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Holdup Suspenders come in single or dual clip styles

Casual Series solid colors 1 1/2" width
Single clip - $26.95Your currently viewing suspenders in this category
Dual Clip - $37.95

Designer Series in tasteful patterns...
Single Clip -$32.95
Dual Clip -$43.95

Specialty Series shorter and narrower suspenders for Teens and girls. Biker suspenders and  a super soft model for wearing under your shirt with shorts.

Skinny Holdup Suspenders 1/2" wide for $18.95


Patented Under shirt super soft suspenders
Undergarment suspenders

USA Patented Hip-Clip style Under-Ups with Composite Plastic Gripper Clasp and Length adjuster won't trigger airport metal detectors and holup your pants in total comfort with just 2 clips

Under-Ups™ have USA Patent # 8,209,779

Formal Series 1" wide, satin finished in 9 solid colors
Single Clip -$32.95
Dual Clip -$43.95

Corporate Series in 9 Satin finished colors 1 1/2" wide straps
Single clip -$32.95
Dual Clip -$43.95

Jacquard Series in 5 'tone on tone' colors
Single Clip -$32.95
Dual Clip -$43.95

Classic Series basic   solid colors and USA Flag pattern -$21.95

Traditional button-on suspender look in our dual clip Double-Ups
Double-Ups from $37.95,

Leather Series Suspenders in 4 styles for $64.95

Leather Series Holdup now in stock in Braided or Belt Strap styles for 64.95

Silk Suspenders for $45

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2" wide Jumbo Clip Series in X-back heavy duty clips all only $23.95....
Contractor- solids and patterns with silver clips
Outdoorsman in hunting patterns and solids -Black clips
Tradesman in 6 skilled trades patterns
Industrial Series with non-elastic fronts and silver clasps

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Designer jeans made to fit the man who typically wears suspenders.

Sloops Blue Jeans and Sloops Casual Slacks made specifically for suspender wearers in waist sizes to 50".

Patented Under shirt super soft suspenders

Specialty Series shorter and narrower suspenders for Teens and girls. Biker suspenders and  a super soft model for wearing under your shirt with shorts or pants.

Patented Maternity Under-Ups maternity suspenders for holding up your pants and shorts sell for 21.95
New Maternity Suspenders now on sale for $17.95

NEW -Patented Suspender Hanger and closet organizer

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Sheet Straps and mattress suspenders that really Holdup $20

Finally a sheet strap and mattress suspender that works for any type or size bed. Click for details and to purchase for $21.95

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Brand New Striped Series Holdup suspenders with 8 style choices for office wear and with jeans

New Striped Holdup Suspenders in 8 colorful styles.. Single and dual clips models

Patented and guaranteed for life

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Welcome to this Holdup Suspender Company web site where we showcase over 250 styles of USA made suspnders for men, women and now teens and kids.

Tip: Use the SEARCH BOX at top and bottom of all pages to find Holdup Suspender styles shown in our free full color catalog. Call 1 800-700-4515 and request a paper catalog or see online Catalog.

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (WJBK) -Cover story 02/05/2013

Did you one of the country's largest suspender companies is based right in Southfield Michigan? FOX 2 New reporter Jessica Starr introduces us to the Holdup Suspender Company and its owner Sal Herman who holds many USA patented on his stylish unique suspender, no-slip metal clips and new composite plastic Gripper clasps. View the videos below....

"The Suspender KINGS" ... Larry King (City Lights Double-Up) and Sal Herman (Black Leather Straps) ... show off their  Designer Double-Ups and Leather Holdups, which can be purchased here... We have USA made brown and black braided and Belt strap style leather suspender braces that sell for $64.95. See and purchase all of Larry King's Favorite Holdup Suspenders on the official Larry King Holdup Suspender page.

Larry King and the Staff of Holdup Suspender Company love wearing Leather Holdups with their jeans

Larry King officially endorses the Holdup Suspender brand since January 2013

Larry King ( Mr Suspenders) officially endorces Holdup Suspenders and look forward to wearing them daily on YV and his Ora TV webcasts
Larry King Endorses the Holdup Suspender Company Brand.. more Larry King news here


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Holdup Sheet straps called Stay-Downs sell for only 21.95 in in two set sizes.
Newsflash: USA made Fitted sheet suspender straps from Holdup Suspender Company have just been granted US Patent # 8429773 on April 30th 2013.

