Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The End

Our Tenue de Nîmes blog has changed to - see you there!
(Image via The End)

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Friday, December 24, 2010

Our new home

Today we celebrate a Tenue de Nîmes milestone. After months of hard work our new website is finally online.
The site includes our new blog (a daily update by the name of Journal de Nîmes) and a web-shop with most of the products we stock in our Amsterdam based store.
On top of that the website features all the past issues of our paper magazine Journal de Nîmes. As from today they can be read on the website too.
A huge thanks goes out to our web-director Kim, the people of Intervisual who built the site and to Riekele, Milou, Timo, Hanna, Olivier and to all the other people who have spilled blood, sweat and tears for this project.

We hope you will enjoy our new site. Have a great Christmas. Until soon, Menno, Rene and Joachim.

Please renew your RSS feeds, we're moving over to, our new home.

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Dressing the Man

This is something I would like to have for Christmas: Dressing The Man. All the basics a man needs to know or have in terms of fashion is available in this amazing book. Whether you look for the history behind the sports jacket, the brogue shoe or the pocket square, all the basics are presented in this book. Available online as from this Friday.

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All life is an experiment.
The more experiments you make the better.

Ralph Waldo Emerson Journals, November 11, 1842. - Thank you Adriana.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Winter Treasures

We, Tenue de Nîmes and Anothersomething, shared our new Treasures in Blend Magazine. This time focusing on the harsh winter weather and all you need to survive. 1. Rocky Mountain Featherbed at our online store > / 2. Icon 4x4, Cars built to resist. / 3. Winter by Joachim Baan / 4. Nigel Cabourn's Fisherman beanie by our favorite designer. / 5. Best Made, Because they don’t make them like this anymore. / 6. 7. 8. Denim Demon. Project wear outs is the search for the ultimate denim wear out. / 9. Country House Hideout, Welcome to the perfect country house hideout. / 10. Red Wing Gloves, Deerskin work gloves. / 11. Winter by Joachim Baan / 12. 13. Soulland, Nothing more romantic that a Soulland campaign. / 14. Gloverall Duffle coat, Men at work.

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Mister Freedom - Californian

Today we got our hands on a new Mister Freedom piece: The Californian. The style is inspired by the 1950's and is characterized by its lovely Mister Freedom silhouette, 'M' embroidery on back pockets and a handmade original, debossed natural cowhide leather patch on right back pocket. To get you guys in the mood for this great piece of true Americana we thought it would be nice to share these worn-in shots by MF himself.

The jeans are intensively abused for about 5 months and as you can see they show a great wear out already. "...a quick cold soak for 10 minutes, hung dry and worn still damp. Four washing cycles during the five months period, cold water, very minimal soap, turned inside-out, no dryer." Who says treating your beloved jeans isn't like cooking a master meal?

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Sunday, December 19, 2010


Rene is a real (vintage) army fan. Whether it are jackets, watches, military cloths or camouflage patterns, he likes it all. After a a recent find at Lady Day vintage in Amsterdam he went online to determine where the jacket originated from. He found out that the parka we found was used by the Swiss army. On top of that he found some classic camouflage prints that have been used by different countries around the world. Have a look at our favorites below. Image above is: Swiss Alpenflage (Excuse us for the low resolution).

Chinese Tibet Occupation Camo

Danish M84 Fleck-tarn Camo. Pictures above and more camouflage images at HSM.

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Friday, December 17, 2010


Our buddy Nestor asked us to arrange a pair of these 'monsters' by Red Wing that he found the other day. Of course we agreed to take the challenge and hopefully our Japanese colleagues can help us out with this amazing pair of 8" Classic Round Toe in Oro Russet Portage.

Images and shoes through Three Wood.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Child labor

Have a look at these early 20th century images of child labor in the United States. I was really mixed up by this find of our friend Jonathan. The pictures are quite intense and I must admit that they are simply beautiful too. The shots show traditional work wear like cotton shirts with Dutch collars, high waist work overalls with suspenders and leather boots. All we like basically.

But on the other hand what we see is some very young blokes who should be playing with balls or reading books, not work under sometimes horrifying circumstances. Luckily for us Western people, this image is something from a century ago and it is not daily business anymore. Unfortunately child labor still is business as usual in a lot poor third world countries. Something we should all try to fight against, especially in fashion.

Image source: Acidcow.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010


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Monday, December 13, 2010

Tenue de Nîmes denim by MOOS

During our two year anniversary celebration we received a very special package by our friend Koen, owner at MOOS Tailored Basics. He gave Joachim, Rene and me our first hand-made, tailored pair of denim based on our personal shapes, sizes and desires.

It is the first pair of tailored jeans we ever possessed, based on our individual requirements. Although Koen made the jeans similar in terms of denim and detailing his efforts resulted in three totally different shapes and many sleepless nights.

But not only the eye for each individual body makes a pair of MOOS jeans such a remarkable object. His hardly matched addiction to detail is just unbelievable. Have a look at the way Koen treated the hem for instance (below). And do not miss the fact that finally, we found somebody who does not make the inseam look like a part of the jeans that was made by an amateur.

Did we share with you already that he bakes every single waistband button himself?

And what about the blue piping inside the belt loops, and the way the coin pocket is folded so it unveils a little part of the selvage?

Let's just say this guy outshines in every detail. And let's face it: It is just great to have your personal pair dated and stamped with your initials, isn't it? Have a look at some of Koen's 'making of' shots in his Amsterdam based atelier at our Flickr. We hope we can show you our first wear out shots soon.

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Danish Tattooing

Joachim bought this amazing Danish tattoo book in Stockholm Monday. The book is written by photographer Jon Norstrøm and it show a great history of Dansih tattoo life since 1895.

De book shows a great selection of pictures that date back to the early 20th century. I would have sworn the image shown was Hannibal Lector (Anthony Hopkins) if I would not have known it is a Danish tattoo fan from the sixties.

The book also provides a selection of legendary tattoo accessories as used by various Danish tattoo artists and shop owners. More info and images at Needlebuzz thanks to Riekele.

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Charlie Brown

This classic 60's and 70's Charlie Brown jacket by Woolrich is one of the exclusive styles the brand produced for its 180th anniversary. Only 180 hand numbered jackets were made from a special archive wool with selvage details. The cuffs and collar are lined with real chamois suede and the interior of the jacket is lined with a cashmere blend pile. For the real collectors a vest and ditto head are available to make the outfit complete.

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

John Lennon

Today Tenue de Nîmes honors John Lennon who was murdered thirty years ago on December 8th 1980. The image shows the timeless style icon as we like it, in denim. Image: Everette Collection.

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