Orange Tab Levi’s Bootcut Jeans

Today, I want to share one of the best Levi’s fadings from my private denim collection. Personally, I really like this kind of old-school hardcore fadings. The jeans is a vintage Levi’s Jeans from the 1960’s. It’s the 517 style – bootcut – model, which is a typical 1960’s fit and very popular at that time. The jeans has an Orange Big E Tab on the back pocket. The Orange Tab collection was introduced as a more fashionable and affordable collection with bell bottoms and boot-cut jeans.

Levi’s introduced their Orange Tab collection in 1969 and the ‘Big E’ tabs were only produced until 1971, so a vintage pair with an Orange Big E Tab is quite hard to find. The back of the button is stamped with digit number 8 and the jeans feature a Talon 42 zipper. The jeans is made from non-selvage right-hand fabric.

levi's 517

A Jeans With A Lot Of Character

This Levi’s Jeans has a true vintage natural faded pattern. The jeans is repaired a couple of times which makes the jeans more special. There’s a lot of brown patina on the jeans which appears when you wear your jeans very hard and long without washing. On the front, you see beautiful whiskers and on the back the classic honeycombs. A lot of thread is broken and replaced with purple thread by the previous owner. Back in the day jeans were made with cotton thread which isn’t as strong as the cotton/polyester thread which they use nowadays.

On the back pockets you see two colors of threads, this is very common on original Big E’s. The crotch is repaired more than once. This vintage pair of Levi’s Jeans is a perfect example of a hippie pair of jeans with amazing different shades of blue. Viva America!

Check out an original pair of deadstock 517’s Clown pants here!


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.