Proper trouser in brushed canvas in navy

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Trouser with a fairly wide leg, made in London, with brushed cotton-canvas from Lancashire, and with horn buttons from the West Midlands.

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There's not many of these left, by the looks of it. Still, don't despair. Email and perhaps something can be done about it.


If in doubt with sizing, ignore what your current trousers say they are, and measure them instead. Lay them out flat, run the tape-measure from one side of the waistband to the other, and then double it. That's your size.

Waist 30 32 34 36 38
Waist when cinched 28 30 32 34 36
Rise 13 13½ 13½ 14 14
Top of thigh 11½ 12 12½ 13 13½
Hem 8 9 9
Leg 32 32 32 32 32

For those of taller stature, the leg may be lengthened by a further 1½ inches by letting down the hem — taking the total to 33½.

They call these "proper" trousers for a reason. They are trousers very much of the old school. They're made in tremendously sturdy fashion, and cut high of rise and full of leg. This means plenty of room and plenty of comfort, and a shape which doesn't ride up or drag when getting up or sitting down.
There is a dart on either side at the front. This functions much like a pleat, in that it puts some shape into the trouser, and helps it more easily sweep around the top of the thigh.
The trousers have quarter-top pockets, which are deep and satisfying to plunge hands into. And, inside, they are finished in a very clean and tidy way. Meanwhile, on the right side as worn, there's a little pocket — for a coin or two, keys, or a thumb — built into the waistband (below).
Round the back of the trouser, meanwhile, is pocket built into the seam where back-yoke meets leg. The opening of this pocket, beneath the flap, is strengthened on both sides with a bar-tack (below-right) — and the same is true, here and there, on each of the other pockets (below-left).
The waistband rises up at the back — preserving modesty when bending over, and serving as a grab-handle to fetch things up if riding low. This, admittedly, is unlikely: the tabs at either side of the waistband see to that. They permit the trousers to be tightened for comfort by up to two inches.
French seams can be found down both sides of the leg. Renownedly durable seams, these, and arduous to sew — especially at the grand junction that is the crotch. Their presence on both seams on the leg means you'd have to do something very dramatic — acrobatic, perhaps, even — for them to wear through.
The buttons on the trouser are real horn, dark in colour and matte in finish. The trouser has a button fly of three such buttons, as well as one more hidden out of view for the fly-guard, which fastens behind the front of the trouser to help keep everything just that little bit more secure in the nether region.
The trousers are lined to the knee, front and back, with a lightweight cotton. The way this lining is constructed makes the trousers as clean and tidy when turned inside-out as outside-out. The lining helps you to slide your legs in and and out more easily, and helps the trousers hold their shape at the knee.
The cloth is cotton — a canvas weave — of middling weight. It is brushed on both sides — and as such, is very agreeable on the skin: soft, warm, and comfortable. The brushed finish also imparts something of a nap to the cloth, and so the trousers have a prepossessing worn-in look about them right from the get-go.

As worn

The gent here is 5'9". The trousers he wears are S, since his waist is almost exactly 32".
This gent, too — the same goes for him. He has a waist of 32" and his trousers are size S.

Makers of

The trousers are made in London by a factory which — since they are so sturdily built, particularly at the seams — specialises in heavy outerwear. Making them, in fact, can be a gruelling task, entailing as it does umpteen more stages than most trousers — at least five of which demand a hammer.
The cloth is made by a cotton mill in Lancashire, in north-west England. Cottons have rolled of its line for nearly a century and a half. Industry-leading methods of weaving, dyeing, and finishing — unimproved in decades — along with steadfast adherence to quality, result in some truly first-rate cloth.
The horn buttons were cut, shaped, and polished by the last such factory in Britain (now defunct). It was part of a tradition in the Midlands first linked to the meat industry of the 18th century. "It is no easy task," said William Hutton in 1780, "to enumerate the infinite diversity of buttons here in Birmingham."

So they say

Just an email to say that the proper trousers are truly splendid: surely the most comfortable trousers I own.

Said by a gentleman whose trousers in heavy a Shetland woollen began keeping him warm in October 2015.

This afternoon, as promised, I received my proper trousers. I wanted to thank you for the ease of transaction, the quality of service offered by your company, and, above all, the quality of these trousers. The care and workmanship are self-evident and commendable. I hope that S.E.H Kelly can continue to make quality attire for as long as it cares to, and wish you all the very best for the foreseeable future.

Said by a man who bought the proper trouser in cotton in February of 2016.

These lovely strides: they're very, very nice — beautiful finish and detailing. Now I know what all the fuss is about.

Heavy cotton is what this gent's trousers are made from — bought back in November 2014.

I just wanted to let you know the proper trousers arrived. The fit and feel are truly excellent. I love the thickness of the cotton. Thank for the advice and for the help, as always.

Kind words from a proper trouser-owner back in August 2015.

The proper trousers — I am very pleased with the length, cut and fabric. The letter is a lovely touch, too, thank you.

Compliments elicited a pair of heavy linen trousers in May 2017.

The jacket and proper trousers I bought are part of my wedding day, and will be are very much loved by [bride-to-be and] myself on the day, as well as used into our future.

The groom-to-be bought a pair of worsted proper trousers in June 2017.