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    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    Makes sense that the sleeves are wider in a 60’s version. The 557(xx) for example also has wider sleeves compared to the later 70505 iteration. I actually prefer it. Now that I think of it: Levi’s had a sort of comeback of ‘White Levi’s’ in the 90’s with a product line called White Tab Levi’s. Part of that were also the jackets with a label that looks similar to the older 60’s versions. Here is an example: https://www.carousell.com.my/p/levi’s-denim-jacket-white-tab-vintage-213741456/ No big E, but it did have a white tab. Here is the commercial:
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    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    I have had a couple of these in different colours and still have one in light brown. I collect vintage and once and again I stumble upon one of these. Almost all of them are big E (at least the ones I had). My gut feeling is that these were made in Macau in the early years of overseas production and possibly also Hong Kong. Made for the Asian market and Europe. Nice and cool vintage looking jackets. Mostly in coloured corduroy but have had them also in a lighter denim fabric. The Slim Fit label also had a version made in USA, but I think it was specified on the neck label. So, these were vintage, made around late 60’s early 70’s. The Japanese stores probably had leftovers. Check out my Instagram @michielstax to see a few of these jackets. Nice that you bring these up!
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    What are your jeans doing today?

    @julian-wolf Wow man, I am already in awe of those photos alone. Truly wonderful and amazing. Boy do we have a beautiful planet when you think of it.
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    Vintage Denim?

    @Facini Thanks for sharing that jacket, so cool to see you wore it since deadstock! That washing process is also nice to see, I always enjoy washing something that old and see how it comes out. Let alone something deadstock. Value wise it’s a little bit difficult to tell I think. I collect and sell sometimes as well and the stuff I sold went for reasonable prices. Nothing high like some eBay sellers are asking. I also don’t think eBay is the best place to sell (though I don’t have any experience there so please correct me if I’m wrong). A network of fellow collectors or denim enthusiasts would feel better I think. Maybe via social media if you have the followers ofcourse. You have a good size though, slightly large but that’s better than too small. If I would give an indication I think anywhere between 300-600 is reasonable based on what I experienced. But, it really all depends on what someone wants to give.
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    Levi’s 501 and Cone denim question…

    I’d say the cooperation between Levi’s and Cone Denim gradually became less after the shift to non selvedge denim made on wider looms. Just a thought however. No idea if before that all 501’s were made of Cone Denim but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was because you’d want a consistent product, in this case the known 501 jean made of a specific denim fabric.
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    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    Yep, that’s what I meant! Interesting, I had a S506xx Valencia street and it was poly stitched, found that peculiar.
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    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    ^ Thanks for the comparison! Too bad LVC put an R on that red tab. Out of curiosity: what’s the stitching on the LVC, poly or cotton?
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    Warehouse

    Damn I need this one. Looking to replace the orSlow I have which unfortunately had poly stitching that I didn’t like.
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    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    That’s a nice pair you’ve got! Cool that it’s your size. I’ve got a 605-0217 in that same font style, sadly too small for me. Great denim. So we have two fabric types here (both selvedge): 0117 Shrink to fit 0217 Pre-Shrunk
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    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    Nice! Do you have a full fit pic? 0117, is that selvedge?
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    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    Yeah but seems more than a rumour from what I read. Anyway LVC does not have much good things to offer if you compare them to the Japanese repro brands. Gone are the days of Cone Denim and the Sawtooth and Sunset shirts (those were great). They might blend it in with the main line, who knows. Time will tell.
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    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    Anyone else heard rumours about LVC shutting down after next season? Not sure if this is true.
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    Vintage Denim?

    Knew it!
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    Vintage Denim?

    For me the most cool about that jean (or pants?) is how wearable it still is and how f*cking cool you’ll look in it : )
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    Vintage Denim?

    I removed it. I wore it unwashed for a day and it was not comfortable with that patch. Thick piece of plastic. Figured it would damage the fabric as well if I would leave it on.
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    Vintage Denim?

    Thanks! Good to be here! Yeah I was pleasantly surprised too, the fit really works I think. Feels a little Ivy, but rugged. The backpocket shape with the big W’s I really like.
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    Vintage Denim?

