The very first 501®.
In 1873, Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis introduced their classic blue jean. However, by 1890 their exclusive patent for riveted clothing had expired, meaning that other companies could use the same construction. In response to this impending competition, Levi Strauss & Co. printed the inside pocket bag with information about the garment's originality and extra strong denim—referred to as "XX". More significantly, they assigned it an identifying number—501®—which would evolve into a signature brand.
Levis Vintage Clothing has honoured the original and recreated its characteristic details:
Edwin’s take on the original American jean the Nashville has remained untouched for the past twenty years. Drawing inspiration from the style and cut of late 40’s and 50’s denim...
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