Lee Riders denim jacket


Chest (pit to pit): 22-1/2″ (doubled = 45″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 19-1/4″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 26″
Length (base of collar to hem): 23-1/2″

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1970s Lee Riders denim jean jacket

Chest (pit to pit): 20-1/2″ (doubled = 41″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 26″
Length (base of collar to hem): 23″

I own this jacket’s twin and wear it regularly.  So much cleaner of a design than later denim jackets with handwarmer pockets.  And when they’re cut short, like a proper denim jacket is, you don’t need them.

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Powr House denim chore jacket

This vintage denim jacket was sold by Montgomery Ward under their Powr House workwear label. The denim has a wonderful fade to it. The jacket is a classic chore coat design, with four front pockets and an interior pocket. With the exception of the cuffs, the design seems nearly identical to a Lee 91-J. With Powr House as a house brand, it’s possible MW contracted out to Lee to make this run of jackets. There is a union tag in the breast pocket, but it is faded to the point of illegibility.

Chest (pit to pit): 26″ (double = 52″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 20″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 23-1/2″
Length (base of collar to hem): 31″

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Carwood denim jacket

This vintage denim jacket was made by the Carwood Mfg Co. of Winder, Georgia, under their western “Bar C” label. It has a classic cowboy cut. It has a pleated front, open topped patch pockets mid-chest and a snap closure. The jacket carries over a vestige of the belt backs of 1930s and earlier denim jackets in the form of bar tacked pleats where the belt would have been. The jacket has copper dome rivets at the corners of the breast pockets and on the sleeves. The jacket is lined with a striped wool blanket for a bit of extra insulation. Other Carwood jackets of this era I’ve seen were made with selvedge denim, but the lining hides the location the selvedge usually was on this pattern.

Carwood was founded in 1923 and had a manufacturing plant located at 105 E Athens St., Winder, GA. They produced work clothes, twills and denims. They also produced under the “Demander” label. During the 1950s, they had endorsement deals with Rodeo stars for their “Bar C” line of western denims. The company closed in 1989 and the building is now home to the Winder Cultural Arts Center.

Chest (pit to pit): 24″ (doubled = 48″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 19-1/2″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25″
Length: 22″

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Lee TWA / Pratt & Whitney work jacket

This vintage work jacket was made by Lee, better known for its denim jackets and jeans. The jacket is a waist length style, and bears patches for Pratt & Whitney and for TWA (Trans World Airlines). It still has its original zip in quilted liner. The main zipper is a brass Talon. It has bi-swing shoulder, reinforced elbows, slash handwarmer pockets and adjuster tabs on the waistband.

Chest (pit to pit): 24-1/2″
Shoulder to shoulder: 19″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24-1/2″
Length: 24″

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Lee Leisure blue fedora


This vintage fedora was made by Lee in the late 1940s or early 1950s.  It is a lightweight blue felt, with spiral stitching.  It has a casual hatband, and an overwelt brim edge. It is creased with a teardrop crown.  The hat is unlined with sporting scenes printed in the crown. It was originally sold by the JL Hudson Co of Detroit, MI.  Size: 7Brim Width: 2-1/2″    Photobucket