Focus on Lee

In 1889, Henry David Lee and four business partners established The H.D. Lee Mercantile Company in Kansas. They sourced groceries and other staples from around the world and packaged them for distribution to dry good and grocery stores under the Lee brand. 23 years later, they open a garment factory to produce overalls and workwear jackets.
The 'Union-All' - the first one piece coverall - was introduced in 1913, becoming an essential item for all car-owing Americans, who often had to execute their own road side repairs. To keep up with a growing demand, production expands until the 'Union-All' becomes the only item made by Lee factories until 1919. 
Working with Canton Mills of Canton, Georgia, in 1925 Lee developed the strongest and bluest denim in the market for durable work and western wear. Used exclusively by Lee, this new 11.5 oz. denim was made by twisting the yarn tighter than previously made and engineered to be harder to snag, tear or rip yet pliable and comfortable.
By 1947, the time had come to introduce Lee denim to women of America. The 'Lady Riders' (with subtle waist dart to flatter the female shape) are launched...

 

Denim becomes a mainstay of popular culture by the mid 1950s - becoming one of the most iconic looks for the decades that follow...

 
 
Please click the below image to explore our full selection of Lee jeans...
S/S 21 lookbook, featuring the 'Carol' in Mid Soho - the perfect summer jean.