1915 501® JEANS
15501-0008 • MADE IN USA • D1 • RIGID

The story of Cone Denim began in 1891, when brothers Moses and Caesar founded
Cone Export & Commission Company. By 1905, they established a mill that would
become renowned for setting the standard for quality denim. Cone Denim’s White
Oak mill, named after a 200-year-old tree on its grounds, continues to do so
more than a century later. Regarded as a stronghold of textile history, White Oak
remains an integral resource for its archives and endless inspiration.

In 1915, Levi Strauss & Co. approached Cone Denim, and a historic agreement was
struck which granted Cone the exclusive right to manufacture Levi’s® proprietary
Shrink-to-Fit™ denim for all Levi’s® 501® Jeans. This gentleman’s agreement, still
in place today, became known as “The Golden Handshake.”

A century later, we are still unearthing archival details about fabrics we’ve
developed throughout our history with Cone Denim. These 1915 501® Jeans
celebrate this history—reproducing the Cone fabric and Levi’s® fit from 1915, and
carrying the secrets of a 100-year partnership within their warp and weft.

Design Details

  • 9 oz Cone Mills Plain Selvedge denim
  • Two back pockets with exposed rivets
  • Cinch
  • Suspender buttons
  • Two Horse” leather patch
  • Crotch rivet
  • Single needle Arcuate
  • Panama Pacific paper tag


  • Front Rise - 13"
  • Knee - 19 3/8"
  • Leg Opening - 17 3/4"


  • Online only
  • Allow 7 - 10 days for shipping
  • These items are not available for expedited shipping 

Shipping & Returns

  • Free ground shipping on all orders over $50. 
  • 30 day money back returns on unused items
  • Sale items are final

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