Leave it to Sal Herman to build a better patented sheet suspender or sheet strap to cure the common problem of fitted bed sheets coming loose as you toss & turn in bed. Holdup's bedding suspender is called a Sheet Stay-Down™ and is sold in two lengths and attachment styles. Both feature our Patented composite plastic Gripper Clasp© and USA made soft elastic strap with a Velcro Type smooth length and strap tension adjustment system (US Patent 8,429,773 granted April 30 2013) Purchase these sheet Straps we call Stay-Downs

New  2" wide Under-Ups in 4 styles including two Extra Long XL models for $3 more. If you wear loose fitting shirts with pants or shorts you'll love the the extra comfort of our 2" wide undergarment suspenders made to fit the bigger man. The 2" wide XL models at for guys over 6' Tall.


2" Hip-Clip Under-Ups Click here... or 2" wide Traditional 4 strap 4 clip Under-Ups including XL models and buy from the totally redesigned web site Suspenders.com which are priced from 23.95 to 26.95 for the XL models.

New in 2014 are these Holdup Shirt stays designed to keep your shirt tails taut and eliminate the shirt billowing at your waist. Click to see details on why our shirt stays (shirt tail straps) are the simple way to keep dress and uniform shirts in place for $21.95 per 2 piece set... 

New dress shirt tail straps we call Shirt Stay-Downs keep your shirt tails tucked in and prevent billowing at the waistline.

Holdup Suspender Company founder and inventor, Sal Herman, also received US Patent # 8,209,779 for his Under-Ups™ undergarment suspender line in 2013.... see all styles at www.MedicalSuspenders.com

TOTALLY UNIQUE.. www.MedicalSuspenders.com showcase the various hidden Under-Ups worn after abdominal surgeries or by pregnant woman before and after delivery. The super soft poly-blend washable elastic fabric is 1-1/2" wide and adjusts to 48" long. The new velcro type Flush length Adjustment system is used in all our suspenders work under your shirt. Now available in  New XL (eXtra Long) option which has a max adjustable length to 54" inches for the big and tall man.
We now offer 4 super soft "under your shirt" suspender styles. The original X-back style without any leather crosspatch and 4 nickel finished no-slip metal clips for $21.95 in standard 48" length. The other 2 are Hip-Clip suspenders that attach at the waist with just 2 clips. One of the Trucker Style side-clip models uses two chrome plated metal no slip clips, and the other selling for $21.95, uses the composite plastic cam operated gripper clasp (Suspender Buckle) in light beige or black color. 
Hidden comfortably under a loose fitting shirt or blouse these medical suspenders are perfect for those recovering from stomach surgery unable to wear belts.

Our customers have made these super-soft suspenders made to be worn under your shirt .. next to your skin a top seller. Only available from the Holdup Suspender Company with our exclusive no-slip clips or patented plastic gripper clasps choices in traditional 4 strap style or the patent pending Hip-Clip style that attaches with just 2 clips at the side.

Hidden undergarment suspenders in the Hip-clip style are made to wear under any style shirt to Holdup your pantsTOTALLY UNIQUE -Undergarment Suspenders: Something entirely new in men's suspenders we trademarked as Under-Ups. Invisible Undergarment Suspenders for the customer who prefers to wear their Holdup's under a shirt with shorts or light weight pants. These super comfortable suspenders are made to be worn out of sight for those not needing to tuck in their shirts. The super soft poly-blend washable elastic fabric is 1-1/2" wide and adjusts to 48" long in the normal length and to 54" in the XL version. The new Velcro type Flush length Adjustment system is used in all our Under-Up suspenders to look smooth and feel comfortable when wearing these suspenders under your shirt. Now available in  New XL (eXtra Long) option which has a max adjustable length to 54" inches for the big and tall man and sells for $3.00 more then standard length Under-Ups.

