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The name SANSABELT has been synonymous with "Comfort" for decades.  In fact, you can't wear a more comfortable dress pant because our webbed-inner-elastic waistband keeps you looking pulled together and feeling comfy--without a belt.

How did Sansabelt begin?

Back in the 1940's, an enterprising young lad named Bud Ruby worked in his dad's company, Jaymar Ruby in Michigan City, Indiana which manufactured overalls. Bud invented a special waistband and came up with a beltless pant that both stayed up and held in the shirt.  He called them “sans-a-belt,” the french phrase for without a belt

What kept this new, beltless pant from falling down around a man's ankles was a special 2 1/2" webbed-elastic-inner waistband. 

Dick Van Dyke wearing Sansabelt pants

Men appreciated the smooth lines of Sansabelt dress pants and how easy it was to move without a constricting belt. And the shirt stayed neatly tucked and in place!  No more sloppy lines. Sales soared. 

Jaymar Ruby/SANSABELT continued to dominate through the 70's, 80's and early 90's, even after HARTMARX bough it.  When they filed for bankruptcy in 2009, SANSABELT was purchased by a licensing giant named Authentic Brands Group. 

With NO new SANSABELT pants being produced from the early 2001 on, the market became flooded with imitation dress pants with elastic inner waists that just didn't do the job. They are still out there today. Disturbed by the quality of those elastic waistbands, a menswear veteran named Peter Schwadel bought the license in 2013 and started manufacturing SANSABELT pants based on the original classic cut pattern. 

He found and continues to use the factory that produced the original SANSABELT waistband--a durable piece of webbed elastic that can withstand dozens of washings.  He then selected fabrics with the silky feel and drape a natural fiber, plus a bit of stretch, that could be thrown in a machine for easy care.  Even his poly/wools are washable!


“Facts should be like SANSABELT pants; adjustable to fit your needs.”
                                                                                                 - Stephen Colbert


What made SANSABELT pants so popular with men so many years ago, still holds today: The 2 1/2- inch webbed-elastic-inner waistband that slims the midsection while keeping the shirt tucked, keeping a man looking polished and professional, day into night.  And without a belt, every man no matter what his waist size (we go up to size 70!) can look neatly dressed and feel comfortable.


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