Lee 101+ Limited Edition 125th Anniversary Jeans Review (Part 1of 3)

Recently I have been snorting indigo. I had discovered a world where denim aficionados thrive, with disciples that treat their blue fabric as connoisseurs do to their watches or wine. With this new found interest, I’ve started collecting a few pairs of jeans, specifically the raw and selvedge kind. These two terms refer to jeans with fabric made from old shuttle looms, and left unwashed. To the uninitiated, this type of jeans may look plain. But it’s more of a tabula rasa where one’s body creates the fades–wear and tear marks accumulated in a year or two–that makes the denim truly personal and unique. It is a journey to create an artwork of character. I leave it to you and Google to discover the raw and selvedge melodrama and fanaticism. On to my review of an exciting pair of jeans that I discovered…

Lee is a well known department store staple. Not really a brand you go to when searching cutting edge, fashion forward products. But Lee is seems to be in a resurgence as of late and in the Philippines it recently opened a few boutiques. You could say that I am a Lee snob, but then I gave their Glorietta 2 branch a chance, went inside, and made an awesome discovery:

Lee 101+ Limited Edition 125th Anniversary Jeans

Introducing: the Lee 101+ Limited Edition 125th Anniversary Jeans

At first glance, this pair might look vanilla. But upon closer inspection, the jeans was a basket full of Easter eggs: features hidden to the untrained eye that make it very special. I dare say, it is by far the most exciting pair of raw selvedge jeans I have ever seen (and owned)! This is part one of a 3-part series. The pair of jeans has so much detail, I would need three blog entries to give you a complete tour from waist to hem!

It came with numerous high quality tags. Gold foil was used on some of the printing, giving an impression of quality.

It came with numerous high quality tags. Gold foil was used on some of the printing, giving an impression of quality.

One of the "tags" was actually a customization kit: some sort of pumice and two types of sandpaper, plus instructions on how to distress the jeans using these tools.

One of the “tags” was actually a customization kit: some sort of pumice and two types of sandpaper, plus instructions on how to distress the jeans using these tools.

The fit is of the brand's Zed 724 variety with a "Slim Regular" cut. It fits me well, being roomy in all the right places, but modern at the same time.

The fit is of the brand’s Zed 724 variety with a Slim Regular cut. It fits me well, being roomy in all the right places, but modern at the same time.

The bright yellow hair-on-hide leather patch is prolly the most striking feature.

The bright yellow hair-on-hide leather patch is prolly the most striking feature. Notice that it seems to be overstitched on its 4 corners!

101+ embroidered left of the leather patch.

101+ embroidered left of the leather patch.

Macro shot of the 16 oz. raw denim fabric.

Macro shot of the 16 oz. raw denim fabric, which is bordering on the heavy classification of denim fabric weight. Comfort is thrown out the window.

The back pocket has 3 special features: 1) split fabric at the lazy s, 2) a Lee logo with a stitched over, repaired look, 3) excess stitching at the bottom ob the back pocket and 4) the plus bar tack therefore the "+" sign the 101+ (regular Lee jeans have "x" shaped back pocket bar tacks.

The signature Lee “shovel” back pocket has 4 special features: 1) split fabric at the lazy s stitching, 2) a Lee logo with a stitched over, repaired look, 3) excess stitching at the bottom of the back pocket and 4) the plus shaped bar tack, ergo the “+” in the 101+ (regular Lee jeans have “x” shaped back pocket bar tacks).

The button spells out the jeans model: "101+".

The button spells out the jeans model: 101+.

One of my favorite features: the coin pocket rivet stating that it is a commemorative jean.

One of my favorite features: the coin pocket rivet stating that it is a commemorative jean.

The other rivets are less fancy but still rather special, with custom "Lee 101+" etching.

The other rivets are less fancy but still rather special, with custom “Lee 101+” etching.

Stay tuned for part two and three of this review where I will show the unique selvedge stripe, zipper,  and inner parts with a couple dozen more details and embellishment!

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7 thoughts on “Lee 101+ Limited Edition 125th Anniversary Jeans Review (Part 1of 3)

  1. Pingback: Lee 101+ Limited Edition 125th Anniversary Jeans Review (Part 2 of 3) | The Geek Lounge

    • Thanks for dropping a comment, Jeremiah. Just a heads up: the denim fabric in this jeans is a heavier than usual 16oz, meaning this jeans IS too thick and warm for our climate! To be honest, I only get to wear them when I am going to air-conditioned places. Other than that, I am enjoying my pair!

  2. Thank you for your post. Now I know that jeans is the 125th anniversary version which is displayed in my country, Vietnam. However, the jeans is not for sale. Maybe they think the price is very high. (The staff told me that the jeans may cost about 150-200 US dollar). I think they are right because there’s few people who dare to buy a jeans with such high price.

    Love to see more post about your jeans.

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