Choose Chinos

Craig from Eldred Grove chats about chinos and takes us through their history and our wearing and buying options.

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We all know about chinos right? The easy to wear, cotton trousers that have crept in to every mans wardrobe over the last year or so? We all know that they’ve quickly become the legwear of choice for the modern man but where did it all start and how should you wear them? Let me take you on a journey.

Casual or dapper chinos are a versatile essential. Photo by

Chinos: The History

With their origins deeply rooted in the military as a lot of menswear is, Chinos were a staple part of the army uniform during the second world war. With the need for a hard wearing item of clothing for the troops a twill cotton fabric was used. The name of this cloth? Well, chino of course.

Originally khaki or sand coloured to offer protection and camouflage while on the front line, chino trousers were manufactured in their thousands. After the war, huge surplus resulted in every father, brother and Son wearing chinos and we haven’t looked back since.

During the 1950’s America chinos saw a re-emergence with non other than James Dean and Marlon Brando wearing them View Post

Product Review – Southern Gents

Eldred Grove reviews some of the gentlemen’s accessories available from Southern Gents and shows us some styles that can be created with them

Just some of the range of items available from Southern Gents


A few short weeks ago I started chatting to Tunde at Southern Gents, a charming fellow, passionate about mens accessories and with an aim to get us gentlemen dressing more sartorially.

From a small beginning in 2011, blogging online, they made the transition to an online store just a year later with the aim to be the number one manufacturer of mens accessories and signature items, with the craftsmanship of J.Crew and a budget which doesn’t break the bank.

Gingham pocket square and camo and floral pocket rounds $12-$20
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Meet The Cordial Churchman

Eldred Grove interviews Ellie founder of The Cordial Churchman, makers of fine bow ties and accessories

Blogger interviews mens accessory brand The Cordial Churchman
Me wearing a floral bow tie by The Cordial Churchman
A while ago I was contacted by Ellie of the Cordial Churchman. She had spotted me on Instagram wearing a bow tie, and got in touch about her business and incredible range of bow ties. Before long I was sporting a beautiful floral bow tie of theirs made from Liberty of London print which I proudly sported for a shoot for the London College of Fashion. With that said, allow me to introduce you.

When did The Cordial Churchman start?

In June of 2009, I made a bow tie for my husband, Andy out of some leftover seersucker, a popular fabric here in the South, it turned out pretty nice and we started offering them through my blog at the time and to our surprise, they actually sold!  We made seersucker and madras bow ties throughout that summer and in the fall we transitioned into velvets, wools, and silks and it’s been going strong ever since.

Mens fashion blogger talks to The Cordial Churchman about bow ties
The Corbin bow tie from The Cordial Churchman

What was the inspiration for the business?

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