Rivets are small metal fasteners, typically made from copper, that are used in many pairs of jeans to reinforce easily torn areas of the jeans, such as the pockets.
The origin of rivets in jeans dates back to the 1850s, when Levi Strauss (of “Levi’s” fame) got together with a tailor by the name of Jacob Davis, who had the idea of reinforcing jeans with rivets.
Today, rivets are a common feature of most blue jeans, beyond just Levi’s, both for their practicality and style value. Many rivets these days are emblazoned with the logos of their manufacturers, while others are purely decorative.
Some denim junkies will even replace the rivets that come with their jeans with custom rivets of their own making. It’s a subtle detail to be sure, but when it comes to style, the devil is in the details.