We received our F/W 2012 stock of Bills Khakis‘ popular Bullard Field Pant just as we were reading the history of the safari jacket. The story was in “Mogambo,” book 9 of the uman essay series, and was written by Nick Foulkes in collaboration with Umberto Angeloni.
The whole essay was a fascinating read, but here’s the part that’s relevant for today:
“The man responsible for introducing the now ubiquitous [khaki] colour to the British military was Lieutenant-General Sir Harry Burnett Lumsden [pictured left]. A true old India hand, Lumsden was born aboard an East India vessel in the Bay of Bengal and, becoming a soldier in his teens, he was involved in opening the Khyber Pass in 1842 and raised a special forces unit called the Corps of Guides five years later. Intended for work on reconnaissance and intelligence missions, the unit was characterized by an unorthodox approach to uniforms. Lumsden eschewed the traditional red coats of the British military, feeling better able to fight in the pyjama-style local dress that had been dyed the colour of mud, using a dye that came from a plant called Mazari.”
Bullard Twill. 10.2 ounce cotton. A cool-weather khaki so sturdy you can’t help but stand at attention. (Note: We will cut the unfinished hems to your specifications in-house at no additional charge.)