Manufactured from the finest, naturally grown cotton (no chemicals in the growing yields a higher water absorption rate when the indigo dye meets the threads, thus more beautiful fading over time from wear) in a lighter 12-ounce weight vs. 14.25 ounces on the 1947 style, this Sugar Cane jean style debuted in 2009 and is often referred to as the Sugar Cane 2009 Jean, though it is officially known as the Sugar Cane Type II 1947 Jean.
These jeans are patterned from the original Levi Strauss classic 1947 XX 501 but they have been given a bit of contemporary revision in cut: the front and back rises are slightly lowered, the legs tapered and narrowed, and the seat taken in, creating more of a fitted or tailored appearance, though they are not in any way a skinny or low-rise jean style. The lighter denim weight makes this a great jean for most climates, and they can be comfortably worn even in the warm-weather months. The combination of the new, lighter denim and the more contemporary fit have made these one of Sugar Cane’s most popular jean styles since its introduction.
Other than the leaner cut and lighter-weight denim, the basic styling details and hardware on these jeans remain the same as found on the famous Sugar Cane 1947 Jeans. Take note of these authentic features and details found only on a premium selvage jean of this pedigree:
- Button-fly, five-pocket construction
- Famous, hidden reinforcing rear pocket rivets to prevent scratching of saddles and furniture, which were deleted on 501 production in the 1950's
- Original-style paper flasher and labels employed on the outer packaging of the original dungarees
- Genuine, deerskin leather patch with Sugar Cane logo in a style and color reminiscent of that found on the original 501 XX's
- Custom manufactured from the finest, naturally grown, uneven-cotton yarns woven into 12-ounce selvage denim produced on the original shuttle looms employed back in the 1930's, including a color matching to the shade of blue employed in the manufacture of the original 501 XX dungarees and pink selvage edge
- Rope dyed with indigo
- Custom manufacturing of copper rivets and buttons to precisely match design style, size and dimension of the vintage pieces
- Custom manufacturing of the heavy, all-cotton twill to fabricate pockets, not the thin weaves found on many mainstream jeans made today
- Exact duplication of original stitch style throughout construction
- Exact color and grade matching of the all-cotton thread employed in original manufacture
- Exact duplication of 501 XX rear pocket shape and attachment stitching
- Riveted watch pocket
One-wash jeans are rinsed once in cold water to produce a product that is fully shrunken and ready to wear; you don't need to worry about additional shrinkage of any consequence.
Fit/sizing: Waist sizes available 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 36 & 38. Sizes up to and including 29 will have an approximate 32” inseam, and waist sizes 30-38 will have an approximate 34" inseam. All sizes marked on label reflect approximate after-wash, post-shrinkage measurements; this means that a pair of one-wash jeans size 34 x 34 will have an approximate 34"-35"” waist measure and a approximate 33" inseam measure. Measures are always listed in approximate terms due to the erratic nature of selvage denim. Waist measures are the most erratic and can be 2" larger than the size on the label, so if you require a specific measurement for the waist and/or inseam, please contact us and we will let you know what we have available. Waist measures will also stretch out permanently by about 1"-1.5" after being worn approximately 20-25 times.
Please see our SIZING TIPS for advice on how to get the correct fit.
Sugar Cane products are imported from Japan
Sugar Cane Type II 1947 Selvage-Denim Jeans, Pre-Shrunk, One-Wash
About this Style: These are a semi-fitted, contemporary style modified from the classic Levi Strauss & Co. 501 XX model from 1947. Though the rise has been just slightly lowered from the original 1947 design, the legs slightly narrowed and tapered, and the seat brought in just a bit, these aren’t a skinny or low-rise design; they are just a somewhat-tailored take on a vintage classic. Most customers and body types can be accommodated in this style if they follow our SIZING TIPS below:
Tip 1: Follow the instructions entitled “How to Use Product Measures to Obtain a Good Fit” listed under the PRODUCT MEASUREMENTS tab for this product. After finding no substantive conflicts with your body measures obtained from the tab entitled BODY MEASURING, order this garment in a size that corresponds closely to the circumference of your waistline where you wear your trousers or jeans. For example: If you measure 34” in circumference at your waistline, most customers would order size 34. If you prefer a roomier or longer fit, then order the next available size after reviewing all relative measures that pertain to that size, and if you prefer a more snug fit, then go down one size.
Tip 2: Please note that your waist circumference measure is not necessarily the labeled size you wear in another pair of jeans you may own from a different maker or even the same maker, so please take the time to obtain your true waist circumference measure so as to compare to our chart of measures; this will enable us to perform a better job getting you the right size and minimize your chances in having to deal with the hassle and cost of exchanges.
Please ask us for fitting advice if in doubt.
Tip 3: Individuals who prefer looser fits can go up a size if they so choose and those who prefer a more snug fit can go down a size.
Tip 4: This denim fabric has been washed once, thus the size you receive is the size the jeans will remain if you follow the manufacturer’s laundering guidelines; any further shrinkage will be insignificant when purchasing this style.
Tip 5: Please keep in mind that this product will permanently stretch in the waist over time from wearing. The amount of stretch will vary based on the individual pair of jeans, how often they are worn, and how snugly they fit to the body (the more snugly they fit the waist, the more resistance pressing outwardly against the waistband there will be to create stretching). We have seen this style stretch in the waist as much as 2” within the course of a few weeks to months of regular use, but only you can determine how snug you are willing to wear your jeans when they are still new. Those with a waist measure that is more than 2” in excess of our largest size available would be best advised to not order this product.
If you are unsure of the size to order we will assist you; please contact us with the following information: Waist circumference measure at your waistline where you wear your jeans, inseam measure, as well as the type of fit you prefer: Trim or roomy.
We will also be glad to measure the waist of jeans we have in stock to be sure what we send you has the measurement you require, so please ask before ordering.
Sugar Cane Type II 1947 Selvage-Denim Jeans, Pre-Shrunk, One-Wash
The following table provides actual product measures. These measures are provided as an aid because, in conjunction with the information found under the SIZING TIPS tab for each product, they can sometimes be very useful when comparing the measurements from this garment to the measures of your body and/or other jeans/trousers you may own.
Our measures were derived from averaging many garments of the same size from each specific size in the range of any given product, thus the measures provided are representative for each size but they may not be exactly what you will receive. Some fluctuation in size is normal and to be expected, especially in these garments that have been manufactured on vintage machinery using natural fibers; the vintage machinery and techniques that create sought-after looks and fabrics are also less precise than machines contemporary to the current era. Please note that we measure the true waist circumference and we do NOT measure the waist by simply doubling the width of the waist area.
How to Use the Product Measures to Obtain a Good Fit:
1) Use the measurements listed for this product and information found under the tab entitled MEASURING GARMENTS to understand our measuring technique.
2) Measure your waist circumference as per the tab on this web site specifically addressing BODY MEASURING (either at the widest point of your waist or, if you have a hefty mid-section and wear your trousers below your belly, measure the circumference where you wear trousers). Compare your waist measure to the waist measure of this product.
3) Again, using the measurements listed for this product and information under the MEASURING GARMENTS tab to understand our measuring technique, measure the various other areas of your body, such as inseam length and front rise, etc., then compare to our product.
4) You can also compare the measures of our product to measures on trousers you may currently own to see how our product compares.
5) Using your body measures and the listed garment measures for our product and/or any comparisons to trousers you own, follow the advice found under the SIZING TIPS tab to obtain a good fit.