a visit to the Tanner Goods workshop

last month in Portland we visited the Tanner Goods workshop. It is a great pleasure seeing that young motivated team work together. Lots of passion and devotion to the product. Thanks everybody for doing a wonderful job.

leather by Horween.

new Cardholders.

stitching a Utility Bifold, col. Natural.

Standard Belts, Natural with Stainless Steel buckles.

folding and assembling the felt inlays for the Camera Bag.

logo embossing on Skinny belt, col. natural.

stitching the outer pockets of a Wilderness Rucksack in waxed canvas, col. Field Tan.

final inspection of long tethers in col. Natural prior to packing.

prototype of a special version of the tote bag made as a DJ bag for the ACE Hotels. Made to fit a stack of 33’s.

a special make up for FIELD NOTES.

Dehen1920: the Quarter Zip Motorcycle sweater

William P. Dehen started to make sweaters for the American sports man in 1920. The twenties were boom times for motorcycling. In those days the riders would wear woolen sweaters. The leather jacket was not common till the end of the 1930ies. The fit and shape of the motorcycle sweaters or racing sweaters was slimmer and closer fitting. The American Motorcycle association (A.M.A.) sanctioned competition racing, hill climbs and recreational events. Many motorcyle clubs joined and wore their own distinctive riding apparel, usually a colorful wool turtleneck that could be opened with a zipper, with a name or town embroidered or decorated by felt letters. Race drivers were sponsored by either the manufacturer or the local dealers for reasons of promotion and easy recognition on the track. After WW II many servicemen that returned from overseas formed motorcycle clubs   with names like the “13Rebels MC”, “Ramblers” or “Bombers”. They also wore club sweaters. The Dehen Knitting Co. Portland has been supplying these sweaters to companies, clubs an individuals alike since the 1920ies and continues to offer them in their Dehen1920 collection.

Joe Petrali, 1925.

100 mile event, 1939.

Hillclimbers, 1920ies.

members of the 13 Rebels MC.

the 13Rebels MC, photo courtesy The Selvedge yard.

Note the ultra-wide waistband.

made by Dehen for the San Mateo MC, 1950ies, courtesy Rin Tanaka.

Ross Langlitz’ original Motorcycle sweater, made by Dehen.

all styles from the Dehen1920 collection, in stores now.

DEHEN1920 Varsity jackets in stores now

the first delivery of Varsity jackets from the DEHEN1920 collection has reached Europe. Founded in Portland, Oregon by german immigrants in 1920 Dehen has always been a manufacturer of varsity apparel specializing early in 4-ply heavy woolen knits for sweaters and cardigans and from the 1940ies on in Varsity jackets. Generations of college kids, students and cheerleaders have worn products made by Dehen. Collectors pay high prices for originals form the 40ies and 50ies. Please see the article on the history of Dehen written by our friend Markus from DeeCeeStyle in Zurich in the latest issue of the Heritage Post, No.3. We are proud that the following stores carry DEHEN1920 jackets, cardigans and sweaters from now on:

Burg&Schild, Berlin –  B-74, Frankfurt  – Craemer&Co, Nürnberg  – DeeCeeStyle, Zürich  – Jeanslife, Winterthur  –  Gasoline Alley, München – U.B.S., Sinsheim  – Volls, Darmstadt  –  Uwe Van Afferden, Düsseldorf  –  Kentaurus, Köln  –  The Globe, Arnheim and online on cultizm.com

Raimar from Craemer&Co, Nürnberg in a Signature Varsity jacket.

the Portland factory today.

our man Gary makes it happen.

highly skilled, fully devoted and super friendly staff.

the DEHEN Knitting Mills in the 1930ies.

DEHEN delivery truck, late 1920ies.

billboard of the old DEHEN factory.

Varsity jacket, 1946.

Dartmouth college students wearing Varsity jackets, 1963. This and all next photos courtesy of TAKE IVY.

the version with and without leather sleeves.