Dries van Noten
2012 Virgin Wool Kean Tailored Trousers in Anthracite
IT 46: Best for a 30" or 31" waist.
Dries van Noten 'Kean' trousers from A/W 2012-2013. In brand new condition without tags; the back pockets are sewn shut. The leg has an extra 2" for alterations. RRP: £1020 (part of a two-piece suit - find the jacket here)
Dries van Noten tailoring is renowned for offering sharp, modern silhouettes and beautiful fabrics without compromising on construction and quality. These perfectly tailored trousers encapsulate his unique approach. Let's examine the details:
First of all, the cut. Streamlined and precise, with flattering proportions without looking excessively skinny. The rise has a modern low cut, while the legs have a very narrow straight cut that produces a handsome elongated effect. The front has a flat shape with no pleats and a sharp crease, while the back features multiple darts for a contoured form-fitting silhouette. The trousers look amazing while feeling surprisingly comfortable, and this is a definite indication that DvN tailoring is serious business. Second, their perfect cut is enhanced by their beautiful fabric. A pure virgin wool with a brushed finish and a dark grey melange colour, it forms the perfect balance between casual and formal wear, and could easily be worn for both occasions. Besides looking great, it is robust and drapes wonderfully.
In men's tailoring, it is a craftsman's attention to detail that will ultimately distinguish a well-made garment from a substandard one. It is thus satisfying to see that this piece lives up to van Noten's reputation as a master tailor. The front has two sharp quarter pockets with reinforced edges for added durability, while the back has perfectly executed double welt pockets that give the trousers a modern sharpness. A subtle coin pocket adorns the left side of the waist. The front fly closes with a metal zip and two chunky buttons made from genuine buffalo horn. All buttons are sewn by hand, and the belt loops are sewn into the waistband for added structure. On the interior, we can see that the finishing is impeccable, with black cotton lining the waistband, crotch area and pockets. Smooth viscose lines the legs and further enhances the trousers' comfort, while the hems feature grosgrain tape applications to protect them from wear.
Overall, this is a beautiful pair of trousers with a very flattering sharp cut and exquisite attention to detail. The trousers look extremely sharp as part of the suit and they will definitely impress in the workplace, however their beautiful textured fabric and elegant cut also make them easy to integrate in any casual outfit. No matter what your choice may be, they will become one of your favourite trousers this season.