    Hi everyone! New here, it's so nice to see all the vintage denim in this thread. There are really some beautiful pieces I saw come by. My name is Michiel and I live in Netherlands. I've liked 50's-70's Americana since a loooong time and hence the love for denim and workwear. Some years ago I started to get more into the history and collecting the denim garments that basically laid out the foundation for what we love to wear still. Vintage denim has it's own character. To me it's really something different from the repro models. All the quirks and details of things not being perfect are in each garment and I love that. Apart from that, the fabrics are really truly amazing and when something is worn hard it's even better : ) I wanted to share a quite unique piece I found recently which I learned a lot from. I live in Europe and therefore it is not really easy to have access to the denim garments I love so much. But, during my years of collecting and research I found out that denim was already available in Europe quite early. In the early 60's a lot of people already knew about Levi's and Lee and both brand advertised in youth magazines. Youth was buying their 501's in the early 60's. Also, around that time the first production factories were set up here in Europe by denim brands. In 1962 Blue Bell opened their first factory in Belgium to produce Wrangler garments for the European market. Mind you, this was still the time of left hand twill and Wrangler Blue Bell branded so to me this was really a surprise. You all will definitely know the Wrangler model 11MWZ (later renamed 13MWZ), this was also made in Belgium of left hand twill denim. Now in the 50's jeans were basically straight, with a few variations here and there. In the 60's the shape of jeans started to diversify more to appeal to a wider audience and to shed image of workwear. One of the shapes was a more tailored, slim fit. Levi's did this with their famous 606 jeans and the 'spikes' which were available in different colours. The tailored, slim for was meant for for example school. 'Fit for school' was a slogan widely used. Because of this altered fit it was more accepted to wear a jean to school because it looked a lot more neat. Wrangler also jumped on this trend and came with the 12MWZ, also called Long 'n Leans, Super Leans or the Collegiate Cut. Introduced in the 60's. Apparently Blue Bell decided that these were going to be produced in Belgium as well. And this is what I found. Deadstock condition 12MWZ, produced in Belgium around '63-'65. All the classic Wrangler Blue Bell details in a lean and slim cut. Beautiful left hand twill denim (which was imported from the US I think). I found this in my size and I was doubting to wear it or not because I normally don't like jeans that slim but I think this is an amazing jean that I just had to wear. I gave it a short wash to get the storage dirt and starch out and now I am wearing it. Below some photo's. The whole album is here: https://imgur.com/a/uuawFJI The Eclair zip was the sign this could be Belgium made: Notice how the belt loops and backpockets shifted to the left after the one wash:
  18. Interesting to see that the preference seems to be cotton thread or in case of footwear other natural fibers. I collect vintage denim and have some pieces from as early as the 50’s and what I noticed is that the switch came in the mid 60’s. I have two big E 501’s: one 50/50 cotton thread and poly and one completely poly. Poly was used in jeans first, later in jackets but jackets up to the early 70’s use cotton thread whereas the 501’s already had poly. Wrangler used cotton thread to a longer period it seems from the garments I have. Lee I’m not sure. If someone has a Lee 101J from the 60’s I’d love to know what type of thread is used. I think it should become more of a standard to mention what type of thread is used as I see we denimheads care about that and make a well considered choice for one or the other. Thanks for all your feedback!
  19. Also a cotton fan here. Totally agree with what you say. For me it’s also kind of an esthetic reason why I prefer it. The aging and breaking threads adds just the right amount of character to finish that worn in look. Plus up close poly threads have a shine that’s just really not nice when you have quality loomed denim, just doesn’t fit together, looks cheap. I.e. LVC uses poly thread in pretty much everything since even the Valencia days and that really put me off liking their stuff. Now a well made ring spun poly core and cotton outer thread might be acceptable (not for me) but a 100% poly I’d never go for. Interestingly enough almost none of the brands explicitly communicate what they use for thread. Just some and I’m happy they do. I’d go so far that I prefer cotton thread for everything. I think in most cases it’s also the right choice because I don’t see any real advantage in using poly thread over cotton for a t-shirt for example. I mean, how durable and long lasting do those seams really need to be? One example is Merz B Schwanen who uses poly thread for the construction of their garments. I love their fabric and shirts but that thread is a real let down for me unfortunately, it just doesn’t suit the garment (at least for me). Plus I think cotton thread is also environmentally a little bit better and it makes the garment as a whole better recyclable.
  20. Just wondering, what do guys prefer on your jeans construction wise: cotton or poly thread?
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    Warehouse

    For me in general (not really WH related) if I’m unsure I just ask the shop the measure the size I want, maybe one extra up or down and send photos of how they measure so I can compare at home. Then with unsanforized denim take a shrinkage into account of 8-10% and you should have a fair indication if something will fit. Only thing is, different denim fabrics stretch differently so you could ask the shop also how the denim stretches.
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    Warehouse

    Nice! Think I will get this one, fabric looks nice even on photos. Added bonus is the inseam length which is not ridiculously long like TCB’s : )
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    Warehouse

    I had a TCB 50s before in a 38, waist was perfect but the legs were too wide. I was thinking to take a 36 now but the waist measurement kind of worries me as being too tight for my liking. Maybe the cut is just not for me that’s why I was looking at the WH 1001xx in heavy ounce. I can have the 38 waist but with a little less wide legs. You have the 1001xx in the 14,5 oz? Cotton thread sewing right?
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    Warehouse

    Yeah, I know. It’s just that I like my jeans to fit a little more loose so a 38 would be right in this case. I always think it only stretches where it has to.
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    Warehouse

    This is based on absolutely nothing really, haha. But those guys seem very nice and open. Also because they communicate quite freely on social media and have frequent question and answer sessions. Ofcourse that doesn’t have anything to do with the fact that the people behind WH are nice or not, I totally realize that : )
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