Sunday, June 17, 2012

Gung Ho

One thing I learned, when I started getting into menswear and clothing in general, as opposed to more fashion oriented clothing, is that quality doesn't always come with premium  price. Sometimes you do pay for that extra good fabric, some specific details or something being actualy handsewn, but it is possible to obtain well-made products at a surprisingly - or embarrassingly - low price.

This is the case with Earl's Apparel (which I'm pretty sure also covers the brands Gung Ho and Stan Ray), which is made in the US. Their workwear products have long been a mainstay in Japan (where I discovered them a long time ago), but now they are making an entrance in the US in more reputable shops like Hickoree's and Archival Clothing

The fit may no be for all, as it looks a bit roomy, however I think the price is something, that appeals to all and personally there is one detail, that I'm just crazy about; and that is the felled outseam. Having thighs like tree trunks myself, I find, that a lot of pants look like they're busting at the seams, especially when sitting down. However that felled outseam prevents just that. Again, a small detail that very few notices, but it makes a hell of a difference to me. You just don't see that many company making pants with that detail and if I could, I would.


  1. Wow, when you said they were a low cost, I didn't realise you meant that low! Wow, what a gem of a find.

  2. I know. It's just weird, but also a very nice surprise.

    There are other makers in the US, that are just as cheap. I'll post about one of them soon.

  3. Hickoree's are so good at finding inexpensive, quality clothing.

    Pointer Brand is another company producing good quality and also (at least some of it) good looking stuff. Not sure where to get it though.

  4. I like Hickoree's approach to clothing. Except for some brands, I have to say, that they have one of the most impressive line-ups around.

    Pointer brand was or more likely is definitely one of the "inexpensive" brands, that I'm going to write about. Very nice quality at a low price - basically the essence of work clothing. I had a Pointer jacket some years ago, but I got the sizing wrong, however there was nothing wrong with the quality.