Yves Saint Laurent once said, “I wish I had invented blue jeans. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity – all I hope for in my clothes.” Barb Mitchell once said, “I wish blue jeans had never been invented.”
I’m guessing Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis wouldn’t have liked that comment. My love/hate relationship with blue jeans and my quest to find the perfect pair dates way back. In fact, I remember wearing dresses to school in junior high because I felt so uncomfortable in jeans. If only khakis and yoga pants had been popular back then.
Here are some interesting facts about jeans:
• In 1853 Levi Strauss started selling blue jeans under the name Levis in San Francisco.
• Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis received a patent in 1873 to make the first pair of men’s denim work pants.
• Jeans were originally worn by workers because the material was strong and didn’t wear out easily.
• James Dean popularized jeans when he starred in Rebel without a Cause, prompting the youth rebellion during the 1950s.
• Skinny jeans actually date back to the 1950s with celebrities like Gene Autry and Sandra Dee wearing their pants very slim to the ankle.
• Jeans became high fashion in the 1980’s when famous designers started making and putting their labels on them.
• According to Wikipedia, Americans spent more than $15 billion on jeans in 2005.
• North America accounts for 39% of global purchases for blue jeans per denimsandjeans.com.
• According to Cotton Incorporated, the average woman owns eight pairs of jeans.
• According to askmen.com, the average man owns seven pairs of jeans.