It began with a burdock burr, a tiny seed covered in hundreds of 'hooks' that naturally catch onto the microscopic loops that cover fur, hair and clothing. The burr was an unassuming marvel of nature and a minor headache for man, until one day in 1941 when the burdock burr, Swiss engineer Georges de Mestral, and his dog crossed paths on a hunting trip in the Alps.
Seventy years on, that chance meeting has proven to be remarkably fruitful.
Inspired by the burr, de Mestral created the world's first hook-and-loop fastener. De Mestral originally envisioned VELCROÂ® Brand hook and loop as a... (more)