Introducing... A new suspender clip
that gets a grip and just won't slip!
a new suspender clip so different the government issued
us the first patent on the design of suspenders in a 114
years! Now you can reach,
bend, run...move any way you want without having your
suspender clips slip. With the "No-Slip Suspender
Clip" it's possible. They just can't slip.
The patented No-Slip clip has a center pin that works
like a needle to lock into your waistband without cutting
or damaging the fabric. The No-Slip Suspenders
are assembled in the USA with the finest materials... Please review some
of our suspender clip
|Holdup Suspender Company and Sal Herman have received
a new active patent # D614,946 S with an improved clip
design on May 4th 2010, which will be used in our
suspender lines. See the old expired Framed patent
certificate, and newly issued one, on display in Sal
Herman's Holdup Suspender Company Office....
old expired Patent>
Holdup Suspender Company was
awarded both a unique design and rare utility patent for their
Undergarment Suspender line sold
patent number # 8,209,779 was granted on July 3rd 2012. (See the
below Patent Certificate plaque). Rarely does the US Patent office grant
both utility & design patent, which inventor Sal Herman got for their
undergarment suspender line featuring a unique Velcro Type length
adjustment system. These trademarked Under-UPs™ suspenders have models
built with US patented plastic Gripper Clasps or the silver Patented
metal no-slip clips. One style has the Hip-Clip™ trucker style that
attaches with just 2 clips, or composite plastic clasps, at the side of
the pant's waistband. This type and patent is also used in our
Maternity Holdup Suspender
lines designed to wear
under a loose fitting maternity blouse. The other supersoft comfortable
undergarment suspender style has sewn x-back with 4 metal no-slip clips
or platctic Gripper clasps at ends of the smooth Velcro type strip
length adjustment system.
Click on images
to see enlarged close-up view of Undergarment Suspender Patent
Hip-Clip style Under-Ups have a Patent Pending on
both design and utility function
Pat. - Filed Aug 31, 2010 - Issued Jul 3, 2012 - toe
Sal Herman President of Holdup Suspender Company
... in claim 1 wherein
said pair of strap members are connected
together at the ends adjacent the waistband
of the person's pants. * * * * *. Clip-on
particularly for wearing under outer
garments. At least one side of the strap
members has loop members thereon which mate
with pieces of hook-type material secured
adjacent the ends of the strap members.
Adjustment bulky buckles are eliminated....US.
Our new metal suspender clip
Patent # is D614,946 S
granted on May 4 2010
Sal Herman of Holdup Suspender
Company received Patent D619,495 S on July 13th 2010 for the new
"suspender buckle" design. This composite plastic Gripper Clasp is used
as an alternative to the patented metal clip in some Holdup suspender
styles like the "no-buzz" airport
friendly suspenders... or in our
Soft Undergarment suspender line
made to be worn under your shirt. We also use this exclusive Patented
suspender buckle in our Ski-Ups™
snow sports suspenders.
all the various sizes, styles and colors of Holdup no slip suspender
clips and the new plastic Gripper clasps on this page....
Holdup Suspender Company presents the Hang Up
suspender hanger to cure the common problem of organizing your clip-on suspender
Easily organize and display your suspender collection with the
USA patented suspender hanger.... $12.95 ea.
US Patent Official Abstract filed 1988
Disclosed is a fastener including a first and a second member, the first
member having a post attached thereto extending toward said second member in a
complementary relation, and the second member being connected to the first in a hinge-like
relation, the second member having an opening therein for receiving the post attached to
the first member. The post is attached to the first member in a complementary relation to
the opening in the second member, such that when the suspender fastener is in a closed
position the post remains attached to the first member, extends through the fabric of the
garment being supported, and is received by the opening in the second member, whereby the
fabric of the garment being supported is substantially held fixed. Furthermore, also
disclosed is a reinforcement placed in the fabric of the garment to be held, such that the
reinforcement is positioned intermediate the first and second members when in operation.
The reinforcement has a sufficiently large opening for receiving and securing the post.
||Hermann; Sal (5458 Claridge La., West Bloomfield, MI
||June 15, 1988
||24/637; 24/495; 24/498
||A44B 021/00 6
|Field of Search:
U.S. Patent Documents
Primary Examiner: Cranmer; Laurie K.
