These superb Limited Edition traditional Prince of Wales check British Country trousers are cut from thick but not too heavy Italian pure wool Tweed, they have a button fly, loose cut with pleat fronts, high waist line with fishtail back, buttons for braces and turn-ups and made in The UK, of course. They are inspired by the trousers from a 1940 Bespoke Savile Row Suit in our archives although we've recreated a classical CC41 Utility version
Sadly we only managed to find two bolts of this superb cloth so we'll never be able to do a repeat run of these trousers
Although this check is most commonly associated with Edward, The Prince of Wales, who abdicated his role as Edward VIII in 1936 and has often been photographed wearing The Prince of Wales check, the design was introduced by his father Edward VII in the early 20th Century as his Glen Check or Estate Tweed.
Clothing rationing began in June 1st 1941 with no warning, it was announced out of the blue on the news at 9.00am mainly to prevent a rush of panic buying Due to the war effort there was a shortage of fabric Clothing Rations were controlled on a points system and the books contained coupons of various point values. Items of clothing were assigned point values. Each person was allowed sixty-six points a year, which was supposed to equal to one complete outfit of clothing for the average adult.
The CC41 label assured buyers of an officially approved quality, the CC41 label on our trousers assure today’s wearer of the same high quality as would have been expected in the 1940’s. The striking design was created by Reginald Shipp and was used on all approved wartime clothing and also on furniture during WW2.
Also worth checking are our CC41 Roll Neck sweaters and our range of knitwear hand knitted on The Isle of Harris.
FIT - To achieve the correct look and vintage style fit these are best worn with braces and worn a size larger than one would wear jeans or modern trousers. They are lower in the crotch than modern trousers and should not be worn crumpled at the ankle. Ideal inside leg length is 30"for a height of 5'8"/5'9", inside leg of 32" for a height of 5'10"/5'11" and an inside leg of 34"for a height of 6'/6'1". Shortened leg length is available for no extra charge, please request using the "Special Instruction" box.