Do you know your rivets?

Posted on December 11, 2012 by Freshteh Piltan

First of all, you might be thinking, what does rivet mean?

Basically it´s the metal accessory that is used to reinforce stress points, usually put in the upper corners on back pocket.

As denim originates from 1800´s workwear, the reasoning behind the use of the rivets was to make the pockets and pants last longer. Strong enough to hold the heavy weight of the tools and stoned often tucked in the back pockets. Introduced by Nevada-based tailor Jacob Davis, who borrowed the technique from horse blankets. From 1937 onwards, they were covered to prevent users from scratching furniture and delicate surfaces, stemming from that the so-called hidden rivets came into existence. 
Dr Denim  I Stanley - Hidden rivet.

The rivets are the exact same but they are attached before the stitching is done rather than on top of the pocket after stitching. This means that the rivet is only visible inside the jeans, as shown above, the back pocket on Stanley.  Hidden rivets were generally dropped in the 1980s but have since featured on vintage-homage jeans.

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