Ambivalent, your last, care to expand on the identity of Serge de Nimes?
Levi Strauss being a switch-hitter might exercise that Corporate body
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Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] Friday enquiry about jeans...
No, it was "serge de Nimes". Jeans were originally made from a lighter
fabric (from Genoa).
Levi Strauss hoped to make his fortune in the California gold rush by making
tents from canvas sailcloth (the conventional advice from economists is to
sell shovels...), but he found it to be too heavy. He therefore turned it
into hard-wearing trousers. When his supply of can vas ran out, he switched
Carol Primrose wrote:
> The place was Nimes, in France; the fabric known as Lin de Nimes. I
> think, if my memory is not tricking me, the origin was a batch of
> material which turned out to be too coarse for the local market, so
> an enterprising trader took it to the USA and sold it as suitably
> hard wearing for working clothes, not cowboys in particular.
> I don't know what the little pocket was for originally, but I always
> keep a single one pound coin in it, for supermarket trolleys.