has to be the vintage overalls, each one is different. I have so many now, most are priceless. Many I have bought from vintage sellers from Paris, USA, Pakistan, Japan and bangkok, even London.

Washed-out and repaired overall.

Which item would you add to your collection:

I wish I got the Levi’s 201 style I saw in my last Japan trip, from the Berberjin store, I regret not getting it, was just amazing… next time.

Original Levi’s 201 Jeans.

I also regret not buying this amazing oversized overall in Japan, Frisko Jeens by Can’t Bust Em, when I was in Japan with my brother epic miss…

Frisko Jeens by Can’t Bust Em.

I’m starting to collect a lot of kids workwear and mini salesman samples from the 1940’s period. I find them really fun to collect. I can remember, both me and Amy Leverton (Denim Dudes) and me were in Greensboro back in 2005, and we both found 2 sets of kids overalls from the same period as the Cone Mills ‘Found’ collection (read more about the Cone MillsFound’ collection here). We both bought them, I’ve got mine framed now.

Below is an example of a kids Levi’s 201 salesman sample, these go for $600USD or more…

Levi’s 201 salesman sample.

Where do you get your daily inspiration from?

I guess my main inspiration/I mostly check out Instagram, of friends like:

@denimdudes

@sonofastag

@gcdrygoodsco

@kellouhar

@ben_viapiana

@storymfg

@4thavenuegraphics

But I do still buy a lot of WeAr magazine, and Dazed, ID, etc.

What’s your favorite inspiration quote:

“ Make mistakes with other peoples money ”

Read also the previous episodes of Meet the Collector;

Jerry van Vorstenbos: Eposide #1

Michael van Hal: Episode #2

Antonio di Battista: Episode #3

Ronald Vijsma: Episode #4

Eric Maggiori: Episode #5

Ruedi Karrer: Episode #6

Viktor Fredbäck: Episode #7

Dave Edwards: Episode #8

Are you also a collector or do you know an interesting collector, please send an email to: 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.