15. Before – Waist Overalls, After – Jeans
Jeans was originally called ‘Waist Overalls’ or simply ‘Overalls’. Well, a pair of jeans sounds much better. Imagine calling it an overall. Not possible. It was renamed by Levi Strauss.
14. Indigo to Hide the Dirt
The very first jeans always bore the indigo color. Why? Well, because, they hide dirt and dust better than light colors. It’s nonetheless, the most preferred color among jeans by most people.
13. Zip it on the Right
Earlier, during the time of World War II, jeans for men had the normal style of the zipper being in front, but for women, the zipper was placed on the right side. Thanks to the one who switched and stitched it back to the front.
12. Levi Strauss & Co. and their Orange Thread
Jeans made by Levi Strauss & Co. always bear the orange colored thread, which is unique to their brand. Check for it if you haven’t noticed it already. It’s their trademark
11. Indigo for the Blue Color
A whooping 20 thousand tons of indigo are produced every year, simply for coloring jeans worldwide. Next come the rest of the colors.
10. 225 Pairs from a Single Bale of Cotton
A maximum of 225 pair of jeans can be made out of just a single bale of cotton. Beat that!
9. A form of Rebellion – Jeans
Jeans, especially the blue ones were banned in theatres, schools and restaurants in the 50s. This was because they were seen as a form of rebellion against conventionality. They were a rage back then, but now, it’s obvious that a person will own at least two to three pairs.
8. Asia Produces Half the Jeans Worn by the World
Statistically speaking, more that 50% of the total production of jeans is done in Asia – namely, India, China and Bangladesh. And you thought they were Western?
7. Wash to prevent Shrinkage
Most denims are washed in water after the dye to prevent it from shrinking in size. It’s after that, that they are ready to be sold.
6. The Skinny Deal
Your skinny jeans are not pure cotton. They are mixed with a bit of an elastic fabric known as ‘Elastene’. This is why skinny jeans are stretchable and stick to the skin.
5. The French Connection
Here’s the French Connection – The word ‘Jeans’ is actually derived from the French term bleu de Genes. Also, the word ‘denim’ comes from the name of the French city, Nimes. Denims originated here, which is why the name is denim (de Nimes). Read: ‘of Nimes’.
4. The World War II and Jeans
The Americans can be credited for spreading jeans throughout the world, courtesy the World War II soldiers who wore it extensively when they were not at war. In fact, the Second World War can actually be said to propagate jeans the most in the Western world. It’s that time, from when it started becoming a rage.
3. Jeans and the Cotton Factories
The material denim that is used in the making of jeans requires a large quantity of cotton. Therefore, most of the jeans factories are build around cotton plantations and factories.
2. The Oldest Pair of Jeans
The oldest pair of jeans ever to be made was a Levi Strauss & Co. 501 Jeans, which is supposed to be about one hundred and fifteen years old. It was discovered in the year 1997 and auctioned in the year 2005 to an anonymous Japanese collector for $60,000.
1. The Most Expensive Pair Now
The most expensive pair of jeans in the world right now? It’s the Dussault Apparel’s Trashed Denim jeans which can be bought at $250,000.