The First Edition Of Durango Vintage Festivus

The legendary vintage denim hunter Brit Eaton is organizing his first edition of ‘Durango Vintage Festivus‘. This four days event will start on Thursday the 29th of September and will take place until Sunday the 2nd of October. It will be held at the Animas river, just 20 minutes south of Durango, Colorado and will be the place where the best vintage sellers, collectors and likeminded people from all around the world come together to share, show and sell their unique vintage styles.

durango vintage festivus

durango vintage festivus

What To Expect At The Event

The four days at ‘Durango Vintage Festivus‘ are loaded with great content such as the Denim Olympics, flea market, bungee jumping, live auctions, live music, cocktail party, and many many more. There’s even a tour included to the warehouse of Brit Eaton, a must-see place because of the piles of very rare clothing styles. This must be one of the highlights, next to the auction where you can buy many historical museum pieces. Also, it will be the U.S. premiere of the Denim Hunter documentary with denim collector Viktor Fredbäck from Sweden.

Brit Eaton about what people should know about this event: “I’m gonna tell you this, when the videos go viral from the tug of war with Levis, where the tug of war rope is made from vintage Levi’s, or when they see people bungee jump off a high tower, or they see the zipline, or they see people getting Levi’s getting shot out of a cannon, or the tube races down the river, or the 10,000 pounds of vintage, or when they see the denim Olympics, people are gonna regret not coming. It’s gonna be fucking incredible. When it all goes viral people are gonna wish they went this year. This is gonna be something people need to do and see before they die.”

durango vintage festivus

durango vintage festivus

durango vintage festivus

durango vintage festivus

The Online Auction

Part of the ‘Durango Vintage Festivus‘ is their online auction where the best of the best top-notch items will be for sale. Included in this auction are 110 killer pieces, think about 1890’s pairs of Levi’s, early 1900’s denim, Western clothing, original display banners from Levi’s and Lee, patched denim pants, shirts, jackets, you name it, it will be part of the auction! To get in the mood, here’re some highlights, but the best is to check out the full list here and place a bid on these highly collectible pieces.

Brit Eaton says about the auction: “We actually have two pairs of 1800’s Levi’s that will be sold at the auction. one of them is 1893 and the other is 1879, we have an 1880 Levi’s being sold but its a canvas duck cloth which makes it like one of the 5 oldest pairs in the entire world, but its not wearable condition. The Saturday night auction is gonna be absolutely incredible. It literally is the oldest pair of Levi’s on auction, straight from my personal collection.”

“It could be $80,000 or even over $100,000 worth. Its got a real chance of happening. I’m selling and auctioning off some of the greatest Levi’s and vintage items in the entire world, and its all happening at the Durango Vintage Festivus.”

durango vintage festivus

durango vintage festivus

durango vintage festivus

durango vintage festivus

More Info About The Event

More info about this first edition of ‘Durango Vintage Festivus‘ can be seen on Brit’s Instagram feed here, and on the festival’s of course, here.

durango vintage festivus

durango vintage festivus

durango vintage festivus

durango vintage festivus

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.