Similar to the elastic fabric used in a THICK ACE Bandage, these super flexible skin tone tan suspenders have our Patented no-slip clips holding up your pants or shorts. A smooth velcro type strip adheres to Micro fiber backing as a simple length adjustment system allowing you to quickly tailor these under-your-shirt suspenders to your height. The X-back style crossover is just double nylon stitched, without the usual leather Holdup crosspatch. Results are less bulk and the unbelievably soft fabric can be comfortably worn next to your skin. Try them out with shorts, with surgical scrubs, or use your imagination as to where you'd prefer to wear a pant suspender that doesn't show on top of your shirt. Another Patented innovation in men's fashion accessories from Holdup Suspender Company since 1997. All under-garment Holdups now come with the smooth "flush Webbing" system for adjusting the suspender length. The Velcro type strip and USA made washable suspender straps microfiber backing simply adhere to each other eliminating bulky length adjustment buckles.


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By Georgea Kovanis 11/23/2012

Detroit Free Press Shopping Writer... 

Holiday season is suspender season for Southfield company

Sal Herman never has to adjust his belt -- not even after a big holiday meal. Why? Because Herman, who is 66 and lives in Bloomfield Hills, and wears suspenders not restrictive belts. He wears them every day and has done so for years because, as his wife and business partner, Judee Herman, points out, his body is shaped like a carrot -- broad on top and quite tapered toward the bottom. Which means he doesn't have the hips or rear end to keep up his belt. And once his belt goes, so do his pants. Additionally, Sal Herman says he feels taller in suspenders. "A belt kind of cuts you off," he said. "When you take the belt off, you immediately look taller. Clothes fit better and they hang just right."

THe Suspender Kings .... Larry King TV talk show star and Sal Herman of Holdup Suspender CompanyAlso, he believes suspenders are beneficial to his health. A belt will squash a wearer's internal organs, he said, adding that he has no significant medical training. "It's not rocket science. Everybody knows that!"  So intense is Herman's devotion to suspenders -- and the 1% of the population he says wears suspenders -- that he has turned them into an unlikely and thriving business. About 2,400 stores nationwide sell his Holdup brand suspenders. And he's expecting a record-breaking 2012 season on his company's website. The holiday season, it turns out, is also suspender gifting season. Among the current hot sellers from Herman's Southfield-based Hold-Up Suspender Co are Red suspenders.

"I don't know if it's a red thing for the holiday or if people have a Santa Claus costume and they need red suspenders," said Herman, who is known by some as the Suspender King. "They just buy them to hold their pants up."

How they got started .. Herman's rise as suspender supplier to men in Santa suits was a long time coming for the Israeli immigrant. He was trying to make ends meet, working as a auto model and pattern maker for an automotive parts company in 1973, when he decided he had to do something about the cheaply made clip-on suspenders he wore on the job.

"Every time I would bend over, the clip in the back -- that's where it pulls, always one of the back clips -- would slip off and hit me in the back of the head," Herman said. So he set up a makeshift shop in the garage -- or maybe it was on the kitchen table, neither Sal nor Judee Herman can recall.

"We didn't have any tools," said Judee Herman, who like husband Sal is 66. Sales Manager of Holdup Suspender Company models the City Lights pattern Designer Series Double-Up suspenders"We didn't have two nickels to rub together. ... He bought one of these big magnifying glasses that you clamp onto a table." And within a couple weeks, Sal Herman had solved his suspender clip popping off problem. He'd invented a new suspender clip, one with a pin in its middle that pierces the fabric, making it virtually impossible for it to slip off his pants -- even when he's got pockets filled with a phone, coins, tools and a wallet. He even has a new Patent for the composite plastic Gripper Clasp that hold tighter... the harder you pull on them.

Herman was thrilled with his clip invention and he made some home made suspenders for his brothers-in-law, who were enthusiastic as well. And while they all walked around with their heads held high, just like their pants, that was as far as Sal Herman's no-slip suspender clip went -- until 1988.

