The pocket you probably keep coins in, or thumb drives, or condoms, or anything small you like to keep handy, was originally for pocket watches.

Of course, nothing reminds you of that little pocket like burning yourself on the rivets when they're fresh out of the dryer.

The orange thread used in Levi's is another original.

As the story goes, Jacob Davis wanted the thread to match the color of the rivets. However, because Levi's lost many records in the 1906 earthquake and fire, this can't be confirmed.


And the design on the rear pockets tells people what kind of jeans you're wearing.

Each jeans maker has its own design; Levi's trademarked its "arcuate" design in 1943. Even when wartime rationing meant they couldn't sew the pattern in, they had the arcuate painted on.

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