Today is a red-letter day for everyone who wears jeans; it's the birthday of Levi Strauss who is, of course, the Father of Blue Jeans. He traveled west during the early days of the Gold Rush, hoping to make his fortune outfitting the miners. In 1873, he partnered with tailor Jacob Davis to patent the pants with metal rivets that would make his name a household word. They've been worn by everyone from Gary Cooper:
To Marilyn Monroe:
To the Gremlin:
Today Levi's remain popular and highly collectible. Levi Strauss & Co. has an amazing archive of jeans, including a pair from 1906 that was recently found in an old bunkhouse. Read about them here. (You may remember them from the History Channel or eBay - where they sold for over $46,000!)
So, whether you prefer boyfriend jeans like Jennifer, or a Gremlin with riveted-denim seats, celebrate Levi's birthday by wearing your favorite jeans!
Hope you have a comfy weekend!