The Athlete and the 1954 501ZXX
Measuring by the number of readings that the wear & tear project-article has had already, it seems I’m not the only one who’s interested in how the Levi’s Vintage Clothing dry 501 jeans shrinks and wears. But as you may remember I headhunted four other guys to help me carry out the project, and here’s an introduction to one of those guys, Jan Ø. Jørgensen who’s wearing the 1954 501ZXX.
When I met Jan last Monday he had been wearing his 501ZXXs for about a week. Before he started wearing the jeans he rinsed them for a couple of hours in his sink. He actually added two cups of vinegar and a cup of salt to water and it’s going to be interesting to see if this makes any difference to the fading of the denim. As a crucial part of the project he also measured the jeans before and after the initial rinse. Measurements are in centimeters.
So Jan, tell us a bit about yourself
Well, I’m a 24-year-old guy who has dedicated his life to badminton. I started playing at age 4 and loved the game from first hit. It turned out that I was pretty good at it, and the dream for becoming the world’s best slowly got into my head.
When I was 18 I moved from Aalborg to Aarhus to get access to better training facilities. A year later I was the best in the league and once again I packed my things and moved to Copenhagen to join the national Danish team. I have been living here for 5 years now and love everything about the city, especially Vesterbro where I have an apartment. During this period I’ve finished gymnasium and at the moment I’m studying humanistic informatics at a very very very very slow pace. This year has been all about qualifying for the Olympics and I’ve succeeded!
To be honest I’m kind of a rookie when it comes to denim. A good friend of mine mentioned my name because I have the “skinny athletic” body that would fit the 1954 501ZXX. It’s actually my first pair of skrink-to-fit jeans so it’s all new to me. But when I was contacted by Rope Dye I was instantly ready! I’m really inspired the 50s and 60s, especially the music during that period, so I didn’t need to consider my answer much. My wardrobe includes a few pairs of Acne jeans, some from Levi’s Vintage Clothing, and a pair of Tellasons from Wardrobe 19 – and a few denim jackets.
I love denim because it’s for everybody. Anywhere in the world people are wearing it in different ways and you have so many different styles of the same category of garments. I think that’s really fascinating.
I collect old vinyls and music in general. I’m a huge music fan. Doors, Neil Young, Dylan, etc. – but also new and up-coming artists, mostly indie.
During the one year of the project I’ll be travelling A LOT! – The jeans will be heading for Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, London, Paris, China (many times), India, and Hong Kong to mention a few! So they are gonna see the world! … and most importantly, the Olympics!
Below are some pictures of the jeans from before they were rinsed.