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I have no idea if the Kaihara denim Levis uses for its bespoke program has any relation to the Kaihara used in their LVC line, but here are some pics of the 14oz Kaihara denim used for their bespoke program (all images from Permanent Style). It's nice. For the comparison to Cone:

https://www.permanentstyle.com/2018/05/how-great-things-age-levis-bespoke-jeans.html

 

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Thanks Simon, that was an enjoyable read and its an interesting site you have, congratulations on writing and publishing 5 books.

I think you’re right that the Kaihara fabric of your jeans is unlikely to be used by LVC as they are all likely to be created specifically for each historic model and none will be as heavy as 14.25oz (assuming that is the raw weight). Also, bearing in mind yours were bespoke pairs, I’d assume (again) that the denim was sanforized.

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Anyone on here who has soaked a blanket lined type1? Is it doable/advisable? 

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3 hours ago, Spiraltoy said:

Anyone on here who has soaked a blanket lined type1? Is it doable/advisable? 

I have one, but haven't got it wet yet. It's very far from needing it, at only about 30 days in (actual wear).

As always, I would start with a very cold hand wash and air dry, and see what happens. You can always introduce additional shrink later, but you can't take it away once it has happened.

One thing for sure is that you don't ever want to dry hot, due to the wool content. Even if you do machine wash and dry the jacket some day, you want to machine dry with no added heat. Most dryers have this setting, but if yours doesn't, then just air dry.

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After cold soaking a wool lined denim jacket, I would sandwich a hefty cotton bath towel inside and press out the water being held in the wool.

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I cold soaked my Lee Archives 101LJ which has a blanket lining. Did it quickly - 10 mins - then spun it in the machine to get rid of excess water. No issues with the jacket.

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Wool fiber should only be spun at the lowest RPM setting or it risks damage. Ofcourse, we are not talking about a fine woolen sweater but practices are established from long experience. Now should it be hung on a hanger to dry. Initially it should be laid flat on a towel and a towel should be placed flat inside. This can be performed on a drying rack with good air circulation by a fan. Once most of the water has evaporated then it should be hung up And the fan should still be directed at it. 

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Oh yeah, here's pics of my '76s. Haven't worn them in a long time, mostly because I need to fix the inseam around the hem as well as reinforce some of the fabric around the seat. I kinda hate the phone and wallet fade that developed, which is why I no longer sit with my phone in my pocket (to avoid the sharp corners rubbing too much) and use a "normal" bifold wallet sans concho.

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ooh, aren't they nice! That is a lovely back pocket shape, I wish the 60s were a little more like that.

 

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On 11/28/2019 at 8:48 PM, Maynard Friedman said:

Thanks Simon, that was an enjoyable read and its an interesting site you have, congratulations on writing and publishing 5 books.

I think you’re right that the Kaihara fabric of your jeans is unlikely to be used by LVC as they are all likely to be created specifically for each historic model and none will be as heavy as 14.25oz (assuming that is the raw weight). Also, bearing in mind yours were bespoke pairs, I’d assume (again) that the denim was sanforized.

All the Lot 1 are indeed Sanforized, because they're all made bespoke it would be impossible to account for the differential shrinkage.

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Got blue? Yes. This is LVC 55' in 32 X 34. Slowly fading, regular washes and tumbled a 2-3times. Must say very comfy indeed. The inseam shrank to around 80 so very ivy-fit on me. 

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I recently picked up a pair of second-hand MiUSA LVC 1947s in the UK. I'd love to know a bit more about them and was hoping one of you knowledgeable people might be able to decipher when/where they were made from the label? 

Thanks so much.

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^ They are the (no longer produced) 1927 model.

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42 minutes ago, Maynard Friedman said:

^ They are the (no longer produced) 1927 model.

Very cool thanks! just ended up purchasing them, hopefully they fit

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Good luck, I believe the 27s don’t have chainstitched hems but other than that (and the lighter thread colour) should be similar to the 1933 model.

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So what’s the verdict on the new MIJ/EU lvc?

Has anyone had and washed theirs enough for a real comparison? Sale season’s a coming so I might snag up a pair....if they’re not awful that is?

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On 12/26/2019 at 12:44 PM, Spiraltoy said:

So what’s the verdict on the new MIJ/EU lvc?

Has anyone had and washed theirs enough for a real comparison? Sale season’s a coming so I might snag up a pair....if they’re not awful that is?

had the same question, either no ones taken the dive or no ones letting on!!

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Was taking pictures of clothing that I'm selling. Sadly, my Triple Pleat has to go (along with a bunch of other things).

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10 hours ago, propellerbeanie said:

Was taking pictures of clothing that I'm selling. Sadly, my Triple Pleat has to go (along with a bunch of other things).

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What’s your eBay/grailed?

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On 12/26/2019 at 12:44 PM, Spiraltoy said:

So what’s the verdict on the new MIJ/EU lvc?

Has anyone had and washed theirs enough for a real comparison? Sale season’s a coming so I might snag up a pair....if they’re not awful that is?

I am loving the denim of my Version 2 1937s - much better deeper colour than the last Cone version of the 1933s that I got last year.

I am very confused by the "Rigid - Black" description being given to mostly all the rigid LVCs currently on Levis website both in the UK and in Germany, despite them being shown as Indigo in the pictures and corresponding with Indigo in the Lot numbers shown under details. It is difficult to believe that this is correct particularly as the undiscounted 1947s, 1954s and 1955s are also shown as Rigid Black" - unless the whole collection got dyed black by mistake.

It looks as if 1890s, 1937s, 1944s, 1966s, 1967s and 1976's will not be featured next season, judging by the 40% discount now being applied, and that Type I and Type 2 jackets may also be endangered. 

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2 hours ago, Dry said:

I am loving the denim of my Version 2 1937s - much better deeper colour than the last Cone version of the 1933s that I got last year.

Could you post some pics comparing the two so we might get an idea of how the denim looks? Are the pics from the Levi’s web page correct in that most of the details are off on the the ‘37s? Slim leg, trim seat, diamond arcuates, no crotch rivet?

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On 12/29/2019 at 9:50 AM, Spiraltoy said:

Could you post some pics comparing the two so we might get an idea of how the denim looks? Are the pics from the Levi’s web page correct in that most of the details are off on the the ‘37s? Slim leg, trim seat, diamond arcuates, no crotch rivet?

Here are some comparisons between a pair of Cone 1933s W31 L36 in the background bought in late summer 2018 and 2 pairs of version 2 1937s W32 L36 and W34 L36 in the foreground, bought in October 2019. The 1937s have cinch, crotch rivet and hidden back rivets and a high 3 button fly. The leg is not slim but I generally buy small waists so the legs are not too full on me. The arcuate didn't get diamonds until post World War 2.

 

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12 hours ago, Spiraltoy said:

Could you post some pics comparing the two so we might get an idea of how the denim looks? Are the pics from the Levi’s web page correct in that most of the details are off on the the ‘37s? Slim leg, trim seat, diamond arcuates, no crotch rivet?

I just checked Spiraltoy and you’re right, those details definitely look wrong.

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indeed it is to shallow, especially for 1930s repro... unfortunate, for the 37s are the only cinchback pairs you can wear without the fear of scratiching everything you sit on.

they should have the rise of the 1944s :)

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