Couple of questions:
- Does anyone know if removing the Epaulet tag on the inside of the waistband is going to cause any damage? My assumption is no, but I figured I could post first in case someone else has already done it and can speak to the effects.
- I think there was some mention of the tapered, lighter-weight, overdyed chinos that may be in the offing having felled seam construction rather than busted seam construction to help keep the cost down. What's the difference in cost between busted and felled seams?
I ask because I just got a couple of pairs of heavyweight brushed twill chinos back from the tailor - they were a little snug at first, possibly because of the heavier weight (I'm guessing that consistent external measurements + thicker fabric --> smaller internal measurements) - and the tailor was able to loosen them up to the point that I may bring them back to have them taken back in a hair.
It seems a shame to sacrifice one of the nicer construction elements in the interest of keeping prices down, but I don't know how the difference actually plays out in terms of manufacturing and retail costs.