Levi Strauss Portrait
The Man Who Gave Blue Jeans to the World 
Lynn Downey
May 9, 2017 - 7:30 PM
Roosevelt Middle School Auditorium
460 Arguello Blvd (at Geary)

The name Levi Strauss is synonymous with San Francisco, but in the century and more since his death, myths surrounding his life and the invention of jeans have obscured the truth about his life. Born in Bavaria and schooled in the dry goods business in New York, Levi arrived in Gold Rush San Francisco where he set up a wholesale business. In 1873 he and Latvian immigrant Jacob Davis patented the first riveted denim pants for working men: the first blue jeans. Levi helped create modern San Francisco through business and philanthropy, and was a mainstay of the city’s Jewish community. Lynn Downey, author of the definitive book on Levi Strauss will present this story. Lynn Downey was the Levi Strauss & Co. historian for nearly 25 years

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