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DENIM: Levi's Authorized Vintage

As the trend for embroidered embellishment and vintage patina in the denim industry continues, the collection consists of cherry-picked  iconic styles from the company's archive that have been lovingly repaired to vintage perfection.

Partnering with LA-based design and denim think-tank Lot Stock and Barrel, the collection includes bespoke cut-offs, tapered 501's, and Orange Tab 517's in addition to more iconic styles like the 505 and the 1970's Type II Trucker Jacket.

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Here in San Francisco -- then the commercial epicenter of the California gold rush -- Levi ran a successful business importing and selling linens, combs, handkerchiefs, and other ephemera to the people of San Francisco. However, it was not until 1873, at the age of 47, when Levi patented his riveted dungarees with the help of a Reno-based tailor, Jacob Davis. The addition of rivets to stress points on the pants quickly established the Levi Strauss brand of dungarees as the premier choice for miners, workers, and men of the west.

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DENIM DIARIES: Photographer Farhad Samari

This month I've been inspired by the work of photographer and denim aficionado Farhad Samari.

"Farhad was born in Iran, raised in southern California, and lives in Los Angeles. His love for photography grew out of his interest in all things creative. Farhad's intuitive style is a mixture of fine art and photojournalism.

He draws great inspiration from music, cinema, architecture, nature, painting, travel, history, beautifully designed objects, and timeless style.

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To all who doubt the manly appeal of  jeans on jeans on jeans, allow me to wax poetic on the sartorial choices of Mr. Bing Crosby.

Before Paul Newman donned the chambray chore coat as prisoner in Cool Hand Luke, before Marlon Brando's pants in On the Waterfront and The Wild One made girls weak in the knees, before Brooke Shields made Calvins seem cool and boys feel hot under the collar, before the onslaught of designer denim with bejeweled back pockets, before the cult of japanese selvedge and blogs dedicated to Friday Fades -- in essence, before jeans could be worn anytime, anywhere --  Bing sure tried.

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DENIM DIARIES: Day 24- The Chippewa Packer

Packer boots earned their stripes while on the Western frontier, as settlers reached the Rockies while journeying from homes in the East.

Wily men were responsible for the safe and quick transportation of pioneering families once their buggies reached the massive road block that is the Rocky Mountains. Nicknamed 'Packers' by the pioneers, these men unpacked family belongings from the buggies and hoisted all the god-knows-what to the backs of mule-ish horses. They didn't stop until the whole rag-tag parade had been led to flatter terrain.

The Packer boot, with it's pointed toe and stacked heel, was perfect for sitting in stirrups while a tight lace-up design allowed for ankle stability to more adeptly scramble over craggy rocks. Leather kiltie kept dirt and debris from hitching a ride.

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DENIM DIARIES: Day 21 - Packing

Meredith Vieira hates wearing panties. I know because I heard her talk about it on the View once.  And Nina Garcia, Editor of Elle Magazine, never wears a bra. I know because every season of Project Runway Nina  mentions at least once how bras aren't chic enough for her.

And then there is my little brother Henry, who just packed twenty-one pairs of underwear for his first year away at college. I know because he told me at dinner five nights ago.

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DENIM DIARIES: Day 20- Labor day

Getting dressed as the sun rises is easy. It’s the waking up that’s hard to do.

At 5:30am the same 501’s and a boy’s white dress shirt - still wadded up on the floor form the night before -- are the outfit du jour. That morning your coffee cupboard is empty, but you know near the old Schmidt's brewery on Saint Paul’s West 7th there’s a place to find caffeinated salvation.  You clomp down the stairs in Red Wing oxfords. You splash cold water on your face over the kitchen sink. You leave briskly out the front door.

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