Not washing your jeans for as long as possible may be a somewhat dated, and controversial, method of fading raw denim, but seeing fades like this can make you understand why some denimheads still do it. Coming to us from David Preston out of Portland, this pair of Levi’s Vintage Clothing 1947 501 have only seen one wash in 10 years, and have some sweet fades for today’s installment of Fade Of The Day.
David has rotated these LVC with other pants over the past decade, but tells us he’s worn them cycling and to hike to the top of Multnomah Falls in Oregon. The fades he’s earned aren’t your average Cone-Mills–style fades. The honeycombs and whiskers are crisp and defined, popping through the steely blue denim. The lap and seat are also heavily faded, and both knees look ready to bust.
Add some subtle stacks and a hard wallet fade to the equasion, and we have a damn near perfect pair of classic Levi’s.
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