Levi's® 501XX® 1937 - RIGID (Deadstock US made Cone Mills Denim)
• 10oz Cone Mills Red Selvedge denim (12oz after wash)
• Two back pockets with concealed rivets
• Belt loops
• “Two Horse” leather patch
• Big “E” single-sided Red Tab
• Crotch rivet
• Single-needle Arcuate
• 100% Cotton
• Made in the USA
• Non-sanforized (shrink to fit)
As America slowly emerged from the depths of the Great Depression, the 501® Jeans of 1937 evolved into a mix of old and new. 1937 was a challenging year for America. The Great Depression was in full swing. Work was scarce and many Americans lost their farms and homes. But ever the optimists, the people of San Francisco persevered. The iconic Golden Gate Bridge was finally completed in 1937. And like the Levi’s® 501® Jean, it was held together with rivets — 1.2 million of them. The 1937 501®Jean still came with a cinch back, but the suspender buttons on the waistband were removed. Press-on buttons were given to customers who just couldn’t live without them. On the right back pocket, the 501® Jean was adorned with the now-famous Red Tab. First introduced in 1936, this device was meant to differentiate Levi’s® jeans from competitors in the marketplace. And in response to consumers who complained that their jeans were scratching their furniture and saddles, Levi’s® began sewing the back pockets so that they covered the rivets. To emphasize this point, they introduced the first pocket flasher. Made in the now-famous salmon colour and placed into the right-back pocket, the flasher had arrows pointing to the corners of the pockets with the words, “The Rivet’s Still There.”
On December 31st 2017 Cone Mills White Oak Plant closed it’s doors for the last time spelling the end of an era for US denim and in particular US denim for Levi's®. Cone Mills have supplied Levi's® since 1915 when a hand shake agreement made them exclusive suppliers of XX denim for their 501’s®. Levi's® Vintage Clothing have now used up all remaining stock of Cone Mills denim so are now using Japanese denim. They have also moved production from the US to Turkey (where a lot of regular Levi's® range is already made). There will be no more US made US denim Levis anytime soon if ever. These jeans we offer really are the last of an icon, when they are gone they are gone.
Sizes are listed as their waist size but will shrink to fit. The waist will shrink up to 2" and the length 2-3".