Shorts in cotton-linen hopsack in umber

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Buying

£150.00 — ex VAT

Shorts, made in London, with a sturdy (12oz) cotton-linen hopsack from Lancashire, and horn buttons and brass loops from the Midlands.

Sizing

If in doubt with sizing, ignore what your current shorts say they are, and measure them instead. Lay them flat, straighten them out, run a measuring tape from one side of the waistband to the other — not along the top edge, but the seam joining waistband to legs — and then double it. That's your size (not to be confused with your own physical waist size).

XS S M L XL
Waist 30 32 34 36 38
Waist cinched 28 30 32 34 36
Front rise 10¾ 11 11¼ 11½ 11¾
Back rise 15¾ 16 16¼ 16½ 16¾
Thigh 11 11½ 12 12½ 13
Hem 9
Inside leg 10 10 10 10 10
Inside leg unhemmed 11 11 11 11 11
These are shorts of the old school, in that they're made in very a sturdy fashion, and are cut to a traditional shape, with a high rise and full leg. Plenty of room, in other words, for comfort and movement, and with the leg and seat shaped so that they don't ride up or stretch when you sit down or stand up.
The waistband on the shorts extends across the front, fastening to a button, and below it runs a pleat. The pleat introduces some more shape at the front, and helps to reduce the displacement of cloth when the pockets are employed. The front fastens with a fly of three buttons, plus a larger button on a short, neat fly guard.
The shorts have slanted pockets, which are deep and satisfying to plunge hands into. Inside they are finished in a very clean and tidy way. The way the pocket-bag is sewn together — and indeed, how it is shaped — also makes it much stronger than a standard pocket.
Round the back, meanwhile, there is an in-seam pocket built into the yoke, on the right-side as worn.
There is a cinch at the back of the shorts, as well, which can be fastened as tight as a wearer wishes — but, realistically, by up to two inches — with two brass loops working in tandem.
There's a little notch at the centre-back of the waistband. It is strengthened at its base with a bar-tack, and the same goes all points of wear and tear, such as at all pocket-openings; where the waistband meets the fly; at the base of the crotch; and where the belt is fixed into the back darts (to name about eleven).
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 shorts are lined halfway down, front and back, with a soft, breathable satin. The way this lining is constructed makes the shorts as clean and tidy when turned inside-out as outside-out. The presence of this lining makes it easy — nay, downright pleasurable — to slide one's legs up and down and all around.
The cloth is equal parts cotton and linen, and is a heavy hopsack, redolent of traditional workwear material. It is strong and hard-wearing, but because of the high linen content, is cool to touch and more breathable than you'd expect. The linen throws out a slub every now and then, too, adding character.

Makers of

The shorts are made in London by a factory which — since several aspects of them are much sturdier than your average shorts — specialises in outerwear. What you get, then, are shorts with turned seams, a reinforced seat, and several other qualities, which see they are built to last.
The cloth is woven by a mill in east Lancashire: in a region of the country which was once red-brick cotton-mill chimneys as far as the eye could see. More or less the last of its kind, the mill has forgotten more about cotton than most will ever know — a fact born out by the quality of its work.
The brass hardware is made by a foundry in the West Midlands, which was founded in the 1800s. It is the last such foundry in an area once heaving with them. Its sand-casting method — which sees 940°c molten brass poured by hand from a crucible into sand-made moulds — is ancient and infallible.
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 made in Birmingham."

So they say

I received my bermudas. Stunning! They fit me [very] well! Thank you again. If you stop by St. Tropez, let me know.

So spoke a man in the south of France about his shorts in heavy burlap in May 2020.

The shorts are splendid. The workmanship is beautiful.

Heavy burlap shorts in navy pleased this gent greatly in May of 2017.

I just received the shorts today and they are lovely indeed.

This kind man is referring to the linen shorts he purchased back in June 2016.