1970s 684 Jeans Bell Bottom
Orange Tab Collection
"In the 1970s, Levi Strauss and Co. answered it's customers demand for ever bigger leg openings by offering a series of flares and bell bottoms as part of its ""fashion-forward"" Orange Tab line. The 684 was one of the most extreme fits of the time, often referred to as the ""Big Bell"" or ""Elephant Bell"". It had big back pockets, a flattering square-shaped top block and, of course, extra large leg openings. Like other Levi’s Jeans with the Orange Tab, the 684 was made using Line 8 construction, a simple and more cost-effective method that involved fewer steps. It had bar tacks instead of copper rivets, a zip fly instead of buttons, a single thread color, a leather-like patch with black ink, copper shanks, seven belt loops, a double fell seam and long, lean back pockets. The Levi’s® Vintage Clothing version of legendary bell bottomed jean faithfully reproduces absolutely every element of the original. And every step of the manufacturing process happens right here in the USA exactly as it did in the 60s and 70s. In partnership with Cone Mills—the producers of the Orange Tab denims back in the 60s and 70s—Levi’s® Vintage Clothing recreates the exact medium-weight 14oz preshrunk open-end denim by sourcing the correct yarns, using the exact pure indigo shade and weaving the fabric on the same looms. The jeans are then constructed using the same Line 8 technique and the original patterns. Finally, all of the details are added to the garment including the big “E” orange tab on the back right pocket and period-correct packaging. "