Meet The Person #35: Harold Prophitius (Denim Mined)

Today episode #35 of the topic Meet the Person with Harold Prophitius. This topic, Meet the Person, is about people with passion, an unique story, 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, and so on.

This new episode of Meet the Person is with Harold Prophitius, owner of DENIM MINED.


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Harold Prophitius

  • Name: Harold Prophitius.
  • Living in village & country: Amersfoort, The Netherlands.
  • Age: 47 years.
  • Instagram ID: @denim.mined
  • Number of Instagram followers: Just started…
  • Website
  • Daily work: Managing my own company, DENIM MINED.

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

Hi, I’m Harold, born and raised in The Netherlands, happy married and father of two lovely daughters. My life is quite passioned and full of great moments. I enjoy it every day!! I always worked in a fashion and denim environment.

Three years ago, I started my own company. As owner of DENIM MINED I work together with specialists in the denim industry and selected certified denim suppliers, I create synergy into the companies, guiding the teams and develop the best level of denim!

How did you entered the denim industry:

I started my denim journey, working at ‘De Rode Winkel’, a denim store based in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Voted by Sportswear International as the best denim store of Europe in the 90’s. So, from that start, I learnt all about denim and the denim brands. My passion was born, I decided to go for the next steps in my career, working as sales and brand manager for brands like PME Legend, Cast Iron, Levi Strauss & Co, G-Star RAW, Bestseller and Brunotti / NMTC. A really great denim and fashion experience who brought me where I am today.

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Harold Prophitius (on the back row on the right), with De Rode Winkel store staff team around ’93/’94.

What are you doing at the moment:

As we speak…I am busy with the new design of my office…creating a cool and nice work and denim ambiance. Next to that, I work on several denim projects in The Netherlands and Scandinavia. Working on new collections, sourcing for inspiration in garments and fabrics for customers. Always hunting for new denim partners..

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Harold Prophitius working in his new DENIM MINED office.

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

Honestly, I am proud of many different moments and achievements in my work. I worked for fantastic companies, I met very interesting people, I have travelled and seen a lot of the denim world. Most proud is that I still in the denim business and that I can share my experience with others in the denim industry

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

At the moment there are many denim trends…All big denim trends of the past decades are mixed with each other. It’s good and shows us a part of the denim history. If you look to the production of denim, the trend is sustainable and will finally become the new base of the future of denim. This is a must and will separate professionals in the denim industry. Transparency of the business!

And what would be the next denim trend:

This is very difficult to say, because we all think we have seen everything at this moment…still there will be new trends. I think in relation to my work, the partnership with brands, suppliers and the end-consumer will be more important for the future.

What’s your favorite denim brand(s):

Levi’s is one of my favorite denim brands. This brand was together with some other cool brands the cradle of the denim industry. Levi’s is always moving forwards, but never lose their DNA. It’s a cult!

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Harold Prophitius together with Lynn Downey, former historian at Levi’s, in San Francisco during his time at the American denim brand.

Where is your inspiration coming from:

Travelling, meeting my friends, listen to the market, Pinterest and vintage clothing.

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

It’s my G-Star RAW 3301 Selvedge Straight. This pair of jeans, as you can see is worn out far and still fits me perfect. Some people come home and put their joggings on…I always put on my favorite jeans.

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G-Star RAW 3301 Selvedge Straight jeans worn from rigid by Harold.

What’s your favorite denim fit:

Depends on the moment of wearing a pair of jeans, but in general, I like to wear a straight leg and slightly tapered. Now with this nice weather in The Netherlands I prefer denim shorts.

What’s your favorite denim city:

Amsterdam is still for me the favorite denim city. If you look to the variety of denim in this city, it’s amazing. You can easily take a bike, visit all denim stores, the high-end designers denim stores, the nice range of good vintage denim stores and second-hand markets. Even if you walk through the city or sit to relax on a terrace, you get so much inspiration from the multi-cultural people who are in the streets of Amsterdam.

Who’s your favorite denim designer:

One of my favorite designers is Miles Johnson, he was at the time I met him, working as designer for LVC, Levi’s Vintage Clothing and create incredible collections. LVC is based on the real archive pieces of Levi’s. The stories and the details are 100%. I was lucky to sell these great collections.

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

Stretch. This comfort changed the world for denim and gave it a boost in the total business of denim!!

Who’s your denim hero & why:

Pierre Morisset. I met him several times during my time at G-Star RAW. His passion is fantastic. The stories about how he create the G-Star RAW collections are amazing! Really into the details and the construction of the product. He is one of the founders of the 3-Dimensional denim as the legendary Elwood design. Great person!

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G-Star Raw Elwood design by Pierre Morisset.

What’s your favorite denim store:

So many, but eBay is a fantastic shop to hunt for hidden treasures of denim. It’s also an archive of the denim and all what’s related to denim. I love it!!

What are your ultimate denim accessories:

The Genius Monkeys wallet made by Duke & Sons, which I use for my business cards at the moment. The Genius Monkeys is a group of old denim friends.

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The Genius Monkeys wallet made by Duke & Sons. The wallet is made of natural leather, and aged over the years.

What’s your favorite inspiration quote:

”If the mood is right, you’re half way.”

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

One of my denim friends, Bob Rijnders. Owner of fashion store ‘Best of Brands’ and the Dutch denim brand ‘Butcher of Blue’.

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.

Meet the Person #28: Özgür Polat (Product Manager Amsterdenim): here.

Meet the Person #29: Emilie Casiez (Nigel Cabourn Woman Designer): here.

Meet the Person #30: Alessio Berto (Pattern Designer): here.

Meet The Person #31: Andrea Rosso (Creative Director Diesel License, Founder Of MYAR) here.

Meet The Person #32: Barry Emanuel (President Copen United) here.

Meet the Person #33: Simon James Cathcart (Founder at SJC London Ltd) here.

Meet the Person #34: Lex Cawley (Lecturer & Owner Field Denim Workshop) here.

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. Celebrated my 10th anniversary with Long John in 2021.