Textile Encyclopedia

H. D. Lee Company

Mercantile company founded in 1889 by Henry David Lee in Kansas. He saw the need to make more reliable and durable workwear. His company started making bibbed overalls in 1911. In 1913, he released the Union-All, a coverall, and the Lee Cowboy Pant, which was designed for seamen and loggers, but these were quickly adopted by rodeo riders and cowboys everywhere.