Saturday I spent at the Levi’s of the Bh Shopping mall to try on a pair of pants from Levis 501, and I was impressed so much that the waist is low.
I don’t know if there is a difference of modeling in Brazil, but I really found much lower than my 501. Is my impression or the economy of fabric is rolling loose? Until the pants of the suits of the business of the Savassi are cinturinha low.
Finally, the 501 is the classic of classics and the first jeans invented in history, but this was not always the same. This lowered the waist is not the first change over the years.
How did the jeans Levis 501
The first pants Levi’s were made of a fabric called “duck canvas” in a orange brown (a cotton canvas pretty thick), and later with denim raw blue. The denim ended up becoming the most popular among the options.
The first pants had only one back pocket, and also buttons for suspenders, back buckle on the waist, and line selvedge on the inside of the waistband and on the side of the legs (selvedge only with white stripe, without the detail the red).
At this time, the rivets were apparent and the design of the bow on the back pocket was a little different. The jeans have not yet had the etiquetinha red in the pocket and not with the leather patch on the waist.
The Levis Vintage Clothing is a special line of Levi’s that reproduces historical models of the pants 501, exactly as they were in the past. All details, fabric, trim, accessories and packaging are carefully re-created. I organized the timeline with the pants of this line, to understand better the changes:
Levis Jeans 501 in 1890
The pants of 1890 was the first one created after that has expired patent that guarantee the Levi’s exclusivity to manufacture clothing reinforced with rivets. This was the year in which was born the name 501.
The numbering system was to facilitate the inventory of the tenants, who had more ease organizing by number than by description. Levi’s has already produced a full line and all the pieces were numbered: 501 for pants, 506 for the jacket, etc.
To face the competition, the fabric of the inner pockets has been decorated with information about the brand, the originality, and the resistance of the parts. This practice continues until today.
In this point of the season also appeared the leather patch with two horses printed. The exact information of when this detail appeared, and of which he was the oo design of the original is lost in the rubble of the original headquarters building of the company, hit by an earthquake in 1903.
One detail: the stitching on the pockets was not made with sewing machines, double and so the lines are irregular.
Levis Jeans 501 in 1922
In 1922, the Levi’s had already changed to a supplier of denim to be better, the famous Cone Mills in North Carolina.
The fabric of the Cone had the line selvedge red, a form that the plant found to differentiate themselves from other firms ( Lee used to use the selvedge yellow). Before 1922 the denim had no color line, only a white finish.
This denim was a little heavier than the previous ones and already had the piece of leather classic, now with numbering stamped.
The pants 501 1922 reflects a change of habit in men. She is the first to come with dowels to the belt, in addition to buttons for braces and buckle.
Levis Jeans 501 in 1933
Knew that the brand Levi’s has only been recorded in 1927? Before that all jeans was called Levi s. in That year, the label begins to have a different type, the ® next to the trademark.
The pants from 1933 had belt and suspenders. This one is the widest of all the 501, reflecting the fashion of the 1930’s.
An interesting trivia is that hidden under the leather flap was a white label that was only visible after the leather began to shrink. The label had a white eagle and the letters NRA, which was the act of the national recovery. The Levi’s had the right to include this tag by having adopted rules labor imposed by president Franklin Roosevelt during the great depression.
Jeans Levis 501 em 1937
Two important changes in the jeans of 1937. First, the red label appeared on the back pocket as a new way to separate the Levi’s of the competitors. The second is that the rivets on the rear pockets are covered by the fabric, a solution not to scratch the furniture.
The seam was widest at the ends to work around the metal of the rivets and the pockets came with a booklet of arrows that point saying “the rivets are still here”.
The buttons of the suspender also were though, but were still sold as an option to be placed in time. The men joined of the belt.
Levis Jeans 501 in 1944
Now is the time to buckle back missing, along with the rivets on the eagle and in the bolsinho small to watch.
The jeans of 1944 has some differences because at the time, Levi’s had to reduce the amount of metal in the product because of the war and went on to reinforce the points where the rivets were “bar tacks” (a type of sewing).
The arch in the back pocket came to be painted rather than stitched, supposedly to save the cotton. The jeans also was lighter,to save raw material in the production of the fabric.
Levis Jeans 501 in 1947
19947 is an important year for the 501. Now the pants have all the modern features. The red label on back pocket, five pockets, without suspenders, no belt buckle, no rivets on the eagle and belt.
The difference of the pants for today is that the retail on the waist is still leather (with two horses) and the red label has the word LEVI’S entire capital (today the letter “e” is lowercase).
The jeans was more slim models pre war. In the photo, it looks pretty tight but it was not so much. The numbering of the LVC exaggerates the difference of purpose to reflect the way people stylish wore. It was common to see people buying pants in a smaller number, just look at photos of motorcycle riders, for example.
Levis Jeans 501 in 1954
The jeans 1954 is a little more adjusted, maybe to reflect the fashion after realizing that the people preferred their 1947 more righteous.
It was at the time of this jeans 1954 that Levi’s began selling jeans on the east coast of the United States. Until then she only sold on the other side.
A lot of people already knew the jeans, but for many the pants was still a novelty, mainly the fact that the locking of the hawk be with buttons. To resolve this problem the Levi’s released a version with a zipper, the 501Z. It was the same pants, but with the zipper instead of button.
Levis Jeans 501 in 1955
A few changes in the jeans 1955… the red label on the back pocket is now double sided and it seems that the patch to the leather on the waist was replaced by an imitation leather.
Another interesting detail is that the belt loop of the belt was not centered on the back of the pants. It was probably for ease of sewing, that passed the line by a thinnest point of the jeans.
Speaking of jeans, it was in the 50s that this kind of shoes began to be called as well. Before, the “jeans” were “overalls”.
Many east coast schools have banned students to wear jeans in the classroom. They said that in spite of the pant be appropriate for a school of the “wild west” in san Francisco, were not of good taste in the city’s schools. The ban ended up making the jeans a symbol of rebellion of youth.
Jeans Levis 501 1966
Major changes in 1966. The rivets of the back pockets were gone, replaced by studs. The warranty of the two horses was also although the flap of fake leather, and some of the seams are of black nylon instead of cotton.
When the Levi’s covered the rivets all over the world found that the problem of furniture scratched is going to disappear, just that’s not. With the time of use and wear and tear of the pocket, the sturdy metal appeared again. The tacks were a solution resistant and more flattened.
This modeling is more fair and also has the waist much lower than that of 1955. The leg is called “carrot” because thins in the calf.
Levis Jeans 501 in 1978
The main change of pants in the late 70’s was the red label on the back pocket that changed his LANDVI S® LandVI’S®.
The way they are in the photos I quite liked the cut of the 501 of 1890. The problem is that it only has a pocket and comes with buttons for suspenders and a buckle behind. Other favorites are the 1944 and 1955 because of the waist.
I think that this was the last pant of the main line is made with fabric “shrink to fit” does not sanforizado. The people needed to buy a pair of pants bigger and then wash it to get the trim ideal.
In addition to the lower environmental impact, this cloth makes the process more fun and allows for a trim modeled after the body of each. The practice is to put the pants wet and let it dry in the body, so that the tissue conforms better to instead shrink equally in all its extension.
This method is still used in some pants of Levi’s, and many brands of replica and reproduction also use tissue as well. All of these models that I showed above also can be purchased in the special line of Levi s.
If you are in order to buy a vintage version made by Levi’s Vintage Clothing, I’ve prepared a guide numbering of the pants 501.