A BRIEF HISTORY OF AMERICAN STYLE
Nevada tailor Jacob Davis and Levi Strauss & Co. receive a patent for using rivets at points of strain in denim pants to make them stronger and more durable.
Pro baller Charles “Chuck” Taylor makes a few tweaks to the Converse All Star shoe and becomes its spokesman.
At a Harley-Davidson dealer on Long Island, New York, the first leather motorcycle jacket made by Irving Schott goes on sale for $5.50.
Ray-ban aviators are invented by Bausch + Lomb as an alternative to goggles. General Macarthur helps make ’em famous.
Cary Grant shows the country how a suit should fit in North by Northwest.
JFK brings a top hat to his inauguration but doesn’t wear it during his speech, relieving American men of the obligation to cover their heads while outdoors.