The history of rivets is, in fact, as old as the story of jeans. In the US, jeans were considered clothing fit for people who did hard physical labor and it was extremely popular among the working class population. During that time, it was a common problem that the pocket would get ripped.
Jacob Davis knew he had a winning idea on his hands but didn’t have the money to patent his idea.
In 1872, he wrote a letter to his fabric supplier, Levi Strauss, the man behind Levi’s jeans, about his technique of making pants with metal rivets on the points of strain to make them more durable and stronger. Needing funds he approached Levi and together they sought the patent. The patent for “Improvement in Fastening Pocket-Openings” was later given to both men, Jacob and Levi on May 20, 1873.