What's a Chino?

Posted April 11 2014

                    Spring is here, and that means it’s time to shift away from heavyweight denim towards lighter weight trousers or, in many cases, chinos. But what’s a chino? And where did they come from?While today the word “chino” has become interchangeable with trousers or khakis, the word itself has a specific connotation rooted in the history of the West. Beginning in the 1800s, the British military was interested in finding new, hardwearing fabrics to replace the traditional heavyweight wools that had been used in military uniforms up to that point. At the same time, Western imperialism was reaching its’ peak....