Fade Friday – Lee 101Z 23oz (15 months, 0 washes, 0 soaks)

We were sitting in the press lounge at Denim by PV when Nick nearly dropped his drink–he had spotted these heavyweight beauties a few tables away. In a show where washed denim reigns supreme, natural fades stand out like an oasis in the desert.

You’re looking at Lee’s heaviest pair–23 ounces of Japanese rope-dyed indigo selvedge denim in their classic 101Z cut. This model was only produced for Lee Europe two years ago and it looks like it’s been discontinued. Unfortunate, because the fades they produce are stunning.

This one belongs to King-Yu Yiu, a designer for British high fashion label Vivienne Westwood. King’s been wearing his jeans for going on 15 months now without a single wash. He’s had one crotch blowout that required a recent repair, but otherwise he’s going strong and has many more months left to fade. King also documented his fades every month, which we’ve compiled into a gif so you can see his jeans’s journey to how they look today. Check it out:

Details

  • Name: Lee 101Z 
  • Fabric: 100% cotton Japanese selvedge denim
  • Weight: 23oz.
  • Fit: Slim straight
  • Unique features:
    • Zip fly
    • Lee spade pockets
    • Branded Lee leather patch
  • Currently unavailable

Before

Image courtesy: Oi Polloi

Image courtesy: Oi Polloi

During

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15 months of fades.

After

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lee fade friday - 5

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Update

King just sent us the progress pics of his jeans now at 16 months, no washes. We’ll keep you updated as long as he keeps updating us:

month16update

David Shuck

David is the Managing Editor of Rawr Denim. He currently resides in Denver, Colorado.

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  • NMC

    That’s crazy! The contrast is on point, and yet gradual. You can tell this is really high quality denim.

  • whorebucks

    The fades rival anything i’ve seen on here.

    • BillygoatsGruff312

      Yea the whiskers show he sits cross-legged.

      • AshyLarry

        Please type it 1more time. I dont think 3times was enough…STFU!

        • BillygoatsGruff312

          The honey combs show how he kneelt down a lot.

          • BillygoatsGruff312

            Yea the whiskers show he sits cross-legged.

          • BillygoatsGruff312

            Right. Also notice how the back pockets show that he didn’t keep a wallet in his pocket.

          • buddha sack sam

            The fades are that of a mad person!

      • BillygoatsGruff312

        I only posted the above post. The three posts below are from someone who either hacked my account or set up an identical screen name.

  • buddha sack sam

    the fades are that of a mad person!!

    • BillygoatsGruff312

      Yea, the whiskers show he sits cross-legged.

      • BillygoatsGruff312

        Yea…

        • BillygoatsGruff312

          Right. Also notice how the back pockets show that he didn’t keep a wallet in his pocket.

          • BillygoatsGruff312

            I only posted the one post on sitting cross-legged. There’s at least three posts on this page (with my screenname) that I didn’t write. Either someone hacked my account or set up an identical screen name.

  • Rolf

    One of the better Fade Fridays I have seen in awhile….

    • BillygoatsGruff312

      Yea, the whiskers show he sits cross-legged.

  • NonHyped

    Seriously amazing fades. I bought some Ande’s 21oz almost a month ago so I hope I can achieve that goal. Btw anyone know the boots this guy wears, really like that suede breaking in.

    • ><

      Redwing 3143.

      • NonHyped

        thanks :)

        • BillygoatsGruff312

          Yea… the whiskers show he sits cross-legged.

  • swissjeansfreak

    Those are one of the best fadings I have seen since a long time. I love the deep structure, the awesome patina and the 3-D effect on the combs. They deserve to survive for ever!!!

  • boogie with stu

    The astro turf and photo of leaves behind him…insane!!!!!

  • mf051404

    Nice!