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We can't vouch for the fit of the Dirtball Green Jean, but the America-made denim line does seem to have the eco-friendly bases covered better than most. It touts 100% recyclable material in its NC-made fabric—cotton from the cutting room floor and polyester from recycled water bottles. It also touts its various American-made elements and final sew in SC. The jean comes in regular, rigid, khaki, and enzymed.

You'll need to pledge $85 or more to get a pair via Kickstarter. With less than a week to go, the campaign has a long way to go.

While they are named for the Black Maria hearses that transported the corpses of coal miners during the early 20th century, the new sulfur-dyed denim from Left Field NYC likely isn't meant to be worn during long stings of hard labor—or by the dead. Rather, the black versions of the straight-leg Greaser jeans and slim-fit Chelsea jeans from Left Field will see us through hard times on the streets and in bars of our chosen cities. They've got a tough look. They're made in the USA from Japanese selvedge denim with a sulfur yarn-dyed warp and deep black weft. Complimenting the black-on-black weave are custom, all-black American tacks, rivets, and buttons, and red bandana pocket bags.

Get 'em for $230 at Left Field NYC.

'Know thyself' is a good mantra for an influential label such as Levi’s. The brand’s iconic 501 jean turns 140 this year, and the classic shrink-to-fit jean is as relevant a style today as they were back in the 19th century.

If one needs to study up on the history of the 501, this video below and pdf are a good place to start. But Levi’s is putting out all the stops to commemorate the 501’s 140th year anniversary. It’s taken the campaign a step further with a neat timeline on the Levi’s Vintage Clothing site.

LVC has done a fine job in releasing special reissues of every 501 model over the years, but the Historic 501 Timeline is the first time all that information has been offered in a nice visual package. And it’s a lot of information. Each LVC 501 jean is made using Cone Mills denim to the exact specifications of its original model—from fit and hardware all the way down to the labels and packaging.

The illustrative timeline begins in 1890, the year Levi’s patented its riveted jeans (from 1873, the 501s were known as XX), and goes on to chronicle all the models up until 1978. It’s filled with all kinds of useful archival tidbits, marking the introduction of belt loops in 1922, the first time the now-famous red tab was sewed on in 1936 or when kids began calling them “jeans” instead of “overalls” in the 1950s.

Head on over to Levi’s Vintage Clothing to view the Historic 501 Timeline.


For a little under a decade, the Boulder-based cult denim label Kicking Mule Workshop—or KMW for short—has made a name for itself by simply crafting basic goods of the highest quality. At KMW, the best fabrics and leathers from all over the world meet an unmatched eye for the details of the craft.

So when Kicking Mule quietly closed its workshop earlier this year, many believed it was the end of a promising label. Luckily, KMW is offering a final production run through Context Clothing, the Madison, Wisconsin store that’s been stocking it from the beginning. You’ll find cardholders and belts made in Japan, a loopwheel fleece sweatshirt, and their slim-fit 1980 selvedge jeans—all at drastically reduced prices.

Visit Context Clothing for more information.