After being laid off from automotive work, he pursued a new career; he and his wife had built a successful business performing hearing tests for employees at factories.... www.HearingTestLabs.com

"With a lot of gumption and work, you can make it in this country," Sal Herman said. "I could not afford college. People, they don't have that money, especially today, college is 10 times more than 50 years ago. It doesn't mean you give up and die and roll over."

Finally having money to invest, the couple decided to take a gamble. They paid for a patent search to see whether anyone had made a similar suspender clip. When that search turned up nothing, they applied for a patent. Two years later, they received one -- the first suspender clip patent in more than 100 years.

"We can't really believe ... that we were able to get a patent on suspenders," said Judee Herman. "They've been around for a long time."

The Hermans' plan to sell the patent proved difficult.
Sal Herman inventor of the patented no-slip suspender clip and president of Holdup Suspender Company. "Nobody felt there was a need for this product, for a clip that doesn't slip," said Sal Herman. "People, I don't know if they never complained to store owners about their suspenders slipping. I contacted the manufacturers that made suspenders," he said. "It was a good product. I knew it worked so well. Those people I tried to approach to sell it, maybe they didn't understand there was a market for this product."

Ideas keep coming to the rescue in Detroit and by 1996, the Hermans' Holdup Suspender Company was up and running and selling suspenders, mostly through advertisements. They opened an Internet store in 1997 at www.holdup.com and by 1998, they had moved into the suspender wholesale business. The company, which Sal Herman expects to bring in about $2 million this year, stocks suspenders in more than 250 styles and colors, though basic black, brown and blue are the most popular.

"The people who wear his suspenders aren't wearing them to be fashionable", he said. Although he has designer patterns, stripes, silks and even leather braided styles to choose from...

"Listen Sister, I sell a pair a day," said Mindy Gustin, a sales associate at Stallone's, a men's store in Anchorage, Alaska, which, according to Herman's records, sells more suspenders than most of the hardware, sporting goods and clothing stores that stock them."I think a lot of it has to do with our utilitarian perspective, living in Alaska," Gustin said. "We are not a fashion forward kind of state. Most of our guys wear flannels and jeans."

Herman's ideas keep coming.... He has developed suspenders for skiers to wear over their ski pants, suspender boot straps to keep motorcycle riders' pant legs from creeping up in the wind, suspenders designed to be worn under clothing next to the skin called Under-Ups. ("There are a lot of men you wouldn't know are wearing suspenders because they're wearing our hidden undergarment suspenders," said Judee Herman.) We even make USA made Maternity suspenders. And suspender-friendly jeans -- jeans that don't have belt loops -- although those are being phased out because of sizing issues.

Now, if history holds true, sales at the Hold-Up website, www.holdup.com, will be busy this weekend. From Black Friday to Cyber Monday last year, the website averaged more than 300 sales a day -- up from an average of about 40-50 a day. All because Sal Herman couldn't keep up his pants.

Contact Georgea Kovanis: 313-222-6842 or  gkovanis@freepress.com Article published
on Nov 23 Black Friday 2012.

Holdup Suspnder Company founders make the news with the success of their small business making fashionable suspenders in the USA
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Holdup Suspender Company president Sal Herman keeps innovating suspender related products. On May 4 2010 he received a new USA design patent, D614,946 S, for an improvement to his metal no-slip suspender clips as well as a new patent for a composite Plastic Gripper Clasp or Suspender Buckle.... more patents have been applied for in 2012.

** Holdup Suspender Company was awarded both a unique design and rare utility patent for their Undergarment Suspender line sold here... This 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. Another patent has been applied for on the Hip-Clip™ or trucker style that attaches with just 2 clips, or composite plastic clasps, at the side of the pant's waistband. (patent pending) This side clip style type 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 plastic Patented Gripper clasps at ends of the smooth Velcro type strip length adjustment system, which is covered by this patent..

