The First Jeans

December 2, 2012 in Trivia

Blue JeansQ: Who created the first jeans?

A: In 1850, Levi Strauss created the first pair of jeans. Though they may not have resembled today’s more fashion-oriented creations.

Strauss emigrated from Bavaria during the Gold Rush of San Francisco. He arrived in the city with several bales of heavy cloth hoping to make his fortune in making tents and wagon coverings. It proved an over-competitive field.

Strauss ended up acting on the grousing of a miner regarding the flimsy nature of ordinary trousers, which quickly became frayed and tattered in diggings. The result was the creation of a more durable garment capable of withstanding the hazards of more rigorous work.

In 1872, Jacob Davis, a Reno Nev. tailor, wrote Strauss. He told him about a process he invented to make the pocket corners on men’s pants stronger by riveting them. He suggested Strauss and himself go into business together and patent the process. Strauss agreed.

On May 20, 1873, Strauss and Davis were granted a patent on the process of riveting pants by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. It is patent number 139,121.

The first riveted jeans were produced one year later in 1874.