Although ”chino” is often used as the name for a style of trousers, chino is in fact the name of a 100% cotton twill cloth, developed by Sir Harry Lumsden in 1848. While stationed in India, he mixed a combination of coffee, curry and mulberries for dye to camouflage his white uniform. The shade was named khaki after the Hindi word for ”dust”. After World War II, the plain-front trousers and chinos became a common sight on college campuses – Hollywood soon followed, leading a generation to define chinos as a symbol of effortlessly cool American style.
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