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    Posted: 21 Oct 2020 at 4:54am
I have a bit of history with these in terms of haranguing Levi's for their reissue/wearing the sample prototype, but does anyone have a pic or has seen the original pair they apparently cut them from?

Still my fave shape they ever made.

Hoping someone has some info.

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I have a pair of LVC Denim Balloons as well - my favorite "at home" pants.

IRC there has been at least two versions of the Denim Balloons. One rigid/one wash version (with "Rocket City" collection in 2019?) and a washed, distressed and mended version from "Surf riders" collection (2018?)

I think there was a twill fabric one as well. I have never seen a pic of the originals though.
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As a backstory, LVC made a sample of these years ago but the stores never bought them in. I wore the original sample pair on the photoshoot for the Detroit range they did a few years back. That's me doing the back drop in them in the catalogue of that year.

After going beserk that they'd never even let the public see them I kept emailing them until eventually they arrived in stores.

So glad I did, they're amazing. Wish I'd have bought two pairs!
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they are great indeed. 1x2 denim. Here's a pic of the distressed ones from Surfers catalogue

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Ah, mine are the dark wash. As shown in the Rocket collection but thought I've had em longer than 2 years!
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This one Matt? 2013 was still very much the skinny jeans era. Now the kids are wearing more high waisted pleated wide leg pants and everything oversized is making a comeback, the time might be more ripe for these balloons. There are still couple of pairs for sale on eBay...    

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Yep! And that's my wife on the other page spinning. Need to have a look for a replacement pair just in case!

I agree. Though think it's better to get a pair made from Dawson Denim.
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Fairly sure someone on here ended up with a sample pair from the year they didn't go into production... 
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Jealous!
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Here is pic from some Japanese mag of the original Balloons. 


I found this from SUFU. Paul Trynka had bought a pair of the first run of Balloons that LVC made back in 2011. If you want to time travel to 2011 and see what else he got from a LVC sample sale it's here


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