Left Field Slims Down

Christian McCann's Left Field is very particular about the clothing he makes. For one, this is the guy that brought us, among other things, tweed denim and the ultra premium underwear line Choctaw Ridge. While the label is known for its well-constructed, honestly-made goods, guys who generally prefer a slimmer fit have had to take these hardy duds to the tailor to get just that. Now, McCann is releasing some chinos in a more streamlined fit, crafted here in the States and made from an interesting Japanese military twill fabric. Here's the lowdown on how a new fit came to be.

What's the process you use to actually come up with a new fit?

The tailored fit was long overdue. That said, it took a lot of pattern development and samples to get the fit right, because we had to account for potential shrinkage from washing and drying. So far, the feedback has been great, but I'm sure we'll keep refining. It's a work in progress, because I'm always listening to our customers' comments and suggestions. Thankfully, they have great taste.

Styling Tip

Switch things up for spring and pair these with a trench coat, comfortable running sneakers and a solid pocket T-shirt for an unconventional off-duty look.
And how does the fit differ from your previous chinos?

The tailored fit is very slim. I took in the thigh, knee and leg opening, as well as lowered the rise. Though much slimmer, they're still definitely in-line with the Left Field aesthetic. Essentially, they're a tailored version of our regular "Miner" fit. Same details (corozo button-fly, chambray pocket bags), same quality, just much narrower for all the skinny guys out there.

How'd you come across the Japanese military twill fabric?

I wanted something similar to what they use at the West Point Academy. It's actually the same fabric that the Japanese Military uses to make their uniforms—a beefy, 10 oz. cotton twill, with an extra-high thread count and long, combed yarns. The combed yarns give the fabric a nice sheen, which makes it a bit more sophisticated, so it dresses up just as well as it dresses down.

Tailored twill chinos in khaki and navy, $198 by Left Field


Published on

May 10, 2012

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