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May 2012

Sugar Cane Jeans – Green Russia

Sugar Cane, the original eco-brand, is introduced to Russia. Take a butchers at the new shop if you’re visiting the land of the czars: Boutique Van Gogh, 440008, Penza, Suvorova street 144A, TC Suvorovsky, RUSSIA. Tel +7 (937) 421-6727.

Sugar Cane have thoroughly analyzed our forerunners jeans from the 1900 ’ s in chronicle order from yarn, dye, weave and construction to components . We have with us the actual results of fabric woven and colour fade test on the original pants worn. In order to create our own original jeans, it took over 20 years of research. To perfectly reproduce denim fabrics from 50 to 100 years ago in today ’ s advanced period is extremely difficult. To begin with we had to look for old power looms that had worked to weave denim fabric in those days, restore them and adjust them to weave the fabric we have. It was not easy to revive the old machines that disappeared a long time ago due to rationalization. Nowadays, the old power looms are not so unusual but in the early research stage, satisfactory fabrics could not be woven on the old looms found. It was a joint operation with the weaver of trial and failure and advanced step by step.

Yarn is also a very important factor for vintage denim; the cotton is carefully selected, blended, spun and indigo dyed exclusively for each model. Through many processes we finally had success in developing perfect vintage denim of which the surface looks rough and uneven, and indigo warp yarn fades like original old vintage denim. We believe that authentic vintage jeans can only be revived by the same process as original jeans and so had to search for a sewing factory that still has old sewing machines and experienced sewers. Our denim fabrics, after inspection, are delivered to our sewing factory to be cut and sewn. Also the original rivets, buttons and patch are put on by the bands of well-skilled workers. Every pair of Sugar Cane jeans is completed this way.

‘ Sugar Cane ’ denim by traditional Japanese dyeing techniques by hand and not by machine. The first model ‘ Sugar Cane Awa ’ is made of sugar cane denim dyed by Awa indigo. Awa used to be one of the popular places producing indigo, located in the western part of Japan. The second model ‘ Sugar Cane Okinawa ’ is made of sugar cane fibre and indigo produced in the region of Okinawa, Japan. The third model ‘ Sugar Cane Hawaii ’ is made from sugar cane and indigo imported from Hawaii.

The newest, fourth model is ‘ Sugar Cane Edo ’ . Edo is the name of an era in Japan from 1597 to 1868. The yarn for ‘ Sugar Cane Edo ’ denim is dyed by a method invented more than 200 years ago. This original ‘ Sugar Cane ’ denim series are the products made by a combination of know-how that we have learnt from long experiences of vintage reproduction and our Japanese tradition that we are still proud of.

If you are looking for a pair of truly vintage Japanese selvage jeans then these are the true originals amongst an illustrious list of “pretenders to the crown!”

Dickies x MKWS reflective work shorts

Take a butchers at this, Dickies repair reflective work shorts by MKWS. The work pant construction: Loose fit, flat front. Multi-use side pocket. Permanent crease. Scotchgard™ Stain release finish. DICKIES Logo label on the right side leg & MKWS logo on left front. Multi-use side pocket.

Eco Fashion

PPR Group, the French multinational parent behind luxury and sportswear labels like Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, and Puma, has announced a five-year plan to reduce its environmental and social footprint. By leveraging the results of PPR’s Environmental Profit & Loss Account, an ongoing initiative to measure the combined ecological impact of its subsidiaries, the multi-tiered action plan will focus on the reduction of carbon-dioxide emissions, waste, and water; sourcing of raw materials; hazardous chemicals and materials; and paper and packaging.


Aquascutum Clothing – a British Institution

Kitmeout rates Aquascutum as one of the ultimate British fashion brands! Hailing from the United Kingdom, Aquascutum, the quintessentially British label was founded in 1851 with its iconic tailoring heritage from the world of authentic quality and fine craftsmanship in Northamptonshire, England. Its outerwear’s customary British tailoring underscores the company’s unfailing support of the British textile industry and ensures its impeccable standards are unfailingly maintained.

Made in England pieces celebrate all the British hallmarks of Aquascutum – attention to detail, traditional craftsmanship and unquestionable authenticity.


Great British fashion brand Aquascutum, which went into administration last month, looks set to be rescued by YGM Trading Limited, the owner of the brand across Asia. FRP Advisory, the administrators for Aquascutum has confirmed that both parties have entered into an exclusivity agreement.

Following the retailer entering administration on April 17, FRP stated that they received significant interest in the business and assets of Aquascutum from around the world, totalling in excess of 70 interested parties. The statement confirmed that the decision to enter the exclusivity agreement with YGM relates to “an offer to acquire the on-going business and assets” with completion to take place by May 9.

Separately the Joint Administrators are continuing negotiations to secure a buyer for the manufacturing plant at Corby, Northamptonshire which was closed on April 19 with a loss of more than 100 jobs. No deadline has currently been set for this process.

Geoff Rowley, Joint Administrator at FRP, said: “The joint administrators have been very encouraged by the significant interest shown in the business over the last two weeks and have chosen to proceed with the offer that delivers the best outcome for the creditors of Aquascutum.”

Aquascutum was founded in 1851 with a menswear store in Regent’s Street, and was family owned until 1990, when a Japanese textile conglomerate company, Renown Incorporated bought it. Then in September 2009 after three years of losses, the Renown off-loaded it to the management team behind Jaeger, Harold Tillman and Belinda Earl.