Blue Cast: Viktor Fredbäck and Emilio Di Stefano Discuss Their ‘Denim Hunter’ Doc

Across the United States, it’s estimated that there are half a million abandoned mining sites. For denim collectors seeking the earliest pieces, these sites offer a chance to unearth jeans left by workers more than a century ago.

The newly released documentary “Denim Hunter” follows this quest for antique jeans through the perspective of Viktor Fredbäck. Based in Sweden, he has been amassing a collection of denim, starting about 20 years ago when he was in college with 1960s and ‘70s pieces. The film, directed by Emilio Di Stefano, captures Viktor’s trip to the United States to search for jeans from the 1880s, the one decade missing in his century-long collection.

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This article is one of a series on Rivet from Lenzing’s Carved in Blue denim blog. From conversations with the experts behind the mills that make some of the world’s most-wanted denim to the global brands bringing novel denim made with TENCEL™ Lyocell and Modal to the market, Carved in Blue shares the stories of those whose roots run deep with denim. Visit