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501® jean

The Classic 501 Jean

How did jeans come about?

"The pants - called 'waist overalls' - have one back pocket with the Arcuate stitching design, a watch pocket, a cinch, suspender buttons & a rivet in the crotch. We donít know the origin of the Arcuate stitching design. Stories about it representing the wingspread of a bird are myths; the loss of our records in 1906 makes it impossible to know why the stitching was first used. There may have been a tradition of pocket stitching on menís workwear but this has not been found in any research done so far. The cinch & suspender buttons were standard on menís pants. Keep in mind that we did not invent the cut or fit of the waist overalls; what we did was take traditional menís work pants & rivet them, creating the new category of workwear which we today call blue jeans."

ďHistory of Levisí® 501® Jeans.Ē Levi Strauss & Co. 12 April 2009

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