Jeans are common around the world, but why some pairs have little metal pieces on the pockets remains a complete mystery to many.
The circular bits aren’t buttons, nor are they simply decorative.
Known as “rivets”, they are placed on areas of the jeans that are most likely to be pulled apart by strain or movement and help hold the fabric together, thereby making them last longer.
But their contribution to the history of denim – and how it acquired its massive popularity – is more interesting. In fact, they led to the creation of “jeans”.
Levi Strauss and a tailor from Reno, Nevada, Jacob Davis, received the patent to create work pants reinforced with metal rivets on May 20, 1873. The two then set out to create what would become one of the most famous and best-loved garments across the world – the blue jeans.
So now that we have “de-mystified” those tiny bits of metals on our jeans, let’s keep an eye on all the different kinds of rivets that are available on the huge denim market. Rivets can be silvery, copper, gold or – as we have seen on a lot of jeans lately, multi colored.