NIGO is an avid lover and collector of vintage Levi’s. After dropping his own limited collection with the denim brand last July, NIGO now reconnects with Levi’s for a Human Made collaboration.
Inspired by a couple of NIGO’s favorite vintage Levi’s pieces, the Human Made x Levi’s collection is comprised of a Levi’s 506 Trucker Jacket and a 1944 Levi’s 501 Jean. Both pieces are made in Japan and are constructed from pre-shrunk 15oz Japanese selvedge denim. The jacket features embroidery on the back, including HUMAN MADE branding, the HM “Gears for futuristic teenagers” motto, a custom duck graphic, and Levi Strauss & Co. branding in Levi’s Red Tab red.
The 501 jeans features all of the classic details from the original 1944 issue, including the leather Two-Horse backpatch and the painted-on arcuate stitching on the back pockets. The duck logo on the jacket is posing with its wings open to resemble this back pocket stitching. To top it all off, both pieces come with co-branded shank buttons.
The campaign for this collection was shot in the historic Eirakukan Kabuki Theater in Kinki, Japan. First opened in 1906, the theater is the oldest in the Kansai region and one of the oldest kabuki theaters in all of Japan. The setting was chosen by NIGO as it exemplifies the juxtaposition of traditional and modern Japanese design elements found in the collaboration.