Howard Yount makes some of my favorite trousers. They simply fit better than almost anything else I’ve found. There are clean lines everywhere, both on the front and back, and they drape well from the fork, which rarely happens on me. They’re also very well constructed to boot. The only thing I wish is that they were a hair higher waisted. I like my trousers to sit above my hips. Yount’s do, for the most part, but they’re a quarter of an inch shorter than I’d like.
I mentioned this to Jamison, the proprietor of Howard Yount, a few weeks ago while I was buying another pair of his trousers (these cream tropical wools, which will be perfect for summer). He let me in on something - he’s developing a new line that will feature exactly that. I can’t tell you how excited I became.
Jamison sent me more details and photos yesterday. Apparently, they’ll be made in New York City and the quality will be nearly identical to his current line (which are made in Italy). They’ll feature a two-piece split curtained waistband in a blue oxford cotton fabric, interior piping in the same oxford, three button closure, belt keeper loop, and framed pockets. The cut will have a slightly higher rise, just a hair more tapering in the legs, and a little bit more forgiveness in the seat and waist (full measurements given behind the cut). I was a bit worried when I heard he was tapering them more. I like my leg openings to be around 8”, at least for most trousers, so that they look appropriate for academia and business. However, it looks like the tweaks Jamison made are slight enough that fans of his older cut needn’t worry.
The Italian line will still exist. In fact, Jamison is getting a wide variety of classics this falls, including another batch of VBC flannels in two weights and a variety of colors.
The photos below are of Jamison’s new showroom space in New York and him modeling the new line. Everything he’s wearing in those photos, incidentally - except for the polo, double monks, and Jack Purcells - are available at his webstore. There are also pictures of the new trousers themselves. Here we see fine wool twills, cotton canvas, baby corduroys, and madras. The fabrics are source from a variety of mills in Italy, England (canvas), and India (madras, of course). Click through the cut to see all of them. As Jamison joked - the madras is fantastic, but you could say you need tennis balls to wear them.
Ah, I love corny jokes.
Awesome. I have the same issue with HY pants being a little short in the rise, but love them otherwise.