I am not sure that I know anyone who doesn’t own jeans. A pair of jeans is one of the most comfortable articles of clothing in any closet. They come in all shades, washes, styles, lengths and cuts, but there is one component that has stayed consistent since the dawn of the fashion staple’s existence. Have you ever been curious as to the purpose of that little pocket on the hip? Well, someone figured it out!
According to History.com, in 1873 Levi Strauss, a San Francisco businessman and a tailor from Reno, Nevada named Jacob Davis, was given a patent that allowed him to design and create pants with metal rivets.
That creation gave way to the modern jeans that we know and love today.
However, the history of the clothing item dates back to the 1600s. Weavers from the Genoa, Italy made fabric quite similar to modern-day denim, and that might explain how the name came about. Damn.com believes that the name must have derived from the word Genoa or “Genes.”
However, it wasn’t until the 1950s that jeans became a part of the American culture with the help of James Dean in the classic “Rebel Without A Cause.”
So, why the side pocket? Apparently, at the time of the Davis and Strauss creation, wristwatches were not a thing, but pocket watches were. The small pocket served as a secure space to keep one’s pocket watch.