OLIVER SWEENEY X BILLIAM JEANS
LIMITED EDITION BLACK SELVEDGE DENIM RANGE
A strict number of 30 pairs will be available as Oliver Sweeney build on their original collaboration with the American selvedge denim brand.
Oliver Sweeney are to build on the success of their first ever denim jeans collection, in collaboration with American selvedge jeans manufacturers Billiam Jeans, by releasing a strictly limited edition range of black selvedge denim jeans.
Made with 12.25oz black selvedge denim from the Cone Mills’ research and development team in North Carolina’s Greensboro district, the denim is a rare, one of a kind material with a distinct white line selvedge that will be available in a tailored, straight leg style. The design of this limited edition range is testament to Billiam Jeans’ owner, Bill Mitchell’s dedication to developing vintage patterns and techniques with advanced, modern thinking, technology and design
As with their original collaboration, each pair is made with a classic and extremely rare 1940s Union Special 43200G hemming machine, which torques the hem in a way that will create a unique fade over time. The result is reminiscent of Sweeney’s use of antiqued leathers on their shoes which create a beautiful patina unique to your wear.
“From the moment I came across Billiam Jeans, it was clear to me that their obsession for detail was what so clearly defined them. I fell in love with their story and authenticity from the off and the success of our original collaboration with them was such because, like me, our customers, recognised their genuine commitment and understanding of the importance of high quality craftsmanship, right down to the smallest of details and stitching. I am excited to extend this collaboration and shared obsession for taking something traditional and making it modern.” – Tim Cooper, Cobbler-in-Chief
For Mitchell, this new range extends his love for all things selvedge. After teaching himself to make jeans through mere trial and error (the “old school way” as he likes to call it) his work reached a near 400 person waiting list.
“With every pair I make, it’s all about going to the greatest lengths to make sure that the jeans not only look great and fit perfectly but also tell a story. I want for every owner of this limited edition black selvedge denim range to understand the rarity of the denim, to know that the back yokes and legs are paired with a folding double needle chain-stitch machine and that even the belt loops are tucked under the waistband for added strength. When you wear the jeans, you combine our story with your own… The stories are endless.” – Bill Mitchell, Owner, Billiam Jeans
Written by The New Collections