The 501 XX – A Collection of Vintage Jeans

The 501 XX, 1890s to 1960s


A book for collectors
by Yutaka Fujihara

Jeans, originally called «waist overalls», played an important role and provided a significant influence in the fashion world. Originally intended as work clothes, the denim pants became indispensable items in people’s everyday lives, keeping pace with rapidly developing economies and cultures. Among countless types of jeans, the 501® XX made by Levi Strauss and Co. is still held in the highest regard throughout the world. The beautiful fades, unique eye-catching details like the famous arcuate stitching and RedTab keep the 501® XX in constant demand in the vintage clothing market. Though the style of the 501® XX evolved over time to stay current with customers’ desires, it always remained true to its origin as tough work clothing – so tough in fact, that 501® XX Jeans found from over a century ago are still available. The 501® XX proved strong enough to survive the test of time and still continues to be an essential part of fashion history.

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