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Former Levi’s Historian Lynn Downey Knows a Thing or Two About Denim

If there’s anyone in the world who could speak to the history and evolution of jeans, it’s Lynn Downey.

The former Levi Strauss & Co. historian spent a quarter century amassing and curating a rich collection of vintage Levi’s clothing, photographs and documents, and walking in the footsteps of the brand’s founder. With all that research on the company—and the man—credited with creating denim jeans as we know it, Downey wrote the first full-length biography, “Levi Strauss, The Man Who Gave Blue Jeans to the World,” which hit shelves late last year.

Downey’s knowledge and the heritage she’s been able to get her hands on over the years are the stuff denim dreams are made of.

Carved in Blue caught up with Downey to get at least a glimpse at the treasures she’s uncovered, both as an archivist and an author.

Read more at Carved in Blue.

This article is one of a series on Rivet from Lenzing’s Carved in Blue denim blog. From conversations with the experts behind the mills that make some of the world’s most-wanted denim to the global brands bringing novel denim made with TENCEL® and Lenzing Modal® to the market, Carved in Blue shares the stories of those whose roots run deep with denim. Visit