The Levi’s Best of collection is a tribute to the originals with a commercial twist. This is a pair of the 501 shrink-to-fits from the premium red tab line. The designers have taken all the best features from historic jeans from the Levi’s archives and in many ways these jeans are identical to the top-of-the-line Levi’s Vintage Clothing products. Selvage fabrics (from Japan though, not Cone Mills), chain stitched hems, hidden selvage on the coin pocket, leather patch, punched through copper rivets, zink buttons, V-stitch at the top button, and single stitches on the back pockets. There’s no Big E on the red tab and they’re sewn in Turkey not America.
The fit of this 501 is a classic regular, but slightly more commercial and contemporary than the original fits from the Levi’s Vintage Clothing line. You’ll especially see and feel the difference in the rise. These jeans are perfect for those of you who thinks DKK 1900 (€250) is a bit too much for a pair of selvage denim shrink-to-fit Levi’s jeans – the Best of shrink-to-fits will set you back DKK 1000 (€135). But for some only the “real” thing will work. No matter what you prefer these jeans are guaranteed to fade beautifully with wear.
The pictures above are pre and post a 2-hour hot soak. The jeans didn’t really shrink that much though. See measurements in centimeters below, they are size 31×34.