Confederate Motor Company | The Art of Rebellion.

Meet the F131 Hellcat Combat.

I have big dreams of getting a bike.  It’s a dream that most likely won’t be realized.  I read an article that stated the average age of a guy that dies in a bike wreck is– well, let’s just say he’s my age.  I thought for sure it would be the kid you see screaming by at insane speeds in a t-shirt and sneakers.  Nope.  Try the slightly older guy who wants to prove he can still keep up.  He has the money to indulge, so he treats himself to something special and soon finds out that his ambition outweighs his ability– and he’s toast.  I thought that was too big a sign to ignore.  The man upstairs is trying to tell me something and I’d be stupid not to listen.  Too bad– I had my ass-less chaps all picked out.

Founded in 1991 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana by Matt Chambers, Confederate Motor Company set out to create machines utilizing a holistic, avant-garde process for celebrating the art of rebellion.  American rebellion is adopted as fundamental to the pursuit of personal empowerment.  They remain forever determined to challenge the establishmentarian view of what honest “new world” American industrial and mechanical design can be.

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1950s Levi's Vintage 501 - front. Courtesy of Warehouse website


1950s Levi’s Vintage 501 – front. Check the leg twist you’d get with old, un-sanforized denim.

1950s Levi's Vintage 501, back- Courtesy of Warehouse website.

Back view of a vintage Levi’s 501 jean.

Why do I love vintage Levi 501 jeans you ask?  Let me count the ways-

  • The capital “E’ on the red tab, introduced in 1936 and produced up until 1971.
  • The brown leather patch- changed to “leather-like” cardstock in the mid-late 1950s.
  • The red selvedge 10 oz denim woven by Cone Mills, North Carolina on 29″ wide looms.  I wish it were a little denser- but I’m not complainin’.
  • The incredible leg-twist that you get on a pair of vintage non-sanforized 501 jeans.
  • The great tracks produced by the selvedge outseams from wear and bruising of the denim.
  • The Arcuate stitching or “double arcs” on the back pockets- one of the oldest apparel trademarks still in use today.  During WWII it was actually painted on to due to government rationing.
  • The very narrow hem at the bottom leg opening, and all the great bunching and bruising from shrinkage and wear.

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