An exacting reproduction of the 1955 501 from Levis Vintage Clothing. just as it appeared on shelves when first released. The 1955 has come to represent classic 1950's biker and hot rod style. The jean has an 'antifit seat', boxier silhouette and fuller leg than it's predecessor the 54' and was adopted by a new generation of wearers on both coasts.
*Made with USA White Oak denim until the recent closure of America's Cone Mills denim plant these denims have now been replicated by Japan's Kaihara Denim Mills. Our current stock holdings a are a mix of both products, so reach out if you have a preference
- 100% Cotton
- 12 oz *Kaihara Selvedge Denim
- Button fly Closure
- Concealed rivets
- Two-Horse leather patch, Big "E" red tab and twin needle arcuate stitch
- Shrink to Fit. 5 -10% shrinkage
- Zip Fly closure
- Slightly rounded top block
- Regular rise. anti fit seat
- fuller boxier Straight Leg with 17" leg opening on size 32"
- Initially Hand or gentle machine wash inside out
- Preferably cold water to reduce shrinkage and preserve denim
- smooth jeans to reduce need for pressing
- line or air dry
- Liquid detergent or ensure powder detergent is dissolved
- Do not tumble dry. Do not wash in hot water
We recommended washing jeans inside out and wash in cold water and then line dry. The cold water wash can either be done by hand or in a front loading machine on a delicate cycle. It is worth noting that most top loading machines tend to spin the jeans too aggressively which can lead to streaks in the denim where the jeans rub against themselves.
Regardless of the washing method, air drying is essential. Air drying helps the jeans retain the custom fit you obtain through months of wear when starting with rigid denim.
Warm water washing once a jean has been worn in is perfectly acceptable but also avoid hot water or tumble drying with any denim products.
The 1954 501
The Levi's® Vintage Clothing 1955 501® Jean represents classic 1950s biker style. This jean had an "anti-fit" in the seat, slightly fuller cut around the leg, and boxier silhouette. It was also the first to bear Levi's® leather-like, paper Two-Horse Pull patch. Additionally, the updated red tab is double-sided—another example of Levi's® meticulous attention to detail. This version of the 501® still retains some classic features of its 1947 predecessor: belt loops as the only method of waist adjustment, hidden copper rivets on the back pockets, and a zinc button fly.This jean is made with Kaihara denim from Japan.