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JohnM last won the day on October 7 2019

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  1. JohnM

    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    As your friend b_F, I say keep. As an LVC lover with a hole in the collection, let em go ;-)
  2. JohnM

    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    Dr_Heech, I bought those 60s originals so long ago I can't remember exactly how they compared to LVC ... and wasn't paying attention to details like we do now. Plus, my body shape is a bit different with a 33" waist then and 35" now. What I do recall about them as a kid is that they were stiff as hell (and flat as a pancake) and it was fun watching them transform into something completely different after soaking -- not unlike a junior high school science experiment. As I've said to b_F and others, the fit was similar to my current pair of LVC 1966. They'd sort of sag down on the hips and go straight down from there -- not a lot of body contouring, but comfortable in a slouchy way. I'll leave the quality comparisons over the years to you and others, who have much more experience with early LVC, as well as originals prior to 1966.
  3. JohnM

    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    Good points Dr_Heech. I enjoy my recent LVC jeans, mostly for the fit (and big pockets) and also as a reminder of the 60s jeans my mom would buy and I'd put in a bucket in the backyard to shrink. I appreciate the historical insights you and others provide. Maybe I'm going against the grain a little here because I'm old enough to see so many companies lose their way (big time) over time. Once the first or second generation passes, it's rare to see the original values upheld. Money and the value of the name usually prevail, sad to say. There are so many companies that used to be great. A few examples: Coach Leather, Abercrombie & Fitch, Eddie Bauer, Brooks Brothers, Montblanc. I used to go to Peet's Coffee on Vine Street in Berkeley, California in the early 70s. It was a great place to get a fresh cup of coffee. Peet's has traded hands several times and isn't what it was -- Alfred Peet is long gone. But it has retained some respect for its history and still provides a decent product. But nothing lasts forever. I'm trying to imagine CSF, Sugarcane, and Freewheelers in 50 or 100 years.
  4. JohnM

    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    It’s gimmicky and marketing driven, no doubt. But marketing has never been alien to the brand. Plus, Cone denim, made by Levi’s (anywhere), is pretty hard to find these days. Maybe not for everyone, but not too surprised the price is high.
  5. JohnM

    Shoes that look better with age...

    Ar_thor, I have Lofgren engineers in CXL (sorry Ed!) and have the same issue, but only on one side for whatever reason It's getting slightly better with time and break-in. I do have high arches and the bone on top of my foot is fairly large (a large bone, hmm) so it's not surprising that these are hard to get into. Just keep trying, with your foot pointing down and with the bag. Also, it's helpful to stand up in order to exert more downward pressure. Good luck.
  6. JohnM

    Mister Freedom

    Mister Freedom stuff is great fun, and different. Just picked up the mocha Belleville and MAC jackets. Son says I'm too old for the MAC, but age be damned! https://www.misterfreedom.com/mac-jacket.html
  7. JohnM

    Conners Sewing Factory

    Oh, I struggle Duke, but the youngins here help me out and I have a 23 year old son. Computer literacy, like the waistline, is a battle at 65. Funny though, there is a Mister Freedom coat that I like (MAC) but my son asked, ‘Aren’t you a little old for that Dad?’
  8. JohnM

    Conners Sewing Factory

    Duke, Flash, Double O and others -- great discussion. Pics and reps are nice, but I confess to enjoying this more extended discussion more. I have a couple pairs of CSF (47 and 46 first half) thanks to you folks (Flash and b-F) and love them both, probably more for the slightly odd fit and repro mystique than for their adherence to historical specs. I would agree with Duke's comment that cut and fit are more important than fabric. In this regard, my Ooe OA02 and LVC 47 fit better than CSF, but I enjoy the CSFs for their quirkiness, not to mention that I'm 65 and there is some natural expansion up top that occurs with age that the CSF accommodates. 38 works just fine, even though I tell my friends I'm 35. Regarding vintage jeans, I have no experience with any 30s/40s/50s originals. What I do know from experience is the 501 from the 60s and it was cut very much like the LVC 1966 -- medium rise (at best) and straight down from the waist, sagging down on the hips -- giving the impression of rough, tough, and raw, even though none of this remotely applied to any of us in junior high or high school. '
  9. JohnM

    Conners Sewing Factory

    ... plus some oil, 10 barrels.
  10. JohnM

    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    Thank you Maynard!
  11. JohnM

    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    Please forgive this basic question, which I'm sure has been covered before. Does this (or any other) tag indicate the model number? It's great to know these were made in the 17th week of 2015, which peaks my interest regarding other things we may learn from the tags.
  12. JohnM

    Ooe-Yofukuten & Co.

    The patch looks like it's talking -- in a slightly grumpy, badass way.
  13. JohnM

    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    Years ago, when I began searching for a pair of jeans to replace my old Gap and non-LVC Levi's 505 from JC Penney's, I happened upon Self Edge, BIG, and (later) Standard & Strange. I spent a lot of money on jeans that were nice but didn't fit (typically too trim up top). After a number of years, I found a few models that did fit well, like the Ooe OA02 and FC1101. Much more recently, I bought a pair of LVC '47s from b-F and realized they fit beautifully and had other characteristics that I appreciated, including bigger pockets that were easier to access. Even though it was late in the game, and the days of LVC Cone discounts were over, I added a few pairs of LVC, including the 44, 47, 55, and 66. I've yet to soak the 44, but the others are great. Very happy with all of them and wished I'd discovered, and been open to, LVC earlier. Might have saved some money on skinny, trim fit jeans that were designed for a different body type than my own.
  14. JohnM


    Love the color, material, and pocket design of that Hammersmith. Not sure of FW sizing, but anything left in Large (16)?
  15. JohnM

    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    ^ ... but you know I'm enjoying your '47 pair so much b_F! Thank you again, by the way ;-)
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