Attorney, Agent or Firm: Cargill; Lynn E.
Apparatus for fastening suspenders to a garment, comprising: a fastener including a first
and second member, said first member having a needle-like post attached thereto extending
towards said second member in a complementary relation;
said second member being pivotally attached to the first member by means of opposed side
projections which are confined within openings in attachments to the second member, said
second member having an opening therein for receiving the needle-like post attached to the
an actuating cam member including a clamping plate and a depending cam section lying
adjacent to the first member, and pivotally attached to the second member by means of
opposed side projections which are confined within the openings of the attachments to the
second member, said actuating cam member exerting a sufficient force to maintain the
suspender fastener in a closed position;
said first and second members having plates attached thereto on the surfaces facing one
another, and said plates having complementary male and female portions which come together
and cooperate when in a closed position; and
said needle-like post being attached to the first member in a complementary relation to
the opening in the second member, said opening extending through the plate attached to the
second member, such that when the suspender fastener is in a closed position the post
remains attached to the first member, extends through both the complementary plates, and
further extends through the garment being supported, is received by the opening in the
second member, whereby the fabric of the garment being supported is substantially held
Description :TECHNICAL FIELD This invention relates to an apparatus for fastening suspenders
and the like to garments.
BACKGROUND OF INVENTION Suspender fasteners have been known for many years, and many
combinations of suspender fastener teeth, ribs, releasable clips, and other fastening
devices have been utilized. Different configurations are used for different needs and
Conventional suspender fasteners are generally made of metallic or plastic plates, having
teeth for engaging the fabric to be held. The teeth are generally of a configuration such
that an attempt is made to minimize tearing or ripping of the fabric being held. In a
conventional clip, a pivotal connection such as a spring or a clip joins the plurality of
plates which comprise the suspender fastener. A first problem arises with these
configurations because movement by the wearer of the garment inevitably causes tearing, or
at least deformation of the fabric. In that regard, many inventions have been made which
attempt to avoid sharp and tight teeth which would tear the fabric.
A second problem associated with
conventional suspender fasteners includes slipping of the suspender fastener away from the
fabric of the garment, which results in releasing of the fastener at unwanted moments. The
suspender fastener must clamp securely to the garment so that movement by the wearer will
not cause the suspender fastener to release.
In an attempt to solve such problems, U.S. Pat. No. 3,914,828 issued Oct. 28, 1975, to
Noda discloses a clip having a plurality of projections and a resilient pad for receiving
such projections. The projections clamp the fabric against the pad in order to secure the
garment to the suspender.
U.S. Pat. No. 4,463,482 issued Aug. 7, 1984, to Hawie discloses a releasable compression
fastener, such as a clip for use on a garter belt, suspenders or the like, including a
pair of jaws comprising a base plate connected to a suspender strap and a means for
clamping a layer of flexible fabric between cooperating, integrating jaws.
U.S Pat. No. 4,489,466 issued Dec. 25, 1984, to Bakker discloses a suspender fastener
comprising a first lever, a second lever, and a ratchet. The first and second levers are
pivotally connected and a pair of jaws on each of the first and second levers engages the
garment fabric between them.
An object of the present invention is to overcome the above mentioned problems by
providing a suspender fastener which will withstand pressures due to movement by the
wearer without releasing, tearing or deforming the fabric of the garment being supported.
Another object of the present invention is to provide a reinforcement for garments which
will substantially reduce the tearing of the fabric in the garment when it is engaged by a
Yet another object of the present invention is to provide an easily assembled and worn
suspender fastener, and a suspender fastener which is capable of being easily
These objects and advantages of the present invention will appear more fully in the
detailed description of the drawings when read in combination with the drawings.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
present invention relates to an improved means for attaching suspender straps to a
garment. More particularly, a releasable suspender fastener comprising first and second
members is provided, the first member including a post attached to its surface adjacent to
the surface of the second member facing the first member. The post may be of several
configurations, including a rounded post, a post having an interlocking mechanism, or a
post having a pointed or needle-like end.
