The 1890 501® Jean was the first style created after the Levi’s® patent for riveting clothing expired that same year. This meant that other companies could start to copy Levi’s® famous patented riveted overalls, which had been made only by LS&Co. since 1873. To answer the coming competition, LS&Co. printed the inside pocket bag with information about the strength and originality of the XX overalls.1890 was the year that the 501 number was first assigned to the famous pants – likely done because the company no longer had an exclusive on patented clothing, and also because there was a good-sized line of clothing by this time.
It was easier for retailers to order their products by number, rather than by a simple description, as had been done in the past. Any product made with the highest quality materials was given a lot number beginning with 5: 501 for the overall, 506 for the jacket, etc. Made with XX 9oz denim from the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company, the 501® was at the head of the class.
- 100% cotton
- Made in the USA