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Levi Strauss : The Man Who Gave Blue Jeans to the World, Hardback Book

Levi Strauss : The Man Who Gave Blue Jeans to the World Hardback


Blue jeans are globally beloved and quintessentially American.

They symbolize everything from the Old West to the hippie counter-culture; everyone from car mechanics to high-fashion models wears jeans. And no name is more associated with blue jeans than Levi Strauss & Co., the creator of this classic American garment. As a young man Levi Strauss left his home in Germany and immigrated to America.

He made his way to San Francisco and by 1853 had started his company.

Soon he was a leading businessman in a growing commercial city that was beginning to influence the rest of the nation.

Family-centered and deeply rooted in his Jewish faith, Strauss was the hub of a wheel whose spokes reached into nearly every aspect of American culture: business, philanthropy, politics, immigration, transportation, education, and fashion. But despite creating an American icon, Levi Strauss is a mystery.

Little is known about the man, and the widely circulated "facts" about his life are steeped in mythology.

In this first full-length biography, Lynn Downey sets the record straight about this brilliant businessman.

Strauss's life was the classic American success story, filled with lessons about craft and integrity, leadership and innovation.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 288 pages, 8 colour illustrations, 13 b/w illustrations
  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
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  • Category: History of fashion
  • ISBN: 9781625342294

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