In March of the same year, Mathieu Burri, a Swiss inventor, improved the design by adding a lock-in system attached to the last teeth, but his version never got into production due to conflicting patents. The company opted to use Gideon Sundback's fastener on a new type of rubber boots (or galoshes) and referred to it as the zipper, and the name stuck.
The popular North American term zipper, (UK zip, or occasionally zip-fastener), came from the B. The two chief uses of the zipper in its early years were for closing boots and tobacco pouches.
The clasp locker had its public debut at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair and met with little commercial success.
With the support of businessman Colonel Lewis Walker, Judson launched the Universal Fastener Company to manufacture the new device.Sundback was a Swedish-American electrical engineer and essentially the father of the zipper we see today.After ingratiating himself with the company through his good skills (and by marrying the plant manager’s daughter), Sundback devoted himself to improving the fastener.These days, zippers are so commonplace on clothing that they largely go unnoticed–until they stop working that is.Few realize how much of a breakthrough they were roughly a century ago, and how they changed the construction of not only clothing, but also luggage, camping gear, and sporting goods in general.Howe's device was more like an elaborate drawstring than a true slide fastener.Forty-two years later, in 1893 Whitcomb Judson, who invented a pneumatic street railway, marketed a "Clasp Locker".By December 1913, Sundback not only perfected the zipper but also the machine that built them–now the “clasp locker” was ready for primetime.It is used in clothing (e.g., jackets and jeans), luggage and other bags, sporting goods, camping gear (e.g. Zippers come in all different sizes, shapes, and colors. Judson was an American inventor from Chicago who invented and constructed a workable zipper.These variations are achieved by sewing one end of the zipper together, sewing both ends together, or allowing both ends of the zipper to fall completely apart.A zipper costs relatively little, but if it fails, the garment may be unusable until the zipper is repaired or replaced—which can be quite difficult and expensive.