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Fade of the Day – Levi’s 501 Black (4 Years, 6 Washes)

If you think black jeans don’t fade, think again, buddy. This black pair of Levi’s 501 jeans come to us courtesy of WeiXiang Lian who’s based over in Taiwan. He’s been wearing them for four years now, and his hard work shows in the shadowy fades that have risen through the black denim.

Non-selvedge and non-indigo, this is far from a typical Fade of the Day, but the fades WeiXiang has earned are a victory for the black denim camp. These Levi’s have seen it all – from car crashes to college graduation days – and the fades have come through accordingly. The rugged grey cast is complemented with chalky white dye loss in the thighs and seat, whilst whiskering, roping, and some subtle honeycombs complete the look. There are even some subtle stacks towards the heavily worn hems, and a gnarly repair on the right thigh to boot.

Levi’s 501 Shrink-to-Fit (STF) Raw Denim Jeans

  • Fabric: 100% Cotton
  • Fabric weight: 12.5 Oz.
  • Fabric source: Unknown
  • Made in: Unknown
  • Fit: Straight leg with high rise
  • Additional details:
    • Levi’s signature model
    • Contrast stitching
    • Button fly
    • Unsanforized
  • Available at: Levi’s for $64.00