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Random images from the last couple of months.

MFSC 7161MD's post wash at approx. a year of wear.


Antwerp Central Station, might as well be a spaceship docking bay.

Herman Miller Eames LCM, scratched up by years and years of use, it's wear sped up by exposed back pocket rivets and cinch buckles.

MFSC 7163's post wash, also at approx. a year of wear.


Encountered this perfectly ratty looking WWII Jeep on my way to the office one day, next day it was gone.


Anonymous stool in the lovely country house on Mallorca where Miss Duck and I spent New Years.


Cloth patch on my Rigid LVC 333's.
(Note that as these are a sample, the stamped size is incorrect.)
Oddly enough my favorite piece from the last couple of LVC seasons is not a pair of jeans, it's not even made out of denim.
And not only that, no matter how hard I'd try, it won't look good on me.
Luckily it looks lovely on my girlfriend!


This 1940's, shrunken Levi's Sportswear men's tee from the Great Depression and Dust Bowl inspired "Wrath & Dust" S/S09 collection manages to speak to my imagination like a simple white t-shirt has never done before.
Did a gal hand-embroider this for her boyfriend and did it eventually shrink down to her size after numerous washes?
Or was it a very crafty young man who cross-stitched it onto his favorite (but now sadly shrunken) T-shirt to give to his fair lady?
It not only directly tells the wearer that they are being loved but it also represents a sparkle of hope in what were without a doubt dark times during the "Dirty Thirties" (though if one were to be nit picky, in that case it would've made more sense if it were a 30's tee...).
It proves that with a little effort even a t-shirt can be far more valuable than all the jewelry in the world.
It's the thought that counts!

I could go on, anyway, apart from a few exceptions it is normally only with true vintage pieces that I can let my imagination run wild like that...


related (via Tenue de Nimes)
I got my hands on these a couple of months ago, but finally got around to photographing them.
Figured I'd take a lot as they are quite the special pair of overalls!

Have yet to wear them, got them on sale and they only had a 34/34 left, which is length wise stretching it a bit for me, taking shrinkage into account, will probably only quickly soak them in lukewarm water and am guessing they'll end up quite full and short, but it's sort of the fit I'm after with these kind of jeans anyway.

I think these are the closest you'll get to a "factory-produced, homemade jean"...

Onto the pics:



Lovely sidepocket

Denim pocketbags goodness!




The denim up close and personal:


The inside really shows how charmingly crude the construction is on these:


And some detail shots:
Am not the biggest fan of the grain and colour of the leather tbh
edit: my opinion did a full 360 after these touched water, looks great now!



button attached by hand and hand stitched buttonhole:

Even though the tag said "First Blue Jeans" this is just a title LVC gave them as these do not resemble the oldest jeans (the 1880's XX) found so far.

They're from one of the earlier LVC collections when exactly I won't be able to tell you unfortunately.
- Made in the USA, but not Valancia street made, back of buttons says 822
-Synthetic indigo
-2 soaks when raw to get shrinkage out of the way, 1 soak at about 3 months and machine washed with detergent at 6 months

Wallet in backpocket, cellphone in left front pocket, bike keys in watchpocket, house keys in right front pocket.

I've worn these for 6 months straight, and after that in rotation with other jeans.
They are currently at nearly 7 months wear but I haven't worn them since for 2 months now as I'm focusing on another pair and I also don't know when I'll seriously be able to put some wear in these again, so I decided to take updated pics of these and post them up as I believe they turned out quite interesting so far.
It also shows the considerable amount of wear that occurred in the month after the first proper wash.
I'd love to wear these to death, but so many jeans, so little time....


raw


(L) after 3 days of construction at roughly 3 months
(R) post soaking them after the above


(L) pre wash at 6 months
(R) post wash at 6 months


Today (nearly 7 months)



(L) raw
(R) after 3 days of construction at roughly 3 months



(L) pre wash at 6 months
(R) post wash at 6 months


Today (nearly 7 months)


(L) 6 months post soak
(M) today
(R) coinpocket detail, today



patch (not treated with oil or anything)


raw


(L) after 3 days of construction at roughly 3 months
(R) post soaking them after the above



(L) pre wash at 6 months
(R) post wash at 6 months


Today (nearly 7 months)




raw


(L) after 3 days of construction at roughly 3 months
(R) post soaking them after the above


(L) pre wash at 6 months
(R) post wash at 6 months


today (nearly 7 months)


Backpocket:

I'm a big fan of the random crease running down from the left rivet!


Hem:

(L) back hem, right leg, today
(M) detail of repair job, used 3 different colours of blue thread, mostly light to take further fading into account
(R) back hem, left leg, today

And that's it.
I went a bit overboard with the pics I guess...

 
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