MEET THE PERSON #2 Jacques Grosz

Today the 2nd episode of the topic Meet the Person. This new topic Meet the Person is about passionate people, people in the denim industry with a clear focus, mind-set and initiatives. 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. The second episode of Meet the Person is with the Jacques Grosz, manager of one of the best vintage stores, Kiliwatch located in Paris, France. Jacques is a true denim style icon, always dressed in blue jeans. Thanks for sharing your story Jacques!


Jacques Grosz

  • Name: Jacques Grosz
  • Living in village & country: Paris – France
  • Age: 54 years
  • Instagram ID: @spicyrec
  • Number of Instagram followers: more than 32K
  • Website:

Can you introduce yourself:

I’m an OLD guy, but I’m feelin’ like a teenager everyday. My kind of addictions in life are indigo, food and music. My daily job is managing the men’s vintage area at the Kiliwatch store in Paris, France. I really love it!

Shots of the Kiliwatch store.

How did you entered the denim industry:

I think my love for denim goes back to my childhood when my father bought my first pair of blue jeans at a fleamarket. I was a young, around 5 years old. This was the first step for me in the world of denim.

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

I think its the acknowledgement of all the many professionals in the denim industry which I met in all these years.

Nigel Cabourn X Jacques Grosz

Jacques Grosz X Paul Smith

Hisao Manabe (founder Collect Mill – Momotaro – Japan Blue) X Jacques Grosz

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

The classic Levi’s 501 Jeans, especially the vintage are very trendy those days. For women and men. The high waist is making a comeback again.

And what would be the next denim trend:

The next denim trend for the future can only be answered by GOD ; ) But please, not the new SUPER MEGA ULTRA SKINNY!!!!!! (Hihihi).

What’s your favorite denim brand(s):

I can’t answer with just one brand name. I really love all the brands who are making jeans with passion from all over the world.

Where is your inspiration coming from:

Movies and music are a true inspiration source for me. Always and always.

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

I have too many favorites in my closet to pick only one…One thing is for sure, most of my outfits are blue ; )

What’s your favorite denim fit:

A high waist five pocket jeans. Classic and never out of style.

Who’s your favorite denim designer:

François Girbaud.

François Girbaud X Jacques Grosz

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

The rivet by Jacob W. Davis.

Rivet patent, May 20 – 1873

Who’s your denim hero:

My alltime favorite style icon is Steve McQueen.

Steve McQueen

What’s your favorite denim store:

There are too many good stores to pick just only one.

What are your ultimate denim accessories:

A lighter.

What’s your favorite inspiration quote:

Which one TODAY????

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

Any denim designer from a Japanese brand.

Read also the previous episode of Meet the Person;

Meet the Collector #1: Amy Leverton: 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.