Further, a reinforcement of the garment is included in the present invention and acts to
receive the post and thereby support the garment. The reinforcement is placed in the
fabric of a garment and is positioned intermediate the first and second members when in
operation. The reinforcement has a sufficiently large opening for receiving the post
therethrough. When the apparatus for fastening suspenders is in operation, the suspender
fastener is closed, having the post which is attached thereto extending from the first
member toward the second member. The second member has an opening therein for receiving
the post, such that when the suspender fastener is in a closed position, the post remains
attached to the first member, extends through the fabric of the garment being supported,
and is received by the opening of the second member. The fabric of the garment being
supported is thereby substantially held fixed, and substantially prevents the fastener
from releasing from the garment. The first and second members of the suspender fastener
may be connected in a hinge-like relation by a clip means, a spring means or a cam and
The post may include a columnar post having a substantially round diameter and a slightly
rounded tip avoid injury to skin, clothing or other delicate articles potentially coming
into contact with the end of the post. The post may also have a needle-like or conically
shaped tip for penetrating fabric of a garment, with the post being of such a length that
the needle-like or conically shaped tip of the post is received within the opening of the
second member without extending beyond its outer surface so that the tip is shielded from
contact with skin, clothing, etc. The first and second members may further include
complementary male and female grippers to more evenly distribute forces.
The post may further include a releasably interlocking
mechanism for securing the post within the second member when the suspender fastener is in
a closed position. The interlocking mechanism may have a rounded end which is sufficiently
small to fit through an opening in the fabric of the garment, yet sufficiently large that
the opening in the second member will receive the post in the interlocking mechanism
without allowing the rounded end of the post to extend past a predetermined location in
the outer of the second member.
A reinforcement is described which is placed in the fabric to work in cooperation with the
post attached to the first member to securely fasten the garment to the suspender
fastener. The reinforcements may be grommets, eyelets, rivets or buttonholes.
Other embodiments may include at least two posts, to be used in conjunction with at least
two reinforcements spaced apart in order to provide more support over a broader area of
the fabric of the garment being supported. The posts would be distributed along the bottom
surface of the first member of the suspender fastener in a side-by-side relation.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the suspender fastener before operation;
FIG. 2a illustrates a side view of the suspender fastener showing the hinge means;
FIG. 2b illustrates the suspender fastener in an open position;
FIG. 2c is a cross-sectional side view of the fastener of FIG. 1 showing a spring means,
the fastener being in an open position;
FIG. 2d a cross-sectional view of the fastener of FIG. 1 shown pivotally connected by an
actuating cam member, said fastener being in an open position; and
FIG. 2e is a side view showing an alternative embodiment.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS
Referring first to FIG. 1, the present releasable suspender fastener, as generally denoted
by 10, comprises a first member 12 and a second member 20 attached to each other. First
member 12 includes a post 14 being permanently attached to its surface which faces the
second member. Post 14 may include a rounded or needle-like tipped post or may be an
interlocking mechanism 16 incorporated with a round end 18 which is received by second
member 20 having an opening 22. An eyelet 24 may be placed within the fabric 26 of the
garment to be supported. Post 14 extends through eyelet 24 and is received by opening 22
so that suspender fastener 10 will not become detached from garments 26. Suspender
fastener 10 is attached to a suspender 28 which may be made of a belt, an elastic strap or
the like. In operation, post 14 will extend through eyelet 24 and opening 22 such that
interlocking mechanism 16 and rounded end 18 extend beyond the outer surface of second
Referring now to FIG. 2a, the suspender fastener of
FIG. 1 is shown in a closed position to indicate the relative placement of interlocking
mechanisms 16, post 14 and rounded end 18 in relation to second member 20. Furthermore,
first member 12 is illustrated as being attached to second member 20 in a hinge-like
relation. Suspender 28 is attached to the top of the suspender fastener and secured within
the suspender fastener itself.
In looking to FIG. 2b, a suspender fastener having first and second members 12 and 20
includes a post 14 having a substantially conically shaped end 15 which is received in
opening 22 for securing belt or strap 28 to a garment for support. First and second
members 12 and 20 may be connected by a hinge means as illustrated in FIG. 2b. Pointed tip
15 of post 14 is received within opening 22 without extending past the outer dimension of
opening 22. The pointed end of the substantially conical shaped tip 15 of post 14 may be
adapted for piercing fabric of a garment to be supported. Furthermore, the suspender
fastener disclosed in FIG. 2b may also be used with the reinforcement described in FIG. 1.
