Since 1889, when Lee Jeans were first manufactured in Salina, Kansas, the role and purpose and of jeans has evolved on numerous occasions. It’s hard to imagine that even founder Henry David Lee would have expected his brand to not only be relevant but on the edge of high fashion.
And now that the brand has turned 125, it’s time for some serious celebrating. To commemorate the anniversary, Lee invited a quartet of designers to collaborate in creating special collections. One such person bestowed with the honor was Donwan Harrell, creative director of PRPS.
With the vault doors open to Lee’s archive, Harrell was likely a kid in a candy store while deciding upon his muses. For a project that he had complete creative control of, Harrell decided to work off of Lee’s most iconic wares. So while the jackets, pocket stylings and cowboy pants might be Lee in foundation, the results are distinctly Donwan. All the pieces are available raw or heavily distressed to match the same fade patterns of the original vintage garments.
And if you take a peek at the interior, you’ll find Lee’s classic banners and artwork heavily integrated into the pockets and lining, it’s like you’re wearing Lee history twice in the same piece!
While the collection has been out for a couple weeks, don’t feel besmirched if you haven’t heard about it and live stateside: these are only available in store in Europe and Japan.