Rummaging through the National Archives would be kid-in-a-candy-store awesome -- look, here's the Declaration of Independence! And the declaration that Nick Cage isn't allowed in here ever again! Born from rummaging through more fashionable old stuff: Levi's Workwear x Billy Reid.
This rugged co-lab was made possible when the celebrated AID grad was granted access to Levi's 75,000-garment archive; oddly, the 10 rough-and-tumble pieces he came up with all owe some element of inspiration to a century-old blacksmith's apron Levi's found in New Mexico (presumably it doesn't read "Kiss the Artisan"). Amongst the all-cotton, hand-finished clothing
Oxford button-ups: two heavy-gauge wovens, one dark denim, the other white with contrasting stitching, with crease lines on the joints replicated from decades-old toil.
Dueling jeans: a 501-based gray-blue pair (given thigh-shin reinforcement and distressed to resemble a sturdy heirloom), and an untreated indigo, selvedge-seamed affair styled after 505s from 1947, when Americans' newfound prosperity was pushing them towards 550s
A pea/hunting coat mashup: black, with a functional white lining that doubles as a "game pouch". If your lining is red, you've been sold a used coat
"Calabama": a faux sun-faded red T-shirt nodding to Levi's SF origins and Reid's roots in Florence, Alabama, birthplace of both Drive-By Truckers and "Father of the Blues" W.C. Handy -- if you ever need your toilet fixed, he's your guy.
The collection's debuting this Friday at NorthPark, with an open-to-the-public bash offering free beer & food, product discounts, and live music by locals The Roomsounds, once described as "Mick Jagger in a fluffy pink bunny costume" -- an outfit sure to get you not-allowed all over the place.