When it comes to war reenactment jeans, WWII gets all the attention. Denimheads flirt and fawn over the atypical 1944 Levi’s 501–what with it’s olive drab pocket bags, painted on arcuates, and laurel leaf hardware. It’s a testament to wartime rationing all in one garment. The Real McCoy’s even intentionally made their repro with crooked stitching to match it!
But denim existed in that first war as well, The Great War, the War to (not) End All Wars, and Japanese jean maker Studio D’Artisan has brought it back. The D1672 WWI Jean recreates the denim of a hundred years ago the wartime 1910s.
Materials were just as scarce, and the D1672 also features painted arcuates plus a hodgepodge of assorted buttons. It also retains period details like a high slung watch pocket, a cinch-back, and exposed rivets on the back pockets and fly.