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Fade Friday – Levi’s Vintage Clothing 1947 501 (3 Years, 4 Months, 5 Washes, Many Soaks)


LVC 1947 501, 3 years, 4 months, 5 washes, unknown soaks.

It takes a special dedication to commit to having your jeans repaired every time they need it, but if there’s one thing we have learned from our featured fades it is that these repairs are always worth it. Heddels reader Mifflin Mabalot from the Philippines knows this all too well and sent us some shots of his thrashed up Levi’s Vintage Clothing 1947 501‘s to prove it.

Verging on three and a half years of wear, these jeans have seen more than one trip to the local tailor for crotch and thigh repairs. Mifflin even took it upon himself to self-repair the back and coin pockets, as well as some really rad stitch-heavy repairs on the pocket bags. He even chainstitched his own hem by hand!

The fades speak for themselves too, having lightened up throughout to that nice, washed out, comfiest-pair-of-pants-you-own feel. And for that, we tip our hats and thank you for sending us one awesome pair of jeans.

Levi’s Vintage Clothing 1947 501 Raw Denim Jeans

  • Fabric: 100% cotton selvedge raw denim
  • Fabric weight: 12 oz.
  • Fabric source: Cone Mills in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
  • Made in: USA
  • Fit: Slim fit with straight leg
  • Additional details:
    • Considered to be the definitive five-pocket jeans and 501
    • Marks the return of the double needle stitched arcuate after WWII
    • Big “E” red tab
    • Hidden rivets
    • No crotch rivet
  • Available at: Unionmade for $260

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