Lee The Archives

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For Fall Winter 2010 Lee have added yet another set of 20th Century design classics to its high authentic range Lee The Archives.
The Lee Archives is a range of superior selvage denim that exactly replicates a selection of the company’s iconic originals.
Gleaned from Lee’s magnificent 120 year old archive, each item is a piece of history, originally engineered for railroad workers, cowboys and farmers who all had a demand for clothing that was strong and protective.
They combine comfort, durability and function with a no nonsense design ethic since 1889.
The range simply allows the companies distinguished history to speak for itself and comprises unique pieces like the famous mechanic’s overall known as the Union-All, invented by H.D. Lee himself in 1913, the legendary Lee Cowboy 101B jean from 1924, the revolutionary first ever zip fly 101Z jean from 1926 and the thoroughly essential blanket lined Storm Rider Jacket.
For FW10, Lee ads 4 unique pieces to the range, drawn from its solid work wear catalogue.
The 91-J Loco Jacket, one of the first jackets Lee ever designed, was fashioned purely for the railroad worker in 1921 and, forged from 11oz Jelt denim, boasts such lovely little details as the breast pocket with added micro pocket for the engineer’s watch.
Companion to 91J is the Model 91 overalls that, launched in 1926 and known as the classic bib, continued to sell some fifty years after their inception.
The star of this season’s show is without any doubt the immensely rare and collectable 191J,
a 1940’s Original Lee House Mark Jelt Denim Work Jacket with the zip up breast pocket, that is simply to die for.
Finally the last piece for winter is the celebrated ‘Can’t Bust Em 77 Logger’, a superior item that was originally made by the San Francisco based company, Eloesser Heyneman, who began
making jeans in 1851, excelled with their “Frisko jeans” and were acquired by Lee in 1946.
Ever able to spot a gem, Lee continued to produce this bestseller into the sixties that was known as ‘Logger’ and recognizable for the shape, extra pocket and suspender buttons.
As befitting the Lee Archives, every member of the pack, is exclusively produced in Japan on the very same antiquated sewing, cutting & weaving machines as in the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s and feature exactly the same buttons zips, cotton and rivets that held them together all those years ago.
Brought out in a limited edition, Lee The Archives is available in selected denim stores
throughout Europe.

(Friday, 21 May 2010) | casualwear


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