USA Patent number 8,209,779 granted to Sal Herman for his Undergarment suspender made to wear under your shirt or blouse. Patent 8,209,779 was given to Sal Herman of Holdup Suspnder Company on July 3rd for his unique Undergarment suspender line made to wear under your shirt US patented # 8,209,779 granted on these Hip-Clip trucker style Undergarment suspenders having a unique Velcro type smooth length adjustment system and Patented metal no-slip Holdup suspnder clips
Click on images to see enlarged close-up view of Undergarment Suspender Patent

US patented # 8,209,779 granted on these Hip-Clip trucker style Undergarment suspenders having a unique Velcro type smooth length adjustment system and plastic heavy duty gripper clasps. US patented # 8,209,779 granted on these Hip-Clip trucker style Undergarment suspenders having a unique Velcro type smooth length adjustment system and plastic heavy duty gripper clasps.

  1. Undergarment suspenders Google patent search results

    www.google.com/patents/US8209779US Pat. - Filed Aug 31, 2010 - Issued Jul 3, 2012 - to inventor 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 Suspenders 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. 8209779. B2...

New site sponsored  by Holdup Suspender Company, just for MOMS, featuring innovative time saving products like Maternity suspenders, Baby Crib Sheet straps to help prevent SIDS. Participate in the MomAids Forum and suggest simple product solutions you recommend as must haves.... www.MomAids.com  

Holdup Suspender Company is showcasing at MomAids.com simple innovative solutions to help out busy mom's. You'll wonder why they didn't think of that sooner. All from the creative mind running Holdup Suspender Company with US Patented ideas from visions to realities. First up will be Super Soft Maternity Suspenders designed to wear under maternity blouses to holdup maternity pants, shorts and skirts for normal and plus size women. Tired of always having to hike up your maternity pants? Introducing Maternity Under-Ups™ ..  the most comfortable way to Holdup your maternity pants, shorts and skirts with a exclusive undergarment suspender made to comfortably fit you during all stages of your pregnancy.  Normal, or Plus-size Maternity Holdup Suspenders make the perfect baby shower gift of comfort for all expectant Moms.  These carry USA Patent #8,209,779 granted on July 3rd 2012.... Moms will love this new product forum... at MomAids.com for recommending Mom friendly products

Sal Herman's Suspender Business is Picking Up

TAKING A HOLD: Sal Herman’s suspenders company has seen its ups and downs, but it’s going at a good clip now. Brace yourself: Did you have any idea that the largest manufacturer of made-in-the-USA suspenders is in Southfield Michigan?Sal Herman predicts his Holdup Suspender Company in Southfield Mi will sell over 2 million dollars of his made in the USA brand of clip-on suspenders

For that matter, did you have any idea that anybody cared about suspenders anymore? Well, Sal Herman does. Herman, founder of the Hold-Up Suspender Company, knows his product is far more than the exclusive accessory of truckers, farmers, skiers, groomsmen, and Larry King. However, even though Herman predicts the Hold-Up brand should break $2 million in sales this year and move as many as 100,000 pairs of suspenders. Sal offers over 220 styles of Hold-Up suspenders — featuring his no-slip clips and composite plastic Gripper Clasps — including models for teens, girls, bikers, and pregnant women. His latest brainchild is a super-soft pair made to be worn underneath one’s clothing, called Under-Ups. From western wear type leather suspenders to satin finished dual clip Double-Ups for office wear and wedding Sal has the largest collection of styles and colors.

"If there is an unique appeal for Sal’s Suspender brand — available online at suspenders.com and in more than 2,300 hardware, sporting goods, and other retail stores nationwide — it may be his patented “no-slip” clip, the first of five patents Herman has received for improving the functionality of clip-on suspenders".... read full Dec 2012  Hour Magazine article... By Jim McFarlin for Detroit's Hour Magazine

New Holdup website launched to improve site navigation and give Holdup suspender lines a more modern looking eCatalog. www.Holdup-Suspenders.com is a first for an ecommerce site in having multiple java scripted slideshow intro pages linked to detailed ordering pages... plus product image slideshows built right into the point of sale page.

Holdup Suspender Company lainches a re-designed more modern looking ecomerce website at Holdup-Suspenders.com

Our webmaster site designer worked for over a year taking new more detailed Holdup suspender photos and developing a improved site search engine. The search box at top and bottom of any page allows existing customers to immediately find any of our 250+ styles by typing in their preferred general or unique Holdup color (Verde Green, Cherry Red, Shadow Black). From Holdup paper catalog type in a style (Jacquard Double-Up - Undergarment - Nobuzz  -Outdoorsman Series - Leather Series - etc.) and the 1st page result links will likely match what your looking for... try it an save specific product navigation time on all Holdup web sites. 

