Saturday, March 20, 2010

Levi's Vintage Clothing: 1917 501XX

A fresh pair of jeans arrived at the office yesterday: LVC 501XX, the 1917 model. It's made out of 9oz denim (12 oz post-soak, yet it feels a little heavier) from the Kurabo mill, backpockets with exposed rivets, plain, white selvage, a leather patch, crotch rivet, cinch and suspender buttons. Also, it came with a nice LVC tote and a fancy booklet by Lynn Downey, featuring the history of LS&CO and pics of some great archive pieces.

I know sizing a pair of LVC jeans can be a bitch, so here are the pre-soak measurements on a tagged size 30x32 (will update with post-soak later):

Waist: 16"
Front rise: 13"
Back rise: 16"
Thigh: 12"
Knee: 9.75"
Hem: 9"
Inseam: 33.5"

I love the shape of those early Levi's single needle arcuates

A close up of the denim

The leather patch (it folds around the waistband... strange!) and suspender buttons

The plain, white selvage

Monday, March 8, 2010

Tinker Tailor Project

Japanese brand Edwin has a great little thing going on: the Tinker Tailor project. Here's what they say about it:

'In the pursuit of the perfect denim wash Edwin will embark on a project spanning 12 months that will see modern day society's Tinkers to urban Soldiers live and breathe in their Edwin's.

Edwin reconnaissance staff will be diarising the ‘wear evolution’ through visual mediums from the Photograph to the Blog, giving the public access to the project and its prominent protagonists.

Selected Edwin styles worn by our army of individuals, specifically chosen for their diversity and ‘stand out’ qualities, will be featured with regular updates, thereby cataloguing the chosen ones lifestyles in a pair of Edwin jeans.'

Sounds sweet! Keep an eye on the blog:

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Red Wing - A Factory Tour made a special about Red Wing Shoes - check it out.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Red Wing 8130 x Vintage55

Got some new Red Wings yesterday. They're actually a collaboration with Vintage55, based on the 8130 model. The only differences I've spotted are the Vintage55 logo embossed above the Red Wing logo, and that they come with big, fat, black leather laces. Which is pretty awesome.

In these pics they're next to my other pair, the reddish brown 8131, which has about 3,5 years of wear into them. As you can see, I still haven't resoled them. Thanks for responding to my cobbler question though people, I'll pay the cobbler in Delft a visit soon!

The Art of Shoe Shining

Now go try it yourself.