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Apr 26, 2016
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By now you already know what that little pocket on your jeans is for. But do you know why there are tiny bronze buttons around it? They're not for decoration, that's for sure.

Instead, they're there to strengthen your pants. The little buttons, called rivets, are placed on areas of the jeans most likely to be pulled apart by movement. Without these, your jeans—aka the daily driver of the clothing world—will get ripped faster.

Rivets date back to 1872 and were an addition made by American tailor Jacob Davies. He came up with this idea after receiving several complaints from laborers that their pants don't hold up well to the rigors of, well, good ol' labor. Unfortunately, he did not have money to fund his idea. So he appealed to a person you all know too well: the famous denim manufacturer, Levi Strauss. Strauss approved, and together, they applied for a patent.

"Soon, the first riveted clothing was made and sold. Within a very short time, the jean was a bona fide success," reads a statement in Levi's website.

"We consider May 20, 1873 the 'birthday' of blue jeans, because although denim pants had been around as workwear for many years, it was the act of placing rivets in these traditional pants for the first time that created what we now call jeans," it added.

Now you know.

 

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