Levi Strauss Day

Levi Strauss Day

They’re comfy. They can last for many years. They don’t need dry-cleaning, or any other special treatment. These are great for many occasions. They can be worn to the grocery, the park, the pub or any other semi-formal social event. They can be worn with anything, including t-shirts and smart blazers. They are so versatile that you won’t be able to imagine your life without them.

What is it we are referring to? Jeans! This iconic garment is more important than just deserving of its own holiday.

Levi Strauss, a German-American businessman, was born in Bavaria, February 26, 1829. He arrived in the United States at the age of 18 with his family during the mid-1800s. Strauss started as a dry goods wholesaler based in San Francisco, California. He sold clothing, bedding, and handkerchiefs for settlers who had come to California in order to participate in the gold rush.

It was difficult to find clothing that would last more than a few weeks due to the physical labor required by miners and builders of new railroads. A woman, Jacob W. Davis, was approached by Strauss’ client in 1870 to find a pair of strong work pants for her husband.

Davis made a pair of pants using the Strauss’ denim, which he strengthened with copper rivets. The new clothing was quickly popularized and Davis couldn’t keep up with demand. He also didn’t have the financial resources to open a bigger tailor shop or get a patent.

Davis began to fall further behind, and was afraid that someone would steal his ideas. He asked Strauss for financial support in filing a patent application. Strauss was open to the idea, and the patent was granted. The two became business partners and Levi Strauss & Co was founded.

The story of Levi Strauss is the epitome of the “American Dream”, which is a belief that all people are created equal, and that hard work, ambition, and creativity are all that’s required to succeed financially. His family was not wealthy. His father made enough money as a peddler to support the family until he died from tuberculosis. This tragedy plunged the Strauss family into financial poverty. Despite all the setbacks, Levi Strauss still managed to make a lot of money. Strauss wasn’t the stereotypical rich, stingy miser.

He made many donations throughout his life to charity and orphanages. It’s a great way for you to celebrate this day by reading the biography of Levi Strauss, or any other person or woman who achieved success through hardwork and dedication and then used their money and influence to help others.


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