Gurkha pants have been in vogue for the better part of three years, and unlike other trends, this one has stuck. The extra visual interest in the top block of the trousers is part of its charm, with overlapping straps fastened by stylized buckles on each side - but where did these trousers come from and what was its purpose?
Enamored by the unique closure, Nepalese roots, and military function of the original trouser, we’ve always made gurkha pants a core part of the Craftsman Clothing offering, made in four season cotton twill. Our Cortina gurkhas pants have a high waist and self cinch closure just like the originals, though they’re available in more than just tan and beige: You can find them in somber navy, rugged greens, and a vibrant cornflower blue.
Based on the popularity of the four season core collection we’ve even produced a few unique spins on the traditional gurkha for a modern clientele. Japanese denim in raw indigo, off-white, and a retro stonewash are just some of our current favorites that routinely sell out! We’ve even done a few runs in textured Indian linen for a summer variation. Just be sure to check the size guide to make sure you get the right fit.
We’re also proud to announce that version 2.0 of our Gurkha pants is better than ever. Specifically, we have adjusted the fit through the thigh area and deepened the seat so that it is more forgiving to those of us with “thunder thighs”. We just love going to the gym!
Our 2020 High Summer Drop marked the launch of our newest addition to the gurkha pant family: gurkha shorts. The design and fit is similar to our pants, just cut to the perfect length for those extremely hot days. Delving deeper into our vintage inspiration, we’ve even used a button fly. The gurkha shorts are currently available in our subtle cotton-linen-silk melange in multiple colors as well as premium Japanese denim, but if you like them, we may bring them in other fabrics in the future!
Honestly, there’s plenty of places to look at for style inspiration for wearing our gurkha pants and shorts. Our founders Tobe and Tsz love wearing them, but even the influencer Blake Scott and famed menswear photographer Milad Abedi can’t resist the allure of the Craftsman Clothing gurkha pant. Our rule of thumb is: wear it with anything and everything from a sport coat to clean white sneakers. Trust us; gurkha pants and gurkha shorts will go with everything. You’ll never go back to boring pants ever again.