Essentials | The Denim Jacket


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The first denim jacket dates back to the 1870’s by denim legend and Levi’s founder Levi Strauss ( early jacket records are unclear because the San Francisco earthquake in 1906 destroyed the archives of many workwear companies). There were brands such as Boss of the road, Stronghold and Heynemann made all sorts of workwear in denim. However Levi Strauss & Co. introduced the first riveted denim jacket, he even owned the patent on the design.

The 506, that would be labeled as the favourite model by rocker Eddie Cochran, introduced in 1953 Levis brought the 507 jacket to the world of mens workwear , adding an extra pocket and removing the buckle back in favour of side adjusters ( deemed a cleaner more modern look of the time ).





In 1962 Levi’s introduced the pre shrunk 557XX, considered to be a “classic trucker style”. Not considerd by Levi’s because they targeted the jacket to be worn by ranch workers. Nonetheless  fans of this style were the long-distance haulage drivers of the USA.




While the Levi’s denim jacket has evolved since then, the functionality and innate coolness of the piece has earned it as a definite essential to every mans wardrobe. A blue denim jacket belongs in your closet, no question, It even looks decent with a button-down and a tie if that’s where you feel like taking things. And because denim jackets won’t cost you an entire paycheck what’s the harm in owning blue and black?


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