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Topic: Levis Vintage Clothing (LVC)
Posted By: Dr_Heech
Subject: Levis Vintage Clothing (LVC)
Date Posted: 28 Jan 2012 at 1:24pm
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This is the Levi's Vintage Clothing thread.  Started in 1996, the Levi's Vintage Clothing brand was set up to cater for the increasing interest in vintage denim, a phenomenon which quietly started in the early 1980's.  In 2003, the brand name was abbreviated to LVC. 
This is the place to post your photo's,  and discuss the various nuances which we've all come to love and ... well, you know Wink 
 
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Posted By: Bob Dale
Date Posted: 28 Jan 2012 at 9:44pm
 great post Doc!


Posted By: Dr_Heech
Date Posted: 29 Jan 2012 at 10:44am




The first range that Levi's vintage clothing produced that was available in a few select stores here in the UK (see Lvc catalogues thread) had orange waist sizing/model tags.  These were only produced from 9/96 for a few months before the colour of the tag changed to salmon pink.  The first orange labelled items in the UK also came in a presentation box.  I have only seen the 1955 501XX, 1937 201xx and the 1963 551ZXX with these earlier tags.  The backs of the waist buttons were stamped '555', denoting their place of manufacture as the Valencia street factory in San Fransisco.
Here is one of two pairs of 1955's I have with the orange tag -
 
 
They also came with a large sticker -
 
 
 
Saying all this, there was an early pre-Lvc offering - probably influenced by the growing interest of Levis Japan imports - a generic 1966 Big E repro produced around 1994 (if anyone has pics, that'd be great!) - These again came in a presentation box.
 
 
 
 




Posted By: Dr_Heech
Date Posted: 29 Jan 2012 at 11:03am
Here are two pairs of 1937 201XX jeans with the salmon-pink waist tags.  Obviously they are 501XX, but for some unknown reason, Lvc then decided to differenciate them from the 1955 501XX's by giving them a different Lot number.  I would have though the different date, buckle, crotch rivet ..etc would have sufficed?  This was corrected in the S/S 2002 collection.
 
 
 
Notice that the tag codes (as well as the patch and inside leg size) are different?  The top pair in this last pic were made in 6/96!  I bought them from the US direct, so I can only assume that Lvc had started a little earlier there and hadn't used the orange tag variant(?)
 
The denim on the two is different -  the earlier pair is much hairier and greyer in colour (the bottom pair in the following pic) -
 
 
Close-up -
 
 
 
Other early models with the salmon-pink tags -
 
 
1962 557XX jacket from 1997
 
 
 
 
(All these pieces are now sold).
 
 


Posted By: Dr_Heech
Date Posted: 29 Jan 2012 at 12:08pm
In 1999, amongst new models, came the 1920 201 jean and the matching 1929 213 jacket.  The 201 was originally one of the budget lines introduced by Levi's back in the late 19th century.  In my opinion, these '99 repro's by Lvc were some of the best they made.
Here is a 1999 pair (right) next to the infamous 'wrong arcs' model of 2005 (left)  -
 
 
 
The 213 one pocket pleated blouse - 
 
 
 
 (all these pieces are now sold)
 
 
 


Posted By: Dr_Heech
Date Posted: 29 Jan 2012 at 12:19pm
Some of the best repro's Lvc manufactured were around 1999-2000.  In 1999 the 1944 S501XX and the matching jacket were introduced, as well as one of the most iconic models - the 1947, the first post-war Levi's 501XX.  Different in cut and details, compared to the jeans made before the U.S joined the war effort, the 1947 model has now become the standard to which all 501's would follow.
I recently picked up these repro's from the first batch, also made in 1999 at Valencia street -
 
 
 
  
 
 
An interesting detail is the length of the 'sail-stitch' down the outseam (on originals this was the thickest thread used to sew the pants) -
 
 
Also on the flasher, the words "The rivets' still there" has a band going through the middle (like on originals up until '66) of the word 'LEVI'S', just like the '37 and '44 repros.  Yet the 55's dont have this feature? 
Another nice touc and an interesting point is that the flasher is dated 1947, whereas flashers on the (555) '44 and '55 models are dated 1996. I really need to get a life.
 
Label and button denoting place and year of manufacture -
 
 
 
 
 
 
Also in this year, Lvc introduced the beautifull wartime version of the 506XX, the simplified (Hence 'S' prefix) model which adhered to the stringent wartime cutbacks -
 
 
 
 
 
 
The pocket flasher -
 
 
Plain steel rivets, given a copper-wash.
 
