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Bast Recast Deep-Dive: Denim Blouse 1874

From workmen to cowboys to bikers, the jean jacket has woven itself into the fabric of denim culture. And the history of the denim or duck trucker jacket most certainly starts with Levi’s.

The very first denim jacket came into being in the form of a work shirt when Levi Strauss created the “Levi’s Blouse,” an outerwear garment intended as a companion to work trousers. The shirt was known as the 506 (also known as a Type I), and set the standard for all denim jackets to come.

From the late 1800s to mid 1900s, indigo blue clothing was deeply associated with the working classes, such as the “blue collars” and “tradies.” Blue-collar jobs refer to occupations requiring skilled labor, mainly manual and industrial in nature.

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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™ Lyocell and Modal to the market, Carved in Blue shares the stories of those whose roots run deep with denim. Visit