A wrought-iron solarium that sold recently at Red Baron Antiques measures 11-feet high and 13.4-feet wide. In a wink, each can flip through racks of vintage jeans like Sherman going through Georgia.In response to the reader's query, California entrepreneur Greg Banton, owner of asked, "Two or four pockets?"It was the model after the Capital E," he told us.In Levi's collecting, the Capital E - or Big E, as it is alternately known - is a very big deal.Look for a stitched-in small red tag with Levi's in all caps, viewed vertically.Introduced in 1936, the original Big E lasted until 1971." He told us that, when it comes to collectible vintage denim, "I'm pretty much the world's largest dealer." His business is so big that he does not buy from individuals, only wholesalers. Banton also carries vintage wearables from dresses to college tees, belts, kids clothes and more.
A: Vintage denim, especially the Levi's brand, is popular overseas, especially in Japan.
Watching Japanese wholesale buyers shop a flea market for vintage denim is an amazing thing.
Smart collectors know that collecting is full of nuances.
That goes double for vintage denim, where collectors obsess about details such as single vs. The ultimate for denim collectors, says Banton, are 1950s "Big E, double X Levi's." Meaning, the back patch is marked XX, there are extra rivets at points of wear including hidden rivets inside the pockets, and color is a deep, grainy indigo. On the secondary market, the hat qualifies as vintage.
double stitching, a diamond stitched accent or no, rivet placement, the shade of indigo, and if seam selvages are present. Striking as it is, it is the round hat box, original to the hat, that gives it extra value.
More than the hat, it has a vintage look about it, considering the 1950s-'60s lettering style and decorative design.