Village Vintage in San Luis Obispo, Ca is proud to offer a wide range of vintage clothing, including one of the most sought after brands in the world: Levi's. As a leading purveyor of vintage denim, we've seen our fair share of rare and unique Levi's pieces come through our doors. However, none compare to the most expensive pair of vintage Levi's ever sold.
This pair of 501s, dating back to the 1890s, was sold at auction for a whopping $46,532 in 2019. These jeans were a part of the "Golden Age" of denim production, and featured a number of unique details that set them apart from modern Levi's. The most notable of these is the cinch-back, a feature that allowed the wearer to adjust the fit of the waistband. This was a common feature on early Levi's, but was phased out by the 1920s.
Another unique aspect of these jeans is the "big E" red tab, a feature that was introduced in 1936 and is still used on Levi's today. However, the big E on these jeans was actually a trademark of the company from 1886 to 1890. This means that these jeans were among the first Levi's ever produced with this iconic logo.
The denim itself is also worth mentioning. These jeans were made from a heavy, raw denim that has aged beautifully over the past century. The fabric has faded to a deep indigo hue, and has developed a rich patina that is highly sought after by collectors.
Overall, these jeans represent a true piece of denim history and are an example of the rare and unique finds that can be found at Village Vintage in San Luis Obispo, Ca. If you're a fan of vintage Levi's, or are simply looking for a one-of-a-kind piece of denim, be sure to stop by our store and see what we have in stock.