Meet The Collector #20: Jordan Peck AKA IdahoJeans

Today the 20th episode of the topic Meet the CollectorMeet the Collector is about passionate people with a focus on collecting. With this topic I will give you an insight in their special collection. Collectors will tell their story behind their treasures, show their most rare and unique items and tell you all about the collecting thrill.

Jordan from IdahoJeans has an amazing and very rare collection collected is quite a short time. Thanks for sharing some treasures of your collection Jordan. Enjoy.

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Jordan Peck aka IdahoJeans

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  • Name: Jordan @IdahoJeans
  • Living in village & country: Lewiston, Idaho, United States
  • Instagram ID: @IdahoJeans
  • Daily work: Vintage dealer and collector.

What’s your favorite denim brand?

I love many different vintage denim brands, but the Black Bear brand is one of my favorites.

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This pair is in as-found condition. The homeowner found them inside the wall of their farmhouse during renovations. The mud caked on the jeans has been there since they were put away. Size 32×33. (safety pins added by me for display before they are repaired).

How long have you been collecting:

I have curated and collected antiques for close to 20 years, but I have only been (very aggressively) collecting vintage clothing for 3 years. Here are a few of my favorites:

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How many items are there in your collection: 

I have no idea…thousands! But here are some of my bucklebacks.

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How or why did you become a collector:

I have always loved old things, but I didn’t pay any attention to denim until, while remodeling a family member’s house, I discovered an attic full of 20s-50s workwear. I dabbled in selling it. It wasn’t long before a reseller contacted me and offered me what I believed at the time to be a lot of money for the pile (this wasn’t the case at all). I accepted the offer and continued remodelling the house as he drove away with and entire truckload of workwear.

It eventually dawned on me when another collector explained the significance of my find and how cheaply I sold the hoarde. I began to research vintage denim aggressively. And in doing so, I began to see the uniqueness, character, and even the historical tales that can be told by a single piece of antique denim. I now spend every waking moment hunting down and collecting the rarest vintage clothing pieces in the world.

What’s the best thrill about collecting?

I am most thrilled by hearing the stories of the vintage pieces I am buying. Quite often, there is a fantastic backstory behind the piece: Who wore it, when, and what they did for a living. For example, I have a USN jacket that was aboard a ship in Pearl Harbor when it was bombed in 1941. I bought it from the sailor’s daughter who showed me photos of her father at Pearl Harbor before and after the attack.

I am also thrilled by the experience of ethically finding and purchasing pieces to add to my collection. Unfortunately, a large majority of denim hunters acquire their finds by searching old buildings on private property when no one is around to confront them. These people are missing the true meaning behind saving the cloth. It shouldn’t be only about the money. Every single piece in my collection was acquired by honest means from other collectors or directly from the original owners of the pieces. Some of the best experiences of my life were those gained by listening to an old farmer or wwii vet proudly relay his family’s history and tell me exactly “who wore the jeans.”

What is your favorite item and why: 

I have many favorites, but here is a unique one.

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An extremely well preserved pair of hair hide patch Lee Cowboy buckleback jeans in my size (36×34). For every 10,000 pairs of buckleback Levi’s, there might be one of these! This is probably the rarest grail blue jean produced in the 1930s. These jeans have amazing fades, including those from a chew can, match strikes, spur bites, fencing pliers in the pocket, and various other characteristics that make this piece of denim art more unique than a strand of DNA. This pair belonged to a real American cowboy who wore them on a ranch almost a hundred years ago.

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Back view of the Horsehide Lee Cowboy jeans. Look at those fades!

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Front view of the Horsehide Lee Cowboy jeans.

What’s your best bargain in your collection:

I have acquired a lot of fantastic pieces for ‘a bargain’ while collecting. But here is a wonderful pair of 1936/37 model 501XX Levi’s jeans that I got for a pretty good deal!

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They have incredible character including match strikes, pocketwatch fades, and spur bites. They also have the fattest selvedge outseam I’ve ever seen. They are a 36 waist.

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Back view of the 1937 501 XX jeans. Match strikes, honeycombs, legible jerky, and pocket contents fade. Wow.

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These are extra special because the leather patch is still legible. It is much easier to read in person.

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Which item was the hardest to get and/or the most valuable one: 

This may not be the most valuable piece in the collection, but it certainly was a tough one to find!

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This is a 1922 model Levi’s 501xx in 34×32.

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This amazing pair of Levi’s was manufactured before the red tab was added to Levi’s products. They also have outrivets on the back pockets (these later became hidden rivets because cowboys were complaining that the exposed metal was scratching their saddles). They also feature the infamous factory installed suspender buttons. This mind blowing denim belonged to and was worn by the head rancher of a large ranch in Montana during the 1920s-1930s.

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Due to the white paint spatter backed by deep dark indigo, I have dubbed this pair the ‘Starry Night Levi’s’. They are completely intact and original.

Which item would you add to your collection (wishlist): 

S506XXELevi’s WWII Type I jacket in XL.

My favorite denim period is WWII, and this jacket has eluded me to no end.

I already have the jeans (S501xx) in a 36 waist to go with the jacket!

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Where do you get your daily inspiration from? 

Other collectors who are still recovering 100 year old denim in an ethical and honest manner. (Not so-called pickers who sneak in to private property).

Ricci Lau aka DenimSeeker. He is probably the most honest and knowledgeable fellow collector I’ve met. He is also a dear friend of mine who plans to name his next child after me.

What’s your favorite inspirational quote?:

“Sir, do you still have your grandpa’s pants?”

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Most of this collection is now available for sale or trade, including many premium pieces not shown in this article. For serious inquiries only, please contact me through my instagram at IdahoJeans or email me at jordan.peck@outlook.com. I look forward to meeting you all at Vintage Festivus by Brit Eaten this fall!

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.