Denim Dudes

Thursday PM in London: Boro + Bonzorro

Amy LevertonComment

Thursday PM was a busy one in the London land of denim! First I popped in to the beautifully curated Momosan store on up and coming Wilton Way, in Hackney. They were having a few beers to celebrate the new collection from Andrew Driftwood that had just hit the shelves. Driftwood is run by a Japanese designer called Aogu OTSUKA who is particularly drawn to the era before industrialisation and mass production. He takes antique fabric remnants and re-creates beautiful one-off garments in slouched, concept-cut silhouettes. The label is small, season-less and timeless.

Photo: Andrewdriftwood.com

Photo: Andrewdriftwood.com

He started the label back in 2013 when he came across a pile of fabrics in the UK that had been abandoned in a shed for years. The fabrics inspired him to create special one-off garments using the cloth, to breath a new life into these forgotten remnants. He has recently turned his attention from more European based fabrics to his home country of Japan, (particularly northern sourced fabrics) and his new collection is a stunner. He's also created a small range of homewares for Momosan in the form of pot holders and simple fabric coasters that feature stunning Ikats, indigo plain weaves and subtle ticking stripes.

Photo: Andrewdriftwood.com

Photo: Andrewdriftwood.com

It was a hot, balmy night in London and friends, locals and enthusiasts turned up to catch up with a cold beer, try on the fantastic jackets and sit outside in the evening breeze. 

Photo: Andrewdriftwood.com

Photo: Andrewdriftwood.com

Photo: Andrewdriftwood.com

Photo: Andrewdriftwood.com

Next up, I hot-footed it down the Hackney Rd to the amazing Bonzorro's secret vintage pop-up store, Laboritoire Bonzorro in a secret room behind Parlour Skate Store. For those of you who don't know him, Bonzorro is a bloody lovely guy who is obsessed with old school skateboarding, american pop culture, vintage Schwinn bicycles, choppers, rarities and one offs. He's been wanting to sell some of his insane vintage hoarding for a while, or at least his wife has! So finally he's decided he can part with a few pieces. 

Photo: Samchristmas.co.uk

Photo: Samchristmas.co.uk

The event was packed out as the London biker scene mixed with vintage enthusiasts and the local fashion crowd. Renowned photographer Sam Christmas dropped by to take photos and cold beers were on hand to combat the heat. 

Photo: Samchristmas.co.uk

Photo: Samchristmas.co.uk

Bonzorro's vintage collection was pretty on-point with some great denim and workwear items for sale, alongside classic BMX shirts and rare motorcycle leathers. Also for sale are some killer motorcycle helmets  and 50's Mexican movie posters. With one week to go, its definitely worth popping down to check out.

Photo: Samchristmas.co.uk

Photo: Samchristmas.co.uk

Photo: Samchristmas.co.uk

Photo: Samchristmas.co.uk

 

Here's the address for both stores:

Bonzorro: At the secret back door at Parlour Skate store, 59 Hackney Rd, London E2 7NX 

Andrew Driftwood: At Momosan store, 79a Wilton Way, London E8 1BG