This Autumn/Winter we relive Levi’s® treasured history through Levi's Vintage Clothing's timeless product offerings.
Each season, Levi's designers explore the brands Archives and uncover the secrets of their past, bringing them back into the world through faithful reproductions as relevant, purpose-built and style-forward now as they were then. This fall/winter, Levi’s® Vintage Clothing recalls tales from the old west, when people – including Levi Strauss – rushed to California in search of gold and opportunity.
While people made the journey West for the California Gold Rush to find their fortune, Strauss was perfecting his XX Waist Overalls. The Levi’s® Vintage Clothing Fall/Winter 2017 collection features these 1880s XX Waist Overalls & Closed Front Jumper made from Cone Mills Natural Indigo “Run of the Mill” fabric – which in 1890 would be given the lot number 501®. They became the uniform of cowboys, cattle hands, and frontiersmen who helped build the West – and the coveted clothing item they are today. To replicate the overalls, Levi’s® Vintage Clothing worked with Cone Mills to re-create one of the earliest fabrics from the archive – a natural indigo “Run of the Mill” loom state fabric.
The ‘run of the mill’ terms means the garment is not graded and inspected as thoroughly as today and holds some imperfections that represent the original denim and how it was produced 140 years ago.
In men’s tops, a 1914 shirt and chambray from the 1920s get replicated down to the worn-in details on the hundred-year-old originals. Features such as detachable collars and mother of pearl buttons capture the unique qualities and sundries of the early 20th century. A turn of the century sack coat in a cotton/linen check fabric is just as much a beloved layer today as it must have been back in the west.
For women’s, men’s inspired pieces are customised and adjusted according to size, reimagining the women of the west wearing the gold mining uniform of the time. A men’s 501® size 40 waist is darted and pleated at the waist and hips to women’s sizing, but keeping the voluminous leg shape. Men’s shirts are recreated into blouses and dress shirts, keeping attention to feminine detail.
Finally for AW17, Levi’s® Vintage Clothing has collaborated with Stetson – a company as rich in history and American spirit as Levi’s® – on a limited edition hat. The Stetson x LVC “Dakota” Hat is modelled after a turn of the century Stetson hat made from the finest 6X “silver belly” fur felt and produced at the Stetson factory in Garland, Texas.
Paying tribute to those first customers of Levi Strauss, Levi’s® Vintage Clothing strives to tell those stories of the pioneers of the past by producing, and reproducing, iconic clothing for the pioneers of tomorrow.
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