Suspenders have a long history, starting in 18th century France. Suspenders as we know today, have been similar in design to the model British designer Albert Thurston first started manufacturing in the 1820s (he likely referred to them as braces, as was and is popular in Britain). Times sure have changed.
While suspenders originally existed solely to hold up your pants, they fell to the wayside when pants were created to fit people normally. This did not last long, as belts later took over, despite Doctors often recommending suspenders to overweight patients. "There are more big stomachs caused by the wearing of a belt than any other one thing I know of," said a Chicago doctor named Dr. V. S. Cheney in 1928.* Life magazine reported that in 1938 60% of American men chose belts over suspenders.
Suspenders today have been left out of the limelight to say the least. Certainly we all remember the likes of Gordon Gekko in Wall Street, painting the picture of suspenders as an upper-class formal look. We know suspenders today to be typically associated with formalwear. How could we forgot the checkerboard suspenders sold throughout Hot Topics all over the US in the early 00's? Today, suspenders stand in a middle ground while fashion moves around them. No one has considered updating them, until now.
What makes BTB different
Simply put, suspenders are better than belts. This isn't always true, but it is in our case. We redesigned the traditional suspenders for use in 2020 and beyond. Our pants are different than they were in the 1820's, and fashion has had some minor changes too in the past 200 years. Our unique jumbo clips provide the same strength as buttons, yet the ease of clips. The Y-back allows you to attach suspenders quickly, even while standing. Our adjusters are smooth as butter and the elastic is extra comfy for all-day wear. We created a versatile genderless suspender.
If you're looking for some outfit inspiration, here are four ways to wear suspenders.