Shorts in cotton stay-wax in copper

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£110.00 — ex VAT

Shorts — long ones, nice to roll — made in London, with light, weatherproof, quick to dry cotton of middling weight (9oz) from Scotland, and horn buttons from the West Midlands.


If in doubt with sizing, ignore what your current shorts say they are, and measure them instead. Lay them flat, and run a tape-measure from one side of the waistband to the other, then double it. That's your size (not to be confused with your own physical waist size).

Waist 30 32 34 36 38
Waist cinched 28 30 32 34 36
Front rise 12½ 13 13½ 14 14½
Back rise 14¾ 15 15¼ 15¾ 16¼
Thigh 12¼ 12¾ 13 13½ 14
Hem 9 10 10½
Inside leg 14 14 14 14 14
These are shorts of the old school, in that they're made in very a sturdy fashion, and are cut to a traditional — high-rise, full-leg —shape. 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.
There is a dart on either side at the front. This functions much like a pleat, in that it puts some shape into the shorts, and helps it more easily sweep around the top of the thigh.
At the sides are quarter-top pockets, which are deep and satisfying to plunge hands into. Meanwhile, on the right side as worn, there's a little pocket — for a coin or two, for keys, or a thumb — built into the waistband (below).
At the back, meanwhile, is another pocket — this one built into the seam where yoke meets leg. The opening of this pocket, through its flap, is strengthened on the sides with a bar-tack (below-right). Such tacks also feature at the opening of the side pockets (below-left) and other points of high stress.
The waistband rises up at the back — helping to preserve modesty when bending over, and also provide a grab-handle to fetch them up if ever they ride low. Not that they ever will, with adjusters at either side of the waistband, permitting the shorts 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 shorts are real horn, dark in colour and matte in finish. The shorts have a button fly of three such buttons, as well as one more hidden out of view on the fly-guard, which fastens behind the front of the shorts to help keep everything just that little bit more secure in the nether region.
The shorts are lined about halfway down, front and back, with a light, slinky 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.
Behold cotton stay-wax, which is a middling weight cotton with, yes, a stay-wax treatment. It behaves like waxed cloth in presence of water, but is bone-dry to touch. Also like waxed cloth, it quickly acquires a parchment-like patina — "chalk marks", as some folks call them — from every fold and crease.

As worn

The man here is 6'1". But, more pertinently, he has a waist that measures just shy of 34", and is thus wearing shorts in M.
Same gent, same shorts, but linen burlap this time, rather than cotton.

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 cotton comes from Scotland, from a mill on the coast, where the making of heavy, waxed, and otherwise element-proof materials emerged in hand, centuries ago, with local seafaring trades. Industry-strength cottons finished in industry-leading ways is very much the order of the day here.
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.