The new drop combines design inspiration from Lee’s presence in New York City’s ’80s B-boy scene, a hip-hop subculture known for “Break Boy” men who danced to the breaks in songs, with denim history. The collection features denim jackets and jeans crafted from some of the last White Oak selvedge denim woven at the original Cone mill in North Carolina.
The collection is part of the brands’ anniversary celebration that honors 20 years of Alife and 130 years of Lee. The companies debuted their partnership in November of last year with a collection featuring corduroy sets and selvedge denim. In August, the duo bowed a second line of twill sets in bold colors.
The latest collection is more pared down, featuring just three items: the Lee relaxed straight selvedge denim jean, the 101 rider jacket and a brown hoodie with prominent yellow branding. Jeans are inspired by Lee’s original 101 jean and are available in medium worn and rigid worn wash. Crafted from 13.5-ounce White Oak selvedge, the relaxed-fit jeans are dyed with six dips of indigo and feature a single line red selvedge. Jeans retail for $220 for the rigid wash and $240 for the medium wash.
The jacket, made from the same White Oak denim, retails for $240 for the rigid wash and $260 for the medium wash.
Alife puts its streetwear spin on the heritage denim looks with a co-branded leather patch covering the majority of the back, a nod to ’80s B-boy style.
The collection is now available on both brands’ websites.