The tiny pocket in your jeans actually has a purpose
Well, it’s not for your coins if that’s what you’re thinking.
The small pockets date back to 1890 they were stitched into Levi’s ‘waist overall’ jeans.
Back in the day, they were commonly used for pocket watches, and we clearly don’t do that anymore – 2021 seemingly seems to be the year of Fitbits and smartwatches.
Levi Strauss & Co’s very own historian, Tracey Panek told Insider: “The oldest pair of waist overalls in the Levi Strauss & Co. Archives (from 1879) includes the watch pocket.
“Our 19th-century overalls had a single back pocket on right side of the pant beneath the leather patch.” So really the idea of having such a small compartment is pretty pointless, yet, there is a reason why it’s still there. Interestingly, it’s actually due to sentiment with regards to WWII, as to why they are still in existence.
Panek explained: “One interesting fact about the watch pocket is that during WWII the two corner rivets were removed as a way to conserve metal for the war effort.”
“The rivets returned to the watch pocket after the war. “It was riveted in the top two corners and included our recognizable arch design, called the Arcuate, stitched with a single needle sewing machine.
“The watch pocket was an original element of our blue jeans, like the rivets on our pockets, button fly, arched back pocket stitching, and leather patch.
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