When Were Jeans Invented?


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Jeans were officially invented in 1873, the year that Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis received their patent for hardy blue twill fabric pants with riveted seams. The fabric associated with jeans predates the patent by centuries, but it was not until 1873 that this specific style of pants was invented.

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Jacob Davis was a tailor who came up with the idea of strategically placing rivets along key stress points in work pants to make them more resistant to wear. He partnered with Strauss to develop a new kind of work clothing to sell to California gold miners. Strauss was a local merchant, and together they worked on the clothing, trying various materials before settling on denim. Denim has a long history of use as work clothing and is particularly associated with the Italian city of Genoa, where it was worn by sailors. The word "jeans" is an English derivation of this city's name.

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