Invention of Velcro® Brand Hook and Loop

Who invented Velcro® Brand Hook and Loop?

Velcro® brand hook and loop was invented by a man named George de Mestral in the 1940's while hunting in the Jura mountains in Switzerland. Mr. de Mestral, a Swiss engineer, discovered tiny hooks on the cockleburs that were stuck on his pants and in his dog's fur. Under the scrutiny of the microscope, he observed the hooks engaging the loops in the fabric of his pants.

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and the invention of Velcro ® brand hook.

Where did the word "Velcro" come from?

De Mestral, along with help from friends in the weaving business, finally duplicated mother natures hook and loop fastener in the manufacturing plant. The result of his new invention was Velcro ® brand fasteners, from the French words for velvet "velour", and hook, "crochet".

Velcro® Brand Timeline
  • 1948 - Summer walk in the woods, discovers cockleburs
  • 1952 - Velcro S.A. established in Switzerland
  • 1955 - Patents "Velvet Type Fabric and Method of Producing The Same" Patent #2,717,437 with the Swiss government.
  • 1957 - American Velcro opened in Manchester, NH
  • 1958 - Velcro trademark registered in the United States
  • 1979 - Original patents expire
  • 1990 - George de Mestral die
Additional Resources

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George de Mestral Inventor of Velcro® 
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Kidzone Velcro USA 
George de Mestral Inventor of Velcro® 
George de Mestral APS News story about inventor of Velcro® 
Wikipedia Wikipedia entry on Velcro® 
YouTube David Letterman Velcro Wall 
A Brief History of Velcro® Article in Time.com 
How a Swiss Invention Hooked the World 
Accidental Inventions 
Today I Found Out.com Article about Velcro®