Original Levi’s 507XX Denim Jacket
One of my treasures from my private denim archive is this original vintage Levi’s Jeans 507XX (also known as the Type 2) jacket. This popular denim jacket style is from the 1950’s as it was originally introduced in 1953 as the follow up on the legendary 506XX (Type 1) jacket.
The Follow-Up On Levi’s 506XX Jacket Design
The 507XX jacket design features a second breast pocket compared to the previous 506XX style. The breast pockets are strenght with bar tacks instead of rivets. This jacket got the famous ‘Big E’ Red Tab, and shows for the very first time the word Levi’s on both sides.
The Introduction Of The ‘Big E’ Red TaB
Vintage Levi’s items with a Red Tab (this tab was introduced in 1936) made before 1971 have the ‘Big E‘ tab, which means the word Levi’s is written in capital. After 1971, the brand switched to tabs where the brand name was spelled with a small e. These ‘Big E’ Red Tabs are more valuable to collect these days and many denim enthusiasts collect them for this specific reason.
Produced For Only 9 Years
The 507XX jacket style was only produced until 1962 when the follow up hit the market: 557XX (also known as the Type 3) jacket. So, the jacket was originally only produced for 9 years. The 557XX is Levi’s’ most famous jacket, and is also the copied denim jacket style ever by many brands.
The Details Of The Jacket
The 507XX still shows the selvage ID on the inside of the jacket at the closure, something which dissapeared at the 557XX denim jack design. The buttons of this highlighted Levi’s jacket shows a lot of patina. The back of the buttons are stamped with number 17, something typical for this denim jacket, so a reference to spot an original example.
Introduced When The Rock & Roll Era Started
This 507XX jacket is heavily worn, but that gives the jacket extra character. It shows many different blue indigo shades. Some people only collect deadstock styles, while others prefer more worn examples, like this one. All in all, a perfect Levi’s 507XX jacket with a lot of history. Also, it was a jacket style that was worn by many famous people, like Elvis Presley, the king of rock & roll. It was also released when this new music era started in the early 1950s.