Figuring that this is essentially B&S pricing for a staple item, I picked up a pair and they arrived today.
Since I own about 20 pair, I think I have a feel for the brand. I've got em from Italy, Romania, and Portugal, in wool, cotton, and some summer linochinos - just great fitting pants all around as long as you stay away from the super-slim ball, crushing models. So you can imagine my surprise when I opened the box and my first reaction was "Whoa - they look...uh, really, really cheap!"
And I'm talking "cheap" as in "Ewww I don't want to touch them" cheap. Truly a far cry from the, ahem. "investment grade wool" the product info described.
Clad may be at criminal risk for describing them as "flannel" - there is no nap to the fabric and they are paper-thin like a pair of summer pants. All of the baseline Inco features - curtained/split waistband, pick stitching, belt keeper, etc. - were missing and the waist buttoned with a strange setup that had the buttonhole covered by the external fabric. I also started to search for the standard Inco internal labeling and there was none - only a small patch on the waistband that offered up a deft term of art that said - and I'm not kidding - "Incotex Inside."
Anybody else ever seen anything like this?