1954 501® JEANS

Levis Vintage Clothing


1954 501® JEANS
50154-0068 • MADE IN USA • D1 • RIGID

In the mid 1950s, Levi Strauss & Co. started selling 501® Jeans on America’s East
Coast for the first time (Western states had been the primary sales territory since
the jeans came out in 1873). Many folks had already been introduced to the jeans
at dude ranches, but to some, this button fly work pant was something they had
never encountered.

In order to make potential consumers comfortable with the company’s products,
LS&Co. introduced a zipper version of the button fly Shrink-To-Fit™ jeans in
1954: the 501® Z. It had everything long-time wearers loved: the silhouette, the
tough-but-flexible fabrics, rivets, etc. Retailers carried both the 1954 501® Jean and its
zippered brother, the 501® Z Jean, and everyone got the pair that worked best for

The 501® Z Jean had many fans. However, when it first came out, LS& Co. received
a letter from an old-timer somewhere in the West who wasn’t too thrilled with the
innovation. The actual letter has disappeared, but company legend has it that the
writer said; “Why the heck did you put a zipper in your jeans? It’s like peeing into
the jaws of an alligator.”

Design Details

  • 12oz Cone Mills Red Selvedge denim (14oz after wash)
  • Zip fly
  • Two large back pockets with concealed rivets
  • “Two Horse” leather patch
  • Big “E” single sided red Tab
  • Twin needle Arcuate


      • Front Rise - 11 1/2"
      • Knee - 18"
      • Leg Opening - 15 1/4"


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        Type: Denim

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