Shares in Levi Strauss & Co have surged 33% in their debut on Wall Street.

This gives the US jeans maker a market value of more than $8.7 billion and indicates a strong investor appetite ahead of much-awaited listings from Lyft and Uber Technologies. 

The 165-year-old company's return to the public market comes at a time when stocks are near all-time highs.

The popularity of denim is also surging, driven by the resurgence of the 90s styles such as high-waist and pinstriped jeans. 

The self proclaimed inventor of the blue jeans, which has grown to become one of the world's most recognized denim brands, hopes to use a part of the proceeds from the share offering to expand further into emerging markets such as Brazil, China and India. 

Levi first went public in 1971. It sold a total of 1.27 million shares at $47 each and the stock opened at $60, according to a New York Times report. 

After 14 years as a public company, it was taken private by the Haas family, the descendants of founder Levi Strauss, in a $1.6 billion leveraged buyout. 

Levi's second IPO was priced at $17 yesterday, above the expected range, in an oversubscribed offering. 

The Haas family will retain 80% voting control of the public company. 

The market capitalisation of the company is based on outstanding shares of about 390 million, which includes the over-allotment option. 

The company reported a 14% rise in revenue to $5.6 billion in 2018, a majority of which came from men's denim. 

Its biggest market is Americas, which accounts for about 55% of total revenue.

The San Francisco, California-based company sells in 110 countries through 50,000 retail stores and its rivals include Gap and VF's Lee and Wrangler brands. 

To attract young customers, Levi's is planning to expand its tailor shop and print bar that allow consumers to customise and put their own designs on the company's branded jeans and T-shirts. 

Levi's market splash also marks the start of what could be a blockbuster year for IPOs with several high profile companies expected to list their shares. 

Ride-hailing service provider Lyft kicked off the investor road show for its market debut on Monday and larger rival Uber is expected to go public in April. 

The line-up also includes photo-posting app Pinterest, home-renting service provider Airbnb and business messaging app Slack.