The Launch Of DiResta Makewear By Jimmy DiResta

Jimmy DiResta is the brain behind his DiResta Makewear brand. He started already to make his jeans back in 2013 and shared this on his YouTube channels, which is viewed over 500K times so far. Since that time, he has evolved and developed several different versions, to arrive at the ‘Welders Jean’.

After meeting the ‘Godmother of Denim’ Christine Rucci (read more about her here in ‘Meet the Person’) at one of his workshops they worked together on his brand to get it to the next level. Pulling from his wardrobe, they worked together with a patternmaker and a local factory located in the heart of the Garment District in New York City to create the DiResta Makewear capsule collection of jeans and outerwear.

Behind The Brand

DiResta Makewear is built on the belief that makers need functional pieces in their wardrobes which are designed for those who make, that last for ages, and look forever cool. Each jean is hand cut and individually sewn in the USA, with techniques that include triple-needle, chain stitch, reinforced belt loops, and every seam is felled. The jeans and outerwear are raw and sold unwashed the old-fashioned way, so you can ‘grow a pair’, and finish.

The custom DiResta metal hardware developed by Apholos is made from 100% certified recycled brass and developed using 80% less water. The solid Natulon Ethical recycled brass zippers from YKK and American & Efird heavy-duty D-Core sewing thread are American made and sourced. To further help the environment, all DiResta Makewear products are shipped in 100% compostable bioplastic bags.

About Jimmy DiResta

Jimmy DiResta is an artist-designer and maker known for his ability to artfully fabricate in an impressive range of materials. In 1986 he enrolled in the School of Visual Arts and graduated in 1990 with a BFA degree. He later went on to teach at the School of Visual Arts for over 24 years.

Jimmy has starred on several cable DIY shows, including ‘Hammered’ with John & Jimmy DiResta (HGTV), ‘Trash to Cash’ (FX Network), and ‘Dirty Money’ (Discovery) and ‘Making It’ (NBC) with Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman.

He is currently on YouTube with over 1.6 million subscribers and co-hosts weekly ‘Making It’ and ‘Fitz-All’ podcast. In 2016, he published a book entitled ‘Workshop Mastery with Jimmy DiResta’ and recently co-write a children’s book ‘I Make’ with Tracy Blom.

The DiResta Collection

The DiResta collection contains several must-have garments as the Welders jeans. This is a regular fit with zip fly jeans. It’s made of 14,5oz denim fabric in combination with 15oz waxed duck canvas. It is a multi-pocket jeans with dual coin pockets. It has self-fabric pockets bags, reinforced belt loops, felled seams, busted outseam, chain stitch hems, and functional patch front leg panels with multi-use and Ice Pickpocket. Custom DiResta logo hardware and die-cast belt loop made from recycled brass.

Another item is the Chore Coat. A classic boxy fitted jacket, unlined, with button closure. It’s also made of 14,5oz denim fabric with the duck fabric. It has details as triple-needle chain-stitch felled seams and functional contrast patch pockets, inside chest pocket and contrast collar in waxed canvas.

To make it complete they also developed a Chore Vest. This vest is made with the same two fabrics. And has also multi-pockets, triple-needle chain-stitch felled seams and functional contrast patch pockets, inside chest pocket and contrast welder band collar in waxed canvas and custom DiResta logo hardware and die-cast metal plate made from recycled brass.

Behind The Scenes

Watch the behind the scenes video 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.