Fade Friday – Lee 101z 1966 (22 Months, 2 Washes)

Fade Friday - Lee 101z 1966 (22 Months, 2 Washes)

Fade Friday - Lee 101z 1966 (source: denimarchive.com)

For no particular reason, I’ve found myself listening to or hearing The Beatles more and more lately.  No specific album or song really – just that the group have been popping up at least every other day on my music shuffle, on the radio (shout out to Seattle’s KEXP!), and even in a few coffee shops.  What does this have to do have to do with raw denim and Fade Friday though?

The Beatles - 1966 Scandinavian Photo Shoot

The Beatles Help! Photo Shoot - 1966 (source: theweejun.com)

In commemoration of the group’s 1966 “Help!” movie (Americana-clad in above Scandinavian photo shoot), Lee Jeans produced a replica model about three years ago – the 101z 1966.  According to classic Americana blog, The Weejun, the jean model’s association with The Beatles was not actively promoted (due to licensing reasons), but the design was purposeful and presentation/packaging is second to none.  Each pair comes wrapped with tissue paper that shows a brief history of Lee Jeans.

It’s always interesting to see retro replica’s and I personally think Lee Jeans executed solidly with this denim. More importantly, for Fade Friday‘s sake, take a look at the denim fades below!


  • Name: Lee Jeans 101z 1966
  • Weight: 13.5 Oz
  • Denim: 100% Cotton, Japanese Vintage White Selvedge
  • Fit: Regular slim
  • Other: Left Hand Twill, Sanforized, UFO Rivets, produced on US narrow looms

Photos – BEFORE (source: denimprojects.blogspot.com)

Lee 101z 1966

Lee 101z 1966

Lee 101z 1966

Photos – AFTER (source: denimarchive.com)

Lee 101z 1966

Lee 101z 1966

Lee 101z 1966

Fade Friday - Lee 101z 1966 (22 Months, 2 Washes)

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  • http://twitter.com/daysofspeed daysofspeed

    Mine are still boxed and unworn as I need them taken up in the leg. Way too long to cuff and would need rolling which I don’t tend to do.

    Jacket is worn but still unbroken. Man raw jackets take some beating!

    • Anonymous

      I have yet to get a raw jacket, it’s on the list though. They seem like they’d last forever though

  • http://twitter.com/daysofspeed daysofspeed

    Tried them again, no way I’ll fit em. 32″ x 34″ and up for sale!

    • http://twitter.com/RawrDenim Rawr Denim

      Thanks @twitter-14116159:disqus  – we’ll send out a tweet later today and hopefully garner some interest!  !  Such a shame they don’t fit.

      • http://twitter.com/daysofspeed daysofspeed

        They are on eBay right now. Go get em!

        • http://www.rawrdenim.com Rawr Denim

          Remember to post them on our forum too, we’ll help promote afterward.


          • http://twitter.com/daysofspeed daysofspeed

            Cheers guys, in the forum. Gutted to lose these babies – ain’t seen better (and I have 4 pairs of LVC in various stages).

    • http://www.facebook.com/DFTBAlex Alex Cooper

      I take it these are sold by now?

      • http://twitter.com/daysofspeed daysofspeed

        Nope – still got em, boxed and raw as can be.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XQECHGGYDDRYRX3GN2ETWPZ24A Дмитрий

    I’m getting a pair of them tomorrow and I’m anticipating.

    • http://www.rawrdenim.com Rawr Denim

      @yahoo-XQECHGGYDDRYRX3GN2ETWPZ24A:disqus Very jealous. Let us know how they are when you pick ’em up!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=772984247 Kevin Collins

    Yessssss … Denim at it’s best! Slim fit.

  • http://twitter.com/daysofspeed daysofspeed

    In the forum and on eBay – rare opportunity to score these immense jeans!

    • Hilton

      I have a pair boxed and unworn in size 33/34. They’ll be going on eBay soon. Selling due to losing a bit of weight around the middle! I have several pairs of the same jean and I still think they are the best dry denim you can find in the marketplace without spending £200 plus.

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