How to Tell How Old a Lee Rider Jacket Is?

by Renae Nicole ; Updated September 28, 2017

The Lee Jeans Co. is considered the inventor of the jeans jacket.

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Lee Jeans is a major international retailer and manufacturer of denim wear and casual wear. Established in 1889, the company is headquartered in Merriam, Kansas, and is often referred to as the inventor of the jeans jackets. One of its most popular pieces of clothing, the Lee Rider Jacket is based on the company’s classic styles of the 1930s and 1950s. In fact, it's been said that the legendary actor, James Dean, was even a fan of that piece of clothing.

Check the jacket's tag to determine the era it was made. Compare it to Lee jacket tags found on the Vintage Motorcycle Jackets' website (

Seek a clothing appraiser who can determine the overall value of the vintage Lee Rider jacket and the year it was made. Visit a vintage clothing store and ask the owner or manager to give you information about the jacket. Alternatively, seek a vintage clothing appraiser online.

Contact Lee customer service directly at 800-453-3348 at the time of this publication for help determining the value of the jacket.


  • Check for missing beads or buttons, holes, stains and alterations. Ensure the label is original. Some less-than-honest dealers may stitch designer labels into nondesigner clothes. Request a certificate of authentication from the dealer who sold you the jacket. The COA is a document that demonstrates that the item is genuine, who designed the jacket and when the jacket was produced.

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Renae Nicole has experience in various media markets, including Charleston and Myrtle Beach, S.C., as well as Savannah, Ga. She has been writing professionally for more than 10 years, working as a radio disc jockey, reporter/anchor for several TV stations and newspaper reporter. Nicole graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in broadcast journalism.