pretty flowers

One of my favorite flowers.

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king pins

Very exciting day today.  Herb and I saw a lot of really amazing developments in denim as well as old friends.  Andew Olah puts on an amazing event for our industry.  Our Sustenance Mfg label will get new denim fabrications made of banana fiber, milk protein and charcoal.  Freakin’ amazing!

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If you aren’t failing regularly then you aren’t innovating hard enough.   ~Someone

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catalina mx

This was from before my time but can you imagine…?

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efficient design

I design from the inside out.  To me, it’s important to “get right” what you don’t see.  The core, the inside, the back side, the bottom.  If the inside is good then the outside will be good and will endure.  Great design should get better with time.  Great quality means you can enjoy that design for a long time into the future.  That’s true efficiency.

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metal trees, concrete mountains

I come to New York City several times a year for trade-shows, to shop stores, visit clients and friends and have great meals.  It is in huge contrast to where I live out in the forest of southern Washington state. At home there are no sounds except birds, no lights except stars, few cars, few people and lots of green. New York is the exact opposite… noisy, crazy, dirty, lights, cars, cabs, trucks, bikes and people everywhere.  It is a vibrant city full of life though.  I love it for short periods of time but it is not for me. Even so, this morning from my 6th story hotel window I saw natures beauty in this city.  Taken on my iPhone 3.

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cotton boll

In addition to making jeans, I also love to cook.  Making something taste great starts with the quality of the ingredients used.  You gotta use the best ingredients.  Most people don’t realize that cotton is the remanent of a flower.  The fibers protect the seeds and provide a medium to catch and hold moisture so the seeds can germinate.  The longer the fiber the better for yarn spinning.  The finer the fiber the better for fabric softness. The stronger the fiber the better fabric strength and durability.  Supima Cotton is a genetic Pima that is superior based up its length, width and strength.  Mostly grown in California in the San Joaquin Valley just west of Mt. Whitney, Supima is the foundation of super soft, beautiful and very strong denim.  Agave uses Supima Cotton in most of its denim and knit fabrications.

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shuttle loom

Vintage “shuttle” looms were replaced with wider and higher speed modern “power” looms in the 1960′s to increase production speed and lower costs.  Because the looms ran faster, they were less tolerant of inconsistent yarn sizes.  The denim lost its soul but fed America’s youth’s obsession for jeans.  Today, a few makers use the old loom goods and make incredible denim product.  Brands making jeans with old loom selvage denim include Nudie, Edwin, Agave (Gold), Edwin, Evisu and RRL to name a few.  Agave selvage denim comes from Cone Mill’s White Oak (USA) as well as Kaihara and Kuroki (Japan).

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stingray

Although not mine I did have one of these back in the day.  Check out the front and rear suspension…  The shifter was functional but my fav was the banana seat.  Next bike had a sissy bar and fork extensions.

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laundry

Not exactly as glam as a runway show but its how we do.

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