MEET THE COLLECTOR #7 Viktor Fredbäck

Today the 7th 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. I’m very proud to show you the 7th collector: Viktor Fredbäck in the topic: Meet the Collector! Viktor is a true denim collector from Sweden with an impressive collection. Every now and then he’s going into old mines to find some blue miners clothing. The best pieces are published in his brilliant book True Fit ‘A Collected History of Denim’. Thanks for sharing your story Viktor! Enjoy.


Viktor Fredbäck

  • Name: Viktor Fredbäck
  • Living in village & country: Stockholm – Sweden
  • Age: 33
  • Instagram ID: @viktor_fredback
  • Number of Instagram followers: 5.800
  • Website
  • Daily work: Head of sales at Frank Dandy

What’s your favorite brand:

I have no favorite brands, but I like brands during the years Levi Strauss had the patern for the rivets exclusive (the rivet patent expired in 1890). There are so many beautiful designs during 1873 – 1890.

What’s your favorite denim brand:

Honestly I have no favorite, I like all the pieces in my denim collection. The pieces from my denim collection are from 1870 till 1970. I like my 1800´s stuff a lot. If I need to pick something; Ab Elfeldt, Pasific Coast, Chuang Quan Wo and Charles Jones.

Meyerstein & Lowerberg Pacific Coast pants from 1886.

Chuang Quan Wo pants from 1874.

What’s your favorite footwear brand:

I wear vintage boots from WW2 from the U.S. Army. But if I’m not wearing vintage boots I like my White´s Semi-Dress.

White´s Semi-Dress boots.

How long are you collecting:

I collect since 12 years now. The best and most interesting items from my collection are published in my True Fit ‘A Collected History of Denim’ book. Explore more of the True Fit book here.

Images from the True Fit book. The book is photographed by Fredrik Ottosson. Buy the book here:

How many items are there in your collection:
I’m not sure, haha, but I think I have around 400 pieces in my denim collection.

How or why did you became a collector:

Its started for me during my studies at the University. I shared a flat with a guy that worked with jeans (now he’s CEO at Neuw Denim). He always talked about jeans and he also had some magazines about it. So it was much easier for me to look at his magazines, because he had pictures in them, in my study books there were no pictures, haha. Then I got hooked and bought an original Buddy Lee doll, that was my first item. Then I bought some more dolls, and more dolls and more dolls. So my friends started to wonder why I had so many dolls, and if I had some problem as a child, hahaha. So after that I started to buy denim items .

Buddy Lee ‘Black Magic’ doll. The ‘Black Magic’ doll version is very rare and dated probably from 1920.

What’s the best thrill about collecting?

The thrill is the hunt for me. When you are looking trough tons of diffrent jeans, you never know what kind of treasures are hidden in the pile. The biggest thrill is when I am out in the desert with Michael Allen Harris (known of the book: Jeans of the old West: A History) and hunt for 1800´s denim.

Viktor Fredback in the mines searching for blue gold.

What is your favorite item en why:

I like pants, and especially pants that have a challenging construction. But I have no favorites among my pants.

Neustadter Brothers ‘Boss of the Road’ Lot X from 1920.

What’s your best bargain in your collection:

My best bargain is a pair of Levi Strauss N0.2 from 1901. I found them on eBay for a crazy low price. Like 100 times less than they are worth.

Levi’s Jeans No. 2 from 1901 – 1910.

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

Oldest pair of Levi Strauss No.2. Its the only one known, the jeans is from 1888 – 1889. You can still read on the patch, Patent Riveted, and not Copper Riveted what is used from 1890 until today.

Levi’s Jeans No. 2 from 1888 – 1889.

Which item would you add to your collection:

I am looking for a very old pair of Levi Strauss XX. I need a pair of XX to make my Levi pant collection ‘complete’.

Where do you get your daily inspiration from?

I mostly get my inspiration from diffrent garments which I spot on eBay. Or through garments from other denim collectors.

What’s your favorite inspiration quote:

Need to have or nice to have? Life needs to be nice!

Pic by Cory Piehowicz.

The rest of all images (except the White boots) by Fredrik Ottosson.

Read also the previous episodes of Meet the Collector;

Jerry van Vorstenbos:

Michael van Hal:

Antonio di Battista:

Ronald Vijsma:

Eric Maggiori:

Ruedi Karrer:

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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.