Ben Davis was established in San Francisco, CA by Benjamin Franklin Davis and his father Simon Davis in 1935. His grandfather Jacob Davis was one of the people responsible for the original Levis jeans. Their clothing was originally worn by many construction workers because it was well made and hard wearing. Later on it was adopted more by youth culture, and then again heavily in the early 1990's by skaters and West coast rappers especially. The company is still run by his son Frank.