On May 1st 2012 we officially launched our Levi’s Vintage Clothing Wear & Tear Project. To bring the project to a close, this article acts as a guide to denim lovers and Levi’s fans alike in finding the correct fit and the right size of these tricky shrink-to-fits. We’ve had a painter, a motorcycle mechanic, a world ranking badminton player, a Swedish hockey player and the father of a Danish denim enthusiast wear the ‘big five’ of Levi’s Vintage Clothing 501 line up ranging from the 1944 S501XX through the 1966 501. This is what we learned.
11 months ago, denim connoisseur Simon Tuntelder of After the Denim has announced as the proud wearer of the 1966 501XX of our Levi’s Vintage Clothing Wear & Tear Project, but since then Simon lost some weight and the jeans don’t fit him any longer. Instead of not giving them any wear at all, Simon decided to donate the jeans to his father, but even though ‘pops Tuntelder’ has been wearing the hell out of them not much has happened to the hard wearing fabric. In Simon’s experience the slow fade is a characteristic that many Cone denims share, still, this slow natural process usually gives some very authentic fades compared to the high contrast fades of many fast fading Japanese denims. So, instead of a detailed analysis of the fading process this is Simon’s story of how his obsession with denim was probably shaped by his father’s preferences for utilitarian clothing.
This pair of Levi’s Vintage Clothing 1966 501 jeans belong to 19-year-old Oscar Redebrandt from Västerås, Sweden. He has been using the jeans for almost exactly one and a half years now, and they’ve only been washed once, but pretty soon they are going to need another wash. What fascinates Oscar about denim is its history and cultural interaction in today’s society, and how the fit, shape, and manufacturing process has changed over time – and he most certainly knows how to wear in a pair of jeans. Just my kind of guy.