Blue Jeans - History of Blue Jeans
The blue jeans we know and love were invented by Jacob W. Davis and Levi Strauss, who patented their design in 1873. Levi Strauss lived in San Francisco, California, and ran a store that sold a variety of goods, including cloth. Jacob Davis lived in Reno, Nevada, and was a tailor who often bought tough cotton cloth from Strauss.
Davis had an idea to make pants for working people that would last a long time without tearing. He began using copper rivets to reinforce the places that pants tended to rip. He wrote to Strauss, and asked if he would partner with him to patent the design. They chose sturdy denim fabric for their pants, and they became popular with cowboys, miners, railroad workers, and anyone else who needed a tough pair of pants.
- Soon after Davis and Strauss patented their blue jeans, Levi Strauss and Company began making jeans in San Francisco. Jacob Davis moved there, and managed the manufacturing for many years.
- Blue jeans started to become popular as everyday clothing in the 1950s among teenagers. James Dean wore jeans in the 1955 movie Rebel Without a Cause, which inspired many of his fans to wear them. Before that, jeans were only considered to be outdoor working clothes.
- The words "jeans" and "denim" may be linked to the places the fabrics were first made. Genoa, Italy, and Nimes, France made the tough cotton fabric in the 17th century. These fabrics were used for working clothes in these countries. The French word for Genoa is Gênes, which sounds like "jeans". The word denim may have come from de Nimes, which is French for "from Nimes".