Paying tribute to the tough times that were WWII, WH Ranch Dungarees brings their R1942 Freedom Ryder jeans to the repro altar. Menswear takes much influence from the military, and that’s not limited to chinos and field jackets. As the story goes, rationing during WWII forced manufacturers to forgo any part of their designs that were deemed decorative. For jean makers, that included arcuates. To comply, Levi’s painted their arcuates while Lee left their pockets blank.
Taking the road Lee traveled, WH Ranch kept the pockets blank. As far as hardware goes, it’s equipped with UFO-style nickel domed rivets as well as nickel star and leaf buttons just like the originals. The Ryder is WH’s fuller fit with a mid-rise, vintage top block, and roomy thigh and leg. You can choose from their various lots which includes denims from Cone Mills, Kuroki, and Nihon. Bench made with single needle construction, you’d be hard pressed to find a better option.
Available for $375 at WH Ranch Dungarees.