 
Inside care tag -
 
 
(now sold)
 


Posted By: Dr_Heech
Date Posted: 29 Jan 2012 at 12:54pm
Other great repro's made around 2000 were the 1873 duck pants, duck waistcoat and hunting jacket.  Intended to be worn together on horseback, the clothing of early hunters/trappers.
This is the catalogue which came with the jacket -
 
 
 
The duck jacket  -
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The duck pants -
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Black ID line in watch pocket (and outside busted seam) -
 
 
 
And leather washers on rivet-backs (this was to increase the water-repellent nature of the garment when wet) -
 
 
 
The duck waistcoat -
 
 
 
 
 
Here they are together -
 
 
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One of the two variants of the 1873 ist blue jean, produced in 2001.  This one is made from natural indigo (the other version was made in the darker, synthetic indigo) -
 
 
 
 
 
Inside care tag (labelled 125 to denote the '125th anniversary' of L.S &co -
 
 
Pocket bag print -
 
 
Possibly to emulate the one's on originals, produced before the 'guarantee ticket', such as this one from the Guiness book of records'  "most expensive jeans ever sold" -
 
 
(now sold).


Posted By: Dr_Heech
Date Posted: 29 Jan 2012 at 1:41pm
Originally posted by mr randal mr randal wrote:

Lovely stuff, Dr. I guess your sell-off last year wasn't exactly comprehensive, eh?
Most stuff I have posted has been sold over the last two and a half years.  All I have left of the early stuff is a BNWT pair of '55's and the duck stuff.
Oh and a pair of one wash 551ZXX which I wear now and again.


Posted By: killer b
Date Posted: 29 Jan 2012 at 4:08pm
do you have a fit pic of the duck set dr_heech? or would that be a tux too far?


Posted By: erk
Date Posted: 29 Jan 2012 at 5:36pm
charlie, you're a good man. thanks for posting all that.

I thought I'd share my 1955 review here as well as sufu.

"So my new 1955s are in. Overall I think they're pretty awesome. I love the fabric, the fit/silhouette is realy cool and classic, the construction looks to be dead on, and the pockets look really nice.

however, the buttons look horrible. the cheapest looking I've seen. definitely not what you'd come to expect on a 250 dollar pair of jeans. the rivets look nice and this time are copper backed rather than silver.

although the fly buttons look cheapo, the backs look pretty cool. more like what i've seen on originals, kinda domed looking.

my other gripe is an old one. I wish they used nicer thread. The thread roy slaper uses is really nice and doesn't look shiny and plastic. the thread used on these is a little hairy, but still quite shiny. Something I still notice on my 1937s."

Waist - 36
upper thigh - 12.5
knee - 9.75
front rise - 12.75
back rise - 16
hem - 8.5
inseam - 35.25




drying now. the rust has already started on the buttons, and they're not even dry yet. weird.


Posted By: bandit
Date Posted: 29 Jan 2012 at 10:29pm
Some fit pics of the LVC Duck Pullover I bought from Heech. 





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Posted By: Dr_Heech
Date Posted: 29 Jan 2012 at 11:28pm
Originally posted by killer b killer b wrote:

do you have a fit pic of the duck set dr_heech? or would that be a tux too far?
 
HaHa - Yes I guess that would be !!
A couple of members from another well-known forum kept asking me to do this (for sh*ts and giggles) but the answer is no. I've tried the jacket and waistcoat on once, individually.  The pants I've had several pairs of so know the fit.  Dont really want to break/bend the labels any more.  They're just such beautifull items - want to keep them the way they are.  And they were made at the Valencia st. factory so the last of it's kind.
Although in 2010 the duck pants were revived (although they were the yokeless model - we know this now thanks to the wonderfull discoveries made by Sansome) - and made from the same fabric.
 
Here are the photos I took of the 1873 duck 'closed front jumper' before I sold it to bandit -
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Posted By: Dr_Heech
Date Posted: 30 Jan 2012 at 9:41am
1879 1st pleated blouse repro from 2002.  Beautifully made with many special details -
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Definately one of my favorite Lvc repros (now sold)


Posted By: Dr_Heech
Date Posted: 30 Jan 2012 at 9:55am
Just a little geekism, to add to erk's 1955 review.  The templates for the backpocket arcs of the '55 repro have changed over the years (much the same as the '47's).  Here is the first change, from the early orange tag 555 made 55's to the salmon-pink 555 made 55's (only a few month's difference.
  
 
On the left is the latter, on the right is the earliest variant.  Notice how the left-hand side of the arc on the salmon-pink tagged 55's are flattish, whereas the early orange tagged 55's have a simmetrical arc.  I've seen many pairs of both and it's always the same.  This is the sort of stuff I notice Confused
 
 
So, pocket arc from 09/96 -
 
 
08/97 -
 
 
From 2003 (button stamp #554), still have the chalk marks marking them out
(this is also where the sizing started to go all over the place) -
 
 
from 2005: Getting a little shaky and this is where the problems start -
 
 
from 2010: Not entirely clear, but really awfull shaky stitching  (sorry abou the quality - blown up from original image via photobucket) -
 
 
I'll get me coat.
 
 
 
 


Posted By: erk
Date Posted: 02 Feb 2012 at 11:33am
new 1955s





Posted By: setterman
Date Posted: 02 Feb 2012 at 5:07pm
Excellent fit on the 55s erk. 

