Did You Know That Those Tiny Buttons On Jean Pockets Have A Surprising Historical Story?


Look, you must have worn at least one pair of jeans before. And if you’re one of those weirdos who tend to think a lot, you’ve definitely wondered about those tiny buttons on your pockets. I know, right?

So shift your gaze to those extremely small things and think about it. Should those little guys pass off as “unnecessary”or do they have an actual purpose?

Let me give you a little lesson in history. So, jeans were basically worn by the working class population that was subjected to hard physical labor. During that time, it was common for the jeans pocket to get ripped off while at work. And this was a serious problem.

To the rescue, came a tailor named Jacob Davis, a local customer of Levi Strauss & Co., who came up with an ingenious idea in 1873, that would ultimately be hailed as genius.

Jacob thought of placing metal copper rivets as fasteners to reinforce the seam where the pockets attach. This held the pockets and the jeans together and prevented them from being ripped off of the jeans. So as it turns out, those buttons are there to prevent your favorite pair from wearing out.

Even more interesting, Jacob wanted to get it patented but he didn’t have enough money! So, in 1872, he wrote to Levi Strauss and offered him a deal if Strauss would pay for the patent. As of now, those copper rivets are actually patented by Levi.

Man, who knew those tiny buttons had such a historically rich background? Shout out to that Jacob guy for making our jeans so long-lasting.