In recent Classic Cleaners blog posts, we’ve been tracing the history of buttons. Buttons, however, represent only one of the many varieties of garment fasteners we find on the thousands upon thousands of customer garments we care for at our dry cleaning plant in Indianapolis.
Hooks, snaps, Velcro, sippers, buckles – you name it, and you know our technicians are pledged to keep those fasteners functioning (protecting our loyal customers from the type of “wardrobe malfunctions” that inspired recent media coverage).
Garment fasteners have a history all their own, no doubt about it:
- Cavemen fashioned straight pins out of thorns to hold together animal hides.
- Greeks and Romans used safety pin-like clasps.
- Snaps appeared in the late 1800’s.
- B.F. Goodrich coined the phrase “zipper”, using a “separable fastener” invented in 1913 for their rubber galoshes.
- Velcro was developed in the 1950’s.
Special tidbits from Wikipedia: The brand name “Velcro” comes from two French words: “velours” and “crochet”. There are two layers: a “hook” side, and a “loop” side. When the two sides are pressed together, the hooks catch in the loops. When the layers are separated, the strips make a characteristic” ripping” sound. (Now, as a Classic cleaners blog reader, you are “in the loop”!)
Whatever form of garment fastener we encounter, at Classic Cleaners, our mission remains the same: ensuring that every Classic Cleaners customer is “well put together”!
by Reb of the Classic Cleaners blog team