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Copper Rivet Day 2022

Happy Copper Rivet Day 2022! As time marches on, one hundred forty-nine years ago, on May 20, 1873, the copper rivet was patented. Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis collaborated to bring about the manufacture and implementation of what is an indispensable and iconic feature found on every pair of denim jeans. The copper rivet has been a fascinating part of everyday life and is barely noticed and often under-appreciated. Actually, without the humble little rivet, we may not even have the denim jean as we know them today. As a side note, what we refer to commonly as a ‘jean rivet’ is called a ‘pocket burr’ in the garment industry.

Mr. Strauss designed and manufactured denim work pants and found that the pants would rip and tear at critical points of stress during use. He needed a solution to strengthen them, and this he found in the little rivet invention of Jacob Davis. Like so many other things in life that go so well together, the copper rivet will be forever united with the clothes and things we love to wear and use. Check out our ‘Key to the Highway’ denim key ring here.

Read more about Levi StraussJacob Davis, and the ubiquitous copper rivet and the History of Jeans and Denim here.

Boom laka laka laka

I want to, I want to, I want to take you higher. If you remember 1968 and all the goings on, you’ll surely recall Sly and the Family Stone. Stand!, Everyday People, You Can Make It If You Try, Sex Machine, these songs defined the day. Where’s Sylvester Stewart when we need him? Calling on Sly Stone!

Quote of the Week

“I look for trouble and I found it son
Straight down the barrel of a lawman’s gun
I tried to run but I don’t think I can
You make one move and you’re a dead man friend
Ain’t living long like this
Can’t live at all like this, can I baby?”

Jerry Jeff Walker, Song by Ray Wylie Hubbard

Quote of the Week

‘That’s alright, I still got my guitar.’

-Jimi Hendrix

I guess it’s like Jimi Hendrix when he got a bad, bad feeling that his baby don’t live here no more, and said ‘She ain’t comin’ on back neither – That’s alright I still got my guitar.’, the guitar has been a faithful companion for me too. There is one generally within arms reach, whether at home or work. Most of my axes are simple affairs, basic playable guitars, although a couple are indeed rather unique, one guitar, my favorite – a 1940’s Gibson LG-1. There is something about this guitar that keeps my hands on it several times every day. It is usually kept out of the case, leaning in a corner or lying on the couch, ready to be picked up and played. Alas, when I’m asked ‘How long have you been playing guitar?’, I usually reply, ‘Oh, about 20 minutes or so.’ If my answer were ‘almost fifty years,’ the inquirer would surely wonder then why I wasn’t better at it for all the years of playing.

Get the Red Blues Bag

A Brand New Bag

It looks like Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag! Behold our dandy and practical tote. We have been busy designing totes, purses, satchels, and other utility bags and we are happy to announce: The ‘RED BLUES BAG.’ This tote is the perfect choice for carrying a light load of stuff around. Made from a durable paper-like material which is lightweight, water and tear resistant, sewn and assembled right here in our shop.

Get the RED BLUES BAG, and take a look at the SIMPLE RED BLUES WALLET too!