Coveted: Vintage ‘Big E’ Levi’s 501

Vintage 60’s Era Made in US Levi’s 501.

After a some time away from wearing indigo denim, I’m back wearing it┬áregularly. I started looking online for a pair of vintage jeans with ┬áa perfect fade. ┬áWhen I saw this pair of vintage Levi’s I knew I had to get em. I placed a bid through Yahoo Japan Auction and the help of the good folks over at SutoCorp proxy┬áreceived┬áthem a few short days later.

I believe these shrink to fit US made Levi’s 501s┬ádate back to the 1960’s and the tag indicates that they were a Japanese import. ┬áNoticeable details include the redline selvedge and the old Big E LEVI’s branding. There’s been numerous tears on these jeans and as you can see from the pics; many repairs performed. ┬áMy favorite aspect of these jeans is┬ádefinitely┬áthe color of them. The wash down the front is perfect to me. The whiskering just compliments the faded indigo so well. ┬áIt’s been some time since I’ve owned Levi’s but having the opportunity to own these helps me understand why vintage pairs are so coveted. It comes down to the feel of the denim which is substantial but not heavy and the understated look. I feel lucky to own something that is in a word, original.

Photos by Rocky Li

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