This Day in Jewish History Levi Strauss, Blue Jeans Pioneer, Is Born

Bavarian-born Jew Loeb Strauss moved to California in 1853 to set up a branch of his family's dry-goods business, and ended up revolutionizing fashion.

February 26,1829, was the day Levi Strauss, pioneer of blue jeans and founder of the company that still bears his name, was born. Although Levi's jeans were long seen as the quintessential American article of clothing, Loeb Strauss (his given name) was a Bavarian-born Jew from the town of Buttenheim, who arrived in the United States with his family only in 1845. His father, Hirsch Strauss, had died two years...