The founder of Lee clothing is Henry David Lee. He founded the company, H.D. Lee Mercantile Company in 1889 in Salina, Kansas. The company began by producing workwear and overalls, but soon expanded to include denim jeans, which became popular among cowboys and miners. The brand’s name was changed to Lee in the early 1900s and it has since become one of the most recognizable and respected denim brands in the world.