New life for old trousers

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STYLISH lady rid­ers are de­scend­ing on the Hamp­shire sad­dler and rid­ing out­fit­ter Cal­cutt & Sons, where a trunk of un­used, vin­tage breeches has been dis­cov­ered in the at­tic. Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Ian Comp­ton made the find while in­ves­ti­gat­ing a leak in the roof: ‘They’re beau­ti­ful breeches. I was amazed to find them, un­der boxes of 30 years’ worth of ac­counts.’

He’d bought them when the Harry Hall fac­tory closed in the 1970s and he be­lieves they were made in the early 1960s. They are the full-cut, ‘ele­phant’s ear’ style, which has come back into fash­ion in re­cent years, but in perfect con­di­tion.

The breeches, in beige cot­ton, are avail­able in sizes 24in to 32in. If not quite at 1970s prices, they cost an in­fla­tion-bust­ing £36 (www. cal­cut­tand­sons.co.uk; 01962 760210). Flora Watkins

A trunk of vin­tage rid­ing breeches has been dis­cov­ered in the at­tic of Hamp­shire sad­dler Cal­cutt & Sons

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