LEVI'S VINTAGE CLOTHING (LVC)-1966 501xx Customized-Smokey

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Finish: Light Wash / Aggressive Vintage Finish
Model/Style #: 501xx® 1966 Customized - Smokey

  • Cone Mills 12oz Red Selvedge denim (14oz post wash)
  • Bright blue base
  • All-over irregular bleach creates a smokey effect
  • Soft scrapping pattern on the top block and back knee
  • Contrasting fading on the thigh down to the knee
  • Two-back pockets with bar tacks instead of rivets
  • “Two Horse” leather-like patch
  • Twin needle shallow Arcuate
  • Double sided big “E” Red Tab
  • Limited Edition

The 1966 501® Customized Smokey Jean has a bright blue base shade with an all over irregular bleach that creates a smokey effect. It has irregular cracks all over and a soft scrapping pattern on the top block and back knee and contrasting fading on the thigh down to the knee.

In 1971, the name “LEVI’S®” on the double-sided Red Tab would change to read “Levi’s®”, making the 501® Jean of the late 1960s the only ones with bar tacks and a big “E” Tab. Which means that a guy who hitchhiked his way to San Francisco in early 1967 and brought a pair of 501® Jeans was not only experiencing a once- in-a-lifetime event, but was wearing a unique pair of jeans; a pair which would change again when the Summer of Love was just a faded memory.

The 1966 501® Jean represents a snapshot in time. This style – bar tack instead of rivets, big “E” Red Tab – only existed from 1966 to 1971, just a blink of the eye in a very long life of the original and definitive blue jean. When the back pocket rivets were covered in 1937, everyone thought that would solve the furniture-scratching problem. But those rivets were tougher than they looked, and after a few years of hard wear they just wore right through the denim, scratching things up again. By 1966 technology had caught up with history and it was possible to bar tack the pockets so that they were as sturdy as they had been in their work wear days.

Sample Measurement (32x32): 16" Waist, 11" Rise, 15.7" Thigh, 32" Inseam, 6.5 Bottom Opening