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LEVI STRAUSS PATENTS ICONIC METAL RIVET FOR REINFORCING PANTS POCKETS (1873)


 

Levi Strauss Patents Iconic Metal Rivet for Reinforcing Pants Pockets (1873)

Closeup of a copper rivet on blue jeans.

Closeup of a copper rivet on blue jeans. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

If you are wearing blue jeans, chances are a version of tailor Jacob Davis‘s invention is hugging your hips right now. Davis did not invent jeans—that was the more famous Levi Strauss—but he did invent one crucial component: the copper rivets that reinforce the corners of the pockets, now ubiquitous on denim pants. Because Davis did not have the money to file the necessary patent paperwork, he wrote to Strauss—then Davis’s fabric supplier—suggesting they apply together. How did Strauss respond? More… Discuss