Best Secondhand Jeans, June 2005

Robert Rifkin has racks and stacks of used 501s from as far back as the ’40s. He also has a sewing machine. Bring your dusty Levi’s to his 250-square-foot RuffCut, and he’ll lower the waist, add a boot cut, fix the fade, and repair—or add—a hole. “I can torture them,” Rifkin says.