Proper trousers in high-count cotton in navy blue

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Trousers, with a fairly wide leg, made in London, with cotton from Lancashire, and light matte horn buttons from the West Midlands.


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.

The trousers have a fairly wide leg, a traditional rise, and a curved back waistband which can be tightened with curved cinches on the sides. They are made from mid-weight cotton. Here and there — under the pocket-flaps and waistband cinches — there is a smattering of matching corduroy.
Quarter-top pockets are what the trousers have at the side. They have bar-tack stitches, top and bottom. for strength. They are your standard trouser pockets — only very well made and finished. Like the rest of the trouser, the idea is that they look as clean and tidy on the outside as when turned inside-out.
At the rear, on the right side, is a pocket with rounded flap. The other side of the flap is faced with matching corduroy.
This is the corduroy, alluded to in the descriptions above, which sits below the pocket flaps and waistband cinches. The wales — that's the ridges characteristic of corduroy — go thick-thin-thick-thin-thick-thin. That's because this is an atypical cord, known, oddly enough, as thick-thin corduroy.
There are French seams on 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 trousers are lined to the knee with dark navy cotton. They have a three-button fly, and a fly-guard (hence the button visible on the right). Internal seams are bound with navy blue cotton, while a "crotch-piece" is hand-sewn on the inside crotch, keeping that part of the trouser nice and tidy.

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.