It’s no doubt that chinos have been a North American menswear staple for some time. Named after the chino cloth, a 100% cotton twill fabric developed by the British and French military for use in their warm weather uniforms, they were introduced to Americans in the late 19th century by veterans returning from the Philippines after the Spanish-American War. Also known as khakis, their versatility and low maintenance make them a healthy bridge alternative between denim and dress pants.
I’m really loving classic shirtmaker Ben Sherman’s modern take on the classic chino. The brand has introduced a wide range of Fall/Winter 2011 colour options for their incredible EC1 Chino. Named after their trendy postal code in Clerkenwell, London – they’ve redesigned the traditional chinos with British flair that comes through in the fit, quality, texture, and detailing. They have a waxed cotton feel which I really like as well as some strategic contrast stitching. EC1s conveniently come with two spare buttons which is also a nice touch.
The Ben Sherman store just opened at 734 Queen St. West in downtown Toronto. They are offering these reasonably priced EC1s in traditional straight leg and a more contemporary slim fit. Each fit is available in twelve colour options, which range from washed carbon, burnt gold and harbor green, to bleached coral, new forest green and vintage tan. Check them out!