Levi Strauss & Co. "501" jeans Levi Strauss & Co. "501" jeans

The Museum at FIT

The Museum at FIT
New York City, United States

Levi Strauss & Co.’s 501® model is widely considered to be the “original” blue jean. Patented in 1873, Levi’s® denim trousers included copper rivets at different stress points. Now a mainstay of jeans around the world, the specific placement of these rivets has not changed in more than 150 years (except for the distinctive “crotch” rivet, which was removed during World War II due to rationing).


  • Title: Levi Strauss & Co. "501" jeans Levi Strauss & Co. "501" jeans
  • Fashion House: Levi Strauss & Co.
  • Date Created: c. 1953
  • Location Created: USA
  • Type: Pants
  • Rights: Copyright The Museum at FIT
  • Medium: Blue denim
  • Credit: Gift of Richard Martin

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