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Beams & Levi’s Split Strauss Classics Right Down The Middle

I respect the discipline required to wear jeans or other fixed-waistband pants during all of this, but I don’t have it. Like, I completely get that it’s an option, I’m just real certain there are better options for whatever circumstances we found ourselves in over the past two months. However, things are opening up again*, so a fly—button makes a bit more sense in context. And making that context more favorable is the latest BEAMS and Levi’s collaboration, a three-piece capsule they’ve christened the “Half & Half” collection.

(*This is neither the time nor the venue for this discussion, but it’s not going to be pleasant when we have to explain to future generations that people lost their collective minds over lack of access to a barber’s chair.)

The follow up to last year’s “Inside Out” series, this project features a jacket, a pair of jeans and a tee. But not as you’d expect. The jacket, for instance, is a science baby made from a 1936 Type I on one half and a post-1980s Type III on the other—even including half of a back cinch. But it’s not just the jacket – the pants combine a pair of 1937 501’s with 1993 501s, with period-correct washes for each half respectively.

The tee isn’t split in half, though, it’s just a co-branded joint with both the BEAMS and Levi’s logos. Sure, the colors of the motifs are split down the middle, but I guess we will have to leave the franken-t-shirt business to Needles.

Prices range from ~$45-$270, and it all drops May 21 at BEAMS