Just got my latest White Oak stockpiler from Cultizm, a ‘55 rigid, which brings me full circle. My first LVCs were a rinsed ‘55 from 2005 that the one knowledgeable salesman at the SF flagship dug out from a sale pile (there was literally no other selvage in store at that time, hard as that is to believe). They were, and are still, a marvel. A 501, but with beautiful, subtle differences that set it it apart.
That put me down the rabbit hole and I have since spent way too much time and money on LVC and denim.
Have to say though, the LVCs this year and last resemble each other more than their analogues from previous years. The 2019 55s have totally different details, even basic selvedge line and thread color, from the 2005 version.
The 2009 47s, which are still my fave (Paul T’s admonishment of the denim notwithstanding), look nothing like the 2018’s. Pockets have doubled in size and threads again are totally different colors.
TBH, in raw form, the current slate of 20th century rigid models look very similar to each other -from rivets, thread color, pocket size, patches, to even the basic cast of the denim- aside from the macro cut variations and major defining details of the those model years. It’s a far cry from years past, for certain. The MiUSA 501 is basically an amalgam of all recent decades but with raised belt loops and better stitching.
I’ll miss the old bird after they run out of Cone, but LVC needs to add some value to their premier value-added denim line before I would buy again...
That said, I also don’t need to!
Thanks to the board for the heads up on the 40% off sale. I hadn’t checked my email yet, and was able to get ‘back-ups’ for the last few pairs I already own, including the 1890, ‘37, and ‘47. I’m swimming in denim right now and it’s no stretch to say I probably have enough for the next 20 years!
Interested to hear others’ thoughts on year-to year variations. In the past, I had mostly sampled one new model or so a year, so maybe it’s always been the case that LVCs in a particular collection share similar characteristics.
Getting my shipment on Mon, so will post photos and comparisons then...