Western shirts are often characterised by their pearl fastening snaps.Levi’s introuced the 557XX jacket known as the Truckers Jacket which was identified by yellow thread stitching, rather than orange which was later used towards the end of the 60s.The Trucker jacket featured pointed flaps at the pockets and two side pockets.This pointed pocket style influenced the style of Levi’s jackets in future decades, evolving into designs including the modern 70507 (below) and as a result is the style we are most familiar with today.Below are various Trucker style denim jackets manufactured by Levi’s.It seems as though everyone I know is currently obsessed with vintage jeans. It's all I want to wear, and it's the only thing I want to buy—something easier said than done, which I didn't learn until I was in the fitting room at a vintage pop-up shop in So Ho trying on what seemed like my 50th pair.Instead, I tried on pairs with mysterious stains along the back and sides, some that were too dark, others too light, jeans that were baggy in the butt or poofy in the front. My butt was perkier, it was both straight-leg and snug, and there were these cool faded lines—scars from years of wear from another life, but nothing icky. To get to the bottom of this, I chatted with Karyn Hillman, Levi's Chief Product Officer, and Jonathan Cheung, Levi's Head of Design, for some answers, which inevitably led to a comprehensive step-by-step guide on how to find the right vintage jeans for you.
(And, while we're on the topic, when was the last time you washed them? And, despite the fact that they are one of the oldest pairs of jeans in existence, they look pretty good.It seems like denim is an American thing, no matter which state you go to.But until the 1950s, Levi's jeans were not available on the East Coast and only available for West Coast residents to support their ranch and open-range lifestyle. To mark the 142-year anniversary of Levi's 501 jeans, the apparel maker announced on Wednesday that its archives department had acquired a pair that dates back to the 1880s."Except for wear marks and a few minor holes and tears, the pants, which date to around the 1880s, are pristine," according to a Levi's blog post on the acquisition.