Measuring by the number of readings that the wear & tear project-article has had already, it seems I’m not the only one who’s interested in how the Levi’s Vintage Clothing dry 501 jeans shrinks and wears. But as you may remember I headhunted four other guys to help me carry out the project, and here’s an introduction to one of those guys, Jan Ø. Jørgensen who’s wearing the 1954 501ZXX.
Which size should I choose? How much will they shrink? What’s the difference between the 1947 and the 1966? And when should I wash? These are just a few of the often unanswered questions frequently asked by customers interested in the dry (shrink-to-fit) jeans from Levi’s Vintage Clothing. But how is a wear & tear project going to make any difference? Helping our readers find the perfect pair of jeans is one of Denimhunters’ main objectives and with the help of five denim heads who’ll each wear in a different fit we will hopefully become able to answer any possible question about the exclusive top-of-the-line denim collection. At least for the 5 fits included in the project.
No doubt the Levi’s Vintage Clothing 1954 501Z is a very popular fit, this particular pair belongs to Rasmus Peter Vagn Jakobsen. The jeans have been worn for four years and washed about 8-10 times. He bought them before a project in at the Danish School of Media and Journalism (from which he’s now a graduate), where he chose to spend 15 days in the forests around Silkeborg in an attempt to find “silence”, and in those 15 days the jeans did not come of his boda a single time. After that they fit perfectly. Since then they have been traveling in Japan and Russia among other places around the world.
Photographer Paw Ager usually takes pictures of other people’s jeans, but for the Meadow competition he sent me his pair of Levi’s Vintage Clothing 1954 501Z. He bought them in February two years ago, and he initially wore them for a rinse in the bathroom (just like you hear in the cowboy stories). Later on, after he had worn them in on something more, he washed the jeans in the washing machine at 30 degrees without detergent. The first two months he had them, he didn’t go anywhere without them, but since then he has been wearing them a couple of times a week.
Today’s contestant in the Meadow competition is Christian Riis who has worn in this pair of Levi’s Vintage Clothing 501Z’s. Bought in June 2009 and used regularly since then. Christian soaked the jeans before he started wearing them, and all in all they’ve been washed six or seven times.