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Crispy Deadstock Jeans

Deadstock pairs of jeans and denim are known as new old stock. Pairs that are still brand new with all the original tags and labels, and above all, unworn. They were most of the time lying in basements of old (closed) stores, factories, or in closets at someone’s home.

Some denim collectors are only focusing their collection on these hard-to-get pieces. And even some wearers would only like to break in brand new old stock jeans or jackets. The prices of deadstock are rising, especially from the really old items, as they become more rare each day. If you take a look at the 1970s or 1980s production period, you still can get them quite easily. If you’re lucky. But even these specific styles can be valuable these days. It all depends on the rarity of a certain style and brand in the end.

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Price Influences Of Deadstock

The older a certain pair of deadstock, the rarer and thus the higher its value. The prices of deadstock jeans are influenced by many elements such as;

  • Brand
  • Size of the jeans or jacket (common sizes are more valuable)
  • Design
  • Production country
  • Condition

As deadstock pairs of jeans have been lying around for many years, they can have oxidation on the buttons, foldings from lying down, or other sorts of ‘’damage’’. Not to speak about a typical vintage smell, which most of them will disappear when airing. All these elements reflect the price in the end.

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The 5 Main Reasons To Buy Deadstock

Denim collectors and enthusiasts from all over the world are searching for their holy grail of deadstock jeans. Or jackets. But why are these deadstock jeans so beloved by many? Let’s highlight 5 reasons that influence the hunt for these vintage denim treasures.

1. Authenticity and Rarity

Deadstock jeans and jackets are for some people the ultimate dream to get their hands on. These items are produced at a certain period that reflects specific details and quality. Elements that aren’t the standard anymore these days.

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2. Excellent Craftsmanship

Older denim styles are made before mass production. Made in a period when they were focusing on high-quality as denim styles were used as workwear. So they had to be durable to serve the wearer a long time as part of their tools. Most jeans were made with selvedge fabrics, so slowly produced on authentic shuttle looms. Another nod to craftsmanship.

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3. Historical Importance

Buying a pair of deadstock jeans means buying a piece of denim history. A piece that stands the test of time due to its timeless design. They survived many fashionable trends and influences. Owning a pair of deadstock jeans allows denim enthusiasts to connect with other people with the same thoughts and passion who appreciate the evolution of denim over the years.

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4. Hunting Fun

Denim collectors like to search for vintage denim on marketplaces, flea markets, and via socials nowadays. Always to get their hands on something special for their collection. The hunt on deadstock pairs is fun. Like everything to collect, sometimes the hunt is better than the catch, isn’t it?!

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5. Sustainable Denim Choice

Sustainability is a key aspect of the denim industry. New options to make the industry more cleaner are developed each day. As the production amount of jeans is already skyrocketing, it’s better for Mother Nature to consume something already produced. Something that is already available. Therefore wearing a deadstock pair contributes to a more sustainable consumption model.

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Written by Wouter Munnichs
I'm the founder of Long John. Next to running this daily magazine, I'm working as a freelance denim specialist for the industry. Titled as 'Denim Influencer 2020' by Rivet 50. Celebrated my 10th anniversary with Long John in 2021.