The Lee® Archives is a range of superior selvage denim that exactly replicates a selection of the brand’s iconic originals. Exclusively produced in Japan all pieces are faithfully reproduced with passion using the same vintage sewing, cutting and weaving machines that were used in the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. The Lee® Archives collection uses exactly the same fabrics, zips, labels, buttons, stitches and rivets that so larked the originals. Taken from Lee’s® 120 year old archive, each item is a piece of history, originally engineered for railroad workers, cowboys and farmers who demanded strong, hardwearing and protective clothing.
The Lee® Archive combines durability, comfort and function with a sense of no-nonsense design that has been apparent since 1889. The collection allows the brand’s distinguished history to speak for itself and includes key styles such as the first ever overall; the Union-All the mechanics overall developed by H.D Lee himself in 1913, the Lee(r) 101B jean from 1924, the first ever jeans with a zip fly – the Lee® 101Z from 1926 and the classic blanket lined Storm Rider Jacket.
A celebration of this authentic denim brand’s heritage, the Lee® Archive collection is issued in limited numbers and each piece is a collector’s item for all true denim devotees.
Lee 91 Bib Overalls
The 91 denim overalls or ‘Bib’ were launched in 1926, gained in 1929 the four in one breast pocket as well as the slide fasteners on the suspenders. This iconic workwear garment became the company’s flagship product, remaining in production for 50 years.
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