We all have a favorite pair of jeans, but what many don't realize is that jeans have a certain characteristic that sets them apart from all the other pants and bottoms. No, it's not the denim: Jeans are built in a specific way, to keep them as tough and reinforced as possible. In other words, it's pretty damn hard to rip a good pair of jeans.
To learn more about this century-old reinforcement, check out the story below. Not many people know why their jeans are so tough and durable, but this little piece of history is definitely interesting to consider.
You'd be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn't have a favorite pair of jeans.
We dress them up, style them down, and can wear them for pretty much anything.
But why do they have these rivets on them? None of your other pants do, right?
To answer that question, you've got to look back to the late 1800's, when jeans were first invented.
They were originally designed for the workmen of San Francisco, who needed rugged pants that wouldn't rip on the job.
Jacob Davis was one of those workmen. He found himself constantly repairing his jeans with stitches — until he got a better idea. Why not use copper rivets to reinforce the weaker areas of the pants?
Without enough money to file a patent himself, he turned to Levi Strauss, a fabric supplier.
And with that, history was made. Riveted jeans became wildly popular, and the style is still present to this day.
Think about it: Pretty much all of your pairs have got at least a few rivets, don't they?
Copper rivets: Preventing embarrassing rips in our pants for longer than any of us have been alive.
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