The photo shows a side view of a pair of 14 ounce/420 gram cotton trousers by Neapolitan maker Salvatore Ambrosi that were delivered this week after a month spent in the maze of two postal systems, U.S. Customs, the Easter holiday and the Icelandic ash cloud (there is a second package with the other part of the order still missing but we have little choice other than to trust it will arrive eventually).
No matter the style, the most important element in the fit of a trouser is that it has a clean line, falling unrippled to the bottoms unless interrupted intentionally by a break. And I have to give Salvatore credit as he has approached perfection in that regard without a fitting. True, he saw me in San Francisco last year before making the trousers in the photo but he never took a measurement, having copied and then improved upon a pair by another maker that I sent him.
Trousers with a near-perfect fall, worn with one of Michael Drake's single ply cashmere polos and Gaziano & Girling elastic sided slipons. A flannel shirt jacket completed the look.