Patrick Grant, the man who has breathed new life into the once defunct Savile Row brand E Tautz, knows a lot about fabrics, but he’s much more interesting to talk to than that factoid makes him sound. He knows, for instance, that the barathea – a hopsack twill used to make these trousers – is exactly the same fabric used to make RAF uniforms. In short, these trousers are bomb-proof. If you want a smart trouser with the durability of denim, these are they.
It’s boot weather, which is all well and good if you work in an artisan coffee shop and can get away with wearing one of the heavy duty styles from Red Wing or Timberland that are still proving popular after several seasons. If, though, you work in an office that requires smart trousers, these Chelsea boots from Russell & Bromley will do the trick. Wear them with slim, navy trousers that sit just on the body of the boot.