Here's some detail shots of my 1922s.  Four months old, roughly 2 to 2 1/2  months of wear.  Had hoped to only do hand washes with these, but they were so big when I got them I had to give them two hot machine washes before wearing.  Bought a size 36 (usually wear 38 in LVC), wish I could have gone down to a size 34 waist, because there's a lot of room in seat and legs in these. Wound up cutting off the cinch because the straps were too short to be of use, it was in the way since it had to go under the back belt loop (and I always wear a belt), and one of the shitty buckle prongs broke off. Darker blue than other pair of LVC I've ever had, and they're slow wearers.  Just starting to get hints of fading at the whiskers and thighs.  Going to put off washing these again until at least April.  

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Date Posted: 02 Feb 2012 at 5:08pm
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Posted By: mr randal
Date Posted: 02 Feb 2012 at 5:27pm
New theme tag for S/S2012:





To paraphrase- the theme is  "erk"! Roughly.


Posted By: setterman
Date Posted: 02 Feb 2012 at 5:43pm
Some of the details of what are currently my favorite pair of 501s, the 1966.  need to bring my camera home from the office and try to get some decent fit pix of these and my 1922s.  

Tagged 38X36, but hemmed down to a 30 1/2" inseam by BiG to be worn sorta 60s style short.  No cuffs on late 60s Levis!  

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Posted By: Maynard Fried-San
Date Posted: 03 Feb 2012 at 2:30am
Setterman, did you hammer those rivets on your 22s for the authentic flat-top look?


Posted By: killer b
Date Posted: 03 Feb 2012 at 3:14am
Originally posted by setterman setterman wrote:

No cuffs on late 60s Levis! 
not so sure about that...




Posted By: setterman
Date Posted: 03 Feb 2012 at 5:16am
That's not exactly the mainstream, American, men style of the 60s killer b.  For a good portion of the 60s, men's pants on this side of the Atlantic were worn tapered, and hemmed short.  IMO, that's how the LVC 66's are supposed to be worn.  

Maynard, yeah, I hammered the rivets on the 22s. Didn't think to put anything solid in the top block of the pants, so when I hammered the front rivets I put a couple holes in the back.  you can see one just above the right rivet in the back pocket shot.  Ouch


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Posted By: killer b
Date Posted: 03 Feb 2012 at 7:16am
oh, i know. just an excuse to post a cool pic... Smile


Posted By: Rivet Head
Date Posted: 03 Feb 2012 at 7:59am
Oi, oi, oi!!   LOL


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Posted By: mr randal
Date Posted: 04 Feb 2012 at 12:14am
Some shots of the new LVC Menlo jacket. This is the fifth LVC leather called "Menlo", and the third one of the same design. Note to LVC designers: there are other names.













 A real beauty. The leather (sheep skin, not goat like the first two versions) is thick, supple and has a nice grain. Stitching is good, and best of all the buttons are sewn properly- nice and tight with no loose threads, smaller interior button braces and exterior knotting (clavin recently schooled me on proper button attachment). Haven't seen a LVC jacket sewn this well since the last Aero x LVC. I guess it's sad when buttons being properly sewn on is a rarity worth noting, but that seems to be where we are.
 The color is hard to capture exactly- probably the second shot is the closest to reality.




Posted By: mr randal
Date Posted: 04 Feb 2012 at 12:28am
The design of the new jacket looks closest to the second Menlo, but as I don't have that one here are some comparison shots of it with the first "Menlo" from around 2005.









Buttons on the earlier version are not original.






Posted By: Rivet Head
Date Posted: 04 Feb 2012 at 8:56am
Nice one Mark! How's the fit? Pics? 

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Posted By: airfrogusmc
Date Posted: 04 Feb 2012 at 10:32am
A few rare items
1911 333s












Posted By: airfrogusmc
Date Posted: 04 Feb 2012 at 10:39am
1905 209 coveralls













Posted By: Sansome
Date Posted: 04 Feb 2012 at 12:30pm
I've seen this repro in person and it's one of the best I've seen!


Posted By: mr randal
Date Posted: 04 Feb 2012 at 3:40pm
The 209 looks great, AF. Did you replace the buckle?


Posted By: mr randal
Date Posted: 04 Feb 2012 at 3:56pm
Here you go Matt:






Posted By: airfrogusmc
Date Posted: 04 Feb 2012 at 5:09pm
Originally posted by mr randal mr randal wrote:

The 209 looks great, AF. Did you replace the buckle?

No its all original. 


Posted By: Rivet Head
Date Posted: 04 Feb 2012 at 6:30pm
Looks tuff Mark! Thumbs Up

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Posted By: airfrogusmc
Date Posted: 04 Feb 2012 at 6:37pm
Originally posted by Rivet Head Rivet Head wrote:

Looks tuff Mark! Thumbs Up

Agree , its gotta great A1 feel to it. 


