Levi’s Vintage Clothing often draws from musical sub-cultures for its seasonal fare, ranging from Kentucky punk to the roots of reggae. Spring/Summer 2021 draws from the British Madchester scene, specifically the Happy Mondays and the indie-dance culture that surrounded them, realizing the trippy theme by way of bold colors and baggy silhouettes.
Madchester presents an especially interesting time for clothing designers, wherein The Stone Roses, New Order and the aforementioned Happy Mondays reigned supreme. A mix of rock band instrumentation and bouncy dance structure informed the era’s music and its proponents dressed appropriately with oversized, slouchy clothing that was roomy and affordable.
LVC has taken that notion and expanded upon it with premium outerwear — including rainbow-patterned parkas, bright smocks and color-blocked varsity jackets — and plenty of graphic tees printed with artwork sourced primarily from Central Station, the outfit that did creative work for the Happy Mondays and designed their album sleeves. Other sweaters and tees sport oversized striped patterns, split hems or even a mockneck for suitable retro styling. Similarly, denim jeans are cut loose and long for authentic Madchester looks, allowing the wearer to pool their wide Orange Tabs atop their adidas trainers with ease.
Shop the SS21 LVC items on Levi’s website and at select stockists.
Meanwhile, other old school Levi’s silhouettes recently arrived at the HBX Archives.