One of my last vintage treasures is this rare deadstock Lee Jeans Riders kids jacket. The jacket is new and an original one from 1940. It was found behind store shelves from an old denim store, named Ries Strauss Men’s Clothing, which was closed in the beginning of the ’70’s. The store was located in a small town called Danville, Illinois – USA (around 120 miles (190 km) south of Chicago). Lee Jeans introduced the Rider jacket in 1931 as the first more shorter tailored western style jacket. My jacket is probably from the mid ’40’s, the time that the World War 2 ended. This period was very crucial for the denim industry as a lot of soldiers left their denim items all over the world. This was the start from a new denim era. Also known as the ‘Golden Period’. But back to my jacket. It has the cool red/golden necklabel with Union Made – Sanforized on it. Under the label there’s the sizing label, boys 4. Also one of the breast pockets has the Amalgamated Garment Workers of America tag. One of the most cool things about the jacket is that the original pricetag is still on it, $2.98. The jacket is made with right hand denim fabric. It has some dust on the right side of the jacket from laying for the many years in the store. I was very happy that I could get my hands on this special item. It’s very rare to find deadstock unused items these days. Great addition to my personal jacket collection. Check here below the Lee beauty!

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Written by Wouter
I'm the founder of Long John. Next to running this daily magazine I'm working as a freelance marketing specialist for brands and retail. Specialized in denim.