Posted By: bandit
Date Posted: 07 Feb 2012 at 10:45pm
LVC Sunset Pullover from a couple years ago not sure what year. Incredible piece. Thanks Marcus again for hooking me up with this piece. 















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Posted By: MarcusB
Date Posted: 11 Feb 2012 at 3:11pm
No worries, glad it fit you.


Posted By: Dr_Heech
Date Posted: 12 Feb 2012 at 10:16am
Great photo Cory,
unfortunately the pics of my 551ZXX are pale in comparison, but I was asked by a member from another well known denim forum to take some fits, so I'd thought I'd post 'em here too -
 
 
 
 
I really like these, hardly wore them untill recently.  Lvc's heaviest denim to date?  14oz sanforized by Cone's 686 process (here's the pocket flashers from a pair I sold)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Details:
 Offset belt-loop is great but the arcs are IMO the best I've seen from Lvc. 
I really like the label, although it should still have the 'Every Garment Guaranteed' on it to be a '63 model, as this didn't go until '64 on originals.  My only real gripe is the zipper pull is small, would've rather Lvc put a Scoville/Gripper or even a reproTalon zipper pull on them.
 
 
 
 
 
They were from the original orange tag re-issues from  09/96 -
 
 
One of my current wearers again....
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Posted By: mr randal
Date Posted: 14 Feb 2012 at 1:05am
Some stuff from the LVC booth at inspiration. Most of the stuff on display were prototypes for F/W2012. There will be two themes- both 1940s, i think, boxing and motorcycles. Several nice MC-looking Ts & sweaters, a black leather motorcycle jacket, an interesting grey (wool, I think) suit, repros of the '20s sunset shirt they did in red a few seasons back with the fine stitching and small buttons, this time in blue and green. 
Another Menlo version, this time in a surprisingly heavy brown cowhide, with a '20s cords to its right.




Detail of the suit pant back.


'20s sports togs bottoms, matching the jacket from 2000.


 The return of the 1978 501. 


This was exciting to me- a new '20s 201 as well.  



Posted By: Rivet Head
Date Posted: 16 Feb 2012 at 10:48am
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Posted By: erk
Date Posted: 19 Feb 2012 at 11:33am
thanks for posting guys.

interesting to see that the 20s 201 appears to carry a Cone tag. I wonder if thats a mistake or if cone is making the fabric now.


Posted By: setterman
Date Posted: 22 Feb 2012 at 5:04pm
Cool to see the 201s back in the line up. IMO, the 78s are kinda an odd choice.  I can think of couple other models I'd rather see them do instead (proper '54 501Z, 60s 551ZXX or 502)

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Posted By: mr randal
Date Posted: 22 Feb 2012 at 5:45pm
^ I got from one of the LVC shop guys that Cone IS making the 201 fabric now, but was unable to confirm that with one of the designers. I did talk to them about the Cone denim for the '78. They say that Cone still had the recipe on the books for that one, and so were able to duplicate it exactly. They seemed really pleased with how the '78 turned out, and it did look really good.


Posted By: mr randal
Date Posted: 22 Feb 2012 at 5:47pm
A http://www.ebay.com/itm/1930s-LEVI-STRAUSS-BLACK-LEATHER-JACKET-STYLED-AND-TAILORED-IN-CAL-ORIGINAL-/160743384463?pt=Vintage_Men_s_Clothing&hash=item256d0d658f#ht_815wt_1062" rel="nofollow - vintage Levi's jacket on Ebay similar to the Blue-Black repro. Buy it now before the price doubles again! Started out at merely $20,000USD.


Posted By: colgems1966
Date Posted: 22 Feb 2012 at 5:49pm
let's hope they get the fit of the 78 right this time, the prior release was HUGE. i was considering getting a pair a few years back until i got reports of the measurements and decided i wasn't up for another round of guess your size.


Posted By: mr randal
Date Posted: 22 Feb 2012 at 5:52pm
^Actually, I heard from a reliable source that the new '78s (at least a sample one) are indeed over-sized.
 We need to develop a special smiley that denotes expected disappointment in LVC sizing.


Posted By: colgems1966
Date Posted: 22 Feb 2012 at 6:41pm
that's too bad and takes me out of the market. my present policy for LVC is if my normal size measures out odd or strange i simple will not buy. i learned the hard way to always get measurements before purchase and if they blow that i'm out. fortunately i do not need any at all so if they want to get my business they will have to get their act together. i love LVC but i have been burned too many times. i have even called customer service about it and that is a maddening experience---everything from to they do not know the line, to it was cancelled a few years back etc....i finally was called back by a lady who was higher up and she was willing to listen to me and at least knew the line existed but it was obvious she was not familiar with the products. that was made clear when discussing the evolving fit from year to year she told me the 1947 was one of the looser fitting models and was supposed to be loose. wtf?


