Freenote Cloth has been holding onto a very special fabric from Japan’s Kuroki Mills for a few years now, waiting for just the right project to deploy it. That project has finally come to fruition.
The latest iteration of their venerable Worker Chino is done in the resplendent garment-dyed charcoal selvedge fabric that they’ve held on ice all this time, and it’s a fantastic update indeed. Why is that? Most of the standard grey dye you find out there provides a rather flat appearance in use. Garment dying these pants after sewing them together provides nuances and welcome inconsistencies that make all the difference when worn. The classic-fitting chino—not too big, not too loose—is done in a midweight 12oz. 100% cotton fabric and features clean finished interior bindings for a comfortable fit, herringbone pocket bags from Japan, custom metal hardware from Kentucky, custom leather patch branding, a coin pocket with herringbone detail, a graded inseam, and are sewn together in the US. All in all, it’s a well-appointed chino with some interesting pedigree and even more interesting appearance, thanks to garment dying.
Available for $250 at Freenote Cloth.