I bought this backpack from a guy called Yvan when i was in Berlin last week. He’s from a small brand called RLX5513; a brand that makes bags and accessories from old leather and old military fabrics.
When i was at the Fein & Ripp Event in Berlin, a friend of mine bought a tote bag from him. I wanted to see what he had for sale, but it was too dark so i didn’t bought anything.
The day after, Thomas (Denimhunters) and i bumped into Yvan again. He wanted to show us the rest of his stuff. We went outside to the parkinglot to his car. From the trunk of his car a lot of different styles and fabrics were there to see. My eye caught this backpack. Made from old leather materials (mine’s stamped with a date from ‘63 !) that was used in the army. Aside from that, the canvas is from the Swiss’ Army. It’s a very hard and great quality canvas. The look and feel is amazing.
Inspired by Menno’s Indigo Dyed Engineers, i wanted to do something similair. Since the Engineers are not my favourite Red Wing boots, i came across these 8173 Moc’s in almost the same Abilene Rough-Out leather (the Moc’s are a Hawthorne Abilene Rough-Out leather).
Matthijs van Meurs (Red Wings Heritage representive) again helped me out with finding and sending me this pair of 8173’s. Thanks to him and the Red Wing Shoes Company i got a pair in my size for this personal project.
For the indigo-part i’ve got myself a pair of Tellason Ladbroke Grove denim at Tenue de Nimes in Amsterdam. I’ve heard so many positive reactions from people who own a pair. Instead of choosing the 14.75 oz. i’ve bought the 16.5 oz. Cone Mills White Oak denim. I just love denim that has more body and keeps it’s fit and shape for a longer period of time.
Yesterday (25-03-2013) i’ve started wearing both the denim and boots and i’ll be doing this for the rest of the period untill my birthday in May. It’s going to be tough to do this, since i’ve got so many other great pairs of denim and footwear to choose from.
I’m looking forward to see how it’s going to look. I’m gonna take a picture each day to see how the fading will progress in time.