Posted By: mr randal
Date Posted: 22 Feb 2012 at 7:09pm
'47s are relaxed fit, no?

:)


Posted By: ravennavaro
Date Posted: 22 Feb 2012 at 9:35pm
That jacket on ebay is at more than 40 large ones not 20. And actually rather than putting it up on ebay he might want to sell it to Levi's, I'm sure they'd love it, although not sure about their offer on the 40 grand price tag


Posted By: Dr_Heech
Date Posted: 22 Feb 2012 at 9:54pm
It is a shame that Lvc made a balls-up of the cuts on the '47, the 501z and the 505.  I would have loved an accurate repro of them all. 
Also, in my opinion, the core of collectors/wearers I've spoken to liked the period of jeans made by L.S.& co from the second world war to the late 1960's particularly, due to all the subtle changes that took place.  Plus these models (apart from the WW2 type) were still fairly easy to come by even here in the UK before the Japanese pushed the prices up in '89/90.
I know Warehouse, Sugarcane and the like have made models very similar capturing the nuances and subtle changes we all loved (variations in thread colour/offset belt-loop/different bar-tacking thread/leather patches ..etc) but in reality the only LVC repro's that are within the ball-park for me are the 1944's, the '55's and the '63 551z's.
 
Still 3 out of 6 ain't bad Clap


Posted By: setterman
Date Posted: 23 Feb 2012 at 5:38am
Originally posted by mr randal mr randal wrote:

I did talk to them about the Cone denim for the '78. They say that Cone still had the recipe on the books for that one, and so were able to duplicate it exactly. They seemed really pleased with how the '78 turned out, and it did look really good.

That's a pretty cool selling point (but we'd hope/expect they duplicate all the years exactly!).  I've only seen one picture of a guy wearing the old 78s (he was briefly in the cultizm contest, his '78s fell apart early on), and they fit him very well.  Between that, and the denim, it makes them interesting.  But, the late 70s?  I dunno, not exactly a nostalgic era!  

Here's the fit pix of the '78s the guy posted for the contest.  Too bad they didn't hold up....

hadn't looked at these photos in a while, seems like they're riding a little lower in the front that I'd expect.  

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Posted By: setterman
Date Posted: 23 Feb 2012 at 6:12am
Originally posted by Dr_Heech Dr_Heech wrote:

but in reality the only LVC repro's that are within the ball-park for me are the 1944's, the '55's and the '63 551z's.

The 551ZXX is the only model I'm really jonesing for LVC to do.  Cool era, and so many different details coming together in one model.  Probably won't see it again for years, if ever... 


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Posted By: b_F
Date Posted: 23 Feb 2012 at 6:47am
That '78 fits really cool! I like it. What happened exactly to the pairs? What were the issues?


Posted By: Bob Dale
Date Posted: 23 Feb 2012 at 7:25am
Originally posted by setterman setterman wrote:

Originally posted by Dr_Heech Dr_Heech wrote:

but in reality the only LVC repro's that are within the ball-park for me are the 1944's, the '55's and the '63 551z's.

The 551ZXX is the only model I'm really jonesing for LVC to do.  Cool era, and so many different details coming together in one model.  Probably won't see it again for years, if ever... 


You know they are keen on denim-heads though.  If the site-launch for LVC taught us anything, it's that LVC is aware of its fans online. I think it would go over pretty well, the 67 505 was relatively popular (and unless I am completely mistaken was the only zip-fly denim in 2009 & 2010)


Posted By: setterman
Date Posted: 23 Feb 2012 at 7:49am
Originally posted by b_F b_F wrote:

That '78 fits really cool! I like it. What happened exactly to the pairs? What were the issues?

I can't find his post, but I know he had issues with some part of the jeans wearing out quickly.  Here's the one wear update he posted, "3 months wear, one wash, one shower".  Looks like the seat/crotch is ready to wear through....

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Posted By: Dr_Heech
Date Posted: 23 Feb 2012 at 8:48am
Originally posted by setterman setterman wrote:

Originally posted by Dr_Heech Dr_Heech wrote:

but in reality the only LVC repro's that are within the ball-park for me are the 1944's, the '55's and the '63 551z's.

The 551ZXX is the only model I'm really jonesing for LVC to do.  Cool era, and so many different details coming together in one model.  Probably won't see it again for years, if ever... 
 
Michael - here's a pair in your waist size, not sure about your inseam.  He also has some 1920 201's and some 1937 201xx's in your size.  All made at valencia street.
There was a BNWT pair of 551zxx in your size for £350, but they must have sold.
 
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/160739390616?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649" rel="nofollow - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/160739390616?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649
 
 


Posted By: setterman
Date Posted: 23 Feb 2012 at 9:16am
Thanks for the heads up! Haven't been on ebay looking for 551s recently.

