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.
It has been quiet from our Swedish hockey player, Viktor Pettersson, who’s wearing in the 1955 501XX for the Wear & Tear project. But the lack of updates on the fades of this fit is not caused by an equivalent lack of wear; Viktor loves the jeans, their fit, the hardwearing denim and the subtle, authentic fades it gets with wear. He has been wearing the jeans about 3-4 times a week and recently he washed them for the first time since the initial soak and wash. This is what the jeans look like after 11 month in regular rotation.
Our athletic celebrity participant of the Levi’s Vintage Clothing Wear & Tear Project, world rank top-10 badmintoner Jan Ø. Jørgensen has been wearing his 1954 501ZXX as often as his job allows him to for almost 11 months now and they are really starting to break in. Jan hasn’t washed them for about 4 month and they are really starting to get greasy from all the hours they’ve been worn on flights between Europe and Asia. In total Jan has only washed the jeans twice since he wearing them; one soak and two delicate machine washes, and they’re soon due for another wash.
In this 4 month-update on the 1944 S501XX of our Levi’s Vintage Clothing Wear & Tear Project we get to meet a new side of our painter slash photographer wearer; besides being a denim addict he’s also quite the ourdoorsman and part of his summer he spent in Norway by the Eidfjord and Hardangervidda – wearing his project-jeans of course.
The introduction to the 1955 501XX of our Wear & Tear Project is slightly complicated. Originally it was meant to be worn in by yours truly, but already before the project began I had my doubts weather I was able to commit to one pair of jeans for 1 year. Still, I set out wearing the jeans for 45 days straight, but then something happened, I got a new job with Edwin in Denmark. With the job came a dilemma, what should I do with my Wear & Tear Project jeans, which I obviously couldn’t wear every day as I originally intended to do? After thinking about it for a long time I decided to give up jeans to another wearer, Viktor Pettersson. Here’s his story.
One of the most important parametres for choosing the participants for our Levi’s Vintage Clothing Wear & Tear Project was to get people with different backgrounds, and what better than a real biker. We found him in the Wrenchmonkees garage in Copenhagen and this is his story.
Mikkel who’s wearing the 1944 S501XX in our Wear & Tear Project just made the short video about his jeans.
The third participant in our Levi’s Vintage Clothing Wear & Tear Project is an oldtimer in the world of vintage denim. He has been collecting since the early 90s and for some years now he has been writing on his own niche denim blog, MHP’s Denim Projects. But he’s also the artist of our little group; here’s his story.
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.