Also at the top of all www.Holdup-Suspenders.com pages is a main product pull down navigation button taking you to a overview page with a visual slideshow display of the various style choices of 1. Dual Clip Double-Ups or 2. The Jumbo clip 2" wide work and hunting suspenders or 3. Single Finger Clip Series with options for Y or X-back style an no-slip clip metal finishes.
Above Double-Ups Series page has linked Style choice product collages in a slideshow

Detail ordering pages have color or pattern pull down forms to select what to place in the familiar secure Holdup Shopping cart, used without fail since 1997. We slimmed down these clip-on suspender pages to make more room for individual detailed product slides so you see what you'll get when opening your shipment.

Order page style selection pull-downs and linked single or slideshow product images

Navigate through the new www.Holdup-Suspenders.com site and let us know how we can improve this one to simplify shopping suspenders for our treasured repeat customers....

Holdup Suspender owner Sal Herman inspects one of his suspender clips in Southfield. Introduced in September 2011 are ... Striped Holdup Suspender styles and the braided and Belt strap style Black & Brown Leather Holdups are  popular sellers...

USA made Holdup Top Grade Leather Suspenders in 4 exclusive styles now shipping from our Southfield Michigan warehouse.
Holdup Exclusive Leather Suspenders... 4 styles of Brown or Black leather USA made suspenders with brass length adjusters, patented no-slip clips, comfort elastic back strap.

Striped Hold suspenders in 8 colorful choices and dual or single clip styles

Click here for the Striped Holdup suspender detail ordering page

Holdup Suspender owner Sal Herman inspects one of his suspender clips in Southfield. / photo by  MANDI WRIGHT/Detroit Free Press 
The patent lawsuit against the Southfield suspenders company didn't hold up....

After the men's accessories Sal Herman makes were discovered marked with expired patent numbers, Holdup Suspender was sued in September and threatened with a maximum $500 fine per pair, potentially costing him millions of dollars.

The case was dismissed in the U.S. District Court in March in Detroit after the plaintiff, Akron-based Unique Product Solutions, saw a similar case dismissed in federal court in Cleveland. The judge there concluded that the False Marking Statute was unconstitutional, because it gives criminal law-enforcement power to private entities without any U.S. Department of Justice control.

According to recent interpretations of patent law, people who find an item emblazoned with an out-of-date patent number can sue -- even if they're not directly involved, like a competitor -- and be awarded 50% of the fine collected, which is as much as $500 for each incorrectly marked item.

"They're trying to get money they don't deserve," Herman's lawyer John Artz said. "Sal Herman had no intent to deceive. UPS didn't really prove (it). They just wanted to get a fast settlement to get some money, but Sal was not going to cave in to this shakedown, as he called it."

Attorneys for Unique Product Solutions could not be reached for comment.

Herman said the whole saga cost him $50,000 in legal fees, plus $30,000 to grind the old patent number off each suspender clip.

"I was not victorious in a sense, because it cost me $80,000," said Herman, who has four employees in his 6,000-square-foot warehouse-office space. "My wife calls it extortion and I just call it injustice. It just wasn't right, not the American way of legal action."

Patent number 4,901,408 -- for a suspender clip that includes a small pin to better grasp the pants fabric -- expired in June 2008, 20 years after he applied for it. In 2010, he got a new patent for an updated pin suspender clip, number D614946 and other patents on his new Gripper Clasp (plastic suspender buckle).

The up-to-$500-per-item windfall was enough to inspire a flood of lawsuits.

"Lots of people started bringing these actions. It's caused a lot of concern, because people were concerned about their exposure," explained Jake Grove, a patent attorney in Honigman Miller's Bloomfield Hills office. "From a policy standpoint, do we want all of these lawsuits? There were at least 950 similar false patent marking cases filed in federal district courts since Jan 2010."

