Back in blue: The 501® Jean: Stories of an Original
I’ve only come back to wearing blue jeans very recently, I’ve had a thing about black denim for quite a few years now, which has seen me go through various cuts of Acne Jeans and more recently, versions from Robert James on the L.E.S. in New York, whose black denims are blacker than black.
Interestingly, my first port of call on my return to the blue denim fold was to find a pair of Levi’s 501‘s, the looser cut (albeit in the newly-tapered ‘CT’ version), higher waist and general sense of deja vu creating a perfect counterbalance to more obviously contemporary pieces, like my beloved Common Projects low tops and Gucci knitwear and blouse-y shirts.
I say interestingly, because tonight I’m off to the opening of “The 501® Jean: Stories of an Original”, a three-part documentary film celebrating the 501® and its place in cultural history. With contributions from countercultural types like Henry Rollins and Lee Ranaldo, as well as US menswear heads like Scott Schuman and Mark McNairy, I’m looking forward to learning more about these iconic jeans, and suspecting that it might even lead to a spate of rare denim-buying. In other denim-related news, I picked up a copy of Denim Dudes at the (excellent) Gucci museum in Florence recently which is also feeding my newly-returned love of this faded, abused indigo fabric and the passion it creates.