Chinos: The Pants of War and Peace

Like much of men’s clothing, chinos (also known as khakis) have a military background. During the Second World War, chinos or khakis became the standard issue trouser for men in uniform in both the US and the UK. Made of lightweight cotton fabric, chinos derives its name from the Spanish word for toasted. A British…

Spring Fashion – Glen Plaid Tips

The dos and don’ts of glen plaid Glen plaids are in this spring/summer. Made up of smaller and larger checks to create a pattern, the glen plaid (from the original Glenurquhartcheck) comes from the Scottish highlands and was popularized among the British aristocracy by the Prince of Wales, Edward III. Wearing the glen plaid can…

History of the Seersucker

There’s something about seersucker and spring Nothing suits better the spring or early summer party, Kentucky Derby horse race or outdoor wedding quite like the classic seersucker suit. The light cotton fabric creates a puckered or crinkling effect through a technique known as the slack tension weave. The term seersucker originated in India, a Hindi…

Origins of a Suit

Origins of a Suit

Do you know what the Great Plague of London had to do with the modern men’s suit? In 1665 the Great Plague of London killed an estimated 100,000 people (about 15% of the population). The Great Plague of London was the last major epidemic of the bubonic plague that had swept through Europe in the…

History of the Men’s Pea Coat

Like many enduring men’s fashions, the pea coat has military origins. Naval uniforms, to be exact. The heavy top coat was once a staple of sailors’ outer wear and was tailored from the heavy course blue twill fabric known as pilot cloth. The Oxford English Dictionary says that the ‘pea’ is derived from the Dutch…