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The Noose Button Closure. A Simple detail that launched Favorite Pastime

I’d always struggled to find shorts. Still do. Most of the time they were too loose for my skinny ass (at the time). Living in San Diego shorts and boardshort’s were what I lived in when I wasn’t at work. So I decided I’d try and make some of my own that fit. As I started my quest to figure out what exactly I was going to build I went to what I wore most. A pair of old corduroy pants that I cut off just below the knee. They were a simple 5-pocket corduroy jean. Nothing really to them. So if I was going to make something it needed to have some fun details.

I spent a lot of time in the water. Whether it was the ocean or somebody’s pool at an apartment complex most days ended up wet and occasionally it was in those old 5-pocket corduroy cut-offs (drinking was usually involved when I was jumping in the ocean or pool with my clothes on). Anyways, the pockets would fill with water and it was kinda annoying. Boom! My first world changing design choice. I was going to put eyelets on the pockets. You know, so the water could drain out. As I sketched these brilliant new shorts up I figured I’d combine details of a boardshort and a short. A strange hybrid short of sorts. Let’s just say the eyelets and draw cord got a little out of hand.

The shorts ended up having 10 eyelets to allow the draw cord to be exposed on the sides, in the back, and where you tied them in the front. After falling in love with eyelets, I fell in love with the cording. That’s when I came up with my second ground breaking design discovery. The noose loop closure for the back right pocket. Never again was my wallet going to fall out of my short while doing cartwheels down the street, nor were the pick-pocketing bandits that roamed La Jolla shores gonna swoop my loot.

I fell so in love with the eyelets and noose that I figured it would go great on a shirt.

I found a little sewing factory in Huntington Beach and they sewed about 50 of each up for me. Surprisingly enough the shirts and the shorts sold pretty damn well. Well let me clarify actually the shorts sold great sizes 30-33. Skinny guys loved them. I think I sold 2 - 34’s, 1 - 36. Bless you big fella for squeezing into them.

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