I'm probably going to have a chino infatuation for the rest of my days. I can't help but find all of the options and details quite interesting. Five or six pockets, button or zipper, width of the belt loop, colours available, full or tapered leg – it goes on. Of course it's probably impossible to design the perfect chino pant as there are so many body types and shapes, yet people keep on trying. Stussy Deluxe has refined their twill cotton chino this fall and put together one of their best attempts yet with the Ralph Chino. Available in three perfect colours, the pants have a fairly slim cut, but not too skinny. The rise continues to raise with Stussy and seems to have found a good overall balance. The change pocket has dropped an inch or two below what we might normally see, and while I'm not disliking it, I'm not a fan of design changes just for the sake of changing something. The pant comes in at a competitive $190, made from imported fabrics – but still made overseas and there's no sign of where the fabric is imported from. That aside, they feel and look nice.
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Today starts a big week for Stussy in North America as the S/S '09 Deluxe line hits stores today and the latest Chapter store is set to open in Calgary this time next week. The spring offering from deluxe is another strong collection of fairly basic essential garments. As usual, some good looking t-shirts, denim and accessories to go along with what I think is always the best part of the line, the jackets. I'm really liking the M65, coach and denim jackets this time around and I'm sure the construction, materials and fit are as high quality as usual. The opening of the Calgary Chapter store on March 14th is exciting for the face of retail north of the 49th parallel as it makes it the 3rd Chapter store to open in Canada in just over a year. Perhaps other companies will start to take notice. See more of the line below.