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Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by Spirit of 69, Nov 19, 2008.

  1. Man-of-Mystery

    Man-of-Mystery Senior member

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    In 1967/8 in the North West of England, Levis were the jeans to get, followed by Wrangler, Lee (Rider), and Lee Cooper. Same as with Levis, we didn't seem to think numbers etc., we just went into the shops and bought the jeans by brand. Lee had the wavy lines on the back pocket, same as they seem to to today. Wrangler had a W, and Lee Cooper had straight lines. That was all we seemed to know about our jeans!

    Or maybe I just wasn't paying attention.

    In 1969 in London, I never saw anyone not wearing Levis. I even saw the occasional greaser in Levis and DMs, now I come to think of it!

    Actually it strikes me that modern Lees (and Wranglers, for that matter) are a better fit than modern Levis.
     
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  2. The Saint

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    Indeed , you are right on the money there. It seems that every pair of 501 I have had was a different fit . I honestly can't remember what number I wore years ago but you are also right about the other brands having less variance . .

    However , back in the day , when you got your first pair of levis you knew you were not going back to the other brands - then . .
     
  3. Bela Kun

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    Just a quick heads up: I saw a few pairs of Ralph Lauren 'Preppy Pants' at TK Maxx yesterday. They look very much like Brooks Brothers milano fit chinos to me - i.e. a somewhat slimmer, lower waisted version of the original Levi's Sta Prest. Permanent crease, anti-wrinkle fabric, look and feel really good quality. They only had size 35 (= too wide for me), the waist is a bit too low for my liking, and I can't find them on the TK Maxx Website. But who knows, your local branch might have your size available. The colour was 'plain sand', which at least in the poor artificial lighting looked like stone to me.

    I understand Ralph Lauren was originally selling these for around 170 quid, and they're sold out everywhere now. TK Maxx is flogging them at 39.


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  4. Bela Kun

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    Just to add to the confusion, here's a Lee Riders add of 1955, offering 'slim', 'regular' and 'husky' styles.

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    I'm sure it was no different in the 1960s. So if skinheads really walked into a shop and grabbed whatever Lee Riders they were offered, oblivious to numbers and such, then maybe it's no surprise that they alternately remember Lee Riders as being 'slimmer' or 'wider' than Levi's.

    Which I guess is good news for the new generation: whatever fit floats your boat, it's still a skinhead jeans.
     
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  5. covskin

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    ^ please not ever a boot cut though.

    Going by a Lee point-of-sale label I just googled it seems that for Lee things nested as

    Lee>Riders>number>z(ip) or b(utton)>cut

    So looks like you could have regular, trim, full, boot cut under the one number. Unlike Levi's who had a different number for every zip/button and cut followed by a four digit colour code

    Levi>tag colour>number>colour

    (wrong model, year or even decade but this is the clearest Lee point-of-sale label I could find online)

    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/66005950759286827/

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    Adam of London make sweet suits, got myself a 3-ply Mohair, fits like a glove. I am looking to get another one, when I'll have the coins together.
     
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  7. Inks

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    Good to see you fellas today.
     
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  9. Mr Knightley

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    Great day! We must do it again soon!
     
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    London 1971 Brutus shirt
     
  11. Clouseau

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    Great meet up ! [​IMG]

    What a club !
     
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  12. The Saint

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    Wusamatta with the scoot'. .
     
  13. Man-of-Mystery

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    What is a cleurb? :D :D :D :D :D :D

    Seriously, that was a totally braw day. It was great to meet browniecj again (even though he took the piss out of backpacks). Covskin, Inks, Clouseau, Mr Knightley, Aces - diamond blokes all!

    As for dropping in to John Simons - talk about being in the right place at the right time!
     
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  14. Aces and Eights

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    Good company and good conversation made a perfect afternoon - to be continued !!
     
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    The trouble with Adam of London suits is that they all seem to come with side vents. So, mod rather than skinhead, to be pedantic.
     
  16. Man-of-Mystery

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    They're still bloody nice whistles!
     
  17. Man-of-Mystery

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    Okay, I made it back to 'the steps' at Goldsmiths today, and an obliging lecturer took my pic. I must apologise for not having the sheepskin on for this pic, but when it was time to go out this morning, it was raining and very warm/humid. I didn't fancy walking around in a woolly sauna all day. But at least I made the photo call - 46 years later!

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  18. Clouseau

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    For the record. London, yesterday. Mr Knightley, Man-of-Mystery, Aces and Eights. Sorry, poor quality (and not much light in zis pub),
    taken with my pheun.

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    Guess you left your Sheepie in your reum today, M-o-M...
    I like your new harrington on 'the steps' pic BTW
     
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  19. Man-of-Mystery

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    Thanks. You can't really see much detail of its harrington-ness, I was more concerned with not overheating.
     
  20. Mr Knightley

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    Very cool M-o-M!

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    That man again, Inks, Monsieur and moi - outside JS.
     
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