I was rummaging through the Levi's racks at Century 21 a few months ago, a section I don't normally take the time to sift through (I'm not really looking for 511's or Commuter jeans, regardless of the price), when my hands ran across the surface of something I didn't expect to feel - raw denim. You would imagine my surprise to find they were LVC's 1967 505 rigid jeans for $49.99 (!), and in the dressing room to discover that the fit was very approachable, even by today's standards. Yahtzee.
Levi's introduced the 505 in 1967, the "Summer of Love," and it quickly became a favorite among rock stars and the rebellious youth of the day. The Rolling Stones featured a pair of 505's on the cover of Sticky Fingers, and all four members of The Ramones wore 505's for the cover of their eponymous album.
Design, Materials, and Construction
LVC include a little brochure tag with their jeans to point out the historical design details you'll find on their clothing. You'll notice a capital "E" red tab label on the back pocket, one of the first indicators that you would normally be looking at a vintage pair, which was later switched in 1971 to the small "e" Levi's tabs we see today so it would read "Levi's" instead of "LEVI'S".