White Ducks vs. Khaki Chino

My longtime installation in the family business occurred during the tragically short period of the Camelot-JFK era. During that time 44th Street was a manifest of the Kennedy ethos. The Kennedy white duck- khaki chino affection reflects the J. Press bespoke white flannel trouser custom promoted by my eponymous grandfather at the turn of the twentieth century to complement blue blazer outfit that was customary for weekend or resort wear.

Ambassador Joe Kennedy, Sr. preferred his white trousers in a more formal Royal British mode expressed by fine twilled gabardine worsted trousers. To meet the match, J. Press provides an enlarged choice Tailored to Individual Order to those favoring white or cream lightweight wool flannels, tropical worsteds or classic linens.

Archival Kennedy pictures illustrate the family penchant for white ducks and khaki chinos. Papa Joe, Jack and brother Joe, Jr. appeared in 1930s Palm Beach sporting white ducks anchored by matching brown and white Oxford full brogue saddle shoes.

The Kennedy era captured Jack and Bobby in Hyannisport wearing sport jackets over white cotton ducks. President Kennedy donned sport coat and khaki chinos chatting with Defense Secretary Robert McNamara. JFK throws a touchdown pass to his brother Bobby, both of them in chinos.

J. Press presents a post-Kennedy collection of plain front Khaki Chinos. First worn on college campuses by ex-servicemen following passage of the G.I. Bill of Rights and quickly adapted by students across the country, cotton khaki trousers remain a pillar of the Heyday Ivy League Look. Escalating the choice of white ducks vs. khaki chinos, J. Press offers our washed twill 100% cotton trousers in light Khaki and classic White.

A Hyannisport invite isn’t required for the purchase.







If not mistaken, ‘Duck’ is a stiffer fabric made of cotton. Similar to what sneakers and sailcloth used to be made of. I must say I have not seen those type of trousers in a long time. The closest I have are an old pair of ‘Nantucket Reds’. The great thing about white ducks is the heft of the fabric. Nowadays white trousers are made thin and unlined allowing the world to see; not only your pockets, but your boxer shorts as well! I think the word ‘duck’ itself might be a derivative of a translation.

Bif Carrington March 12, 2020

It’s nice that J Press stayed on course with there clothing. . No trend sitting just simple classic
and elegant

SAMUEL E BACCO March 11, 2020

To us Midwesterners the white ducks and saddle shoes were something exotic we had never seen before, having worn patched denim and scuffed footwear throughout the Eisenhower ‘50s. In fact, on the political scene, Senator Hubert Humphrey, a native of South Dakota, felt the real power of the Hyannisport wealth when he was unable to match Senator Kennedy’s private plane campaign schedule in the 1960 West Virginia primary, and the rest is Camelot history.

Robert W. Emmaus March 10, 2020

Dear Mr. Press
A friendly Hello from Switzerland.
I’m highly interested in your outstanding products. Want to order next time but want to pay with Visa directly. Don’t want to give my bank data to pay pal service any time. Is it possible to pay with Visa at first time?

Best Regards
Michael Tosch

Michael Tosch M.D. March 10, 2020

where can one find white duck flannel trousers today?

david starr March 10, 2020

I believe “chino” is Spanish for China and refers to the fabric made in China.

Jesse Livermore March 10, 2020

“Chino” means “toasted” in Spanish, referring to the color of chino or khaki trousers, which were ubiquitous on eastern college campuses in the late Nineteen Forties when thousands of veterans sought college educations and still wore the chino trousers left over from their military uniforms. The notion that chino is Spanish for China or Chinese is not accurate, since china trousers in those days were made in the U.S., not China. A possible derivative, however, for chino is a derisive word used to describe offspring of a white male and a female American Indian, probably in the Southwest (where Spanish would be in common use), since the child’s skin color would likely be somewhat toast colored).
I have no idea what the origin of ‘duck’ trousers might be, but one of your other readers may. Bonne chance.

Porter Bibb March 10, 2020

“Chino” Is Spanish word for “Chinese” used to describe khaki uniform material from China utilized by Spanish military during Spanish-American War.

Richard E. Press March 10, 2020

Another good one. Thank you!

Tom Gorin March 09, 2020

Is the word “chino”, which I still use, PC? And what is the derivation?

Richard Meyer March 09, 2020

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