Original Levi’s Climate Sealed jacket


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This vintage jacket was made in the late 1930s-early 1940s by Levi Strauss. Though missing the label (which would read “Climate Sealed / Jacket / Wind and Water / Repellent / Treated with Zelan / Levi Strauss & Co”), it is an unmistakable piece. It has a distinctive cut and equally distinctive detailing, with reinforced shoulders, D shaped zip pockets (with chain Talon zippers), underarm ventilation grommets, elasticized cloth panels on the waistband, a U shaped back yoke with a center pleat, curved reinforcement stitching under the collar and green Talon “sunburst” zipper (the color covers the Talon text on the stopbox on the front, it is visible on the back). This jacket has been reproduced by Levi’s under the LVC line three times, once a few years back, with a secret society style “Globus Hortus” graphic on the back, once in black with patches and more recently in red with simplified details (no back pleat, no grommets).

Chest (pit to pit): 23″ (doubled = 46″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 17-1/2″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24-1/4″
Length (base of collar to hem): 23″




1930s Levi’s Type 1 denim jacket

This vintage denim jacket was made by Levi Strauss in the 1930s.  Based on the one sided big E red tab, the silver prong type buckle on the buckle back, and the other details, this is the 1936 revision of the design. 

Chest (pit to pit): 19-1/2″ (doubled = 39″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 16-3/4″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 23″
Length (base of collar to hem): 21″

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1930s Levis Riders jacket


This vintage jacket was made in the late 1930s by Levi Strauss as part of their Levi Strauss Riders gabardine line.  It is waist length, with handwarmer pockets and button adjuster sides. It has a Talon zipper with sunburst stopbox, placing the date of manufacture in the late 1930s to early 1940s.

Chest (pit to pit): 19″ (doubled = 38″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 15″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 21-1/2″
Length (Base of collar to hem): 20″

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Levi’s Type 1 jacket reproduction


This jacket was made by Levi Strauss and Co.. It is a reproduction of their Type 1 denim jacket, produced from the turn of the century until it was supplanted by the Type II in 1956. It has a pleated front, single breast pocket, and buckle back. This one has a slider buckle instead of the pronged type like the original would have had. The denim is factory distressed, as are the buttons. The styling makes me think LVC repro, but the combination of the small “E” on the red tab, non selvedge denim, and the 70535-9954 model no. on the tag make me wonder if it might just be a short-lived reissue by the main branch of the company.

Chest (pit to pit): 24″
Shoulder to shoulder: 19″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 26″
Length (Base of collar to hem): 25″

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