Legendary repro brand Warehouse & Co is taking it way, way back for Fall 2019 with their 1880 Waist-overall. Being a vintage collector, seeing faithful repros warms my indigo dyed heart. Only in a dream where I am already dreaming could I find an original pair of jeans like this. I’m not alone though, unless you are an all star picker or have major cash, our best bet at owning a similar piece of history is investing in an exact replica.
But first, a little history: Boss of the Road Overalls were first manufactured in San Francisco by the Neustadter Brothers in 1852. Their denim featured extra stitching at points of strain to reinforce the fabric as Levis Strauss & Jacob Davis already held the patent for copper rivets, which made them unusable by other brands. The back pocket design, which you may recognize from RRL jeans is actually what the Neustadter Brothers used to distinguish their overalls back in the day and are based off Native American patterns and the leaf of the indigo plant.
In addition to some of the details previously mentioned, these jeans feature some exciting details that put them in a league of their own. We’re talking suspender buttons, donut button fly, single stitch everywhere, cloth patch, curved coin pocket, reinforced crotch panel, and a stylized cinch belt, just to name a few. If you want a faithful reproduction with all of the bells and whistles that won’t make you look like a re-enactor, these may be for you.
Available for £284 (~$365) at Clutch Cafe.