MINT Vintage, The Denim Edition
Written by: Sophie Taylor
Blue Jeans: A timeline
-May 20th, 1873 Jacob Davis and Levi Strauss obtain the patent for blue jeans
-Bing Crosby denied a hotel room for wearing jeans*
-Denim banned in public
-People wore it anyway
-May 25th 2017, MINT Vintage turn their clothes shop into a denim haven
It’s a rich and lengthy history.
Ten years ago MINT Vintage first opened in Covent Garden before moving on to the more creative surrounds of Stoke Newington, pioneering fashion forward vintage. Every piece is hand selected and sourced from all over the world, ensuring every garment is trend driven but timeless and always unique.
This May they’ve decided to transform their world in to an “oops we were trying to make corduroy and came up with denim” dreamland.**
We caught the dynamic little denim fancier, Emma Alonzi of MINT Vintage and asked her what the heck she thinks she’s doing.
“We’ve been collecting some killer denim pieces – hand embroidered denim jackets, patched up 60’s worker jeans, deadstock dungarees to name a few.”
Is she excited? You bet.
“I can’t wait to see the transformation of the shop and also to see all of our archive pieces on display.”
They’re also selling a new range of denim accessories created by MINT Vintage themselves. “We’re looking forward to see how those go down!” and so are we. We managed to find and drool over a sneaky preview of these accessories online, but for now can merely dream about their special little bags and pouches of an evening.
Expect an eye poppingly wide range of denim garments from jeans to dresses, dungarees to skirts and shirts and more. A thigh high RiRi denim boot fiesta. A jeans shirt popping Dolly Parton refuge. A quadruple denim James Dean sanctuary. Whether you like your denim pristine indigo or worn-in pale blue, fitted or over-sized you’ll find it at MINT.
I’ve got my eye on one of the baby Levi’s orange tab denim sherpas. Which, as it happens, are available exclusively from May 25th – the exact date of the launch party.
So you can find me there, schmoozing and sipping their free drinks while guarding the MINI MINT kids denim range for my baby nephew. He’s called Bosco and is basically a child model. I’ll likely show you an extended album of photos of him while we’re there.
Launch party: 5pm, Thursday 25th May with free drinks and denim stroking.
71 – 73 Stoke Newington High Street
*Yes, Bing Crosby was denied a hotel room for wearing jeans back in 1951. So Levi’s created him a denim tuxedo, later called the Canadian Tuxedo. There’s even a pic of Richard Branson wearing it floating about the interweb somewhere.
**It’s true. Weavers of Nîmes (where the name denim comes from) tried to reproduce the cotton corduroy that was famously made in the city of Genoa. After some hilarious failings, they developed another twill fabric that we now know as denim.
Photos via MINT Vintage insta
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