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The Lee 101 x Long John Collaboration

Last Fall Winter ’22 collection I was proudly the head face of the premium Lee 101 collection by Lee (in case you have missed it, check it here). Now, for the new Spring Summer ’23 collection I can finally announce that we continued this collaboration. So, honored and proud to show the new shoot as this collection is just released.

The new Lee 101 collection is inspired by authentic styles from the archive while taking inspiration from the love and peace movement from the 1960s and 1970s.

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The 1960s/70s Take On The Classic 91B Jacket Style

A highlight of the Lee 101 collection is a creative take on the brand’s classic 91B jacket. The jacket is made with a mix of premium and recycled cotton blended into a rigid mid-weight denim. The dry denim is worked over with an incredible jacquard 1960s/70s embroidery that places a stylized pattern of florals, all in shades of denim blue. A true eye-catching style for Spring and Summer. There’s even a 101L, the Loose fit within the collection, jeans style made with the same catchy fabric, so you can wear it as a full suit.

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The Tweaked Historic Lee Rider Jacket

Even the historic Lee Rider jacket is given a 1970s style tweak as it’s made this time with elasticated cuffs and hem. The contrasting blue stripe adds a retro feel on the ribbed cuffs and hem. The authentic details are still there, such as the twin chest pockets, zig-zag stitching on the placket, and the slanted yoke. Same as the golden tobacco-colored thread, antique style brass branded Lee 101 buttons and rivets.

The fabric that is used for the jacket is a relatively lightweight denim, made using a mix of cotton with low-impact hemp. It is strong, but has excellent movement and comfort thanks to the way it is constructed, using Lee’s special Jelt denim.

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The Paneled Rider Jacket And Jeans

Within the new Lee 101 collection is another special Rider jacket as it’s made with contrasting panels. The body of the jacket is made of darker dry denim fabric, while the sides of both sleeves show a brighter sky-blue fabric. Also, they developed a matching pair of Lee 101 Rider jeans with the jacket, showing the same bright blue panel on the sides. Both styles are made with typical Lee left-hand twill denim fabrics.

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The Colorful Resort Shirt

The striking Lee 101 resort shirt with a flower print links perfectly to the seasonal theme. This shirt is made with a relaxed fit in a button-up style with a boxy fit, straight hem, and wide sleeves. It’s made with crisp cotton fabric, a beautiful steely blue in a grainy chambray that mixes the blue and natural threads revealing the grain of warp and weft. The shirt features ecru buttons and a chest pocket featuring the Lee logo.

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The Other Tops Of The Lee 101 SS23 Collection

The new Lee 101 collection features core styles that are always part of the collection, such as their legendary 101Z, 101S, and 101 Rider jeans. Next to that, there are authentic crewneck sweatshirts made of heavy fabrics and classic t-shirts with peace and Lee 101 graphic designs. The original Western denim shirt, made of dry denim fabric, is also part of the new Spring Summer 2023 collection.

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Pictures by Lee Jeans.

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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.