Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Theres Nothing That Covers My Legs Like It

You see...i'm very particular with what i wear...for comfortability that is...i'm a t-shirt and jeans kinda a guy and a big fan of denim jeans...but i do enjoy putting on a well tailored pair of suit too...when occasion calls for it ofcoz...but most of the time i'll just be in my t-shirt and blue denim...

i'm not a fan of imitation goods (i dont feel comfortable wearing them as i feel as if i'm lying to myself)...i'd rather buy something cheap but original kinda thing, if you know what i mean...so i normally get only the original stuff (and i dont mean this in an arrogant way ok...) i guess prolly because i like originality full stop...

nway i wanna share with you about my craze for Levi's jeans...if you were to slide my closet open...you would see i have more than 50 pairs of Levi's 501s...and they are all still wearable until today...i've been collecting them since my high school days...i still remember they cost only about rm100 those days and made in the US of A lagi...sekarang dah mahal giler yang ori made in china pun dah RM300 lebih...

A bit of history of it...it all started in California in 1853...a man opened his dry goods wholesale business in San Francisco...selling necessaries such as clothing to the pioneers of the time...his name is Levi Strauss...

What i'm more interested to share with my riders here is the Levi's 'Vintage Clothing' which has become collectors items to me...for some who are not familiar...if you see a capital 'E' on the red Tab of an authentic vintage pair of Levi's...it is an indicator that the jeans is over 37 years old...and mind you the older it gets the more expensive it is...

In 1936 the red Tab device was placed on the right back pocket of the overalls...and had "LEVI'S" stitched in white capital letters on one side only...(it became double-sided in the 1950s)...in 1971 the Levi's brand changed the word mark that today reads 'Levi's'...the leather patch (above the right back pocket) was introduced in 1873...it can be seen on the oldest pair held in the Levi's Co.'s historical archives in Frisco, which dates to that period...the two horses symbolised the strength and durability...

Now where can you find these really cool stuff ?...at the bundle stores...i managed to get my first pair of vintage (6 years ago) that dates back to the 1930s from a store in Kompleks Membeli-belah Campbell (got it for RM1500)...yup if you're one nut case like me u can tell the year it was made...all u have to do is to know which part of the pair to inspect and what to look out for...that's why i love this brand...every pair has a story to tell...basically u just need to know ur stuff thats all...

But lately the Levi's Co. have come up with replicas of the pair of vintage jeans in their archive...mind you they are still the original with the capital E on the red Tab (also known as big E...) so kalau u all pergi kedai Levi's mana2 just ask them if they have any big E jeans...if they carry them grab it!...coz believe u me its very very rare and better still these stuff gets more expensive by age...

Ok lah enough about Levi's...im trying to help a good friend of mine who is a jeans smith...let me tell you this...he's prolly one of the best jeans smith i've ever seen...if your jeans need any repairs or alterations...please do visit his new store in Pertama Complex...some of you may have heard of him...his name is Latip...he's quite famous too among the KL people ni...his store is on the same side and level with the Red Wings shoe store...kedai dia memang takde signage lagi...tapi he's the only store that repair jeans on that floor...so senang je nak cari...if you do visit him just say that you are one of my riders...he knows that i'll be posting about his store tonite as i was there earlier today before i had dinner with wifee...

Will upload pics taken with Latip this evening at his store tmrw...(masih bengap lagi la pasal blog ni, have to get my IT guy Faqrul to upload them for me tmrw morning)...

Meantime put on your denim to sleep...









21 comments:

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edzlin007 said...

hi mr emran. find mr latip and we get discount on it? hehe, just kidding. thanks for the Levi's information.

Girl Interrupted said...

More than 50, that a quite big no. To date I only owned 10... huh still jauh nak kejar. So EE do you have friend in JB that can do alteration too??

marinahunny said...

hohoho..abg emran suka kumpul jeans 501 ek..every people got their own collection..mcm saya plak saya ska kumpul paperbags..yg comei2, cute2..kalu suria fm ada paper bag pas lah satu kat saya..hehehe (jahat ni mintak dgn org..)

ladywoozy said...

Hi Mr EE

Next time bila I pegi US, I will let you know, ok.....mana lah tau you nak kirim Levi's ke ? :-)

Suz

Rozlin said...

hi mr. e, levi's guy? u do looks good in denim, if u trim ure hair, lagi suit to ure style .....

nurul azmie said...

ooo..sy tau kedai jeans tu..
tp lalu je..xde lak singgah..
leh dpt discount ok gak. (klu smua kt cni mintak diskaun, mau bankrap en.latip kita tu) hahaha.. gurau je.

klu mr.EE suka kumpul jeans, kita lak suka kumpul pix yr mrs. btul x edzlin007??? hehehe...

peminat erra soal hati said...

