In 1853, Levi Strauss opened a wholesale dry goods business in San Francisco that became known as Levi Strauss & Co. Seeing a need for work pants that could hold up under rougher conditions, he and Jacob Davis, a tailor, created the first jean. In 1873, they received a U.S. patent for “waist overalls” with metal rivets at points of strain. The first product line designated by the lot number “501” was created in 1890.
Today we are one of the world’s largest brand-name apparel companies. We design and market jeans, casual wear and related accessories for men, women, and children under the Levi’s?, Dockers?, Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.? and Denizen? brands. Our products are sold in more than 110 countries through chain retailers, department stores, online sites, and a global footprint of about 3,100 brand-dedicated stores and shop-in-shops. We maintain headquarters offices in San Francisco, Brussels and Singapore, and our approximately 14,800 worldwide employees work in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific.
Across all our brands and throughout our global organization, our values — empathy, originality, integrity and courage — guide every decision we make and every action we take. They are at the heart of our company, underpinning our vision of the future, our business strategies, decisions, actions and behaviors. How we govern our business is paramount to operating in line with our values. This includes how we create a more sustainable business and make more sustainable decisions.
Forward Looking Statements
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