The other key issue in determining the value of a pair of vintage jeans is size.
People want to collect the size that they actually wear.
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He is averse to having either himself or his equipment soiled, and has been known to wipe down his blood-smeared blades while still on the battlefield.
It may seem odd to some, but there has been an ongoing fascination with collecting and wearing old or vintage Levi's jeans and jackets for more than 20 years now.
By 1886, a leather patch with a picture of a pair of horses trying to pull the pants apart was sewn onto the back of the pants at the waist.
There are serious denim fans worldwide, says Matt Wilson, deputy editor-in-chief of online specialist magazine .
“People across the globe know the value of certain denim models,” he says, “especially in Asia, as Japan is the epicentre of denim culture.” America, unsurprisingly, is also keen, and the result is a dedicated band of self-confessed denim nerds – 99 per cent male, according to Wilson, who knows those with 5,000-piece-strong collections.
By 1890, the jeans were named after their lot number, 501.
It’s hard to imagine now, but Levi products—from jeans to jackets to shirts—were not sold east of the Mississippi River until the 1950s.
Once, when forced to take leave from his duties due to injury, Levi was seen in a black suit, plain white shirt, ascot, and dress shoes.