Salam. Mm... its interesting to know that you dont like imitation stuff. May i ask you an opinion... but before that please dont take this as a personal attack or what, i love your blog and i think its interesting to know the opinion of an uprising radio owner... boleh ya?

Q:
What is your opinion on songs that are prove to be imitation. Example: Aspalela... KRU has admitted that the songs was originated from Indon. Many radio stations play the song mostly immediately after it was release. Wasnt it should be categorised as class C song?

By the way, i got a lot of imitation stuff myself, simply becoz i teringin tapi tak mampu. ahak.

Kuey-san said...

Yupp...I like the originality too. I'm a Levi's fan too. But, 50 pairs..urmm..thats kinda hard for me to chase u. Hahha.

just wear what suit you.ignore others.as long as its not a sin.
poor u.they condemn the way u dress up.thats the price u have to pay as a hubby of a celebrity (ehh..encik E pun celebrity gak kan?haha)

Anonymous said...

salam. nice reading your blog.keep writing. May Allah bless you and fazira.

*far far away cousin - Kerteh, Terengganu

Engku Emran said...

hi girl interrupted...i'm sori tho i was born in jb...im not really familiar with the town...never stayed there before...

Engku Emran said...

hi ladywoozy...ahaa thnx for the offer...sure let me know the next time ur going there...cheers..

Engku Emran said...

hi peminat erra soal hati...tq fr ur question...to be honest i'm not aware of the info u mentioned in ur comment...yes aspalella is/was a great hit...i'll try to get norman kru to verify this for u k...

Engku Emran said...

hi kuey-san...tq fr ur concern...but to be honest kita tak kecik hati pun...everyone has their own opinion...so i cant stop them from doing so...however i will not change the way i dress up just to please some parties...coz thats just not me...i'll just put on what i'm comfy with...i agree its important to observe the dress code...which was smart casual...

Engku Emran said...

hi far far away cousin Kerteh Ganu...abg mad ke ni? hahaha...good to hear from u kazen!..

urang ranau said...

hw about suria fm adakan rancangan cerita hantu dlm segment 12am-2am, sure hit punyer..(di mana pendengar blh kongsi kna pengalaman2 misteri, pelik2 mereka via e-mail/ phone call / sms..

Engku Emran said...

hi urang ranau...we already have that since long time ago...tiap2 mlm jumaat kul 12 dengar la kalau beran...i dont listen cos tak beran....hehehe...

khairul said...

Dude,

I was a fan of 501 too, last few that I own were UK version (yes the brits made their own 501 too), but they were nothing compared to the US made. You can only get American 501 in Camden Town the bundle town of UK (the entire town turn into big bundle pasar malam on Thursdays to Sundays). But don't buy American bundle in UK, cheaper in Malaysia.

Now 10 years later, I don't wear 501 or red tab anymore. I suddenly got obsessed with Orange Tab, there are mainly Pakistani's made, I got one made in Philipines and once I saw a really vintage Orange tab made in Australia, you do come across American one's sometimes. Of course from bundle shops, I am not talking about orange tab in Sogo or Isetan. Those are either Made in China or Penang :)

Unlike you I don't have 50 lah .. probably about 5 pairs max. My wardrobe is not that big dude.

The loudness t'shirt looks cool by the way. Maybe this weekend I put on my Def Leppard t'shirt on. Rock tua aren't we? The newer generation probably never heard of the group.

The 501 history lesson sure bring back old memories...

Assalamualaikum.

aiie said...

hi emran...read your post on 501 big e ..theyre damn cool man..

in fact during summer sale in london a month ago 201 and 502 1937 and 1947 replica on sale arnd GBP50 only..i didnt buy..now i menyesal already i bought ernest jeans instead!!

anyway if u want, i got the replica of the 1st levis definitely selvedge ..its the 150th annivesary edition! got it from charity shop in london..lucky me!

i love loudness man!! akira is dam cool...btw..if youre interested i got the thunder in the east vinyl(mint condition)..we can trade dude!!

once in a while look out for EVIS..not evisu!! its the older version of evisu!! damn rare and its the same par as big E. iHavent got it either!! cheers keep on blogging dude!

Jlascanteen said...

salam EE, like ur writing style. me too have some collections, but not jeans n denim lah. anyway ada plan x suria fm nak wat road show/promotion carnival di KK?

feel free to visit my blog. comments are welcome. cheers!

iranos said...

hi i'm interested of your "loudness t-shirt"..wanna get one one for my hubby....
mana nak cari ek?