Meet The Person #28: Özgür Polat (Product Manager Amsterdenim)

Today episode #28 of the topic Meet the Person with Özgür Polat. This topic Meet the Person is about passionate people, people in the denim industry. In Meet the Person I will give you an insight into their life; who are they, what are they doing, what makes them so special, where are they working on, etc. etc.

This new episode of Meet the Person is with product manager Özgür Polat from the Amsterdenim brand. Thanks for sharing your great denim story Özgür!

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Özgür Polat

Özgür Polat

  • Name: Özgür Polat.
  • Living in village & country: Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Age: 37 years.
  • Instagram ID: @Tukkerturk.
  • Number of Instagram followers: 490 followers.
  • Website: www.amsterdenim.com
  • Daily work: Product Manager at Amsterdenim.

Can you introduce yourself (who are you and what are you doing):

I was born in a small city called Enschede (East of Holland). This city used to be in one of the biggest textile areas of Holland. Back in the 1960’s my granddad moved to Holland to work for a fabric mill. So you can say that with my Turkish background and being raised in Enschede it was logical to end up in the fashion industry.

I attended my education at the Maere in Amsterdam where I finished in 2008. This is one of the few textile schools in Holland. After working for Mexx, Scotch and Soda and Tommy Hilfiger I am proud to work for Amsterdenim.

When did you entered the denim industry:

When I started in 2010 at Scotch & Soda I started as a product coordinator for the boys collection. After some years I moved to the denim department. This was my introduction to the world of denim. From there on I moved to Tommy Jeans where I work as a fit technicians and from there I moved to Amsterdenim.

In the last years I got to know a lot of people in the denim world. It is a nice and friendly community here in Amsterdam. Somehow I feel home and happy in this small world.

What are you doing at the moment:

As we are a relative small company, I am doing several things at the moment. Past weeks and coming week all of our salesmen samples will arrive, these all need to be checked if everything is according to our wishes. And if not, some last minute changes need to be done.

Next to chasing our salesman’s samples collection I am also receiving pre-production samples. These need to be commented so the production can start to ensure we will have the goods by the end July and August in our warehouse.

Something that never ends is developing a new collection. Adding, adjusting and deleting styles is always a part of the job.

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Where are you the most proud of so far as it comes to your work:

Building up a brand with this great team. It takes a lot of work and dedication to build something that will last for decades. It might sound easy to develop a collection and bring it on the market. But Amsterdam is one of the most competitive cities in the world. We have so many great denim brands here, it’s not easy to conquer a spot between these great brands. Every new retail point and every person that starts to enjoy our product gives a huge boost. Especially when you see someone wearing an item from Amsterdenim makes me extra proud.

What’s the biggest denim trend(s) right now in your opinion:

Sustainability. Every brand is looking how to be as sustainable as possible. Every season we are taking steps to get nicer denims in a more sustainable way.

Next to Sustainability, I think the loose fits and straight fits are getting more and more accepted by the majority of the consumers. So this is also something that we take in consideration when developing a collection.

And what would be the next denim trend:

Sustainability will keep on being a big thing the upcoming years. It would be great if we can get the production of every single item of a denim closer to home.

What’s your favorite denim brand(s):

I don’t have a favourite denim brand. I like thrift shops more than I love a particular brand. They have al kind of brands and a lot of time you find an item of a brand that you never heard of before.

Where is your inspiration coming from:

Of course from different brands, but also from pottery, handcrafted items, the history of Amsterdam, Instagram, but especially looking around during a long walk. A lot of time you will get inspiration from something unexpected or from things that are not supposed to be like they are. A small human error can make things really beautiful.

What’s your favorite denim item in your closet en why:

My favourite item at the moment is this teddy denim jacket that is made in Italy with Candiani fabric. This item is great when I am driving on my motorcycle. It is not too heavy or too thick and makes riding more pleasant compared wearing a leather jacket. But of course it is a bit difficult to wear when the temperature gets above 25°.

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Teddy denim jacket made in Italy with Candiani fabric.

Dutch musician Douwe Bob wearing the Teddy jacket.

What’s your favorite denim fit:

We will introduce a new loose tapered fit called Albert (Appie) and this is already my favourite fit. Its baggy at the top ad fitted at the bottom.

I just like wider/ loose fits more. I need to feel comfortable.

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The new Albert (Appie) fit for Spring Summer 2020.

What’s your favorite denim city:

There can only be 1 city marked as a denim city, and of course that is Amsterdam.

Who’s your favorite denim designer:

I have never had a favorite designer, as a collection is made by a team. And my taste will change as well. So the things that I like this season I might not like next season. But I am always referring to the washings that Diesel did in the early 2000. This is one of the reasons I started to love denims.

What do you think it’s the best invention in the denim industry:

Rivets. You can go as crazy as you want or keep it original but every denim needs rivets. A denim without rivets is just a pant.

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The Amsterdenim rivet.

Who’s your denim hero & why:

The Dutch. For us wearing a denim is as normal as seeing water around us. You can find al kind of denim here. Nothing is too crazy.

What’s your favorite denim store:

I like all kind of thrift shops and Brooklyn Denim Company in New York.

What are your ultimate denim accessories:

Small denim wallet made out of back pockets.

What’s your favorite inspiration quote:

“When in doubt, wear denim.”

Who do you love to see in the next Meet the Person:

Rudloph Holmonf, designer at Amsterdams Blauw.

Read the previous episodes of Meet the Person;

Meet the Person #1: Amy Leverton (Denim Dudes): here.

Meet the Person #2: Jacques Grosz (Kiliwatch store Paris): here.

Meet the Person #3: Guido Biondi (Roy Roger’s): here.

Meet the Person #4: Gerold Brenner (Designer, Trendforecaster): here.

Meet the Person #5: Leon Blok (Designer, tailor maker): here.

Meet the Person #6: Guido Kerssens (AMFI Amsterdam): here.

Meet the Person #7: James Veenhoff (Denim City, Jean School, Fronteer): here

Meet the Person #8: Moritz Fuchs (New Heritage Festival): here

Meet the Person #9: Christine Rucci (Godmother NYC): here

Meet the Person #10: Sean Gormley (Creative Director Wrangler E.M.E.A.): here.

Meet the Person #11: Piero Turk (Denim Designer): here.

Meet the Person #12: Peter Kats (Vice President Lee Jeans E.M.E.A.): here.

Meet the Person #13: Han Ates (founder of Blackhorse Lane Ateliers): here.

Meet the Person #14: Ben Viapiana (Bespoke Denim Tailor): here.

Meet the Person #15: Tony Tonnaer (founder Kings of Indigo): here.

Meet the Person #16: Maggy Tuijp (Denim Development at DENHAM the Jeanmaker): here.

Meet the Person #17: Nick Williams (Graphic Designer): here.

Meet the Person #18: Koen Tossijn: here.

Meet the Person #19: Sinem Celik (Denim Consultant): here.

Meet the Person #20: Stefano Angelico (Braves And Company): here.

Meet the Person #21: Simona Testucci (Peppino Peppino): here.

Meet the Person #22: Silvia Rancani (The Denim Window): here.

Meet the Person #23: Michael Kampe (Creative Director Lee Jeans): here.

Meet the Person #24: Iu Franquesa (Companion Denim): here.

Meet the Person #25: Haman Alimardani (Hamansutra): here.

Meet the Person #26: Kelly Harrington (Designer & Trend Forecaster): here.

Meet the Person #27: Marta Cellini (Designer & Fashion Consultant): here.

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.