Additional background on this great news for small business USA manufacturing firms like Holdup Suspender Co... Judge Finds False Patent Marking Provision Unconstitutional :-)

** Our new metal suspender clip Patent # is D614,946 S granted on May 4 2010

click here for details on Holdup Suspender Company Patents... or Buy some Holdup patented metal no-slip clips or the plastic Gripper Clasps in various sizes

 Holdup Suspnder Company makes suspnder products using our Patented no-slip clips in metal and plastic styles

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The HoldUp Suspender Company has revolutionized the world of men's suspenders.   Husband and wife team, Sal and Judee Herman, started the company after they realized that people were frustrated with clip-on suspenders that keptSal Herman relaxes in his office in his typical work uniform slipping off their pants.  The company introduced its first product, the No-Slipä suspender clip line in 1996 after receiving a US Patent.  In 2002, the company launched its dual clip Double-Upä suspenders, which have the classic look of button-on braces, yet the ease of using the “no-slip clip" to quickly attach pants without sewing on suspender buttons.  Then, in 2004, HoldUp added Sloopsä, a line of loopless blue jeans designed specifically for the suspender wearer.  All Holdup products carry a life time clip warranty and 30 day "no questions asked" money back satisfaction guarantee.  HoldUp Suspender Company is a Michigan-based company with products available at over 2300 stores nation-wide and online at www.holdup.com, or via mail order (a full color catalog can be ordered by calling (800)-700-4515).

Brand new Striped Holdup added in both single and dual clip Double-Up styles from $32.95

New striped Holdups now in stock in both single and dual clip Double-Up styles.  In 2012 Holdup's founder, inspired by suspenders seen in movies, introduced Wall Street Gordon Gekko style striped jacquard suspenders.

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New patented skinny Holdup suspenders are only 1/2 inch wide Only the Holdup skinny 1/2 inch wide suspenders have this no-slip clip
BRAND NEW SKINNY 1/2" wide Holdup Suspender straps in 10 solid colors
are the latest in trendy teen fashions. Click here to see our skinny suspenders!

‘We made a better mousetrap. . .now we’re in about 2,000 stores.’
Sal Herman co-founder, Hold-Up Suspenders

Herman, along with his wife, Judee, started the Southfield-based Hold-Up Suspender Company with a simple concept: They added a tiny needle to the inside of the traditional suspender clip, which pierces the fabric to keep the suspenders in place. “We made a better mousetrap,” said Herman. “We’ve been making them ever since and now we’re in about 2,000 stores.”

Business has been growing very slowly, because of the small market niche that Herman has to work with. “I just happen to be a person who wears suspenders every day. I need them to keep my pants up. But it’s not a fashion statement today. It was maybe 20 years ago. It’s possible it will be again. Hollywood has a lot to do with it. They became very popular after the movie Wall Street.” Herman attended his first trade show in Pennsylvania in 1990. It took him six more years to patent his product and find a manufacturer in the U.S. to produce them. “Everything is made overseas but it was really important to us to have our product made in the U.S. It took us a long time to find someone who would make it to our exacting specifications,” said Judee Herman. “Our goal is to make every man a suspender- wearer.” Countless hours of phone calls, networking and
research went into the business in the beginning. So many, in fact, that Herman said only a self-employed businessman could make it work. The Internet sure adds to our reach.

“If I worked a regular 9-to- 5 job, I would never have been able to do it. It took a few years, but now it’s profitable.” To avoid the heavy marketing costs, they have taken a “grass-roots” approach to reach their small market, said Herman. Their marketing efforts include selling Hold-Ups through catalogs and the Internet and advertising in magazines geared toward seniors, like American Legion and the Elks Club. Their newest product is a dress suspender called Double-Ups, and is marketed to a younger, professional crowd. The Hermans want their suspenders to not only be utilitarian but also fashionable. “Smart fashion with the snap of a clip,” is the new product’s slogan, said Judee, who serves as advertising director and marketing advisor.

The West Bloomfield couple has always worked together, and Judee said she calls her husband, “My Suspender King.” Sal’s advice for an entrepreneur who thinks they have a good invention? “Don’t give up. If they have a feeling for it, and if there’s enough time, they’ll make it.”

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