Levi's 501 (08501-0042 XXX9)

"08501-0042" is a product of Levi's in Japan which was released in 2008. The XXX9 denim is an evolution of the XXX17 denim used in "00501-01" and the XXX7 denim used in the "501-0101". The sewing is made in the Philippines. In the booklet accompanying the product, the XXX9 denim is explained as follows

XXX9 denim is a new denim that uses the company's traditions and techniques based on Cone Mills' material, and combines the "ultra-dark pure indigo" hue of 1909 with the composition "12.5 oz. unwashed and 14 oz. washed" found in the 1950s and early 1960s.
In order to express the unevenness of those days, the warp yarn is made up of a mix of four different thicknesses, and the weft yarn is made with a special ring span.
The XXX9 denim is a special denim with the original indigo color and the ability to replicate the strength and durability of a pair of jeans.

It has a flasher similar in design to the 03501 and, like the 03501, does not come with a guarantee ticket.
Straight, falling straight from the knees down. It appears to be slightly slender.
Levi's501(08501-0042)_paper patch

paper patch

The paper patch has a tear-off tab.


Almost the same design as the current 501 flasher. It's tailored to deep arcuate stitching.


This is a Japanese specification tag with the item number, size, etc. written on it.


A leaflet with an explanation of XXX9.


The XXX9 denim description is listed.


On the back, a 501 or product note.


It has a guarantee ticket printed on the slake, just like the 2003 model." FOR OVER 130 YEARS"
Levi's501(08501-0042)_inner tag

inner tag

Since this is a Japanese project, the laundry tag is written in Japanese. The country of production is the Philippines.
Levi's501(08501-0042)_inner tag

inner tag

The back of the laundry tag. The item number, size, etc. are listed. The bottom one, "0409", seems to be the date of production.
Levi's501(08501-0042)_back pocket

back pocket

Almost square back pocket. The arcuate stitching is quite deep.
Levi's501(08501-0042)_back pocket (back)

back pocket (back)

chain stitch
Levi's501(08501-0042)_red tab

red tab

Double-sided embroidered tabs with a small "e"
Levi's501(08501-0042)_belt loop

belt loop

It has a thicker belt loop that is reminiscent of the vintage one-sided tab era.
Levi's501(08501-0042)bar tack

bar tack

Yellow stitched bar tack.
Levi's501(08501-0042)_top button

top button

Plated iron buttons with parallel stitching across the top button.
Levi's501(08501-0042)_front button

front button

Excluding the top button, the number is three.
Levi's501(08501-0042)_fly button

fly button

A button with a pitter-patter between the letters.
Levi's501(08501-0042)_top button (back)

top button (back)

"3073" engraved. The top of the waist belt is chain stitched.


Copper-plated iron rivets
Levi's501(08501-0042)_rivet (back)

rivet (back)

The copper-plated ones are used.


It has been stitched with a lock sewing machine by Orange Stitch and treated with a side split. Also, the hem is single stitched.


It's reinforced with a bar tack.
Levi's501(08501-0042)_coin pocket (back)

coin pocket (back)

chain stitch


It's already been one-washed. It's a well-stuffed fabric, yet very supple. Also, the color is more bluish/reddish and deeper than 0351. On the other hand, the slabbiness is not very strong and there are no neps.

size waist
seat front rise back rise thigh inseam opening total length
W28/L32 29 10.5 10.5 14 11 31.5 7.5 41