This vintage Lee Jeans ‘Union Made’ Dungarees is a treasure from Martijn te Riele from Holland. Last year I already showed some highlights of his private collection. (Check it here: This classic Lee item is made from 11.5oz jelt denim fabric. It contains a hidden selvage in the out seams and chest pocket. The donut buttons with the laurel leaves refers to a period early ’40’s. All suppliers had to use spare parts that were on stock instead of personalized buttons, because during World War 2 some of the raw materials were very rare. The dungaree had a really nice worn-out fade and is a true master piece. Received some more beautiful pictures from his private collection which I will share later! Thanks Martijn, hope to see you soon!

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.