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 Oblique Shorts an a very covertly complicated garment, in that their understated appearance hides the incredible tailoring details that they're just packed with. These are Motiv's take on an Eastern "Mien" fly construction, with a high rise, wide leg fit and two inverted pleats down the front that remind one of gurkha shorts. The waistband is secured with a wrapped front fly and integrated D-ring belt, allowing these to adjust through the waist and comfortably fit a significant range across each size without ever looking too large or too small.
These are made from a high twist Tussah silk twill, 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. The high twist yarns retain a crisp, dry hand that evokes the texture of old parachute fabrics while remaining lightweight and breathable.
Featuring a gentle shine and extremely springy drape, it's one of the most fluid and unique fabrics we've ever encountered, moving easily and dramatically before snapping back into shape. It's been finished with a one wash treatment, helping to soften and shrink the fabric - this also means the fabric is machine-washable, taking these from "extravagant luxury item" to "everyday summer uniform".
Fits true to size. Wash cold and hang dry in the shade - DO NOT TUMBLE DRY.
- 100% tussah silk
- High twist silk twill from China
- D-ring belt
- Two side pockets
- Single rear pocket
- Double inverted pleats
- Straight fit
- Snap and zip fly
- Highly adjustable
- Custom woven labels
- Dry clean only
- Produced by MotivMFG in Beijing