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We are very excited to share our newest project under our Keep The Trade Alive: Artist Series. This time, we've teamed up with Ben Deter, a designer who explores and practices the parallels between art, design and technology. Like Brian McMenamin, who we have collaborated with on several handkerchief designs over the years, Ben is a Rogue Territory customer. As we've come to know more and more of our customers through Instagram, we discover that many are very talented and passionate creatives who inspire us with the work they do. Ben had the idea to explore a Batik dying method to make hand-dyed indigo posters, inspired by an Instagram photo we posted of indigo-dyed wrapping paper. From there we collaborated on a poster design, featuring our "Keep The Trade Alive" slogan and our signature mountains graphic. Ben comments: I love the simplicity of the design, particularly the way the mountain and typography emerge from the sea of blue surrounding them. Ben used this amazing "slubby" Japanese kuzu paper to tie it back to the Japanese denim use in many of our products. The result is a poster with a rough texture and high quality feel, yet delicate and soft at the same time. THE dying process // To transfer the design to paper, Ben simply traced it using a lightbox. Then each letter and design element was hand-painted with melted soy wax, creating a barrier to the indigo dye. Next, each poster was individually hand-dipped into a bucket of indigo dye, and this is where the true wonder of indigo presented itself. When the paper is pulled out of the dye, it first appears a greenish-yellow color, slowly turns green-blue, and finally indigo blue. Some posters were dipped once, others twice, and some were painted with the dye using a foam brush, giving a nice variety of washes and variations. The indigo dyed posters were then hung to dry overnight. The next day, the posters were sandwiched between two pieces of newsprint, and the wax was heated using an iron. The melted wax gradually soaks into the newsprint, and you are left with the paper you started with. The iron also helps flatten everything out after the poster ripples from being soaked in indigo. The mountains were then filled in by hand using a white wax pencil in order to make them really pop off the indigo blue background and to give them a really nice hand-finished quality. A huge THANK YOU to Ben and his friends Adam and Chris for their hard work and creativity on this project, we are so pleased to offer this as part of our collaborative series. The limited edition posters are AVAILABLE ONLINE for $85, and only 10 were made. Each poster is hand-numbered and signed by Ben himself. WORDS // Ben Deter, Leslie Yeung IMAGES // Ben Deter
The Rogue Territory Indigo Work Trouser was the definitive product from our Inaugural Collection back in the Fall of 2009. This was the first pant we designed that was not a traditional 5 pocket jean. The design was meant to pay homage to work wear, denim's roots, and at the same time make it more modern and relevant for today. Our vision was to make a pant that a guy could wear with athletic shoes one day and work boots the next. We didn't want the pant to define the man, but rather the man to use the trousers to style it the way he chose. This is really our approach to everything we design. DESIGN NOTES // The loops with button closure on the front slash pockets are the most visible design details on the Indigo Work Trousers. When we were designing the denim trousers, we noticed that the pocket would pop up significantly when you sat down -- this was primarily due to the thickness of the denim. So we thought about ways to add a functional element that offered an option when sitting or standing to keep the pocket from popping up, while maintaining the sleek look of the trousers. After multiple prototypes, the result was the loop and button closure, the defining feature of this style. ADDITIONAL NOTE: The loop and button closure has 2 functions. 1) They keep the slash pockets closed (duh). 2) When the pockets are buttoned down, this actually makes the trousers sit higher on your hips because it tightens up the lap. Therefore you actually get 2 fits in one! The fully lined back pockets are the other distinguishable detail on these trousers. When you take a closer look, you'll notice that there's very little stitching on the pockets. This was intentional. We wanted to design a super clean back pocket that was reinforced, strong and functional, but still maintained the clean and understated look that makes these trousers so versatile. We refer to the Indigo Work Trouser as one of our most definitive designs because we believe it embodies the design ethos we strive for when designing a product for Rogue Territory. Our goal is always functionality and simplicity. We attempt to accomplish these two principals by studying construction details on vintage work wear and military garments. Then we ask ourselves, "How do we maintain the amazing functionality and essence that these details embody but make it more versatile and wearable for today's rad dudes and dudettes?" Well, the only way to accomplish this is in the drafting of the pattern. This allows us to break the design down, and once we have the building blocks of the product laid out in, we can then begin to piece it back together and build something that is simple and maintains the essence of the details that inspired us. WORDS // Karl Thoennessen IMAGES // Leslie Yeung
We're excited to introduce the newest article from Nihon Menpu Mills, woven in Okayama Prefecture, Japan. This is a beautiful 14.5oz Black Warp / White Weft selvedge denim. The weave construction and yarn character in this denim are the same as our signature 14.5oz pure indigo denim from Nihon Menpu. The cross-hatching in the denim lends to a really beautiful textured appearance. When working in black warp denim, it does take time and dedication, but when it starts to fade, you can achieve some really unique patterns and colors full of charcoal and brown highlights. As a new addition to the Rogue Territory product offering, we wanted to really showcase the beauty of this denim, so we've decided to finish the Black Warp in 2 different color threads. 1) Black Warp with camel thread (available in Stanton only) - the effect of camel colored thread on the Black Warp gives a more traditional look to the jeans. The texture of the Black Warp with the contrast of the thread enhances the overall character of the jeans over time. 2) Black Warp Tonal with black thread (available in Stanton and SK) - if you take a look at our collection, you'll notice that we like to offer tonal options in a lot of our products. We like to do this because we feel it is the best way to pay homage to the fabrics that we select. By using tonal thread, you allow the fabric to shine on its own. With no other colors or stitching to compete, the only thing to focus on is the beauty of the weave construction. Only as the denim begins to fade do you get to see all of our signature design and construction details such as our signature "lasso" stitch on the back pockets.