Lee Jeans: 125 Years
Henry David Lee’s iconic denim brand has spent 125 years getting things done with quality clothing for cowboys, workers and creative-types alike. To celebrate this feat, Lee have collaborated with designers at the helm of the US company’s favourite labels to produce the Lee 125 Collection.
Lee started out as a labourer’s essential uniform due to it’s quality and durability. They even outfitted the US military during both World Wars. But the heritage brand soon made the transition from staple workwear to fashion item when James Dean donned a pair in Rebel Without A Cause. Lee’s denim have long been at the cornerstone of many wardrobes and this looks set to continue with a collection of rider jackets and cowboy jeans.
Various designers have contributed to the Lee 125 Collection with Swedish denim maestro Orjan Andersson (formerly of Cheap Monday) bringing a contemporary and upbeat character to the project. Orjan’s designs are based around a slim fit silhouette with pieces having a minimalist feel. Pared-down washes are combined with rare patches and logo features as well a the odd ripped accent for a rock aesthetic look.
Donwan Harrell of PRPS luxury menswear also adds his own brand of design magic to the range. Harrell’s pieces are a little more divisive with bold washes and distressed accents. Garments are lined with original Lee banners and vintage advertisements which he found when trawling through the extensive Lee archives.
The collection has just launched with prices starting at around £10 for jersey tops and go up to around £95 for a pair of their expertly designed and manufactured jeans.