Levi's 501

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mike C., Oct 24, 2004.

  1. Mike C.

    Mike C. Senior member

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    I bought a pair of those shrink-to-fit jeans a few years back, they were outstanding if I remember correctly. The really do shrink to true size, exactly as the label says.
     
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    Levi used to have a hot tub in the SF boutique in which you could sit after you bought your jeans to shrink them to true size, I am not sure if they still have that.
     
  3. justlurkingthanks

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    Regular ol' Levi's, particularly the 501s, are beyond reproach. They are the standard.

    All this other noise about distressed, "vintage," premium and all that is embarrassing, wealth-addled twaddle about a garment originally meant for miners and dung-shovelers.

    But that's just me.
     
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    i think it's gone. probably discontinued the same time as their 'mass customization' service.

    hopefully the latter, at least, will return now that various other retailers have ventured (successfully? ) into the mass customization market.
     
  5. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Spoken like someone who has not read all the previous posts in this thread. Just please don't tell me you liked things better back in the "good ol' days".
     
  6. justlurkingthanks

    justlurkingthanks Senior member

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    I'm not sure what I missed in the thread -- my comment was not necessarily directed to my postmates. I'm just saying I remember when it was Jordache and Gloria Vanderbilt and it was going to kill Levis. By the way, Punk's back. Not to get existential, but what are we all chasing?
     
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    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Hey justlurkingthanks - punk (and all other things late seventies/early eighties) has been back for a while now. The NY Times is a pretty decent paper, but the fashion news is usually about 6-12 months old. Just check out the runway shows from the last, oh, 5 seasons of Hedi Slimane to see that even the designers have caught on. Or the Neo-punk music scene that culminated in the White Stripes (early 2003). Or any copy of Fader or Black Book in the last 2 years.

    And when 8th graders get wind of a trend, you know that the trickle down effect in nearly complete.

    And Gloria Vanderbilt and Calvin Klein "killing" Levis? Well, hyperbole has always been the vernacular of the fashion world: brown is the new black, black is the new black, classics are the new old, high performance fabrics are the future. Whatever. Just one word: plastics.
    As for the meta-question: "What are we chasing?" who knows? And frankly, in a fashon forum, who cares?
     
  8. justlurkingthanks

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    The last point was, punk is always back. (And it's a shame the New York Times has become this lazy -- I grew up on the Times and there was a time I could not wait to get my hands on the paper. But the past 10 years have not been good to newspapers overall.) Doesn't that marketing just make you gag?

    I appreciate the expert observations on this forum. They help me find the quality in the chaff in thrift and consignment stores. Even the castoffs in this culture swaddle me in luxury.

    I just bought my first new garment (besides underwear) in years: A pair of 501s in the bluest of blue. I felt 16 again. OK, I admit it, I'm slurping on the marketing pop, too, and it is deeeelish.

    Sorry, I had a bout of acid-reflux there.
     
  9. Baron

    Baron Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Amen. The quality difference between the vintage reproduction 501's and brand new regular 501's is astounding. The thickness of the denim, the texture, and especially the dye are WAY superior in the repros. New 501's, even purchased shrink-to-fit (as I always do) fade quickly and unformly. The vintage repros hold their color much longer and, as such, fade unevenly, which looks way cooler and more natural.

    By the way, in LA these are available at Fred Segal and American Rag.
     
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    501's are THE classic American jean and I own several pair. Too bad they aren't made in America anymore. [​IMG]
     
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    Spoken like someone who has not read all the previous posts in this thread. Â Just please don't tell me you liked things better back in the "good ol' days".
    Amen. The quality difference between the vintage reproduction 501's and brand new regular 501's is astounding. The thickness of the denim, the texture, and especially the dye are WAY superior in the repros. New 501's, even purchased shrink-to-fit (as I always do) fade quickly and unformly. The vintage repros hold their color much longer and, as such, fade unevenly, which looks way cooler and more natural. By the way, in LA these are available at Fred Segal and American Rag.
    I agree totally that the Vintage Levis are qualitatively superior to the current 501's, the fabric alone is exceptional. Â Remember though that the different "Years" of the jeans used different thickness, eg. one of the thinner 501's are the 1933 which used 10oz denim - very nice and wears like iron. bestmastertailor: all the Levis Vintage Clothing 501's are made in the U.S.A, and the fabrics are also from the original source: Cone Mills in the U.S. Â The "current" anti-fit 501's are made in various countries using inferior fabrics and dyes.
     
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    Originally posted by justlurkingthanks:
    As LA Guy said, you may have missed something..... These "Vintage Levis" are made by Levis in the U.S using the original patterns and using the original fabrics. I believe that they are heads and shoulders better than the "regular" Mervyns/Pennys Levis that you buy which are made in 3rd world countries using inferior fabrics. So if we buy these "Vintage Levis" we are "wealth-addled"?
     
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    Good post, thanks. I've only worn the 501's. And liked them quite a bit. I refuse to buy them now that they are made overseas, with the exception of the premium line. But I won't pay more than $30 or whatever the price used to be for a pair of jeans. It's just silly. So, hopefully the 501's I have will last while I do.
     
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    The Levis Vintage Clothing line is now visible in the U.S Levis' website: Levis USA
     
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    Too baggy for YOUR body and taste...
     

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