I bought this pair of moleskin "ratcatchers" when I was a teenager in the 1970s from Orvis (Orvis was the first to import them in 1976.) They still fit and are nicely seasoned.
|100% cotton moleskin is one of the toughest fabrics I have encountered, warm and wind breaking.|
|These were made in England....|
|...and have some slight signs of wear.|
|Lighter weight moleskin is often used for lining pockets, collars, and trim, as with my John Partridge wool houndstooth jacket above.|
|Corduroy and Moleskine|
Corduroy jackets have long been favorites. My father had this heavyweight corduroy lined overcoat that he bought at J. Press in New Haven back in the 60s.
These days I find it very difficult to find corduroy pants for women that have a wide, or even medium wale. Gone are the days of David Brooks wide wale corduroys, a staple for every preppy female, young and old. The Country Store of Concord, Talbots and the like all stocked them in the more muted palettes as well as the hot pink and kelly green varieties.
So I make do with what I can find.
|This pair is from Ralph Lauren Sport and may not make the cut because of the fit.|
|While the fabric in this pair L.L. Bean is quite nice, I will be making a beeline to my seamstress to have the voluminous legs taken in.|
|These are from J.McLaughlin (last season) and have an awfully good (read that flattering) fit.|
|Corduroy is famously used on the Barbour waxed cotton jackets, in part to direct the flow of water away from the wearer's neck.|
|And of course, many summer camp hikers have spent evenings around a campfire cutting out moleskin donuts to layer over blisters.|