Standard shorts in two-ply tropical worsted wool in grey

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Shorts, made in London, with a tropical worsted — "summer wool" — woven with the wool of sheep from Yorkshire in Yorkshire, and horn buttons and a brass buckle from the Midlands.


If in doubt with sizing, ignore what your current shorts or trousers say they are, and measure them instead. Lay them 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
Leg 10 10 10 10 10
Rise 13 13½ 13½ 14 14
Top of thigh 12 12 12½ 12½ 13
The shorts here have a (half) leg of medium width, a full rise, and are cut in a proper and sensible way, such that when you sit down they don't stretch and pull all over the place. They have pleats at the front, too, to give a fuller shape, and to keep things in check when you put your hands in the pockets.
The shorts fasten with a buckle at the side. The waistband keeps going, past the fly, and meets the buckle, attached to a small tab on the left-side as worn. Works like a belt, this, giving a clean look at the front, and means you can adjust the size should you shrink or grow over the course of the day or week or year.
The shorts have quarter-top pockets at the sides, which are deep and satisfying for the plunging-in of hands. There's a pocket at the back, too (above-right) — on the right-side as worn, with a button fastening. And the buckle again (above-left) — which is very solid, sand-cast, and has an antique finish.
The shorts have a fly of three buttons, plus a one-button fly-guard — or "French bearer" — to help the front sit flat, and engender a tidier appearance. Meanwhile, more bar-tacks: decorative ones at the top of the pleats (below-left) or supportive ones, such at the back of the waist (below-right).
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 shorts are lined to the lower thigh, front and back, with a lightweight satin. The way this lining is constructed makes the shorts 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, too, and being a smooth cloth, feels good on the skin, too.
The cloth — made with the wool of British sheep — is a high-twist worsted, ergo springy, and with an open weave, ergo breathable. It is crisp and dry, and more coarse in texture than a bog-standard suiting cloth. Great for travelling, too, being as it has excellent fibre strength and doesn't much crease.

As worn

He, here, is 6'1". But, more pertinently, he has a waist of 33". He is thus wearing the shorts in M, knowing as he does that, if between sizes, it is always better to go up rather than down.

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.
Local production — this cloth is an exemplar of it. The wool which goes into the worsted comes from the backs of white-face Cheviot sheep in North Yorkshire, and is spun, washed, and woven at textile facilities, all within a small radius around the boundary North and West Yorkshire.
The brass buckles are 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 here in Birmingham."

So they say

The shorts are splendid. The workmanship is beautiful.

Heavy burlap shorts in navy pleased this gent 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.