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    Posted: 21 Jan 2012 at 11:28pm
LVC 1999-2003

In 1999 LVC produced a larger collection with new 501 models and in 2000 their first non-denim items appeared. So far as I can find, there don't seem to have been any catalogs released from 1999 to 2001, so i have begun to reconstruct the releases for these years as best I can. If anyone has corrections or additional information for these years, please post it in this thread or PM me.


LVC 1999. Several new 501 models- the 1873, 1890, 1933, 1944 & 1947 and the '20s 201 appeared this year (some of the new models began appearing in late 1998).





LVC 2000 (tentative)



LVC S/S 2002- I believe this was the first season LVC produced small hang-tag catalogs that accompanied each garment. These photos are courtesy of Chlarlie B. (Dr_Heech):







The leather jacket for this collection, the 'Bonneville', was made in Italy of unlined cowhide and is one of LVCs best.


LVC F/W2002




The rodeo shirt and 'Sunbleached' sweat are great items.
 This collection marks the beginning of LVC's collaboration with Aero Leather Clothing co. in Scotland. The Aero x LVC jackets 'Rough N Ready' and 'Bird of Prey' are stunning items, best of the LVC jackets. The R'n'R is the more obviously distressed of the two, with convincing faux-repairs. The BOP, marketed as a woman's jacket, is the same basic model but cut slightly more narrow in the waist and with sharper collar points. Works quite well as a mans jacket, and in fact looks more like the archived '50s mens leather jacket at Levi's headquarters that these two were based on than does the R'n'R. Both the BOP & RNR were available in either a dark brown tumbled or blackish-brown oil-pull horsehide.


LVC S/S2003:


The '30s dude ranch shirt (actually a plaid shorthorn shirt from Levi;s main line) is very interesting, utilizing a printed (not woven) plaid and featuring elaborate customized embroidery. The 'Scorched Up' jacket (made again by Aero) is a loose reproduction of the East West Musical Instruments 'Barnstormer' jacket, lacking the originals side and lower pocket straps. The 1915 501 'Celebration' jean, widely sought after by collectors, was distress by Bart Sights and is one of the most beautiful and convincing washes produced by LVC.



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LVC F/W2003:


The 1901 'Indigo Immortal' and the 1937 'Rail Rider', two of the last Bart Sights washes, are outstanding. The 'Blue Black' leather jacket and its' female counterpoint, the 'Blue Blush' have become iconic, representing along with the previous seasons 'Rough and Ready' and 'Bird of Prey' the apex of LVCs partnership with Aero Leather. The 'Blue Black' was made from a blue backed Buffalo hide in a cropped '30s style. LVC seems to have infected Aero during this time with its inability to size properly. The 'Blue Black' is horribly undersized, with the large being roughly an actual 38. The '30s climate-sealed jacket makes its first appearance this season.


LVC S/S2004

The 1901 'Denim Devotee' is a really interesting, beautiful piece and the standout for this collection.


LVCF/W2004


The Spring Bottom pants from this season are incredible. LVC had a batch of very lightweight Japanese denim made to match the faded, slightly greenish natural indigo tint of a pair of famous Spring Bottoms in the Levi's archive (this same denim was later used on the 1910 pleated front jacket and the '50s 'Lighter Blues' pants). This Spring Bottom repro was lovingly crafted, with tan duck and red-striped cotton interior detailing and gold-look hardware. LVC later released a second, much inferior, batch of SB pants in 2010, perhaps in an effort to use up the remaining fabric, which featured simpler detailing, dull hardware, and even lacked the fabric connecting the split back waistband.
 The Aero 'Two Tone' leather jacket, in a oxblood-brown horsehide, is a fantastic piece.


LVCS/S2005 (US?)



Highlights are the 1910 pleated front jacket made from the Japanese denim produced for last years Spring-Bottom pants repro and the highly distressed 1904 Sunset jacket.


LVC S/S2005 (Europe?)

The European line for S/S2005 featured two very nice leather jackets- the last AeroxLVC collaboration, the 'Beat Brown' was an interior pocket A-2 type in seal capeskin. The first jacket called the "Menlo", made in unlined, oil-rubbed goatskin, was a nice start for LVCs return to non-Aero production.

LVC F/W2005









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LVC S/S2006

Not a strong season for LVC. Reduced number of offerings and no real standout items.

