There have been several precursors to braces or suspenders throughout the past 300 years, but the modern type were first invented in 1820 by Albert Thurston and were once almost universally worn due to the high cut of mid-nineteenth and early twentieth century trousers, a cut that made a belt impractical. During the nineteenth century, they were sometimes called gallouses.[ Samuel Clemens, known for his work as the author Mark Twain, patented "Adjustable and Detachable Straps for Garments," becoming one of the first to receive a United States patent for suspenders. Northbound now has designed the INFINITY SUSPENDERS. Fashionable, Fetishy and all in leather.