We’ve recently been exploring the world of custom embroidered/rearranged denim of the late 60s and early 70s, one of the few areas of men’s vintage clothing that has not yet been milked to death.
New to the store is this pair of late 60s Big E 501s. which is covered some of the most elaborate hippie hand-embroidery we’ve ever seen. It’s all rendered in an Indian motif and features dueling medicine men, wildlife scenes, a large swastika on the rear, and stalks of both abstract wheat and peyote (both also featuring swastikas.)
Along with the jeans came this amazing vest. Usually denim vest of this era are merely jackets with the sleeves hacked off. This one is actually made from a pair of deconstructed Levi’s dungarees. Lined in a cotton zebra-motif fabric, the vest also features Levi’s ass pockets and I Ching symbols. Check out the giant peacock on the back, very similar in design to the classic track mark cover-up design that bikers would get tattooed in the crooks of their elbows.
Pair this ensemble with a Castaneda paperback is the ass pocket and you’re all set.