The Levi’s Type 2 trucker is a ubiquitous jacket design. That iconic style forms the basis of this collaboration between Levi’s and Junya Watanabe. The usual denim look is replaced by a luxurious wool/cashmere blend. A beige and brown coloring replaces the usual indigo.
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Levi’s is a brand that needs no introduction. As the worldwide leaders in denim, they need no introduction. The team over at Heddels visited the Levi’s Archive Vault in San Francisco.
The Levi’s archives there house thousands of items from the brand’s nearly 150 year history including jeans and apparel, marketing materials, textile samples, packaging, promotional items, and much more. The red tab’s reproduction line, Levi’s Vintage Clothing, draws upon numerous vintage pieces in the archive to make their seasonal collection. Heddel’s explored the design office and archives to preview the current Spring/Summer 16 line that takes inspiration from the Levi’s company baseball team, “Elesco” (a phonetic pronunciation of “L.S.&Co.”). Elesco games date back to 1886, and Senior Designer Paul O’Neill based this collection upon a single photograph of the company team from 1913.
The Type II Levi’s Denim Jacket is my favorite denim jacket design. While the Type I is much more common and recognized, the type II’s distinct front pockets give it a much more balanced design in my opinion. As part of a new Mr.Porter intuitive, the site has teamed up with Beams to curate a collection of exclusive items from Japanese designers. OrSlow specializes in denim and forming new pieces based upon American vintage classics. This 1950’s style features a medium wash, light distressing and a reasonable price point compared to something like the Visvim 101. Get it at Mr.Porter.
Styling: Seth Levine
Model: Emma Campbell
Photographer/Blogger Vincent Tsang of On and Beyond and illustrator Jeremy Wirth collaborated on this projected entitled NeoNinja. NeoNinja is a visual portrayal that bridges the gap between photography and illustration and really adds a degree of needed fantasy to menswear. The pieces shown above can be found at Off the Hook in Montreal.
Images via Off the Hook
SENSE presents this preview of spring/summer 2013 COMME des GARCONS Junya Watanabe Man and eYe collections. From first glance the color palette is full of light warm weather pastels and khakis. The shirting comes in an assortment of stripes, patterns and floral prints that are sure to be popular. As expected Junya collaborated with an assortment of brands for SS13, this includes the Champion sweatshirt material riders jacket and the Levi’s denim shown above. Most interestingly Pointer Brand is crafting a special coverall piece. My favorite items from this collection are the down varsity jacket and the two pairs of red and blue denim that I would love to see in person. Something I can’t give a pass to are the long past the knee black denim shorts. Thankfully the rest of the collection has enough promise to forgive and forget.
Vintage 60’s Era Made in US Levi’s 501.
After a some time away from wearing indigo denim, I’m back wearing it regularly. I started looking online for a pair of vintage jeans with a perfect fade. When 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 received them a few short days later.
I believe these shrink to fit US made Levi’s 501s date back to the 1960’s and the tag indicates that they were a Japanese import. Noticeable 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. My favorite aspect of these jeans is definitely the color of them. The wash down the front is perfect to me. The whiskering just compliments the faded indigo so well. It’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
Jimmy wears : Rick Owens DRKSHDW Poplin Jacket, N.Hoolywood Tank Top, Undercover SCAB knit jeans, Visvim 5-hole Boots.
Jimmy Wears : April77 Denim Jacket, Engineered Garments Floral Shirt, Opening Ceremony Camo Pants, Polo Ralph Lauren Hiking Boots
Jimmy Wears : Undercover Knit Crewneck , Helmut Lang Distressed Jeans, Dior Homme Sneakers
Jimmy Wears : Raf Simons Sleeveless Crewneck, Army Surplus Desert-Camo Cargos, Supreme Duffle Bag and Nike Lunar Chukka Woven
Jimmy wears : Supreme ‘No Limit’ 5-Panel Hat, United Arrows, Leather Varsity Jacket, Number (N)ine ‘Shut the Fuck Up T-Shirt” , DRKSHDW cut-offs, Jordan Brand Sneakers
Jimmy Wears : Comme des Garcon Junya Watanabe MAN reversible Hunting Jacket, XXBC Crewneck Sweater, Junya Watanabe x Levi’s Screenprint Jeans, Timberland Boots.
As promised here is Part 2 of ‘A Study in Contrasts’ shot by Rebekah Seok.
It’s so inspiring to see how much joy Rebekah gets from shooting ; she’s one of the reasons I’ve become interested in taking up film photography. Her photography style couldn’t be more different than my own but we both share a desire to capture the people and things in our reality we find most compelling. Film and digital photography are different beasts but the most influential variable is always the person behind the lens.
Creative Direction & Styling by Rocky Li
Photography by Rebekah Seok
Model : Jimmy Jimeno
Styling Assistants : Jimmy Jimeno, Rebekah Seok
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