Levi Strauss

By Milo Drumm

Levi Strauss was the creator of blue jeans. He created the company called Levi's in 1853 called the Levi Strauss & Co.

Early life

Originally named Loeb, Levi Strauss was born into a large family on February 26, 1829, in Buttenheim, Bavaria, Germany. His father Hirsh and his mother Rebecca had two children together, and Hirsh had three children from his first marriage. Living in Bavaria, the Strausses experienced religious discrimination because they were Jewish. There were restrictions on where they could live and special taxes placed on them because of their faith.

When he was around the age of six, Strauss lost his father to tuberculosis. He, his mother, and two sisters made their way to the United States of America two years later. When they arrived, the family reunited Jonas and Louis, Strauss's two older brothers, in New York City. Jonas and Louis had established a dry goods business there and Levi went to work for them.

The start

At the age of 18, Levi Strauss, his mother, and two sisters traveled to the United States to join his brothers Jonas and Louis, who have already started a business for wholesale dry goods business in New York City called J. Strauss Brother & Co.

Strauss ran his own wholesale dry goods company as well as acted as his brothers' West Coast agent. He used a number of different locations in the city over the years to sell. He sold clothing, fabric, and other items to small shops in the region. As his business thrived, Strauss supported numerous religious and social causes.


Levi had graduated high school before he left Germany, but he really didn't have any future goals or careers he wanted to fulfill. He worked in the dry goods company until he made it is own for making blue jeans.

Blue jeans

The creation of blue jeans have changed the world in clothing and the styles of a certain era.


When the blue jeans were first created in 1853, they weren't very durable so a customer, Jacob Davis, wrote to Strauss in 1872, asking for his help. Davis, a tailor in Nevada, had bought cloth from Strauss for his own business and developed a special way to make more durable pants. When the blue jeans were first created, they didn't have pockets. So Levi Strauss and help from Jacob Davis, they sewed on pockets to the pants and made them out of a new, more durable material.


Levi Strauss was a very educated person. Not only did he go off his own thought ideas, he listened to other people's explanation to certain topics and added it to his thinking making him a great listener. it was said that he always went forward with everything he did and was a great leader to his workers. Most of his workers were his nephews.

Later years

As Strauss's company grew and as he got older, he gave his nephews a lot more responsibilities for running the company. Levi Strauss died September 26, 1902 at the age of 73. After his death, his nephew Jacob Stern took over as the president of the company.

My opinion

I defiantly respect Levi Strauss. he worked hard to get what he wanted and when he had his idea, he fulfilled it and made one of the best clothing design franchises for decades. I am really unsure of what i would invent but if i had an idea in the future, i would defiantly search for the instructions on how to make it and change peoples lives.