Founded in 2012, London-based, Dent De Man offers tailored items for men made with vintage prints fabrics. The main focus of the brand is on the creation of the print.
All the prints they use are vintage prints made by the Holland brand Vlisco, they range from 1880’s to 1930’s. The prints are made with traditional Javanese (from Java, Indonesia) printing techniques, which has been industrialized about a hundred years ago. All of the Dent de Man print designs are hand drawn, hand carved and then put through vintage printing machines several times to get different layers. Therefore, each garment has a slightly different print, making every piece in their collection exclusive. The quality of the fabrics is outstanding, each print has 25 year guarantee. The sewing production is based in both Portugal and England.
The Dent De Man winter collection was presented in Milan during Milan Fashion Week this January, introducing an outerwear line for the very first time. The outerwear has a very rock’n’roll, British feel to it. Items include a classic British macintosh, overcoat and bomber jacket. For the winter collection, the designers are bringing in more wools and knits combined with patterned linen.
Don’t worry-if you aren’t daring enough to go for a bright patterned jacket, there are more subtle, contemporary pieces like a sweater or long sleeved shirt that you can pair with a basic jacket.
The motifs of the prints used in this collection are devoted to the themes of “Life and Death”. There are prints called “Embrio”, “Love birds”, “Calypso” and “Dice of Love”. Each print brings it’s own energy and meaning and tells it’s own story.
Fashion director Chris Chasseaud explains, “Every individual tells a story. People resonate with different prints, whether it’s the color or whether it’s the design. And they have their own feeling of what it might mean.”
Dent de Man is very much linked with art and music. The creative team is inspired by the British rock’n’roll scene of past and present. Miles Kane and other rockers and artists are among those who wear Dent de Man. Indeed Dent De Man is created for free and charismatic people- those who are comfortable with themselves, and not afraid to bring out their emotional side.
Dent de Man is generally translated as “Tooth of Man.” Chasseaud elaborates that the name has more meanings.
“We wanted a very simple play on words, nothing too much, which even reflects in our logo, it’s very simple black and white, because we want the prints to be doing all the talking. It’s just a fun expression and sort of name. It has many meanings. We want to be mystical, that’s the whole point of the brand. There’s something about everyone who wears the brand, but you don’t know what exactly. And the same with the brand, there’s something you like, but you don’t know. We don’t want to give too much away, because it’s all about the print. The print tells the stories, the print brings the energy.”
The brand is very popular in China, Hong Kong and Japan. They have several Italian boutiques, because the summer color palette really works for the Italians. They give buyers an option to choose different color combinations, which allows different boutiques to have a unique aspect. Some territories, like in Asia, might want certain prints, when in Europe they might want others.
The Dent de Man jacket is going to cost around 450 to 550 euros depending on the print. But know that along with this price, you are getting a handmade, unique garment…one that brings a little mystery to life!