For quite some time we’ve been living through major vintage renewal trends, especially when it comes to denim.
In our mind, we associate vintage jeans with distressed, ripped, destroyed, re-furbished and, often, even modernized. But does this really have to be like this?
Being a self-declared denimhead – I love to wear raw denim jeans and break them in myself – I would love to share another kind of vintage here.
It’s about the classic and un-beatable, eternal, Levi’s 501 jeans that have started it all. Levi’s has been bringing back their iconic denim styles, and especially the 501’s, re-issuing them by the year they had been manufactured for the first time.
And even if you consider yourself purely a denim fashionista, with not much interest in raw and un-broken denim, you might find out that this particular subject could give you a fresh and new outlook. After all, isn’t it all about knowing and appreciating what you are wearing and why and how….Also, you don’t have to quit one thing to do another. Do it like yours truly, and be both: a denim fashionista as well as a denimhead, depending on your current mood.
And one more thing:
Don’t you sometimes get that feeling like you’re missing the jolt of finding a pair of new and different jeans, a pair that you feel is totally unique, made especially for you, makes your heart beat faster? That’s another reason why I believe that raw denim is a great way to go. Make them your own, show your very personal fashion style. Be different and create, don’t just follow.
This said, moving forwards, we are going to post regularly about raw denim jeans for denimheads (and converted fashionistas). And once again, let me point out that even though I am female, I am gender-less when it comes to my denim. I wear men’s as well as women’s jeans, it all depends on what kind of mood I am in.
Levi’s 1966 LVC 501 Jean: raw 12 oz selvedge cone denim:
“When Levi Strauss & Co. covered the back pocket rivets in 1937, everyone thought that would solve the problem of rivets scratching their furniture when they sat down. But those copper rivets were tougher than they looked—after a few years of hard wear, they continued to break right through the denim, scratching things up again. By 1966, technology had caught up with history, and it was possible to bar tack the 501® Jean’s back pockets, replacing the back pocket rivets.
This small change maintained the jean’s notorious durability, while finally solving that decades-long furniture-scratching issue. This particular style of 501® Jean—with bar tacks and a big “E” red Tab— only existed from 1966 to 1971. What does this mean for the 1966 501® Jean? It means someone who hitchhiked their way to San Francisco in 1967 and bought a pair of 501® Jeans was not only experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime event, but was wearing a unique pair of jeans—a pair which would change again when the Summer of Love was just a faded memory.”
In terms of fit, I am normally a men’s size 32. These specific jeans run a bit bigger and baggier than the current. modernized, version. I am not sure, yet, how much they will shrink when I first wash them. On their website it says shrinkage is approximately 10% but that doesn’t mean a lot to me. 10% where? Length, waist, hips?
At any rate, check back to this article as I will be posting about my experience in breaking them in with all the details.
Detail: The LVC 501 jeans come with an authentic looking vintage envelope sewn into the back pocket, and inside you can see all the information about the jeans – really cool! See image above.