During World War II the availability of raw materials for manufacturers was rationed for the consumer market, diverting much needed supplies to the war effort. From cotton to copper the U.S government levied certain sanctions against companies reducing the amount of components they used for their goods, this though gave birth to the modern jean we would recognise today.
The prefixture 'S' before 501 stood for simplified and though the fit of the 1944 remained loose with a high rise, the rivets reinforcing the watch pocket were removed, and the back cinch and it's reinforcing rivets along with the crotch rivet were eliminated never to been seen again on a pair of 501's.
Of all the limitations put on Levis at this time, one was definitely the hardest to abide by, the famous arcuate on the back pockets saw deemed to be decorative and served no function and therefore superfluous to requirements, as the brands most noticeable identifier, and having only patented the design in 1943 Levis decided than rather to remove it entirely, for the interim it would be printed instead of stitched on to the back pockets. The paint would wear off and wash away over time, but it would still be present as that all important brand identifier at sale.
Retaining a classic waist overall fit, the 1944 has a high waist and loose leg, for shrink to fit, these come up a little oversized in the waist, we would recommend buying true to size for a trimmer fit, on 1" up in the waist for a looser fit.
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