What makes a rugged military-inspired chino even better? Using deadstock US military fabric, of course! Freenote Cloth has just released their new Vagabond Olive Drab Chino that features more than just some vintage fabric. With extra pockets and unique button closures throughout, these chinos are a great example of combining old and new.
The pocket bags you see are a Japanese indigo dyed fabric, and the inside of the pant is all finished for a clean and very uniform look both inside and out. With custom Corozo belt buttons and a graded inseam, these might just be your new favorite casual summer pants.
Turning back to the chino’s fabric, the material used is a cotton sateen which lends a certain sheen and softer hand. The deadstock fabric was left over from the Korean War, was widely used from the 1960s to 80s, and primarily for Type 1 Jungle pants. However, it was also found to be utilized in several standard issue shirts for the Marines, Air Force, and Army Special Forces.
Design-wise, the piece was inspired by the 1964 jungle and 1969 army pants, as seen through the classic button fly and deep front pockets. In true Freenote form though, various modern updates have been made, such as the curved front pockets and additional second pockets with button closures.
Available for $240 at Freenote Cloth.