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 and closed a chapter on American denim manufacturing never to be reopened.
We've decided to prolong the Golden Handshake era by offering up this special 14oz quality originally made for Levis® in 2017 and then sold off after the closing of the mill.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 $98. No more, no less. Now that's a Golden Handshake we can get behind