Denim n’ bikes from the Edwin crew. A short video following folk from the denim brand and Kingdom of Kicks as they take a well-dressed road trip from London to Biarritz on some beautiful custom motorbikes.
I am standing outside an anonymous multistorey car park in Paris' civilised but unremarkable 17th arrondissement. Venturing into the depths of the building, I discover a small space at the back that's part workshop, part hang-out. If grown men were able to create dens, the way that little boys do, then they'd look like this. There are vintage motorbikes and motorbike parts littering the floor. There's a ratty-looking sofa and a coffee table on which sit bourbon bottles. There's a nude calendar, and, tellingly, there's an iMac. It's an undiluted dream of what a man's workspace should look like, and it is the home of Blitz Motorcycles, the custom bike shop run by Messrs Fred Jourden (who has a big beard) and Hugo Jezegabel (who has a smaller beard). It's here that they transform old motorbikes, from humble Japanese 125cc examples to grand vintage BMWs, into unique, individually tailored works of automotive art. Mr Jourden told MR PORTER about Blitz, while in the background Mr Jezegabel worked on the company's next project.
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Based out of Camden, London, Untitled Motorcycles builds bikes not because of the praise or attention that each one of its builds garner, but for the satisfaction that with each finished bike, the soul of the culture is restored. Simple and clean with no need for bells and whistles, Untitled has never desired to build the fastest bike, they simply offer impeccable custom styling, powerful engines, and would rather let their quality mechanics speak for themselves. In Untitled Motorcycles’s beautifully shot video titled, “HADES,” the roar from trio’s bikes do all the talking as the black and white ominous video shows various scenes of the town and a unique collection of characters. Director Darren Statman finishes the short with much to be imagined, as “The Devil” is pulled from a stack of tarot cards and three riders disappear through a tunnel.
Japan’s Edwin has unveiled its lookbook for 2013 spring/summer portrayed in the vantage point of a road-tripping crew of riders. Unabashedly revealing the preferred pastime of American author Ken Keseye, classic styling is central to this collection while durable Japanese fabrics are also a mainstay of each garment. Expanding on the label’s foundation in denim, we see a selection of five-pocket fits in combination with various jean-jacket pieces. Further rounding out the release; a partnership with Paris-based Blitz brings further visual appeal to the lookbook with the inclusion of custom hand-finished motorcycles.