Junk Yard Jeans
My good friend Eric Schrader, owner of Junk Yard Jeans in Boise Idaho, is bringing back the art of chain stitching. If youre not familiar with Eric’s work, then here you go:
Eric Schrader is the owner of Junkyard Jeans and is considered one of the premiere buyers, sellers, collectors, and sourcers of vintage denim, leather, T- shirts, military and work wear clothing in the world– based out of Boise, Idaho.
Schrader purchased Junkyard Jeans more than a decade ago, after he was paid $30,000 for three pairs of jeans he found at a Nampa, ID garage sale. He is also, more recently, a rather accomplished clothing designer and manufacturer. Eric and his crew have designed vintage-inspired vests for West Coast Choppers’ Jesse James, created a line of custom shoes and bags for Undefeated, chain-stitched camo jackets that sold for more than $1,000 at Barneys of Japan (Dr. Romanelli), created 50 one of a kind chain-stitched jackets for Levi’s Vintage Collection (1 for each of the 50 states), custom studded shoes for Lil Wayne, made a custom designed WWI-era garment bag for David Beckham, and created a line of chain-stitched jackets for Disney of China. He regularly sells vintage denim, leather belts and jackets to Levi’s, Ralph Lauren, J Brand and Abercrombie and Fitch, which he features prominently in the denim documentary Blue Gold Denim The Movie, which is slated for release next year.
“I started out knowing a little about vintage clothing, and then I found three pairs of jeans that I paid $6 for and sold for $30,000…We were in a hotel room in Pasadena at about 11 at night and he says, “Well, I can do 30.” And in my mind I was like 30 what? It took me forever to realize that he was offering me $30,000 for three jeans. He had a Japanese guy that was with him, and right there on the bed he counted out $30,000. I was thinking that the ATF or somebody was going to come breaking in because no way this could be legal. I’d never seen that much cash in my life, but that’s what got into my blood. “
BLUE GOLD DENIM THE MOVIE: