Levi Strauss

By: Daniel Bright


There is not much background on Levi's education. We can only guess that since his father died at 16 and he moved to America to work with his brothers, He only made it to 10th or 11th grade.

Early Career

In early 1853, he headed out to San Francisco to sell goods to the thriving mining trade. Strauss ran his own wholesale dry goods company as well as acted as his brothers' West Coast agent. Using a series of different locations in the city over the years, he sold clothing, fabric, and other items to small shops in the region.

As his business thrived, Strauss supported numerous religious and social causes. He helped establish the first synagogue, Temple Emanu-El, in the city. Strauss also gave money to several charities, including special funds for orphans.

Late Career

Strauss first had the pants made by seamstresses in their homes. He later started his own factory to make the pants in the city. In any case, his tough-and-rugged jeans helped make Strauss a millionaire. He expanded his business interests over the years, buying the Mission and Pacific Woolen Mills in 1875. While he remained active in the company, Strauss began to give more responsibilities to his nephews who worked for him. He continued to be generous to those in need, providing the funds for 28 scholarships at the University of California in 1897.

Strauss died at the age of 73 on September 26, 1902, at his home in San Francisco. After his death, his nephew Jacob Stern took over as company president. The legendary jeans he helped create, known as Levi's or Levis, continued to grow in popularity and have remained a fashion staple over the decades.

Examples Of Clothing

Levi's Jeans, Shirts are some of his designs