This weekend I came across a really nice webshop full of vintage clothes set up by Roos Dijkstra from Amsterdam (NL). Roos travelled as a denim designer all over the world to get her hands on the most beautiful and inspiring items from the past. After every trip she came home with a full suitcase of inspiration for the new denim collections. After a lot of years of collecting she decided to share these rare items and started a unique webshop; Toile de Chine.

Toile de Chine, that was the name given to the first Indigo dyed fabrics imported from the far east. Until that time, Europe had obtained its prized indigo from Woad. The Asian plant, Indigofera Tinctoria, proved to be a source of a far more intense and vibrant blue – what we now call, “True Indigo”. This new dye was applied to a tough sateen weave cloth that was used to construct some of the first items of workwear.

Below some of my personal highlights. Please visit her shop, believe me it’s damn good! All the items are for sale.

Denim Overall;

 WW2 Japanese Overall;

French Worker Overall;

Hunting Jacket from the ’40/’50 with a natural sun fading;

Moleskin Worker Pants;

Worker Shirt from the ’20;

 Repaired Dungarees;

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.