It's been more than two years since our last drop of chino's. We saved a small lot of cloth for this special release. Read on.
Cramerton Army Cloth, an 8.5 ounce twill fabric, was developed by Major Stuart W. Cramer, Jr. following his retirement from the U.S. Army in 1922. Cramerton Mills was awarded the first contract to manufacture the fabric in 1929. In 1942, Cramerton Mills received the Army-Navy “E” Award for Excellence recognizing the company’s achievement in production of the fabric. Due to its durability and comfort, Cramerton Army Cloth became the standard uniform cloth for the military during WWII and for many decades following. Veterans returning home continued to wear their khaki trousers as an everyday garment of civilian life.
In our opinion, there was no more authentic fabric than Cramerton Army Cloth for a pair of tailored chinos. Completely original yet just as relevant today as it was when first produced in 1929. Unfortunately, only deadstock is available as the Mill closed in 2016 and the fabric is impossible to find. We purchased this lot prior to their close. An end of an era when American fabric weaving was the gold standard the world over. Final drop of this historic quality.
- 8.5oz Authentic Cramerton selvage cloth
- Cloth is unwashed or 'Raw'
- Manufactured in South Carolina from 1929 - 2016
- Standard uniform issue through WWII, Korea and Vietnam wars.
- We designed a fit that was contemporary yet timeless - a modern heritage if you will and felt the best way to achieve this was by keeping the top block slightly easy fitting through the hip, the thigh and the knee.
- From the knee down we pulled in the leg to a more tapered bottom opening than would be traditionally done in relation to the top block. Looking at the images from the photo shoot we are very satisfied and think we nailed that balance in the silhouette.
- Take me to the Tapered Selvage Chino Sizing Chart
- The waistband is fully curtained with a natural twill.
- Selvage welt detail at coin pocket.
- Belt loops are tucked into the waistband for strength and are slightly wider.
- Button Fly - We decided to go with a two pronged metal shank button instead of the more traditional sew through button as we felt that the thread eventually gets compromised with wear which causes the button to become loose and possibly fall off. The 2-prong advantage means a more secure attachment that prevents button rotation, and avoids button "pull through" as well as years of integrity.
- Flat felled outer seam for less bulk and comfort.
- Two rear welted back pockets with flaps. Flaps can be 'invisible' by simply tucking them inside the back pocket.
- The back flap open top buttons are streamlined flat brass buttons.
- Chain stitched on the bottom hem.