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Posted By: colgems1966
Date Posted: 23 Feb 2012 at 11:26am
Setterman the 551's are out there. i've wanted some too and we wear the same size W. i have seen a few prs the last 6 mos. i need a 38/34 and that has been the hangup for me. so far they've all been 38/36 or 38/36 hemmed and i want the original hem in mine. i've seen a couple of pair go fairly cheap around $125. i'm guessing many more were made in 38/36 than 38/34 going by the empirical evidence, which is fine by me i'm in no hurry. 


Posted By: bandit
Date Posted: 23 Feb 2012 at 9:07pm
New LVC overalls.
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Posted By: setterman
Date Posted: 26 Feb 2012 at 1:29pm
getting ready to throw my 1922s in for their first wash since October and I was thinking, wouldn't it be nice if LVC made a 1920s 506XX outta that same denim....

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Posted By: mr randal
Date Posted: 01 Mar 2012 at 5:17pm
Got some sun today and I took the opportunity to catch up on some photography projects.

This is the LVC 1917 Sunset shirt from last year. One of my all-time favorite repros from LVC. The texture of the cotton weave is hard to capture- it has almost a slick surface and a nice faint sheen. Similar to the finish of new chambray. The single-needle stitching is quite nice, obviously hand-done but without looking sloppy. Thread count is insane. The tiny buttons are shell.
 LVC has two new 1917 Sunset shirts due for release for F/W2012, in a soft blue and a light green. The buttons on the new version are a little different- a little taller, IIRC.













Here is Victor Sandberg presenting the original shirt at a store in Sweden. I love the little flourish he does when he invites people to come closer and photograph the shirt.





Posted By: clemente21
Date Posted: 02 Mar 2012 at 9:04am
this looks really wonderful 

http://unionmadegoods.com/Levi_s_Vintage_Clothing_1930s_Menlos_Jacket_in_Tan_4409.html" rel="nofollow - http://unionmadegoods.com/Levi_s_Vintage_Clothing_1930s_Menlos_Jacket_in_Tan_4409.html


Posted By: bandit
Date Posted: 03 Mar 2012 at 9:57pm
New Sunset shirt from this season. 


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Posted By: fardin
Date Posted: 04 Mar 2012 at 1:33am
nice one , how did you size it, the rising sun shirt is so beautiful too. cant wait for it



Posted By: Cinch
Date Posted: 04 Mar 2012 at 12:24pm
LVC 1947 501XX from around '04. Pocket repair with selvedge denim at the Levis Tailoring shop, San Francisco.



Posted By: Cinch
Date Posted: 04 Mar 2012 at 12:33pm
Immortal from the '03 LVC collection.  



Posted By: Cinch
Date Posted: 05 Mar 2012 at 1:04pm
Some shots of LVC at the San Francisco Union Square flagship store. Taken before the recent reset of SS 2012.






Posted By: bandit
Date Posted: 05 Mar 2012 at 11:07pm
LVC Henley and overalls.





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Posted By: Cinch
Date Posted: 06 Mar 2012 at 8:16am
Two pair of LVC Immortal from the '03 collection. The one on the left is regular production and numbered. The one on the right is an unnumbered prototype. You can see that aside from having a slightly lighter wash, the darning, spots and repairs are all a close match. The only difference I can find are a few small darns that were done in a natural cotton thread, perhaps as an experiment or in keeping with some of the earlier, pre-'03 special editions that had repairs with natural colored thread? But, that is just a guess, I don't know. 



Posted By: Rivet Head
Date Posted: 06 Mar 2012 at 9:36am
Love this one! I'll be looking for L when they are half off...LOL! Wink

Originally posted by clemente21 clemente21 wrote:

this looks really wonderful 

http://unionmadegoods.com/Levi_s_Vintage_Clothing_1930s_Menlos_Jacket_in_Tan_4409.html" rel="nofollow - http://unionmadegoods.com/Levi_s_Vintage_Clothing_1930s_Menlos_Jacket_in_Tan_4409.html


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Posted By: Rivet Head
Date Posted: 06 Mar 2012 at 9:38am
Perfect fit on the overalls Bandit! Thumbs Up

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Posted By: Nonriveted
Date Posted: 06 Mar 2012 at 9:56am
yea i agree, that henley works perfect with those overalls bandit, awesome barn too!!


Posted By: Patt11
Date Posted: 08 Mar 2012 at 10:52am
Fresh drop at LVCSF.


Posted By: Bob Dale
Date Posted: 14 Mar 2012 at 6:01pm
Has anyone seen the new 519 cords in person ? I think they are calling them the 'Bedford' pant.  on the Unionmade website they kind of look pre-distressed but I couldn't tell. Anyone know one way or the other?

(also, I am not usually one to bitch about prices for luxury items... but 210, damn they're mighty proud of these jobbies).


Posted By: Cinch
Date Posted: 14 Mar 2012 at 8:37pm
Do you mean, there is a sale at the Levis store on Union Square for LVC stuff?


