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Patchwork Cord Double Knee Pants

One of the standout items from this season are our Patchwork Double Knee Cords. Made from five shades of one of the highest quality British corduroy fabrics – a 450GSM wide wale pure cotton corduroy. It is heavy and gusty meaning it is highly durable, while maintaining a soft feel – essentially it’ll wear beautifully, get better with age and become increasingly comfortable.

Corduroy’s dusty colouring and textured finish lends perfectly to a patchwork effect. The style of this pant is inspired by the Dickies pants that were popular when I was in primary school – hardly seen these days – they had a reinforced knee panel and key fob pocket behind the right knee. These details felt totally current to what’s happening right now but also slightly strange and unique. The pocket also works perfectly for a smartphone or keys and takes this bulk away from your upper pockets.

This horizontal panelling and pockets gave us lots of different sections to play with that compliment the wale or lines of the corduroy perfectly. We took it all a step further and used the opportunity the welt pockets and waistband offered to cut these all in a different colour that contrasted the panel they sat on. One of our favourite angles of the pants is the back with the strikingly different panel colours.

This pant sort of sums up what Checks is about in one item, fun and playful utilising a mix of colour and pattern. Multiple references are at play which come from totally different worlds but all share similarities. Corduroy is a traditional British workwear and sportswear fabric, the original water resistant fabric that was utilised primarily for country and hunting clothing. The pant style stems from American workwear and one of the quintessential workwear brands (Dickies) that is always in style but particularly relevant now. Work pants cross over so many generations and subcultures that Checks draws from, skateboarding, hip hop, uniforms, street clothing.

We modernised the fit, maintaining the best bits, the straight un-tapered leg and higher rise. Finishing them with a cropped finish to go along with the tailored aesthetic of the corduroy fabric, sitting just on top of your shoes, they look as great with a pair of lo-fi sneakers as they do with a pair of loafers or Doc Martens.

A statement pant like this may seem like a bold move in the wardrobe, however we often find that a fun pair of pants is easier to incorporate into a look than a striking jacket. The limited opportunities we get to wear a big jacket in New Zealand lend towards a serious colour that can pair with a lot of different things for those times you do grab them out of the closet. There’s something light hearted and nonchalant about a patterned pair of trousers.

You often don’t expect much out of a pair of pants, they’re often a subdued colour like blue, beige or black. On the other hand, find that we’re often picking our pants first when getting dressed and with pants as good as these they’re usually at the top of mind.