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Handmade In The Nethelands Jeans

The two Dutch denim brands Denham and Grivec Bros. teamed-up for an exciting project. They created a special limited-edition made in Holland jeans in a run of 200 pieces. With this collaboration, they combine and share their long-lasting friendship. And, they show their commitment to producing premium quality jeans on Dutch soil.

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The Sewing Academy By Jason Denham

Back in 2009, the Grivec Bros. visited Denham’s sewing academy by Jason Denham in Amsterdam. He taught them how to sew a pair of jeans, as well as donating their first lock-stitch industrial sewing machine. Now, more than ten years later, the Grivec twin brothers turned their old denim store Jeans Paleis into an incredible and unique denim atelier for already 5 years. In this full-scale production atelier, they produce their own denim brand, Grivec Bros. on a top-notch level. (Read more about their brand here.)

Produced In Chevremont, The Netherlands

The 200 pairs of Denham X Grivec Bros. jeans are made in the Grivec denim atelier in Chevremont, The Netherlands. The production process to create these pairs is slow as the collaboration jeans features all the authentic details a good pair deserves as felled seams, chain stitch hems, in-set belt loops, 0.6mm selvedge seam, selvedge coin pocket and fly, cotton drill lined back pockets and not to forget all the signature design details.

It took around 3 months to produce these 200 pairs. It’s a very time-consuming process to produce such a high-quality pair of jeans with all these special details. To put this in perspective, a fast-fashion factory can stitch one pair of jeans in around 15 minutes.

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denham grivec

denham grivec

denham grivec

denham grivec

denham grivec

The Candiani Selvedge Fabric

The collab jeans is based on Denham’s classic Razor, a slim-fitted five-pocket style. It’s made of a 13.75oz selvedge fabric with blue ID from the Italian Candiani denim mill. The fabric is woven on authentic shuttle-looms from the 1960s which can only produce 80 cm (31 inches) fabrics. These original shuttle looms require technical skill and experience to operate. It’s totally different compared to the more modern projectile looms. The weaving process on shuttle looms is also a slow process, the same as the production of the jeans itself.

The selvedge fabric shows neps and imperfections what gives the fabric extra character. This is a sign of artisan labor, but it gives the jeans also incredible future fades. Just as vintage jeans.

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denham grivec

denham grivec

denham grivec

Details Of The Collab Jeans

On the waistband, the Denham brand name is embroidered and also the woven Grivec Bros. brand is stitched on it. The fly features a Denham branded top-button while the rest is made with Grivec Bros.’s 13 stars buttons. These buttons have their origin in U.S. naval uniforms but were also used in 1940’s American mail-order jeans because of the short supply of materials during WWII. The 13-star buttons from red brass are a tribute to the lesser-known jeans classics. On the back pockets, they added the Grivec Bros. traingle stitching in blue, which will be more visible when the jeans will age. And, the iconic Denham scissor stitch (691 stitches per scissor) on the left back pocket too.

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denham grivec

denham grivec

denham grivec

Graphic Designs On The Inner Pockets

Both inner pockets feature a graphic design. One side shows the Denham X Grivec Bros. collab logo and also the signature of Jason Denham, and from Marcel and Roger Grivec, the founders of Grivec Bros. On the other inner pocket, they put a wear diary calendar, so you can track the wear days of your jeans as the fabric is unwashed and will age with time and wear. It will become more beautiful and unique in the end.

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denham grivec

denham grivec

denham grivec

denham grivec

Production Video

To give you an insight into the slow and unique production process they made a video in the denim atelier at the Grivec Bros. in Chevremont. You can see all the stages of production while Marcel Grivec is sharing their inspiring denim story of this special collaboration.

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Written by Wouter Munnichs
I'm the founder of Long John. Next to running this daily magazine, I'm working as a freelance denim specialist for the industry. Titled as 'Denim Influencer 2020' by Rivet 50. Celebrating my 10th anniversary with Long John this year.