The Invention of Blue Jeans
By: Lexi Glowacki and Amanda Argueta
How They Became Invented
In 1853, Levi Strauss left New York for San Francisco with a small supply of dry goods with the intention of opening a branch in his brother's dry goods business. Shortly after he arrived, a prospector stopped him and asked him what he was selling. Levi answered that he was selling rough canvas for wagon covers and tents. The prospector said, "You should have brought pants!", meaning he couldn't find a pair strong enough to last. Levi Strauss made them into overalls. Miners liked them but complained that they were a little uncomfortable. Levi then substituted the fabric for a new twilled cotton cloth. The fabric later became known as denim.