Levi's are a popular brand of jeans created by Levi Strauss and his partner, Jacob Davis, in the early s. Originally worn by miners, the blue jeans quickly became a popular fashion item throughout the 20th century. Today, blue jeans are worn by people of all ages, and from all walks of life. Vintage Levi's are coveted and pricey items of clothing due to their age and historical significance. The term "vintage" refers to articles of clothing that are at least 25 to 30 years old. Levi's manufactured prior to the s would be considered vintage.
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The original use for the jeans was for miners during the Gold Rush—opportunists at the very bottom of the working class, venturing to California with very limited means, fighting the wilderness, each other, and deadly diseases eager to get a piece of the pie. Image via LongJohn. A century of truckers and blousons, however, has made for a multitude of models that many devote their lives to cataloging. Much of their original archives were destroyed in the San Francisco earthquake in and subsequent fire. One has to rely heavily on the knowledge of collectors and enthusiasts, communicating through cyberspace and sharing on various forums and blogs, their finds and findings. Sometimes incorrect, poorly written, badly translated or based on counterfeit products, these pieces of information are hard to trust, but that same uncertainty is what keeps the treasure hunt going, and what has kept it going for centuries now.
The history of the H. Lee Co. Whether outfitting cowboys in the twilight of the Wild West, supplying an American military entrenched in war, or producing the fashion and durability contemporary culture demands, the H. Here, categorized by decades and featuring elements of business, leadership and style, is a history of the H.
Lee Merchantile Co. In , due to unreliable shipments from their suppliers, H. Lee Merchantile was prompted to produce their first line of work wear garments including the now famous vintage Lee Bib Overall. These overalls were made of 8 oz.