As we’ve mentioned numerous times before, the Japanese are the world’s super denim nerds, and Lee Japan makes some of the most incredible reproductions. This is a stitch by stitch recreation of the Lee 101Z Riders as it was in 1952. Once you start inspecting the details further, you’ll soon realise the level of commitment put into these jeans to make them look completely like the original. Actually, the stitches in the “Lazy S” have already started to come out, which they also did on the originals. Oh, and by the way, there’s wide consensus among the denim aficionados that this was the model that James Dean wore in two of his movies. Yet the jeans were also worn by countless other rebels like Jackson Pollock and Bob Dylan.
“We recommend you to give your jeans a quick rinse in the sink before you start using them.” I put this advise in our “Guide to Dry Denim“, and in this article I’ll take you through a step-by-step guide on how I do it. The main reason to rinse your jeans before you wear them is that they simply will last longer, as starch (and chemicals) is removed. -This softens the fabric. The process is exemplified with a pair of Lee Archives 101Z jeans from 1952. I don’t say that this is the only way to do it, it’s just my way.