And just as a heads-up for everyone else, we're backordered on Gunmetal Canvas cloth for about 10 weeks. That means that the inventory we have now is pretty much all that we'll have until early August. I'm still stocked in size 28 through 33, so if you're looking to pick up a pair of Gunmetal Canvas chinos, you'll want to do it sooner than later.
I've been washing my plum and french blue ducks regularly (cold wash & hang dry), which for me means maybe wash after every 3~4 wearings. I think I've washed each maybe 3~4 times now and haven't noticed any fades or anything. They are definitely my favorite casual pants and I plan to try to get a caramel duck if it comes back in stock.
2/3rds Epaulet today. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
So I kind of tuned out Chinomageddon over the last few months, thinking (foolishly) that I'd stick with denim through the Texas summer. However with our first taste of heat recently, I can already tell that's not going to happen. So while I mull my options, I have a few questions (with apologies in advance if any of this has been discussed recently):
1) Is there more 7 oz. canvas on the way besides the three current (bold) colors? What about oxford cloth (which is currently sold out in my size)?
2) How does the 8 oz. canvas compare with the fabric used for the Regiment Twill Walt's?
3) Is the current Gunmetal Canvas (8 oz) the same fabric as the original gunmetal canvas from last fall (with the metal button fly)?
4) Any other lightweight fabrics in the pipeline? I'm pretty much set for linen and wool trousers...looking for something a bit more casual.
Excellent, I'm glad that Chinomageddon can strike down in Texas as well! Here's from our side:
1) 7oz is only going to be Payapa, Cherry, and French Blue. I didn't run it in more basic colors because it's only 1oz lighter than our standard canvas. The usual Navy, Khaki, Gunmetal, and black are fine for warmer weather already. And every chino that we run - including duck canvas - is significantly lighter than the average denim.
2) 8oz Canvas is similar in weight to Regiment Twill. It has a different weave structure (canvas vs. diagonal twill) and the canvas feels a bit softer before washing. But they're roughly equivalent.
3) No, the OG Gunmetal was a Japanese cloth. It was a twill and had a really soft hand. I switched to the US fabric to maintain our $135 retail. Doing the Japanese cloth these days would cost around $165.
4) We'll restock Grey & Blue Oxford cloth. I also have a new chalk-colored 8oz canvas (somewhere between white and clay) and an awesome distressed Teal twill that's super light - like 6.5oz or so. That's all coming in the next 4 weeks or so.
You guys look great! And I agree, this cross-armed pose is pretty tough. I bet that you get all "Lean on Me" on the kids when they act out in class.
"They used to call me crazy Joe. And now they call me batman!"
I've got this photo - it was taken when an in-store customer picked them up. It's nice to see how they can contrast with selvedge jeans too.
Better pics later, but breaking out the 'Minas with my leaf rivets... Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)