Yesterday I received this great book ”Found” from Cone Denim Mills from the U.S. Cone Denim is celebrating this year their 110th anniversary with their White Oak Plant. Cone Denim is world famous of their partnership with Levi’s, this year they work 100 years together! This partnership is also know as ‘The Golden Handshake’.

But back to the amazing ”Found” book. My copy is the second print from 2008. The book is made after a nice story which started when a guy named James Harlon founded a pile of denim in an old house. He kept the denim four years when he decided to contacted Cone Denim. This pile was a true denim treasure, existing 40 very rare and unique worn-out styles from the ’40’ and ’50’s. The items were used back in the days as workwear and repaired many times by the previous owner(s). The brands from the pile were Stonewall, JC Penny, Big Mac, Anvil, Lee, Blue Bell, Big Winston, etc. Most of the brands don’t exist anymore. Cone Denim was so happy to add this to their private archive that they decided to make a special booklet about it and ”Found” was born. The items are really cool, I like the patched ones a lot! But maybe my personal favo’s are the denim shirts with the sun-bleached outlines on the front and the back from the bib overalls. The sun gave these items a natural vintage look, very impressive and cool. Can you imagine how long these shirts were used under the bibs while working. The last three pics are the back of these shirts.

The ”Found” book is a really great one! I am very happy to add this one to my personal denim book archive after so many years. Many thanks Cone Denim and happy anniversay! Keep up the good work!

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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.