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A Frenchman is hoping to revolutionise the building and services trade after inventing special underwear that caters for the infamous “builder’s bum”.

Builder’s crack, plumber’s bum, the coinslot, bottom cleavage…

 No matter where you go in the world, there’s an expression for the unfortunate moment when a tradesman or woman bends down and reveals the top end of their backside.

In French, it’s called the plumber’s smile (sourire de plombier) or even the “mason’s line” (raie du maçon).

And Adrien Herve-Pellissier – a 24-year-old man from Rennes in western France – thinks he has cracked it.

“I’d seen a particularly bad example on the street in Rennes, and my friend who works in construction says he sees it all the time,” the Frenchman told The Local.

Within nine months, Herve-Pellissier came up with the prototype for a product he named the “sourire de plombier” – a boxer short that keeps the builder’s dignity intact.

The product is simple, he explained.

“The underwear has a large elastic band on it, you see, so when you squat down we don’t have to see your arse.”

The 24-year-old says the phone hasn’t stopped ringing since his invention hit the news, and he is already looking into the possibility of shifting the business from the online world into shops. He is even working on an alternative for women.


Read the article on Scottish Construction Now


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