Rogue Shirt - ASC
Rogue Shirt - ASC
This design was inspired by various pieces, from Japan to Western workwear.
- Boro' is literally translated as 'rags' or scraps of cloth. Traditional 'boro' pieces are from Japanese labourers, who needed to extend the life of their indigo clothing with patch-and-repair additions.
- We were further inspired by a piece in the DENHAM Garment Library (an archive of over 1,500 vintage items). It's a patchwork shirt from the Spitalfields market in London, which has a mix of indigo jacquard fabrics, textures and repair work.
- We also looked to Japanese 'katagami' fabrics and homespun chambrays with 'sashiko' embroidery, which was historically used to strengthen repaired areas.
- From the designer: 'It’s as if the wearer was working and the back of the shirt was torn by something, so it needed to be replaced with patches. For all embroidery repair I used a different thread color – a very light pink – which reflects tradition to hand-stitch repairs in different thread colours.'
About the collection
From Amsterdam to Tokyo
Each season, DENHAM’s design team approaches the brand’s signature aesthetic from new angles and fresh perspectives. This season’s collection inspiration began with a simple walk through the streets of Amsterdam …
The Netherlands’ capital city has long served as a source of inspiration for Jason Denham, founder of DENHAM the Jeanmaker. Some months ago, he was on a stroll through the ‘Nine Streets’ neighbourhood when he walked into a local antiques store, ‘Van Hier tot Tokio’ (From Here to Tokyo), just a few blocks from the DENHAM design studio. The store specialises in Japanese furniture, textiles and art. And since Jason’s had a longstanding obsession for everything Japanese, his creativity immediately began to flow…
Jason uncovered a stack of antique ‘katagami’ stencils, which are used in printing traditional silk kimonos. Each one had been hand-cut and punched with complex motifs, and each showed signs of wear-and-tear from years of use. Jason bought a few examples and brought them to the DENHAM design studio for inspiration.
The team quickly decided to give the designs a second life, reimagining them in a modern way with a fresh new twist. It’s a perfect reflection of DENHAM’s mantra to ‘workship tradition, destroy convention.’
The brand’s iconic logo
For Jason Denham, scissors are a symbol of his craft. Throughout his career he’s collected thousands of pairs – each with a unique story and past. But there’s one scissor that’s the most important: his first pair, which inspired the brand’s iconic logo.
The Truth is in the Details
By Jason Denham
I’ve dedicated my life to making the perfect jeans. They’re my passion and my pride. Like a chef, I hand pick all my ingredients: I study tradition and technique, and obsess over every detail. I honour heritage and authenticity, while bringing a modern twist to my craft. I believe ‘The Truth is in the Details’ and every pair of DENHAM jeans tells a story – one that evolves every time they’re worn. I’m excited to share in this journey and story with you.