Antonio di Battista is an Italian designer who is involved in the denim business for more than 20 years. As a young teenager his passion already started for denim, so it was natural that he would became one of the most passionated persons in the industry. On his frequent trips to U.S.A. and Japan he found the most rare and beautiful indigo denim pieces which result is an archive with more than 3.000 historical pieces. Some while ago Antonio told me that he want to make a book with some selected treasures of his archive. A few months later he hooked up with Crackers Magazine and his first book is a fact: ‘My Archive’. The book is filled with old patched and repaired items from the area 1900 till 1950. This area is also my personal favourite.

Below some pages from this amazing book. Many thanks for sharing your incredible archive trough this inspiring book Antonio, it’s really nice! Very proud to add this gift in my personal book collection. Check also his own authentic denim brand ‘Blue Blanket’. Keep in touch!

Antonio di BattistaPhoto by Cory Piehowicz

”My Archive” Book: The History of Denim from 1900 – 1950 &

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.