On September 15th,1915, Cone Mills entered into an agreement with Levi® Strauss to weave denim for their rapidly expanding West Coast operation. This agreement was effectively a gentleman's agreement and became known as the 'Golden Handshake' deal. This deal granted Cone Mills the exclusive rights to produce the coveted selvage denim for all of Levi’s Lot 501® jeans which have since become the best selling, single article of clothing ever produced.
When Cone made the announcement that they were closing the White Oak mill in 2017 it ended the Golden Handshake deal.
We've decided to prolong the Golden Handshake era by offering up this special 14oz quality originally made for Levis® in 2017 and then sold off after the closing of the mill. Not only is this a rare, off market quality but we're going to do our damnedest to give everyone the opportunity to get into a pair by setting the price at $68 until it's all gone. No more, no less. Now that's a Golden Handshake we can get behind.
A 100% cotton ring RHT (right hand twill) that weighs in at a solid 14oz. The indigo shade has a classic 'work wear' aesthetic that Cone pioneered and perfected over their 132 year history. The selvage iD is red which became known as 'red line' selvage and was synonymous with the 501® for decades. The iconic 'red line' selvage wasn't actually introduced until 1927 - 12 years after the famous 'Golden Handshake' and was adopted by Cone specifically to differentiate one company's denim from another.
Note: Denim is sanforized and not shrink-to-fit®