The Welch Company Inc. has been manufacturing suspenders in Portland, Oregon
since 1967. Their suspenders are recognized for quality and reliability among
the loggers and construction workers. Traditionally, anyone showing up to join
a logging crew wearing a belt instead of suspenders was sent home as too green
to work with the crew.
We offer a selection of Welch suspenders to suit a variety of needs. The elastic
in each suspender is the best of its type, and each is selected for stretch
and wear characteristics to suit the specific style of suspender. Cotton elastics
are used to ensure comfort. Except for the Casual Suspenders, which have rolled
leather ends, all leather ends are flat and riveted to swivel so they may fit
well. The leather used is the same oil-tanned leather used in the uppers of
the best logging and work boots of the Northwest. It is strong, durable, and
supple, allowing easy attachment to buttons. The oversized Gator Clip is firm
and reliable, nickel plated to withstand the weather. All Welch suspenders are
made in the USA.
Suspender length is measured from the suspender buttons on the front over the
shoulder to that on the back on the opposite side.
The Regular (46") suspenders adjust from 46 inches to about 38 inches,
and generally fit people under 6 feet tall. The Extra Long (54")
suspenders adjust from 54 inches to about 42 inches. Those under 6 feet tall
may prefer the Extra Long suspenders if they have a larger girth or wish to keep
the adjustment clasp up relatively high on the torso.
If you enjoy wearing suspenders, but own trousers or pants without
suspender buttons, Logger Buttons
(sometimes called Bachelor Buttons), are easily attached with a hammer.
"Y" Backs or "X" Backs?
The choice between "Y" Back or "X" Back suspenders is primarily
a matter of personal preference. The same suspender button spacing is used for
both styles, so the two styles can be used interchangeably. Some folks feel
the "Y" Back style is more comfortable if you are engaged in heavy
physical activity which involves sideways movement of the torso, such as swinging
a scythe. However, in most circumstances there is little difference in functionality
between the "X" Back and "Y" Back suspenders.
Suspenders can be hand washed cold, line dried. Wash colors separately, as the colors (especially Red) might run. The leather tabs can be washed as long as the suspenders are not dried with heat. After washing, a light application of Pecard Leather Dressing will restore the suppleness of the leather.
To learn more about suspenders, we invite you to visit the Welch Company Inc.'s
own website at www.welchsuspenders.com.
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Gloves -- Leather work and driving gloves, made in the USA.
Belts -- Bridle leather belts and braided leather belts.
Leather Accessories -- Wallets, briefcases and more.