TEENY TINY POCKET WAS USED FOR…
Ever notice that teeny tiny pocket on your jeans or cords? It’s pretty small, right? So what the heck can you put in that teeny pocket? Maybe a thought. A small thought. But an important and small thought! It’s really way too small to have much of a purpose today. But back in the day, designers dedicated it for a pocket watch. So it really began back in 1873 with the Levis Strauss & Co., back when it was Levis Strauss and J.W. Davis. It was part of an “improvement in fastening pocket openings” and put forth back in 1890.
WATCH POCKET CAN BECOME A NEW HIP TREND
Tracy Panek, the Levi Strauss & Co.’s in-house historian, explained that the teeny tiny pocket had a lot to do with the first waist overalls. “The oldest pair of waist overalls in the Levi Strauss & Co. Archives (from 1879) includes the watch pocket.” Levis Strauss, the man and they myth, kept his pocket watch in the vest of his business suit versus his pants. But the pants worked for other people. We call these a five-pocket pant. The “19th century overalls had a single back pocket on the right side of the pant beneath the leather patch, it was riveted in the top two corners and included our recognizable arch design, called the Arcuate stitched with a single needle sewing machine.”
USE IT OR IGNORE IT, JEANS POCKET IS FOR REAL
No one wears a pocket watch nowadays. And phones are still too big for that teeny tiny pocket. It’s still there to keep the integrity of the original design. You may now recognize that other pants also have the teeny pocket. Some yoga pants have that wee pocket, some people use it for a key to my locker or a few coins. Most people just ignore the pocket nowadays. I always thought it was condom sized. Or a metrosexual utility before we even knew?