Fade of the Day – Lee Storm Rider (45 Years, Unknown Washes)

We showcase some awesome fades which have often been earned in just a few years, but sometimes you just can’t beat true vintage patina. For this edition of Fade of the Day, we’re exhibiting this vintage Lee Storm Rider, submitted to us by Michael Hildebrand from Australia. This relic was passed down to Michael from his father, who purchased it more than 40 years ago.

This classic piece likely would have developed a lot of these fades in the ’70s and ’80s. Michael’s father told him it was rarely washed, and this shows in the stark, rippling honeycombs that have developed down the bulky sleeves. Chalky fades and roping cover the whole jacket and the brown corduroy collar has acquired a charming patina around the edges. The wool blanket lining is also fully intact, something you rarely see on Storm Riders this old and this worn.

This grail is fit for a Lee archive, but as it’s in such great condition, we’re hoping Michael will wear it with pride like his father did for so many years.

Lee Jeans 101-LJ Storm Rider Raw Denim Jacket

  • Fabric: 100% cotton selvedge denim, wool, corduroy
  • Fabric weight: 12 oz.
  • Fabric source: Japan
  • Made in: Japan
  • Additional Details:
    • Wool blanket lining
    • Corduroy collar
    • Back adjuster straps
  • Available at: Edwin for 30,240 Japanese yen (~USD$266)