I’m a huge fan of denim. Denim shirts, denim pants, denim jackets, denim everything. Especially selvedge denim. I love the look of the “Canadian Tuxedo” with a beard and a great pair of boots. It occurred to me recently that I needed to branch out a little with some chino trousers so I turned to Rogue Territory in California.
Rogue Territory began in 2008 as a custom denim workshop located within American Rag’s World Denim Bar in Los Angeles. They originally offered one-of-a-kind denim pieces to a select bespoke clientele. By 2009 they stopped making custom jeans to focus on ready-to-wear items and a line that consisted of three fits of jeans. Since then their vintage inspired collection has grown to include trousers, work shirts, jackets, shirts, leather goods, and accessories.
In a very short time Rogue Territory has expanded globally. In addition to their website you can check out their goods in over 70 shops in 14 countries. “They are focused on handcrafted denim boots and apparel for the discerning customer who appreciates subtle design details, impeccable fit, and a modern interpretation of classic garments.”
The Rogue Territory Officer Trousers are offered in six sharp colors. The olive, nutmeg, and grey are constructed with 9 oz sanforized selvedge twill that is made in the USA at $185. The bronze is made of 10 oz Japanese selvedge twill from the famous Okayama Prefecture and comes in at $225. The indigo canvas is made of 12.5 oz selvedge from Italy and retails for $235. The stealth are 11 oz sanforized sulfur-dyed black warp and black weft Japanese red-line selvedge denim from Nihon Menpu Mills for $225.
Let’s review a few of the terms being thrown around. Sanforized means that the fabric has been pre-stretched, pre-washed and pre-shrunk at the mill in order to reduce shrinkage that can occur after the first wash. Twill refers to a type of weave that creates diagonal parallel ridges on the surface of the fabric. Lastly, Selvedge (also known as selvage or self-edge) refers to the self-finished edges of fabric that keep it from unraveling or fraying. The selvages are a result of how the fabric is created.
The details are where it’s at with these pants. They feature a one piece button fly, slash front pockets, single needle continuous stitch on waistband, silk screened front pocket lining, and side seam bias tape detail.
My favorite features are the bright white selvedge seams on the inside (visible when you cuff them) that really pop. The flap on the back pocket can be worn tucked in our out. The belt loops sewn into the waistband are a great touch as well.
The fit of the Officer Trousers is a slim taper leg, with a mid-rise. They are slender but not skinny. Rogue recommends sizing up one size and offers a sizing guide on their website. There is nothing wrong with flying your denim flag everyday, but consider changing up your pants game with these classic britches from Rogue Territory.