Where the runway meets the street

If only these khakis could talk. That’s the thought process behind the K-1 Collection from Dockers. Celebrating the history of khaki, which first made a splash in the 1930s when the U.S. army noticed that their G.I.s looked disheveled next to their British counterparts and sought out a comfortable, durable, high-quality cotton fabric. According to Dockers, Hollywood picked up on the trend and linked it up with adventure and courage, putting Humphrey Bogart, Spencer Tracy, and Clark Gable in high-waisted takes. Bette Davis, Greta Garbo, and Marlene Dietrich made the case for that ladies and kahki was well on its way to becoming an institution.

The K-1 Collection is the result of a tireless examination of khakis of every stripe, and the Spring/Summer 2012 collection includes “a soft and rumpled K-1 chino in rich Cramerton cloth, a Kurabo custom selvage twill chino, and a Utility cargo pant,” plus some military shirts, a long-sleeve Henley tee, a brushed cotton sweat-top, and 1940s vintage-inspired tees. Cool looking gear, though we recommend for Autumn/Winter that they look to some of the toughest Bruce Willis characters for inspiration—in Die Hard, Lieutenant John McClane makes the fabric seem like a damn near indestructible organism all its own.

Currently, the collection is only available through select European retailers including: The Outpost (Barcelona), Solo (Stockholm), Clinic (Belgium), Present (London), Bottigliera (Servigliano), Norse Project (Copenhagen), and Tenue de Nimes (The Netherlands)

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