The company’s history has been a turbulent one. In the early 1990s, Levi’s became embroiled in a labor scandal when it was revealed that 3% of jeans sold with the “Made in the USA” label were made by workers in the Northern Mariana Islands under what the Department of Labor called “slavelike” conditions. In response, Levi’s shifted more production to offshore factories and increased its use of subcontracting agreements. In 1996, the firm’s family shareholders took the company private in a series of leveraged stock buyouts.
Today, most Levi’s products are made overseas and only a small percentage are still made in the United States. Loose fits, including baggy styles, are making a comeback in denim and the Silver Tab line is back with four different jeans cuts and two graphic tees.