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    Posted: 21 Jan 2020 at 5:03pm
The whole idea of Levi's Vintage Clothing started with the Levi's Japan division in the late '80s. Due in part to an exploding interest in Japan for vintage American clothing, Levi's Japan began manufacturing replicas of Levi's jeans and denim jackets for the Japanese market.
 This idea really seemed to take off around 1990, and continued through 1996 when Levi's Vintage Clothing proper was formed.
 After this point both divisions were active in producing a mostly shared lineup of basic jean & jacket cuts in constant production. Both divisions went to an expanded seasons based approach after 1998- with their own design teams and production facilities. Alongside their rigid reproductions a line of "NOS" and distressed non-denim clothing appeared, mostly, but not always, items historically manufactured by Levi's
 After Levi's shut down their Japan division in 2009/2010, LVC continued on as the sole inheritor of repro idea operating under the Levi's banner.


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From varying years (for each model) from (at earliest) 1990 to 1996, Levi's Japan produced the following Jean & jacket models:


s702XX (1910s)









s702XX (1920s)









702XX (1930s)









503BXX (1950s button fly) Wider legged than a typical '50s jean, possibly based on a Boys 501, but made here in adult [Japanese adult] sizes.)







504ZXX (1950s zipper fly)










50s XX (1955?) No lot numbers printed on early productions, interior tag labeled "50s jean". A typical '50s cut- high rise, roomy top block & thighs, a taper from the knee down.









1960s button fly





I've seen reference of a 1960s jean in LVCJ's early lineup, but I've never found any images which prove a MIJ '60s button fly repro. Maybe it's just thin on the ground these days- If nayone has evidence of this type of jean existing before 1999, please let me know!
 The above jean was a Valencia street model that predates the early LVC offerings- the one pictured was made in 1995. There are a number of them available on yahoo.jp now- is it possible that Levi's Japan sold the American version from 555 and not a made in japan model of a '60s button fly? in the early '90s?
 I'll update this thread when I learn more.



502-XX (1960s zipper fly)








s71506 (WWII era 506- 1944) A simplified version of the 506 jacket produced originally to meet war effort regulations to conserve material. This version uses donut buttons, has no pocket flap, and SHOULD have a reduced number of 4 placket buttons. This early LVCJ edition had 5 buttons.









71507 Type II (1953)














551zxx (1962)

501 '66


71557 (type 3)











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Last year thrifting, in a sea of crap jeans totaling over 300 pairs, the very last one was what might be an early LVC japan 501. Should I post that here, or over on the LVC thread?
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Post it here, let's see.
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Originally posted by mr randal mr randal wrote:

Post it here, let's see.


I’ll make it so.
And while I’m at it- I’ll take pics of the 2002 war time
Type 1 jacket.
I’ll post that on the reg LVC thread.
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jlvc2 by bottleswest, on Flickr
jlvc3 by bottleswest, on Flickr
jlvc4 by bottleswest, on Flickr
jlvc5 by bottleswest, on Flickr
jlvc6 by bottleswest, on Flickr
jlvc10 by bottleswest, on Flickr
jlvc9 by bottleswest, on Flickr
jlvc8 by bottleswest, on Flickr
jlvc7 by bottleswest, on Flickr

I was talking with Mr Randal the other day- It would seem, back in the 1940's, someone at Levi's
wanted to celebrate 100 years in business in 1950. From this point- all the way into the 1990's, you would see (since 1850) In the 1990's Lynn D set the record straight.
I did the math on this pair- it looks like they were starting at 1850- so for over 140 years
takes it just past 1990.

So i think that's what's going on here?
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Ah, a LVCJ 503b from 1992. 

I have a theory about this model- I think 503 was a Levi’s boys/young men’s line, and was popular as vintage in Japan in the ‘80s as the smaller sizes worked well for a lot of Japanese guys. I suspect that LVCJ created this model as a wider legged version of their '50s jean (no taper), and used the familiar 503 number.



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too short for me at 28 inch inseam
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If that was a 34W I'd take it off your hands!

I recently got a practically unworn pair of s702XX '33s from yahoo.jp that I'm really liking. Seems as good if not better than any LVC US product in construction and materials, though I think historical accuracy did improve gradually over the years.
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hows the fit? did you get 34 or 36?

the last lvc 66 i got before cone closed were really shoddy 
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