New saggy jeans designed to improve mobility

Wed Aug 3, 2011 5:20pm EDT
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By Jonathan Allen

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Men who like to sag their jeans down low but fear they could end up around their ankles may be interested in new pants that snap to special boxer shorts for support and improved mobility.

Irese and Mark Davenport, two brothers from Newark, New Jersey, unveiled Sagz Jeans this week. They noticed their teenage children's movement was hampered by the look, which came to prominence in 1990s hip-hop music videos.

"They're holding their pants up not being able to play sports, basically being unhealthy because of the attire they were wearing," Mark Davenport said.

His brother invented the concept and patented it in 2006 to give sag jean wearers a active lifestyle.

With Sagz Jeans, the pants can be snapped to the waist-hugging underwear at three different heights allowing the wearer to show how low he can go without actually risking a wardrobe malfunction.

Both brothers are aware of the controversy surrounding the style, in which large swathes of the wearer's underwear are visible above their pants' low-slung waistline. Several U.S. municipalities have instituted fines or even jail time for those caught sagging.

Even President Barack Obama has weighed in, saying in 2008 that although he considers anti-sagging legislation a waste of time, he thinks "brothers should pull up their pants."

"You don't have to pass a law, but that doesn't mean folks can't have some sense and some respect for other people and, you know, some people might not want to see your underwear - I'm one of them," he said.   Continued...

<p>Sagz Jeans products from the new online retail company in New Jersey, which launched a new clothing line this week for men who like to sag their pants down low, are shown in this handout photograph released to Reuters on August 3, 2011. REUTERS/Sagz/Handout</p>