Posted By: colgems1966
Date Posted: 14 Mar 2012 at 8:40pm
frankly i don't see the value. i like 519 cords but they didn't start producing them until the 70's so there are plenty of originals floating around cheap. a few years back i bought a mid-70's deadstock pair in khaki for around $30, they are the same model LVC Japan copied. for me it's a no-brainer a copy for $200+ or a deadstock original for $30.


Posted By: Bob Dale
Date Posted: 14 Mar 2012 at 9:03pm
I hardly ever see 519s and I thrift everyday. If you ever see them in 33-30 gimme a holler.   I refuse to pay MSRP for anything, especially something I know will go on deep discount in 4-6 months or less. That's why I am asking about them, if they aren't distressed I'd have a lot easier time paying a discounted price for them as they are essentially the perfect cord for my wardrobe.




Posted By: colgems1966
Date Posted: 14 Mar 2012 at 10:32pm
Robbie try ebay, they are on there all the time. they pretty much always sell under $50 and i've seen desirable ones sell as low as the $15-20 range. a lot of times they are 80's vintage and i don't know what you're looking for, but it is easy to tell approx when they were made; if they have a talon 42 zipper and the small paper care tag they're earlier models. most sellers don't know the difference so there is rarely a premium for them. i've gotten some good ones on there and have never paid more than $30.
i wouldn't overlook the cord 517's either. those are great too, early 517's have the same features previously mentioned but that model had a back patch which the 519 didn't and the early 517 had a batwing levis logo on the back patch later changing to the standard two horse patch all levis have.


Posted By: bandit
Date Posted: 19 Mar 2012 at 11:07pm
I posted photos of these overalls before but I didn't really show the back of these.







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Posted By: setterman
Date Posted: 22 Mar 2012 at 5:45am
new 506XX arrived in the mail today.  Found a guy on ebay selling them for half ($150) of what the US stores are charging, and couldn't help myself.  It's funny, after wearing my old jacket working in the yard last weekend and getting it totally soaked in sweat, I had to wash it again, and while I like the results, I didn't want to be washing this jacket regularly.  The idea popped into my head "get a back up one to keep dark, and wash and wear the hell outta the old one." Nixed that idea after seeing how much their going for, and then by chance stumbled across this one NWT on ebay. 

Here's a couple couple quick pix with the phone.  Differences I'm noticing between it and the one I currently have (which I believe was made back in 2007): Denim used in the new jacket is a darker indigo.  Old jacket seemed very turquoise when raw.  New jacket has the made in Turkey label at neck, font is different on the 506XX XL on the new jacket, and the red tab on the new jacket lacks the registered circle R.  White tag shots aren't perfect, but any idea when this jacket was made?   

 
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Posted By: denimdart
Date Posted: 22 Mar 2012 at 7:22am
Look what I have just been and picked up from the post office - post mark San Francisco ...............
 
 
 
 
Better see what is inside  ..........
 
 
Levi's Vintage LVC 1920s 213 denim jacket ........
 
 
Thank you Mr Randal Clap       Fit pics to follow shortly.


Posted By: Bob Dale
Date Posted: 22 Mar 2012 at 8:00pm
Any of you guys sitting on any 555 LVC might make a real quick buck : http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=LVC+201&_in_kw=1&_ex_kw=&_sacat=0&_okw=&_oexkw=&_adv=1&LH_Complete=1&_udlo=&_udhi=&_samilow=&_samihi=&_sadis=200&_fpos=&_fsct=&LH_SALE_CURRENCY=0&_sop=12&_dmd=1&_ipg=50" rel="nofollow - check it a ton of 201's recently sold for 500$ a pair.


Posted By: Dr_Heech
Date Posted: 22 Mar 2012 at 10:09pm
Originally posted by Bob Dale Bob Dale wrote:

Any of you guys sitting on any 555 LVC might make a real quick buck : http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=LVC+201&_in_kw=1&_ex_kw=&_sacat=0&_okw=&_oexkw=&_adv=1&LH_Complete=1&_udlo=&_udhi=&_samilow=&_samihi=&_sadis=200&_fpos=&_fsct=&LH_SALE_CURRENCY=0&_sop=12&_dmd=1&_ipg=50" rel="nofollow - check it a ton of 201's recently sold for 500$ a pair.
 
I recently sold the last but one of my DS 555 stuff, a pair of 55's, for £400!  The prices have been going up slowly this year.  Unfortunately the cash went on bills..etc, rather than new denim purchases :(


Posted By: Joseph Hill
Date Posted: 23 Mar 2012 at 8:04am
How much did your 506 shrink?  Awhile back I found a very nice one in a local antique mall.  It was a medium (usually my size), and I couldn't even think about getting my second arm in it.  It was like an extra small.  I neglected to get more in depth tag info for all the disappointment.  Before the FieldHouse (Blackbird) changed its format, I had tried on a raw made in Turkey medium, and it was hanging off of me.


