Here we asked denim lover, blogger & expert Thomas Stege Bojer aka The Denimhunter to list and write about his very personal top ten denim stores around the globe.
For two weeks we present one of Bojer's favorites every day.
Today, it's part VIII with
Rivet and Hide in London and Manchester.
Thomas Stege Bojer
Photo: Brian Engblad
Thomas Stege Bojer
"In the autumn of 2013, my wife and I went on a weekend getaway to London. This was about a year after Rivet and Hide had opened as an online-only retailer. It would be another half year before they'd open their first brick-and-mortar store.

I'd arranged with co-founder Danny Hodgson to visit their office and workshop in West London on the Saturday. I was particularly excited about getting to try out their Union Special 43200G sewing machine from 1950 on a pair of jeans I'd brought along. Danny's spouse Junior Arraes, who's also the other half of the team, was there to show me the ropes. It was my first (and so far only) attempt at hemming a pair of jeans. I failed catastrophically. Luckily, Junior finished the job like a pro. After that, they took us out for dinner and we told stories about denim.

The Rivet & Hide team: Junior Arraes (l) and Danny Hodgson
Photo: Rivet and Hide
The Rivet & Hide team: Junior Arraes (l) and Danny Hodgson
Danny's passion for raw denim had started about a decade earlier. 'l've always been interested in classic style, and raw denim played its part in that,' he explains. He started with a pair of raw Levi's and moved on to Nudie's selvedge jeans. Like comparing two wines, he could see how each evolved differently with wear and washing. 'After 30 wears, it starts molding to you in a way washed jeans never can.' When he counted about 20 pairs in his wardrobe and still wanted more, he knew he was hooked.


He'd begun dreaming about giving a home to the brands he was discovering, like 3sixteen, The Flat Head and Pure Blue Japan, which at that time had no representation in the UK. Without any background in fashion or retail, he realized the dream in 2012. Fastforward to earlier this year, and Rivet and Hide successfully opened its second store in Manchester.

Rivet and Hide store in Manchester
Photo: Rivet and Hide
Rivet and Hide store in Manchester

Rivet and Hide started out with the slogan 'rare denim.' Today, the list of brands includes some of the most renowned names in the industry and every single brand is a well-considered choice that plays a unique role in defining the store. 'I could not single any one or five out,' Danny writes to me via e-mail. The common characteristics they all share are next-level quality, original fabrics and classic style. 'Our customers trust that we never compromise on quality,' he concludes."


Name: Rivet and Hide
Locations: London and Manchester, UK
Opened in: 2014 and 2019, respectively
Defining brands: The entire selection collectively defines the store
Website: rivetandhide.com
Instagram: @rivetandhide


Please note: This story is also published in our current magazine #290, 'The Best of Denim' issue.
Find out more about Thomas Stege Bojer, Denimhunters and the selected stores on denimhunters.com.




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