Cord-inated efforts

The heralded arrival of the cord tour jacket last week somehow meant two other cord garments — also of the 11-wales-per-inch variety, but cut and sewn to bedeck bottoms halves rather than top — slipped into the shop unnoticed. Which can’t be right, but will be remedied right now.

So here: new in for spring are two new colours of the cord narrow trouser. Both boast a new and improved formula, with many of the things that worked well first time around — welt pockets with button fastening at back, curved quarter-top pockets at front, and a standard rise that tapers to a 15-inch hem — augmented with mostly structural tweaks.

The trousers’ quarter-top pockets (in slate grey) now have extended cord facing at their entrance; harder wearing and keeps pocket lining out of sight.

Chief among these tweaks is the introduction of front-lining in the top-leg department. The lining cloth — a soft off-white cotton — has the clever thermos-like quality of being warm and insulating in colder weather, but crisp and cool on the leg in warmer. Even better, the lining helps the legs keep shape, keeping at-knee bagginess at bay for longer.

The two colours are tinted variations on grey: slate and beige-grey. The latter is the second instance of end-of-line cloth from the cotton mill in Lancashire, north-west England, in as many weeks (first instance here).Said mill are industy leaders in the weaving and finishing of cotton. Only proper, then, to advance the awareness, understanding, and commemoration of their wares here (slate) and here (beige-grey).