Ban-Lon (sometimes spelled BanLon or Banlon) is a trademarked, multistrand, continuous-filament synthetic yarn used in the retail clothing industry. It was created in 1954 by Joseph Bancroft & Sons Company, by applying a process for crimping yarn to nylon in order to achieve greater bulk than ordinary yarns.[1][2] It became popular for outerwear, swimsuits, sweaters and hose. It is frequently associated with 1950s and 1960s American clothing and culture.[3][4]

Ban-Lon came to be used as a punchline for jokes in films and on television shows in the 1990s. In an episode of NBC's Seinfeld series, Frank Costanza said that because of his "man breasts" he "wouldn't be caught dead in Ban-Lon",[5] when Sid Farkus claims he wears it and there appears to be "some jiggling". Also, in the film Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, Michelle comments, " am I gonna impress anybody by selling Ban-Lon smocks at Bargain Mart?"[6]

See also


  1. ^ "Hagley Museum and Library: Joseph Bancroft & Sons Company licensing records (1359) -- Manuscripts and Archives Department". Retrieved 2019-12-28.
  2. ^ "BAN-LON Trademark of GARAN SERVICES CORP. - Registration Number 0673554 - Serial Number 72042574 :: Justia Trademarks". Retrieved 2019-12-28.
  3. ^ Rubenstein, Hal (1993-06-27). "What's Ban-Lon Got to Do With It?". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-02-03.
  4. ^ "There's nothing better in a sweater than you and the Ban-Lon name". Life. May 16, 1960. p. 86. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Seinfeld: The Doorman".
  6. ^ Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, 1997

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