At BENZAK, we're constantly developing our brand and everything that comes with it. We believe an open-minded approach to innovation is key when designing our collections. In this blog post we’ll be introducing TWO NEW additions to our BENZAK SS19 line up.
After the success of our BDJ-01 COWBOY JACKET, we put our heads together and Lennaert decided to bring one of his long-time coming ideas to life. We welcome the BDJ-02 RIDER JACKET to the collection. Lennaert brought the idea of the rider jacket to the table way back when we were planning our SS19 collection. As you can only imagine, we all nodded our heads in the same direction and immediately put pen to paper. As we’re not a heritage brand, and we don’t conform to mainstream trends, releasing a denim jacket is a little bit on the tricky side of things in the retail world. With many variations of jackets out there, we thought it would be best to steer clear of the norm. Of course, without deviating too much from the much-loved wardrobe necessity.
We went to work on simplifying what has always been looked upon as a heritage piece. We urbanised the fit and added a few key BENZAK details. Amongst our arsenal of fabrics there was only one that came to mind when getting stuck into the BDJ-02. Our special #2 vintage indigo selvedge denim crafted in collaboration with Candiani Denim was the pick of the bunch. The denim weighs in at 15 oz. with a raw vintage indigo hue, it breaks in real nice and has top-level fading potential. The weft yarns are purposely thicker than the warp yarns giving the inside of the jacket a naturally soft and comfy feel. And of course the BDJ-02 is laced in custom BENZAK hardware and contrast stitching. There is a single flap over pocket on the front, and a hidden pocket on the inside big enough to fit most smartphones. So, when cruising around on your Harley…or should we say battered old city bike this pocket will keep your goods safe. Keeping branding discreet, we've stitched our signature woven label on the inside of the jacket, just by the coat hanger loop. Our favourite feature of the BDJ-02 special #2 is hidden in plain sight. Well, it is in the name after all. The special #2 selvedge cut and sew inside back seam shows off the ‘Azzurri’ and ‘Oranje’ edge in all its glory. If you’re looking for some more information about our special #2 fabric, click here to check out our previous blog post. We took a look into the details of the fabric whilst introducing the B-03 TAPERED special #2 15 oz. vintage indigo selvedge jeans.
All in all, this is our modernised silhouette of the classic denim biker jacket, fine-tuned to suit the present-day city dweller. But look, we don’t like to complicate things, it’s a denim jacket after all. It’s one of those pieces that can be worn anytime, anywhere and any year, so just throw it on and get out the house.
If you’re up to date on your denim history, or should we say denim jacket history, then you’ll know about the iconic rider jacket silhouette. Although, the rider jacket wasn’t primarily crafted from denim. You may ask, what makes a jacket a rider jacket? Well, dating back to 1928 the very well know Schott brothers conjured up a quintessential leather ‘rider’ jacket. Irving Schott, one of the two brothers was big on cigars, so quite rightly he named the leather jacket after his favourite cut, ’The Perfecto’. To cut a long story short, and as all great things come about, the original rider jacket was spawned from the pure necessity of comfort, style and quality for motorcycle aficionados and style enthusiasts. This story may seem far from the history of the denim jacket. Yet, it’s a well-known fact that leather and denim go hand in hand. They are complimentary materials and have influenced each other for many years. The denim rider jacket could almost be the younger cousin of the Perfecto.
Denim jackets have a long history that dates back to the 19th century. Although, the denim jacket you may know today, is not quite what it used to be. Of course, we’re taking about fits here. Don’t get us wrong, there are many variations of denim jacket out there all fit for purpose, it just depends on how you like to look and what suits you best. In this case we’re talking rider jackets, and you can be sure the first denim jacket was not a rider jacket silhouette as you know today. The first iteration was a simple one pocket cinch back model, the Type One. Yet, we all know very well who holds the top spot when it comes to denim jackets. Well, it’s all about the perspective, and in our eyes the Lee Rider Jacket takes home gold. That’s out of the big three of course. But don’t be fooled, the Lee Rider jacket wasn’t originally motorcycle silhouette. It was a functional cut made for cowboys. Speaking of cowboys, it’s fair to say our BDJ-02 RIDER JACKET channels the ‘modern day cowboy’ through design and purpose. Although, we’ll give the horses a miss and stick to bikes.
At the beginning of the blog we mentioned we’d be releasing two new products. So, to top off the launch of our BDJ-02 RIDER JACKET style, here it is in a very unique 11 oz. industrial blue selvedge fabric. It’s as if this unique looking fabric found its way to us by chance when we were sourcing for the season. Truth be told, we were going to use the 11 oz. industrial blue selvedge fabric for a worker style jacket that we had in mind. Although, we thought there are plenty of worker jackets out there, both vintage and new, and most folk have some form of a denim jacket. We couldn’t get the thought of the industrial blue selvedge out of our minds, so our creative process took a turn, and the lightbulb moment hit. The BDJ-02 in 11 oz. industrial blue selvedge is our crossover interpretation of a worker style colour but woven like regular denim. Light enough to be worn as a jacket in the Spring Summer seasons, and great for layering in the colder months. From the cut to the colour, and the weight to the details, it’s loaded with the same features as its special #2 counterpart. This jacket is your creative alternative to the standard denim jacket. White sneakers, a fresh tee, your favourite pair of BENZAK jeans, or even chinos would complete a strong Spring Summer look.