Just like denim pants, the jacket was developed as a sturdy garment for hard working men and women, cowboys and the fortune seekers of the gold rush. Just like the pants, it was later adopted by teenagers who made it dangerously stylish.
The first denim jacket that we know of came about in 1905, and like always it was the Levi Strauss Company that produced it. In the beginning it was called a blouse, and didn’t become a “jacket” until the 1930’s. The denim jacket has some hundred years to its name, but when we take that walk down Jean Jacket Memory Lane, we realize that the three most famous styles are still what we’re looking for when we go shopping for a new denim jacket.
We try to stay true to our roots and carry three different fits. Sonny Jean Jacket, a classic, loose-fit, 30’s worker jacket. Its roots can be traced all the way back to 1905. This is the original jean blouse. It only has one pocket, placed on the inside. Another great feature are the knife pleats on each side of the front closing. They look like gills and it’s a detail that will break in beautifully over time.Perry Denim Jacket is the newest to the family of jean jackets, but the cut is the most classic. When someone says “denim jacket”, this is how most people visualize it; a short, slim fitting jacket with double flat fell seams under each slanted pocket. Conny Denim Jacket is a boxy and stripped version of the classic. It’s our core, denim jacket and it’s been with us all the way since the beginning. Only the bare essentials, no unnecessary seams, just a really clean jacket with the Nudie Jeans embo on the back yoke.
Great denim should live forever, and a dry denim jacket takes a while to break in. Six months of everyday use and you might be halfway, but there are ways to speed up the process that don’t involve sandpaper. Wearing the jacket under a leather jacket will create beautiful and smooth fades and honeycombs and you and your jacket will get the respect you deserve. Don’t let the time scare you off. You should see a dry denim jacket as an investment for the future; and if you can’t break it in during your lifetime, pass it on to the kids.See all of our dry denim jackets.
We’re happy to announce that the Nudie Jeans Repair Shop Berlin is now officially open! And at the same time we would like to thank everyone who came to the opening party, and of course thank The Fume for an excellent gig.
The store is situated between two courtyards where you can sense the wing beats of history in the beautiful brick walls. Just like Nudie Jeans’ other shop fits, the interior features raw and rustic vintage furniture set against a clean backdrop
The purpose of the Repair Shop is to show the full collection of jeans and tops, but also to convey the idea behind our Eco-Cycle Philosophy; Break In, Repair, Reuse and Recycle. We give you the possibility to buy your denim from our knowledgeable staff and have the jeans repaired or altered for free by denim specialists.
The Nudie Jeans Repair Shop Berlin is located at The Blue Yard, Münzstraße 21, Mitte, Berlin. Welcome!facebook.com/nudiejeansberlin
“Nudie Jeans has been a role model for quite some time; a staple of sorts. I used to work at a big department store, where I did everything from selling CDs to logistics. The last couple of years I ran the mens department where I sold a lot of Nudie Jeans. When I met the people behind the brand I really felt that Nudie Jeans was a brand that I could see myself representing. I’m really proud that I get to be a part of this company.”
Mattias Goldkuhl has worked retail all his life. In 2012 he applied for a job as the Store Manager at one of the Nudie Jeans Outlet Stores. During his first year he made such an impact that he got the opportunity to perform his magic on a bigger scale and started working as Retail Coordinator.
“I’m honored to get the opportunity to be responsible for our Repair Shops and Concept Stores. I travel around a lot, making sure our Repair Shops and Concept Stores have the right prerequisites to sell our product and convey the philosophy of the brand. That’s what’s great with Nudie Jeans, we give the customer a chance to get real value for their money by offering free repairs and alterations for as long as their jeans live. Knowledgeable staff give each customer their very best to cater to their needs, giving them the best possible experience. Something that makes me proud to think of when I go to work every day.”
From the looks of it, 2014 will be an interesting year. Today we open up a brand new Repair Shop in Berlin. Since Germany is one of our biggest market, we’ve felt the need to create a place for Nudie Jeans fans where they get to experience the full concept.
“To open up in Berlin is very inspiring. Seeing the success with our London Repair Shop, I’m confident that this store will be a success as well. We got a great location and lots of fans that’s been waiting so long for Nudie Jeans to open up in their city. Now, the wait is over. You find us at Münzstraße 21. Come see us!”
Tight Long John worn by Fiona since 2006
We found Fiona’s beautiful Tight Long John a few months back. We decided that it was unfair to the world to keep these to ourselves.
"I’ve had these Tight Long Johns since late 2006. You get them off the shelf looking just like the jean beside them, then you bring them to life. The crotch and knees have been repaired many times now. Good jeans are worn, but great jeans are lived in! I can’t remember how many times I have washed them, but I do know that I’ve fallen into water more times than I’ve washed them."
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Band of Horses performing No One’s Gonna Love You, live at Nudie Jeans Repair Shop in Gothenburg.
Yet another gem from the vaults. Ben and Tyler of Band of Horses always remember to pay us a visit when they’re in town. Luckily for us, they always bring that old six-string and a few sweet tunes. This one happened in Gothenburg, April of 2010. It was beautiful, like always.
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Michel is the Store Manager at our Vallgatan Repair Shop in Gothenburg. He’s been with us for a few years and is today a highly skilled denim expert. This spring, his goal is to grow a full beard. We asked him what makes his heart tick a little faster.
– I’m still stuck in the same old tracks; Bob Dylan. At the moment I’m watching “Don’t Look Back”, back to back. I’m still amazed with this fine old gentleman. Favorite album? That’s easy, Blood on the Tracks might be the best album ever recorded.
I also picked up some rumors that Flare Glenn might be back some time soon. If there’s any truth in that, I’m gonna be the happiest boy in all of Gothenburg, or possibly the world.
When you buy a pair of dry jeans you’re often informed that you’re dealing with a “this-or-that” ounce quality. A few people know about this, some don’t care, and some people might feel a little embarrassed to ask what it actually means. Here is an easy rundown of what we’re talking about.
The dry denim fabrics are categorized by weight, and ounce per square yard is the standard measure we use to specify it. There are lightweight fabrics, often under 12 ounces/square yard, mid-weight fabrics from 12 – 16 ounces/square yard, and the heavyweighters; 16 ounces/square yard up to 32 (the sturdiest fabric known to man).
We took our classic, 13.5 oz., Dry Organic Selvage and put them up against the popular 10.75 oz. Thin Finn Dry Ecru Embo. Both dry, the same size and pretty similar in in fit. We thought it would be interesting to compare these two pairs to illustrate the difference. This is the result: The Thin Finn Dry Ecru Embo weighed 19.401 oz. (550 grams), and the Grim Tim Organic Dry Selvage Tims weighed 25.362 oz. (719 grams).
A lighter fabric makes for a lighter jean, that goes without saying. Also, lighter fabrics breaks in easier. You don’t have to spend the same amount of time to see results. You won't get the same result as you do with the heavier fabrics because it's a lot softer. Lightweight denim is a lot more comfortable to wear from the get-go. With mid-weight and heavyweight denim you need to put in a lot more effort. They might feel tough on the legs for some time, but when you’ve conquered the the first month or two, you’ll never want to let go. We exclusively use mid-weight fabrics for our dry denim since it’s sturdy enough to develop great fades over time, but at the same time, they’re gentle to the person wearing them.