In 1873, workers who’d flocked to the American West in search of fortune needed pants that could work and endure, so Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis combined quality denim and rivet reinforcements, creating the first pair of blue jeans: the Levi’s® 501® Original.
The iconic Two Horse patch stitched on to the back of every pair of 501® Jeans illustrates the original promise made by Levi Strauss: “It’s no use, they can’t be ripped” and celebrates the strength and quality of the riveted denim.
“It started out being purely functional. And became a style leader.”
Sits at waist
Straight fit through thigh
"We're acutely aware of people customizing their jeans—making them a little bit tapered, taking a lot out of the leg and then vacuum-packing themselves into vintage Levi's®. That was really the beginning of the 501® Skinny."
Introduced to the world in 2015, the 501® Taper retains all the key elements of the 501® Original, now reimagined with a slightly more tailored look.
“After hemming, tapering the leg of the 501® jeans is the most requested alteration in Levi’s® stores and tailor shops around the world, so we decided to do it for you, creating the 501® Taper and the perfect custom taper.”
- Jonathan Cheung, SVP APPAREL DESIGN
“It’s the garment of the outlaw, the rock and roller, the biker, the punk rocker.”
Faithfully capturing the spirit and heritage American workwear, Levi’s® Vintage Clothing meticulously reproduces our most historic 501® Jeans from the past 140 years. Fabric, fit and even the packaging are the same as the iconic originals.
People have been creating their own and giving a second life to 501® Jeans for as long as anyone can remember.
Never say goodbye to your Levi’s®. If your 501® Jeans are too thrashed to make it, turn them into a pair of cut-offs. Learn how from a Levi’s® Master Tailor.