Free Pleat Trousers - Midnight Tussah Silk Broadcloth


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MotivMFG is headed by Samuel Wei, founder of Radiance Blue and the pioneer of the heritage market in China; and Daniel Gu, a third-generation tailor and designer. Together, they combine old-world tailoring (from various antique European manuals) with workwear production techniques. Constant research into garment production techniques around the world informs their design, with the goal of creating “recreations” rather than “reproductions”

The Free Pleat Trousers are MotivMFG's answer for a "one size fits all" trouser. Featuring two large inverted pleats attached to an internal drawstring waist (that peeks out to close up externally at the front of the pants) that can be used to adjust the pants. This free pleat system allows each size to fit and drape correctly across an 8"-10"+ change in the waistband. The cut is a wide, straight leg, which pairs well with the adjustable drawstring waist and lightweight fabric, making these an ideal pant for warm weather, or just lounging around comfortably.

Motiv's Tussah Silk Broadcloth is an incredible fabric, sourced from one of the last remaining mills in China that exclusively produces tussah silk. Tussah silk is sometimes also called wild silk, being sourced from the cocoons of wild silk moths that live in forests throughout India and Southeast Asia, rather than cultivated from domesticated silk worms in a farm. Woven at a high density from irregular tussah yarns, the midnight silk broadcloth has a plush face with fluid drape and a gentle sheen.

The irregularity of the individually woven yarns creates tonal and textural variation in both horizontal and vertical directions, giving an almost plaid-like impression at certain angles. Despite its relative thickness, the fabric breathes extremely well, keeping you cool and comfortable when temperatures rise. Not quite black or navy, the midnight color is an extremely dark blue that can be dressed up or down quite easily.

Fits true to size - take the size whose smallest measurement is closest to your true waist size. Dry clean only.

  • 100% tussah silk from China
  • 75% cotton / 25% tencel trims
  • Zip fly
  • Drawstring waist
  • Two side pockets
  • Two rear pockets
  • Inverted pleats
  • Straight fit
  • Creased legs
  • One size fits most
  • Highly adjustable
  • Custom woven labels
  • Dry clean only
  • Produced by MotivMFG in Beijing

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All measurements are in inches.

Model Elliot wears size Small
His sizing specs are:
6'1 and 155lbs
38" chest and 30" waist

Fits true to size - take the size whose smallest measurement is closest to your true waist size. Dry clean only.

Size Waist Front Rise Back Rise Upper Thigh Knee Leg Opening Inseam
Extra Small 28" - 40" 12.25" 16.25" 13.625" 11.5" 8.25" 26.75"
Small 30" - 42.5" 12.5" 17" 14.125" 12" 9.25" 26.825"
Medium 32" - 45.5" 12.625" 17.75" 15.25" 12.75" 9.5" 27.5"
Large 34" - 47.5" 13.25" 18.75" 16.25" 13.25" 9.75" 28.25"
Extra Large 36" - 51" 13.5" 19" 16.5" 13.75" 10" 28.5"

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