People are discovering what the little pocket on your jeans is for and it’s blowing their minds

EVER wondered what the little pocket on your jeans is for?

It could all be for fashion or it could have a historical purpose that might blow your mind.

What can you put in your mini bag?


What can you put in your mini bag?Credit: Getty

The tiny pockets date back to 1890 when they were sewn into Levi’s ‘waist overalls’ jeans.

They were originally designed to hold pocket watches, but when we don’t use pocket watches anymore, what purpose do they serve?

The now common blue jeans were invented by Levi Strauss & Co two centuries ago and have remained unchanged ever since.


The pouches are the design in the patent Strauss and JW Davis made for “Improved in tightening the pocket openings,” May 20, 1873.

However, they first entered mass use in 1890 with the “Lot 501” jeans, which became the Levis 501 jeans model we’re familiar with today.

Levi Strauss & Co’s very own historian Tracey Panek is speaking to Insiders says: “Oldest pair of waistcoats in the Archives of Levi Strauss & Co. (from 1879) including watch pouches.”

“The watch pocket is a feature of our first waist overalls.” Levi’s explained.

Small pockets are never found on trousers because a pocket watch will be kept in the jacket of the outfit.

The Suit jacket is designed to have a dedicated pocket for the pocket watch available, so there is no need for a pocket on the pants.

Panek explained that man Levi Strauss kept a pocket watch in his business suit vest.

So, isn’t the little bag pretty useless these days?

We all tend to use smartphones or even watches to tell the time, so finding a pocket watch is pretty rare.

The jeans retain the mini pocket as a way to keep the original 501 design alive, so it’s basically for nostalgia.

They have the same design from the 19th century, except for World War II when the metal hardware disappeared.

“An interesting fact about watch bags is that during World War II, the two corner studs were removed as a way to preserve the metal for the war effort,” says Panek.

“Rivets returned to pocket watches after the war.”

Pants with small pockets are called “five-pocket pants,” but the pocket is not actually the fifth pocket on jeans.

The fifth pocket is actually on the back left side, added to Levi’s 501 jeans in 1901.

“Our 19th-century overalls have a single back pocket on the right leg of the trouser leg below the leather patch,” says Panek.

“It’s studded at the top two corners and includes our recognizable arch design, called Arcuate, stitched with a single-needle sewing machine.

“The watch pocket is the original element of our blue jeans, like the studs on the pocket, the buttons, the arch stitching on the back of the pocket, and the leather patch,” says Panek.

“To preserve the integrity of the original design, Levi Strauss & Co. maintained the pocket watch.”

Other fashion brands also use small pocket watches made by Levi’s but may place it in different places on their pants or hide it in different ways.

Some even hide it inside a larger bag.

They kept the bag small as a way to make it clear the trousers were casual and not meant to be worn with a formal coat.

As for what we can do with the little, little, little bag now?

People say it holds rings well, matches, coins or even keys.

They are also known as'five pockets'


They are also known as ‘five pockets’Credit: Getty
Metal studs were removed to help the World War II war effort


Metal studs were removed to help the World War II war effortCredit: Getty

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