If there's one piece of clothing that unites us all, it has to be jeans. Everyone, from wealthy fashionistas to construction workers, wears blue jeans. They can be dressed up, dressed down, or bedazzled to their owner's content.
It's no secret that fashion changes pretty drastically over time. Just look at these photos of high schoolers from 1969 - not much in common with today's teenagers, huh? But, despite all of the changes that fashion has experienced through the years, jeans have remained constant since the late 1800s. So, why haven't they faded away like other fashion trends?
The staying power of jeans has a lot to do with their strength and durability. While certain styles of jeans have come and gone, the pants themselves have always proved to be a reliable garment for any occasion. One of the biggest secrets to their durability lies in the little copper buttons on the corner of each pocket. Much like the extra tiny pockets on our jeans, we've always been curious as to the purpose of these metal buttons. Check out the images below to learn more about the surprising purpose they serve.
If you own a pair of jeans, chances are these rivets look familiar.
Whether your jeans are loose and baggy or tight and skinny, they have rivets just like every other pair.
But have you ever wondered what they're doing there?
To uncover the truth behind these mysterious rivets, we'll need to go all the way back to when riveted jeans were invented.
Back in the late 1800s, working men in San Francisco were in desperate need of durable pants.
That's when a tailor by the name of Jacob Davis changed clothing forever. In 1870, a woman entered his shop and asked if he could make a pair of pants for her husband. Since her husband was a woodcutter, the pants would need to be reinforced at certain key points with copper rivets to prevent rips and tears. The pants worked great, and, by 1871, Davis could hardly make the pants as fast as he was selling them.
At the time, Davis was purchasing all of his fabric from Levi Strauss & Co., a dry goods supplier in the area. Since he wasn't wealthy enough to patent the pants himself, Davis asked if they would provide the money he needed to file for a patent. Levi Strauss & Co. believed in his idea, and they successfully filed the patent in May of 1873.
From that point on, riveted jeans were here to stay. Jeans that don't rip are something we take for granted today, but in the late 1800s, they were revolutionary!
The places on jeans that receive more stress, like pocket corners and flys, are more prone to tearing. But it only takes one carefully positioned copper rivet to make things secure.
Take a close look at the rivets on your jeans and see what they have printed on them.
Since they were patented in 1873, rivets have become a vital part of the world's clothing industry.
Plus, even if you aren't doing hard labor like the men of 1800s San Francisco, you're probably grateful for the extra "rip insurance."
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