This replica Levi’s Jeans 501, from the Levi’s Vintage Clothing collection, is made in the old Levi’s factory in Valencia Street – USA in the year 2000. It has the legendary 555 button stamp on the back of the buttons. Something for the real collectors. This jean was originally created during the WW2. During the war, each manufacturer had to cut back due to shortages of materials, hence the famous Levi’s stiching on the back pockets were printed instead of stitched. On this particular jean the arcuates are almost completely faded away. They printed the arcuates in order to save yarn. This is also the reason why they used standard buttons (and not original Levi’s buttons). The top button is a laurel button which refers to victory. Even the inner pockets are made from different cotton. The pants have the authentic red line selvedge, hidden rivets, and Big E red tab. Personally this is one of my favourite 501’s in the historic range.

Incidentally, the Japanese denim brand Evisu is inspired by these pants, because of the printed back pockets, something Evisu made world famous. This 501 jean is from Caspar Hehemann who’s working at de denim store Rambam (www.rambam.nl) in Eindhoven- the South of Holland. Thanks for sending these pics Caspar!

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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.