Lee Mercantile Company was founded by Henry David Lee in 1889, when Lee opened his first garment factory in Salina, Kansas, producing dungarees and jackets. Through the 1920s, Lee Jeans introduced many new innovations to manufactured denim, most notably the zipper fly and the overall. Throughout the '30s and '40s Lee Jeans continued to build on their brand, becoming the nation's #1 manufacturer of work clothes. The decade of the '50s was a time of intense expansion for Lee Jeans as the company ventured into casual wear. The company continued to expand its fashion lines throughout the '60s, '70s, '80s and '90s, Today's Lee Jeans is all about bringing more fits, styles, finishes, features and choices than ever before to market.