Slim trouser in slate grey corduroy

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Trouser with a fairly narrow leg, made in London, with a grey corduroy from Lancashire, and dark horn buttons from the 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.

The trouser fits small in thick materials like this corduroy. Best go up a size, and make use of the cinch, if even vaguely between sizes.

Waist 30 32 34 36 38
Waist when cinched 28 30 32 34 36
Leg 31 31 31 31 31
Rise 13 13½ 13½ 14 14
Top of thigh 11½ 12 12½ 13 13½
Hem 6 7 7
The slim trouser is, as its name suggests, slim in the leg. But let's start at the top, where a waistband extension runs across the front — sort of like a belt — and which fastens onto a button. The button is real, dark, horn — likewise the other six buttons (three on the waistband, three on the fly) on the trouser.
Exactly where the waistband extension ends is a dart, which runs downwards from the waistband, blossoming into a pleat. A single-pleat front, then — which gives the trouser a little more shape up top. The trousers have a short fly-guard (below) which helps to keep everything orderly at the front.
The trousers 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 also makes it much stronger than a standard pocket. Same goes for the strengthening tacks at the pocket opening.
Round the back, meanwhile, is an in-seam pocket — barely visible, as can be seen (or not) on the left.
There is a cinch at the back, which can be fastened as tight as a wearer wishes — but, realistically, by a maximum of an inch — with a brass buckle. Below, meanwhile, is the little notch on the rear waistband. It is strengthened at its base with a bar-tack: the same also goes for all other points of stress on the trouser.
The trousers are lined to the knee, front and back, with lightweight cotton. The lining makes the trouser pleasant to slide on, and helps a little to preserve shape around the knee. The trousers also have French seams (above right) on both sides of the leg — a pain to construct, but very, very, hard-wearing.
The trousers are made with fairly heavy ("cruiserweight") corduroy, with wide wales. Its soft, brushed interior means that little is as inviting for legs in cooler weather. The cloth is crisp when new, but softens substantially after a few wears; soon acquiring satisfyingly deep crease marks.

As worn

The gent here has a waist of 33" — a most awkward size, usually, but here he is wearing a size M, and with the belt tightened at the back. They've been shortened, too, so are at least two fingers shorter than the in-seam length of 32".

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 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 cords are unbelievable; I cannot speak highly enough.

So said a gent who purchased the slim trouser in, yes, corduroy, in November 2017.

I had my tailor hem my slim corduroy trousers, and she was quite astonished by both the material and the quality of construction. I've used her services for years, and such comments are not common at all, so hats off to you guys.

So said a chap in Finland and his tailor (also in Finland) about the slim trouser in heavy corduroy.

The cord trousers arrived today, and are just perfect. How do you keep on finding these amazing fabrics, I wonder?

So pondered a gentleman who bought the slim trouser in navy cord in July of 2017.

The umber corduroy slim trousers have been received, the household has awed over the material, and the local tailor will be employed tomorrow to put an extra hole in the cinch and up the hem an inch. Good job, S.E.H Kelly, good job.

Kind words from a chap up north at the end of August 2017.

The corduroy trousers arrived today and they are great! They fit as described and the fabric is incredibly soft and comfortable. Thanks again; I'll be wearing these a lot — and I am already debating what my next purchase will be.

So said a chap who bought the slim trouser in nearly black corduroy in September 2017.