Walking a fine line

Trousers, here, of the slim variety. This time they’re made with a high-count cotton poplin from sunny Scotland — all crisp and sharp and dry.

Typically, this sort of material is used for making raincoats, which means it is much more substantial — and not a little more rigid — than you might expect from your leg-wear. Its sharp and snappy nature provides a testing canvas for the atypical design and construction of the slim trouser: those French seams going down both sides of the leg, all tramline-like, and the confluence of various elements — darts, belt with sand-cast brass buckle, and yoke, in which lies a stitched-through pocket — at the rear. And, despite the slim leg, they are otherwise cut in a very traditional way, such that there’s room aplenty around the seat and waist. Likewise, there’s a good amount of cloth in the upper thigh, such that they don’t rise unduly when making yourself familiar with workshop seating.

The pair here is an example of the increasingly common phenomenon of the workshop-exclusive, which is to say something that never appears online as a consequence of better-than-expected performance in the bricks-and-mortar environment, or laziness, or both. But there are some more of them, in other colours — at time of writing, at least — here.