Shorts in linen burlap in dark navy

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£140.00 — ex VAT

Shorts, made in London, with heavy (15oz) linen burlap from a mill in Northern Ireland, and with 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 cinched2830323436
Front rise12½1313½1414½
Back rise14¾1515¼15¾16¼
Inside leg1414141414
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).
Round the back, meanwhile, is pocket built into the seam where yoke meets leg. The opening of this pocket, beneath the flap, is strengthened on both sides with a bar-tack. These also appear at other points of stress — such as the centre-back seam (below-right) and the opening of other pockets (below-left) .
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.
The legs have lap-seams down both sides. A renownedly durable seam, this, and arduous to make — especially down both sides of the leg. Known sometimes as a French seam, their presence means you would have to do something dramatic indeed for them to ever even to begin wearing 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.
The shorts are made with linen burlap. Cloth of real character, this, rich with slub and bobble. While heavy, it too is breathable, and held up to light can be seen to have a gauze-like airiness to its structure. It is a washed, so out goes natural starchiness and in comes a soft handle and pliancy.

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 cloth is woven by a linen mill, a few miles south of Belfast in Northern Ireland. The mill was built at the end of the 1800s, back when Belfast was "Linenopolis". That it's one of the last mills still standing in the area is testament to its exemplary work in the weaving, dying, and finishing of luxury-grade linen.
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.