No. 16

‘Fastening Pocket-Openings’ – The Blue Jean Patent

When do you think blue jeans were invented? 50 years ago? 100 years ago? How about over 140 years ago!

On May 20th 1873, Jacob W. Davis and co-applicant Levis Strauss & Company were granted a patent for ‘Fastening Pocket-Openings’.  These pocket openings were copper rivet fasteners for durable trousers designed by Davis, a tailor to trade, after a request to make a pair of trousers suitable for a woodcutter.

These durable trousers, with innovative fastenings, are believed to be the first examples of blue jeans as we know them today. It also tells you how long Levis Strauss & Company has been in the business of making blue jeans.