LVC F/W2006









LVC S/S2007

Offerings are reduced even further. Distressing on the jeans is good, realistic looking, but not as interesting and quirky as the Bart Sights washes pre2005. The Sunset jacket is quite nice.


LVC FW2007

Small collection again this season. Natural indigo 1873 xx is a questionable release, as by this time Levi's had acquired an earlier (1886) jean and reprod it, and so had to have realized how inaccurate the 1873 model was.


LVC S/S & F/W 2008

LVC discontinued catalogs at this time, but I am compiling some some files and will post them when I can. The number of items for each season shot back up during 2008, and some really nice, quirky pieces like the 333 jeans, '20s Sports Togs britches and the leather Lone Pine jacket were released.


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LVC S/S2008

















LVC F/W2009

This season, with a prison theme, introduced the lovely 1915 501 repro, with a new denim produced by Cone to celebrate the year in which Cone first started providing denim to Levi's. The '30s sportswear shawl collar sweater and the 1912 Sunset cardigan are both excellent pieces, probably LVC's finest knitwear along with 2011s Fairisle sweater.



LVC S/S 2010:



LVC design & management moved to Belgium under the newly created XX division, along with Levi's Made and Crafted, during 2010. Offerings increased and runs of rigid jeans became more consistent in production but, sadly, not in sizing. This season saw the third leather jacket called "the Menlo", though it was a completely different design from the first two "Menlos". This is the leather jacket Daniel Craig would later make famous by wearing in the Bond flick 'Skyfall' in 2012. The duck jumper was the first LVC item to be made using a special duck fabric developed for LVC by Cone Mills. This duck closely matched the duck Levi's used in the 1880s, complete with a black guide line running about 1.5cm from the plain selvedge border.


LVC F/W2011

In 2011 LVC set up a new website and posted this graphic for the F/W season. 
The 1874 hunting coat was originally produced by LVC Japan, and for my money the Japanese version looked much nicer, from a lighter, coarser duck and a tighter cut. The '20s mackinaw, produced previously for the 2008 season in a dark blue/grey plaid, and by LVCJ in a dark blue/green plaid, is a striking piece. The leather "Menlo" jacket, the fourth release so-called, is a darker version of the "Menlo" from 2009. The 1880s henley 'Port Stripe' is a repro based on the henley worn by a Yuma Indian, along with a pair of early XX or 501s,  in the famous 1880s portrait.


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Ok Mark- time for you to start the LVC thread!!! Don't make me do it...plus I have a cool picture to post.
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Originally posted by Sansome Sansome wrote:

Ok Mark- time for you to start the LVC thread!!! Don't make me do it...plus I have a cool picture to post.
 
Ok, well I've been asked to do it - in the absence of you-know-who Confused!


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The development of the Lvc catalogue  (1996/1999/2002/2003-4/2005-6/2007/2008 -
 
 
catalogue I got with my A-1 (US edition) from 2004 -
 
 
 
 
 


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Not a catalogue as such, but recieved in the post from early 2005  (from Cinch, in London, showing a special (if somewhat expensive) edition callab for remeberance sunday on 11/11) -
 
 
 
 


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hi,
great post. i'm sure i've got quite a few of these booklets somewhere in my house. cant find them at the moment though.
wondered if anyone could help me.
trying to find out which model a pair i had were.

they came with a brown cord patch on the knee and crotch/behind. also a dark denim patch (instead of the cord). 
also the hems/bottoms of the jeans were unpicked and loose.

hope someone can help.
thanks!
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Originally posted by youwhat youwhat wrote:

hi,
great post. i'm sure i've got quite a few of these booklets somewhere in my house. cant find them at the moment though.
wondered if anyone could help me.
trying to find out which model a pair i had were.

they came with a brown cord patch on the knee and crotch/behind. also a dark denim patch (instead of the cord). 
also the hems/bottoms of the jeans were unpicked and loose.

hope someone can help.
thanks!
 
Hi (and welcome),
I think the pair you may be referring to are the early distressed/repaired version of the 1890. 
IIRC it had the patches and distressed hems you mentioned plus a second (unriveted) back pocket which looked 'home-made'.  The jeans had been washed and given the usual Bart Sights laundry treatment.  They were one of the earliest attempts at pre-distressed Lvc which came out around 2000.
This model had no belt-loops and only suspender buttons and a buckle back - does that sound like the pair you once had? 
 
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