Recently, I mentioned I ordered a pair of khaki slacks, a pair of jeans and two pairs of boxer briefs from Union House, an outfit in Minnesota that specializes in US- and union-made clothing.
The first piece of good news is that the order was correctly filled and everything fits. The carton, for those who care about such things, was a re-use but quite sound.
The boxer briefs looked huge — XL, to be exact — but then again I’m hardly tiny to begin with, and they fit quite nicely, thank you. (The photo on the website doesn’t do them justice.) A good value against other boxer-briefs, too. (The jockey-type briefs weren’t, but at least they offer them.) 50/50 cotton and polyester. Made especially for Union House by a Unite Here! staffed supplier.
The jeans were made of a heavy denim; “relaxed fit” but still butt-flattering. The rise wasn’t too high; the waist came up about an inch and hald under my navel. More “Lee” cut than “Levi” which made me feel a little blue collar/butch when I walked down to the neighborhood bodega for tortillas and a lime. Talk about sailing under a false colors! But Logan Circle is full of civil servants dressed as longshoremen and Marines, so no foul there.
I had mixed feelings about the slacks. (See “Casual Trouser 25175″ under the jeans.) Having grown accustomed to Dockers, I had forgotten the canvas-like texture of the khakis of my youth. Here they come again! The waistband was not reinforced and the closure is a snap, not a button. So I’m getting a kind of work pants passing for deck pants vibe. But they fit well, and I like the button-closure detail on the left back pocket better than other slacks I’ve bought.
Now go and get something yourself. Comment if you have questions about my shopping experience.