Referring now to FIG. 2c, another embodiment including a releasable
suspender fastener is illustrated comprising first and second members 32 and 30
respectively. First member 32 includes an attached post 34 which extends toward second
member 30. First member 32 is pivotally connected to second member 30 by a spring
mechanism 36. Post 34 is received by opening 38 in second member 30 and, when in closed
position, extends through the fabric of a garment to be supported by the suspender
fastener. Fabric 40 is a belt, band or the like attached to the suspender fastener.
mechanisms known in the art will maintain the suspender fastener in a closed position. One
of ordinary skill in the art would be able to use many conventional mechanisms and methods
for maintaining the closed position.
Looking now to FIG. 2d, there is illustrated a suspender fastener in accordance with the
present invention having a first member 52 including a post 54, being pivotally connected
to a first member 50 having an opening 58 to receive post 54. Actuating cam member 56
comprises a clamping plate, illustrated as first member 52, which is pivotally attached to
a base plate, illustrated as second member 50, by means of opposed side projections which
are confined within the opening inside piece 56. Actuating cam member 56 includes a
depending cam section 60 which is designed to contact and depress the clamping plate,
first member 52, when the handle portion of 60 is moved down against the backward surface
of the first member 52. Such a depression causes post 54 to move towards opening 58 in a
relatively parallel fashion. Suspender 62 is shown attached to the suspender fastener. The
force of the actuating cam when handle 60 is in the closed position is sufficient to
maintain the suspender fastener in a closed position, thereby supporting the garment.
In viewing FIG. 2e, yet another embodiment of the present invention is illustrated. The
fastener has a first member 66 which includes a needle-like post 74 attached thereto.
Furthermore, an attached female plate 82 is located adjacent to first member 66 which acts
as a damping plate, facing a second member 64, and has the needle-like post 74 extending
there through. Female plate 82 includes female indentations for receiving complementary
protrusions of a male plate 80 attached to second member 64 to further secure the fabric
of the garment being supported. Second member 64 further includes inwardly extending
sidepieces 76 which have openings for receiving opposed side projections extending from an
actuating cam member 70. Actuating cam member 70 is pivotally attached to a base plate,
illustrated as second member 64, by means of opposed side projections which are confined
within the openings in side piece 76. Actuating cam member 70 includes a depending cam
section which is designed to contact and depress the clamping plate, first member 66, when
the handle portion of 70 is moved down against the backward surface of first member 66.
Such a depression causes post 74 to move towards an opening 78 in second member 64.
Also attached to second member 64 is piece 80 having male protrusions which are
complementary to the female indentations in plate 82 of first member 66. The force of the
actuating cam when handle 70 is in the closed position is sufficient to maintain the
suspender fastener in a closed position, thereby supporting the garment. In order to
further distribute the weight bearing portion of the suspender fastener, needle-like post
74 extends through the fabric of the garment to be supported, and the fabric is
furthermore supported by the action of the two plates 80 and 82, respectively, with their
male and female counterparts. The suspender fastener as illustrated in FIG. 2e
additionally illustrates suspender 84 in its attached position to the first member 64.
Suspender 84 may be attached to the suspender fastener of FIG. 2e by any other reasonable
It will be apparent to those skilled in the art, in the light of the present disclosure,
that the present first and second members may be integral metal portions of the clamping
plate and the base plate. However, such first and second members may be molded from a
plastic composition, such as nylon, and may be a combination of plates, sections and
members to form the suspender fastener.
It will also be understood, that while the form of the invention herein shown and
described constitutes a preferred embodiment of the invention, it is not intended to
illustrate all possible forms thereof. It will also be understood that the words used are
words of description rather than limitation, and various changes may be made without
departing from the spirit and scope of the invention.
all the various sizes, styles and colors of Holdup no slip suspender
clips and the new plastic Gripper clasps on this page....
New patent granted for the suspender buckle
design by Sal Herman
This one (# D619,495 S ) for the suspender buckle used in the No-buzz suspender line,
undergarment suspenders, and in our Ski-Ups
snow ski suspenders. These are great time savers for travelers and suspender wearers who often have to
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