It surprises me too. The closest thing I have that I wear with any regularity are a pair of cords that lowish rise.
Haven't looked into fabrics. I'm trying out a pair of Steed trousers this year, and NSM. Will see if either makes a pair worth copying.
Same here. Have trousers in the works at Steed, and a few from NsM already in my wardrobe. Look forward to comparing notes with you.
Have you read much of that Esquire's Encyclopedia?
Read most of the suits section, but haven't gotten past that. I love reading it, but I do most of my reading in coffee shops and in the subway or on planes, and well...anyone who owns that book understands why that's not feasible for this particular tome.