What’s Up With This Tiny Pocket?
If your like millions of denim jeans wearers, you have no doubt asked yourself ‘What the heck is this little teeny weeny pocket inside my front pocket for?’
Here’s How This Pocket Got Started..
The Levi Strauss Company began selling jeans in the early 1800’s, and were soon followed by the Lee Denim Wear Company. Levi was the first to add the fifth pocket, but of course, the Lee Jean soon came out with it’s own version of that extra pocket. But what for?
It’s A Watch Pocket!
Back in the 1800’s, cowboys used to wear their watches on chains and kept them in their waistcosts. To keep them from getting broken, Levis introduced this small pocket where they could keep their watch. The watch on a chain, called a fob, was slipped into the pocket easily and pulled out by the chain to view the time.
Now It’s Called A Coin Pocket!
At the turn of the 20th century, pocket watches fell out of style and became obsolete. As a result, the jeans were refreshed in 1901 with a few notable changes. Lee Jeans actually remade their jeans first, and yes, Levi followed suit this time making most jeans with that little unusable pocket. The watch pocket got downsized from about 3.5” to 3” now that bulky watch fobs were less commonly carried. To reflect the change in design and purpose, the watch pocket was renamed the “coin pocket” that you’re familiar with today.
But You Can Now Use That Pocket To Store Lot’s Of Things.
As a testament to its versatility, the fifth pocket goes by many names depending on its usage, such as the match pocket, condom pocket, mint pocket, and as mentioned before, watch pocket and coin pocket. So unless you are still carrying around a watch on a chain, you can use it for anything you wish.. here are some fun examples:
You Can Always Keep Condiments On Hand.
One sugar and maybe 2 packets of salt will fit snug in there.
Keep A Piece Of Candy At The Ready..
Just one piece. In case of a sweet tooth attack!
Use That Pocket For Carrying A Thumb Drive.
Or snap a pager/beeper to, if you’re stuck in the 90’s.
Never Be Without Lip Balm Or Skin Cream.
A tube of something personal like maybe a Chapstick fits pretty nicely in the pocket.
It’s Also Great For Nail Clippers Or Swiss Army Knives.
Like the fifth pocket itself, our list is fairly small compared to the number of pocketable possibilities out there. Now that you know it’s not just a design or fashion statement, make use of that space!