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Heddels Blowout

20 EpisodesProduced by HeddelsWebsite

Clothing history...and more!

20 Episodes | 2014 - 2020

15 - Harley-Davidson vs. Japan with Eric Kvatek

November 29th, 2020


This week we're on with renowned photographer and former vintage dealer / cigarette security guard Eric Kvatek. After getting an initial lucky break, Eric has shot for everyone from 45rpm, Strongarm, Battenwear, …

14 - Denim History pt. 6; The Cowboy Episode

November 22nd, 2020


Saddle up, partner! We're here to talk about how the image of the cowboy is a manufactured piece of myth-making that helped spread denim pants all across these United States. In part 6 of our denim history marathon, …

13 - Denim History pt. 5; The Rise of the Big Three

November 15th, 2020


As the rivet cold war subsided out west, blue jeans went national. We dig into the effects rail connectivity had on the expansion of jeans eastward …

12 - Denim History pt. 4; The 17 Year Rivet War

November 9th, 2020


We're back in 1870s San Francisco and Reed and David are exploring the fallout of Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis's exclusive patent to put rivets on pants, creating the first iteration of what we know as jeans today. The …

11 - The Politics of Pants

November 1st, 2020


It's nearly the end of the 2020 election in the United States. And David's taking this week's episode to explain why something seemingly innocuous as a pair of jeans is very much a product of and affected by our …

10 - Denim History pt. 3; Levi Strauss, Jacob Davis, and We Actually Talk About Jeans!

October 26th, 2020


We did it, I swear we actually talk about jeans in this one! It's only taken about 90 minutes of background history for us to go from fabric to pants made out of that fabric. In this episode we delve into the rough …

9 - Denim History pt. 2; The Most Unwittingly Evil Man in America

October 19th, 2020


The story of denim continues—into the newly formed United States! David and Reed explore the development of mass production textiles in the early days of America and what life was like in these mill towns of 1800s New …

8 - Denim History pt. 1; Serge de Nîmes and Italian Sailors

October 11th, 2020


Denim is the thrust of what we discuss on Heddels - and our original namesake in Rawr Denim. It’s become the people’s fabric, democratized into ubiquity around the world in just 150 short years.

But how did it get …

7 - The Rise and Fall of Made in USA

September 27th, 2020


We could put a man on the moon, but recently we couldn't put a piece of fabric on our collective faces. What happened to the mythical "Made in USA" …

6 - Are People Buying Fall Clothes?

September 1st, 2020


Reed and David discuss what fall fashion and the typical "back to school" buying season will look like as they wear their respective basketball …

5 - Postal Problems, Retail in NY, Too Much PR Plop

August 31st, 2020


Heddels writer Reed Nelson and managing editor David Shuck run down the issues of the day including the mass exodus of retail in NYC (and what's left …

4 - NYC Garment District with Blluemade's Alex Robins

July 28th, 2020


In the early twentieth century, it's estimated that 70%-95% of all clothing worn in America was made in a small section of midtown Manhattan. In 2020 it's less than 3%, but NYC's Garment District is still one of the …

3 - Ruedi Karrer aka Swiss Jeans Freak

July 15th, 2020


The man, the myth, the legend. We've got an hour with the most passionate man in denim, a Swiss geographer named Ruedi Karrer who also has one of the …

2 - Veganism in Denim, Jaime Wong of Raggedy Threads Vintage

July 8th, 2020


We're back this week with another two discussions. First we chat with our editor James Smith about a recent article of his documenting his journey buying clothes as a vegan and avoiding all animal products (

1 - Introducing Blowout, Corona Closures, Mohsin Sajid

June 29th, 2020


We're back! Unfortunately a lot of other brands and retailers aren't. In this Heddels podcast reboot, David talks with writer Albert Muzquiz on his …

Episode 6: Tanya Fleisher and Roy Katz of Winter Session

June 8th, 2017


We sit down with husband and wife team Roy Katz and Tanya Fleisher as they discuss the start of their brand, Winter Session and it's evolution from …

Episode 5 - Dave Himel of Himel Bros.

March 1st, 2016


We sit down with Dave Himel of Himel Bros., arguably the finest leather jacket maker working today. Dave takes us through his start as a vintage clothing dealer through the founding of his eponymous brand. Also a new …

Episode 4 - Karl Thoennessen of Rogue Territory

June 29th, 2015


In this episode we sit down with Karl Thoennessen, the founder of denim and lifestyle brand Rogue Territory. Hear all about the early days of RgT and how he grew a small custom jeans business into one of the most …

Episode 3: Christian McCann of Left Field NYC

March 19th, 2015


We talk with the founder of Left Field NYC and twenty year industry vet Christian McCann about everything from the start of his brand, to the …

Episode #2: Andrew Chen of 3sixteen and Self Edge

December 10th, 2014


On the second episode of the Rawr Denim Podcast, we sit down with Andrew Chen, the co-owner of lifestyle and denim brand 3sixteen as well as the co-owner of denim boutique Self Edge NY.

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