What kind of traveling pants am I wearing?

May 20, 2012

I am referring to Levi’s, of course. Patented on May 20, 1873 by Levi Strauss, a dry goods merchant, and Jacob Davis, a tailor. Levi’s filled a need for the working man of the era – miners, cowboys, farmers – and endured to become an iconic American garment even though it was, ironically, invented by a Bavarian and a Latvian immigrant.*

Look here at an interview with Levi’s historian, Lynn Downey, in Cowboys and Indians Magazine.

*note:  unless you are still living in the Great Rift Valley, you are probably the off-spring of immigrants.


  1. Cool always love my Levis. In California all the 5th graders are taught that Levi Strauss only had tent canvas to make the 49er gold miners sturdy pants. Whether it is true or not it makes a good story.Thanks for all the interesting facts!

    • That’s what I learned, too, but in Ohio. Anyway, it seems (no pun intended) he must have been perceptive and was able to fill a need. The true path to success.

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