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Levi’s Vintage Clothing 1944 501s
There are jeans, and then there are jeans. Predictably, these mean-looking Levi’s 501s conform to the latter variety. A precise reproduction of a design that dates to 1944, held in Levi’s extensive archives, they form a part of the super-exclusive ‘Levi’s Vintage Clothing’ collection – which exists to reintroduce iconic designs from the company’s phenomenal history back into the sartorial mainstream. Intriguingly, every reproduction tells the story of its archival sibling and this pair reflects restrictions in the supply of both metal for jean-rivets and in the availability of denim during WWII. Fewer belt loops than normal are affixed to the waistband for example, and the watch-pocket rivets, crotch rivets and the rear seat cinch were all removed for the first time to save on materials. Cut in the finest 12oz selvedge denim from Cone Mills, the rise of these jeans is particularly impressive, which lends them both an appealing sense of poise and an added touch of formality – suited to pairing with sports coats and tailoring. The legs gently taper and are best worn with chunky rolled-up hems. Most importantly, they feel authentic, solid and yet luxurious, just what one wants from a pair of serious investment jeans. £225.00, www.levi.com.