Posted By: setterman
Date Posted: 23 Mar 2012 at 8:39am
I haven't checked the measurements, but I'd guess my new jacket shrank 2" everywhere after a trip through the washer (cold, regular) last night.  It's an XL, but raw it fit me like an XXL (it measured 54" at the chest).  Now, I'd say it's a true XL, and I wouldn't want it shrinking any further (especially in the sleeve and body length).  For reference my chest is 49", I wear a 17 1/2 x 36 dress shirt.  I'm wearing mostly XL shirts right now, but they tend to be a little short in the sleeves.  

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Posted By: Rivet Head
Date Posted: 23 Mar 2012 at 9:15am
I'm after a pair of these in a 36 or 38:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/USA-LVC-LEVIS-201-xx-Buckle-back-No-2-DENIM-PANTS-JEANS-W29-Valencia-501-506-507-/320862384091?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4ab4e36fdb#ht_5882wt_1289" rel="nofollow - http://www.ebay.com/itm/USA-LVC-LEVIS-201-xx-Buckle-back-No-2-DENIM-PANTS-JEANS-W29-Valencia-501-506-507-/320862384091?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4ab4e36fdb#ht_5882wt_1289


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Posted By: denimdart
Date Posted: 26 Mar 2012 at 3:19am
As promised here are the fitting pics of the 213 LVC jacket. Tongue
 
With 1947 LCV 501
 
 
213 with 1947 LVC 501
 
With 1955 LVC 501
 
With 1955 LVC 501
 


Posted By: setterman
Date Posted: 30 Mar 2012 at 11:11am
Originally posted by mr randal mr randal wrote:

 

 The return of the 1978 501. 


This was exciting to me- a new '20s 201 as well.  


Any ideas when these will be hitting stores?  Would like to see more photos of both.


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Posted By: mr randal
Date Posted: 30 Mar 2012 at 7:33pm
^That stuff is F/w2012, so maybe June/July?


Posted By: ise_merc
Date Posted: 08 Apr 2012 at 4:45am
do you have this jeans.. i want this jeans


Posted By: Cinch
Date Posted: 08 Apr 2012 at 9:06am
I'm ticked off that Levis stopped offering LVC's in 38 and 40 lengths in STF denim. I can't buy them any more because they end up being too short after washing. Depending upon the type of denim, I've found  the 38-40 inseam will shrink down to 34"-36" after a few washings. That is a nice length, but unfortunately no longer available. 




Posted By: Patt11
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2012 at 3:36pm
30% off selected LVC items at LVCSF. Come check it out or give the store a shout.


Posted By: mr randal
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2012 at 5:19pm
^Say hello to Ross when he arrives out of breath.


Posted By: devilish
Date Posted: 14 Apr 2012 at 8:42pm
Oh, I see how it is. Smart Ass!

Actually, there isn't anything there that I like that much or don't have already. However I did just get the 1880 Blouse Jacket from Unionmade today. Last one in my size anywhere in the world.


Posted By: misterh
Date Posted: 14 Apr 2012 at 9:29pm
Messing around last weekend when I got rid of the beard.



Posted By: jewellben
Date Posted: 23 Apr 2012 at 1:27pm
Originally posted by Patt11 Patt11 wrote:

30% off selected LVC items at LVCSF. Come check it out or give the store a shout.
So this is where you've all been hiding!

Anyone know if cinch lvc is also having a sale?


Posted By: Shorty Long
Date Posted: 24 Apr 2012 at 5:30am
those familiar with this season's line-up...

check out the items at Mohawk:
http://mohawkgeneralstore.myshopify.com/collections/levis-vintage-classic-1" rel="nofollow - http://mohawkgeneralstore.myshopify.com/collections/levis-vintage-classic-1

Each is described as "Made in the USA," but I have my suspicions. I'm pretty sure the jacket is made in the States, but I thought pretty much all of the non-denim pieces were made overseas. 

I tried contacting Mohawk to confirm but did not receive a response.


Posted By: clemente21
Date Posted: 24 Apr 2012 at 9:34am
I have that granite green henley and it's not made in the US - will check when I get home where it's manufactured 

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Posted By: setterman
Date Posted: 24 Apr 2012 at 3:31pm
Originally posted by jewellben jewellben wrote:

So this is where you've all been hiding!

I think I need to continue hiding here, and ignore the LVC thread at sufu.  A guy asks for help choosing what size to get in the 1966 and asks for post wash measurements on the size 36. Couple replies later he announces that he's tried on the size 34 and 36 in a shop.  Dude, if you were lucky enough to be able to go in a store and try them on, you sure as shit should be able to figure your size, especially if it's not your first pair of shrink to fit jeans.  Jeez!   


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Posted By: clemente21
Date Posted: 24 Apr 2012 at 3:45pm
Originally posted by clemente21 clemente21 wrote:

I have that granite green henley and it's not made in the US - will check when I get home where it's manufactured 

Henley is made in Portugal. 


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