"Plumber's butt" comes from the notorious pants' sag that exposes way too much of a repairman's assets. But it may become a thing of the past. Thanks to the ingenuity of Duluth Trading, a Wisconsin company specializing in clothing and equipment for electricians, carpenters, construction workers and other tradesmen, working guys can now bend over and tackle jobs with confidence.
The simple solution is the Longtail T _ a classic crew-neck T-shirt featuring an extra 3 inches of length to help keep it tucked securely in place. Since its introduction a few years ago, the item has become one of the catalog and Internet retailer's best-selling and best-known products. In response to the growing demand, Duluth Trading has improved the design and expanded its selection to include long-length, long-sleeved knit shirts, turtlenecks, mock turtles, polos _ and even the "Crack-Spackle Bucket" featuring a T-shir gift-packaged in a white plastic spackle drum.
When the company was founded in 1991, corporate headquarters was a refurbished barge in the shipping district of Duluth, Minn., on the Lake Superior waterfront. (It has since moved to Belleville, Wis.) The first catalog offered eight pages and nine products dedicated to improving on existing methods of tool storage, organization and transport. Products were tested by a bunch of construction workers, dockhands, cycle riders, old hippies and other tough guys.