The other day I posted about the L.L. Bean zipper duffle in a bit of frustration. They brought back a very similar version of the 1934 bag, but it was noticeably different. Why not just bring back the exact original design? I said in a blog rant. Maybe I'm just comparing them unfairly with Levi's Vintage Clothing, which creates perfect replicas from original design specifications of historic Levi's denim and clothing—with an exactitude that almost borders on crazy—and I love that.
As an example, this is an original issue early Orange Tab 1970s sweatshirt, and the one below is a 2013 issue by Levis Vintage Clothing—it also comes in blue. I love that sweatshirt so much that I bought one at the Independence booth at Northern Grade Chicago last month.
Levi's Vintage Clothing is sold online at ShopBop and at select Levi's retailers and stores around the globe, one of them being the Levi's Malibu store, which I made a recent visit to.
Another Orange Tab item I'm really digging is The 1966 606 Jean in the above photo. It was first introduced in the late 1960s for a younger Levi's fan, one that was looking for slimmer and more stylish fit that was also affordable. The 606 is widely considered as the original skinny jean, and I love that stone wash. It sits right at the hips and tapers from the side down to the ankle. And like all Levi's Orange Tab jeans and clothes, every step of the manufacturing process happens right here in the USA, exactly as it did in the 60s and 70s. And if you happen to make it to the Malibu store, you'll also find some actual vintage Levi's goods.