Not many things happened in 1873 — until you realised that was the year Levi’s created the first designer jeans. To be more exact, the American brand introduced the hardy blues on May 20 that year as the answer to work pants for miners who headed to the American West in the hopes of building a fortune. The look comprised heavy duty denim that was combined with rivets. The moniker given to this utilitarian staple: Levi’s 501 Original.
Fast forward to today, and the denim giant has introduced a limited edition series of 501s to mark the 144th anniversary of the garment. The three-piece collection features a pair of these jeans, a matching gilet and hot pants with a mixture of finishes. They include a handmade distressed look, embroidered graffiti motifs and vintage patchwork with a rock-and-roll designs like a skull, vinyl and a deck of cards. The overall result is one of an arty customised piece. Singapore will carry just the jeans, in a limited run of only five pairs. Priced at $399.90, the bottoms will be launched at the brand’s Ion Orchard store on, wait for it, May 20.