This Day in History

On May 20, 1873, Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis received a U.S. patent for blue jeans after developing a way to strengthen men’s work pants with metal rivets. This innovation revolutionized fashion by introducing durable and comfortable clothing suited for labor and everyday wear. Over the decades, blue jeans have transcended their utilitarian origins to become a staple of global fashion, emblematic of American culture and a symbol of style and rebellion across generations.