You’ve probably already read it a dozen times, but as we write in our dry denim guide the “505 was originally introduced as a slim fit in the late 60s, but today it’s more likely to be thought of as a regular fit.” These jeans have a high back rise and a deep yoke and originally they were meant to be worn high, but you can equally wear low for a more relaxed style. Compared to the 1947 501 and other 501s the leg opening on the 505 is a little narrower. The Levi’s Vintage Clothing 505 also has an attractive price point of DKK 1200 (€160), which may be one of the reasons it’s a bestseller.
Anonymously asked to the guys over at ABCDENIM, “What happens if you wash/soak a pair of raw denim very often, like once every week? Would raw denim actually be worth buying under that situation?” Their response is that, “washing will actually strengthen the denim fibres and the jeans will in fact last longer,” which we agree on. Still, “with regular exposure to water, you won’t get much of a contrast in your fade,” which is not a problem if high contrast fadings weren’t what you’re looking for. We would argue that even though we wash you jeans often you will still be able to get some nice fadings, like the Levi’s Vintage Clothing 1967 505 above that was worn every day for 4 months straight and washed 7 or 8 times (more pictures here). Roping will also be much more prominent on a regularly washed pair. Read more in our dry denim guide.
This is the story of a man with a passion. A passion that almost seems like an addiction when you hear his story. 29-year-old Kasper “Spacey” Weinrich Schübeler is a well-known face on Danish denim scene. He has been collecting for jeans, but it was his time with Levi’s that really gave him plenty of opportunities to spend all his savings on Levi’s jeans. Today receipts and bank statements reveal a staggering amount of more than 100,000 Danish Kroner (some 13,000 euros) spent on jeans; but actually his collection worth way more than that. Because like vintage cars and bordeaux vintage denim only gains value with time.
Owning a denim shop dedicated to old school and raw denim, I’ve often had long discussions with customers about the question of washing jeans. Often customers are told not to wash for the first 6 months, and you also hear about some who put their jeans in the freezer for a couple of days to “clean” them. As a response to all the questions I’ve received, this article was written as a basis for a discussion on the how to maintain and care for your raw denim jeans. The guidelines provided in this article are subjective, yet they are reached through years of experience in the field. Nevertheless, I strongly encourage you to reply with your approaches.
This article has been haunting me for more than two months now. All the pictures were taken during the Gallery AW12 fair in early February this year, but I’ve just never got around to post them. Well, now they form a little Easter egg of beautifully worn in denim, I hope you enjoy it.
These Levi’s Vintage Clothing 1967 505s were bought in Brund by Peter Elverdam from Copenhagen approximately one and a half years ago. They are washed 2 times and used for 8 months before the first wash. Peter has not used the jeans every day of the period, so he can’t put an exact number of days on how much they have been used before the first wash. Peter is a civil engineer and he spends most of his day in an office, so the pants doesn’t wear out so quickly. The saddle of his bicycle has worn the crotch of the jeans thin, which has required a repaired and a reinforcement of the area with a swatch of fabric and a bit of textile glue. This has proven to be a rapid and durable solution.
In many ways, the Levi’s Vintage Clothing brand emerged out of consumer interest in original vintage Levi’s jeans, and today the brand keeps the history of the company alive and makes it tangible. This is the story of the brand.
This article is a three-step-guide on how to transform a pair of rigid dark blue “dry” jeans into something that will make heads turn. The best-looking jeans are without a doubt those you break in yourself. The process is challenging and time consuming, and success or failure basically comes down to what you do before you wash your jeans, how you wash them, and what you do after the first wash.
For the second time, the boys from GOODS present a delicious and appetizing image series shot by photographer Alexandre Archimbaud. This time with the best of the store to your winter wardrobe. Highlights: Levi’s Vintage Clothing 505 and Japanese Mt. Rainier Designs, which in addition to GOODS only sells from Inventory in Vancouver, Surf Saturdays in New York and Present in London.