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One Of The Oldest Levi’s Jackets

Do you remember the story of how one of the oldest Levi’s jackets, a Sack Coat, ended in the brand’s archive in San Francisco last year? It all started when Shane Tapp from St. George, Utah discovered an old jacket in the Nevada area, pulled off a button, and send it to me with the question if I could tell him a bit more about it. Soon, I said, please contact Tracey Panek, the archivist at Levi Strauss as it looks very old. You need the eyes of a Levi’s expert. Fast forward, now, this second oldest Levi’s jacket is part of their archive. In case you have missed this unique denim story, you can read it here.

tracey panek Levi's

Preserve It For Eternal Life

The Levi’s Sack Coat was in a very bad condition as it was laying under rocks and dirt for so long. The jacket itself had an all-over oil coating, which probably saved the jacket from rotten. To include the jacket in the Levi’s Archives, Tracey asked expert Margaret Geiss-Mooney to help them to conserve it. As she has around 40 years of experience as a clothing conservator she knows perfectly how to take care of these rare historical pieces.

Together they worked quite long to get the jacket in the best possible state again to give it eternal life in the Levi’s Archives in San Francisco. This process can be seen in the new episode ‘From the Levi’s Archives’.

tracey panek Levi's

tracey panek Levi's

The New Episode

Watch the new episode ‘From The Levi’s Archives: Conserving an 1890s Levi’s Sack Coat’ here;


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.