The Levi's Vintage Clothing 1954 501 Jean, also known as the "501 Z", represents Levi's expansion into new territory. In the mid-1950's, Levi's started selling their trademark 501 Jeans on the East Coast. Up to this point, Western states had been their primary sales region since the jeans first came about in 1873, and there the garment had grown a loyal following. East Coasters, however, were largely unfamiliar with this button fly work pant. To make it more approachable for new wearers, Levi's introduced a new version.
They took the original 501 Shrink-to-Fit Jean, replaced the classic button fly with a zipper, and named it the "501 Z." It retained all the other details synonymous with a pair of Levis jeans. the famed fit, rivets, and tough denim. This jean is made with selvedge denim from Cone Mills of North Carolina a Levi's brand partner for over 100 years.
The 1954 501 model has a high rise with a narrow tapered leg. It is also the 501 fit reproduced today with the tightest fit.
Please note that these jeans are smaller in size than previous LVC jeans, so make sure to check the size chart below before deciding which size that suits you best.
Hemming is always included when you purchase a pair of jeans from us! Give us a comment during check out and we will shorten them before we send them. Keep in mind that you won't be able to return the jeans if we alter the length for you.
For hemming, we'll use a vintage Union Special chain stitch sewing machine, to match the original seam of the jeans.
- LVC 1954 501XX Jeans Rigid - 100% cotton - 12oz Japanese redline selvedge denim - Unsanforized, will shrink approximately 4cm in the waist and 10cm in length when washed - Talon zipper fly - Hidden back pocket rivets - Belt loops - Printed pocket bags - Double needle Arcuate - Made in Bulgaria
All measurements are in centimeters and measured on a flat surface. The thigh measurements are taken 10 centimeters down from the crotch straight across the pant leg.