Faithfully capturing the spirit and heritage of American work wear, Levi’s® Vintage Clothing reproduces the fits, fabrics and details of bygone eras. Our source material is our own archive and our inspiration is the hardworking men and women that we have equipped for the last 141 years. Through our seasonal tribute collections, iconic reissues and special editions, we relive our treasured history and offer timeless products to discerning connoisseursthat are as obsessed with it as we are.

Vintage Levi’s® jeans are a coveted commodity among lovers of second-hand clothes and style, who can tell you tales of hours spent digging for the perfect denim. For those of us who love the look but dread the search, there’s Levi’s® Vintage Clothing.

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[1890]

The Original 501® Jean

1890 was the first year the 501® lot number was adopted, likely because Levi Strauss no longer had an exclusive patent for riveted jeans, which was granted in 1873.

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  • 1890s oz plain selvedge denim
  • One black pocket with exposed riverts
  • Cinch
  • Suspender buttons
  • First Two Horse Pull leather patch
  • Crotch rivet
  • Single-needle Arcuate
  • Pocket bag print
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  • 1940s 12 oz red selvedge denim
  • Two back pockets with concealed rivets
  • Big “E” single-sided Red Tab
  • Two Horse Pull leather patch
  • Printed Arcuate
  • Pocket bag material varied during wartime
  • Unbranded rivets
  • Laurel leaf unbranded buttons

[1944]

The Jean with a Printed Arcuate

To support the effort at home during World War II, Levi’s® reduced the use of metal, fabric and thread. Instead of losing the iconic stitched Arcuate, the symbolic design was printed on the back pockets of all 501® jeans.

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[1944]

The Jean with a Printed Arcuate

To support the effort at home during World War II, Levi’s® reduced the use of metal, fabric and thread. Instead of losing the iconic stitched Arcuate, the symbolic design was printed on the back pockets of all 501® jeans.

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  • 1940s 12 oz red selvedge denim
  • Two back pockets with concealed rivets
  • Big “E” single-sided Red Tab
  • Two Horse Pull leather patch
  • Printed Arcuate
  • Pocket bag material varied during wartime
  • Unbranded rivets
  • Laurel leaf unbranded buttons
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[1947]

The Jean for a Changing Time

Levi’s® met the post-war demand with slimmer-fitting jeans removed of extra details, like cinch and suspender buttons. This was a jean for changing times, and it hasn’t changed much since.

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  • 1940s 12 oz red selvedge denim
  • Two back pockets with concealed rivets
  • Big “E” single-sided Red Tab
  • Two Horse Pull leather patch
  • Twin-needle Arcuate
  • Watch pocket rivets returned after the war
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  • 1950s 12 oz red selvedge denim
  • Zip fly
  • Two large back pockets with concealed rivets
  • Two Horse Pull leather patch
  • Big “E” single-sided Red Tab
  • Twin-needle Arcuate

[1954]

The Jean with a Zip Fly

As Levis® expanded to the East Coast, so did their denim offering. In 1954, Levi’s® introduced the 501® Z, a zippered version of the Shrink-To-Fit™ 501® Original.

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[1954]

The Jean with a Zip Fly

As Levis® expanded to the East Coast, so did their denim offering. In 1954, Levi’s® introduced the 501® Z, a zippered version of the Shrink-To-Fit™ 501® Original.

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  • 1950s 12 oz red selvedge denim
  • Zip fly
  • Two large back pockets with concealed rivets
  • Two Horse Pull leather patch
  • Big “E” single-sided Red Tab
  • Twin-needle Arcuate
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[1955]

The Jean Fit For Rebels

1890 was the first year the 501® lot number was adopted, likely because Levi Strauss no longer had an exclusive patent for riveted jeans, which was granted in 1873.

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  • 1940s 12 oz red selvedge denim
  • Two back pockets with concealed rivets
  • Big “E” single-sided Red Tab
  • Two Horse Pull leather patch
  • Twin-needle Arcuate
  • Watch pocket rivets returned after the war
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  • 1960s 12 oz red selvedge denim
  • Two back pockets with bar tacks instead of rivets
  • Two Horse Pull leather-like patch
  • Big “E” double-sided Red Tab
  • Twin-needle Arcuate

[1966]

The Jean Fit for Rebels

Levi’s® became the uniform for the free-thinking youth hitchhiking their way across the U.S. This style included bar tacks instead of back-pocket rivets and a big “E” Red Tab, which only existed from 1966 to 1971.

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[1966]

The Jean Fit for Rebels

Levi’s® became the uniform for the free-thinking youth hitchhiking their way across the U.S. This style included bar tacks instead of back-pocket rivets and a big “E” Red Tab, which only existed from 1966 to 1971.

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  • 1960s 12 oz red selvedge denim
  • Two back pockets with bar tacks instead of rivets
  • Two Horse Pull leather-like patch
  • Big “E” double-sided Red Tab
  • Twin-needle Arcuate