M’sian Designed Pants That Are Stretchable And Comfy
[This is a sponsored post with Bottoms Lab.]
The main factors that determine the suitability of men’s pants are usually price, comfort, maintenance and design. Bottoms Lab, a men-centric clothing brand first launched in Melbourne, has designed an ambitious product that wants to tick all of the above boxes.
The founders of Bottoms Lab are Malaysians and while their stockings were originally intended for the notoriously temperamental Melbourne weather, they realized their pants would also suit Malaysian weather, which fluctuates between rainy and sunny skies.
As far as aesthetics are concerned, most pants with a gathered “stretch” waist look more casual and are generally not trendy. Bottoms Lab hopes to solve this problem with its more modern design that maintains the elasticity of stretchy long pants, but is suitable for casual chic or semi-formal occasions.
The brand’s flagship collection, the Momentum series (pants and shorts) are bottoms that look like your usual fitted chinos. But unlike traditional chinos, Momentums are made with a breathable and stretchy fabric, with a slim design that should easily cross the line between casual and more formal environments.
To make sure the pants work well for those with an active lifestyle, they sent a few pairs to their friends to test them out in different activities like basketball, skateboarding and more.
Testing the bottom of my butt
After reading their claims, we were able to literally walk a mile in their pants.
As a taller person, finding the right pants that combine comfort and style has always been a problem. In my case, for the non-stretchy ones, they usually leave an imprint around my waist after a full day of wearing them, especially if I have heavy meals.
On the other hand, my colleague Goh, a father of two, often struggles to find casual pants that require less care and are more durable.
So I got a pair of Momentum shorts in XL, and Goh got the Momentum pants in S.
While the shorts fit me well, it was a bit too short to my liking (inseam length is 7.6 ”for XL) as someone who strongly believes that the shorts on me should reach my knees. After all, my pale legs haven’t seen the light of day for a few months.
Pro tip: If you prefer longer shorts, you can also opt for their Ease lounge shorts instead, which comes in a 9 ”crotch variant. Use promo code VPXBL10 for a 10RM discount for your first purchase.
I wore the shorts for a full day’s work at home through the recent blazing heat, and that was enough comfortable live. I didn’t feel too sweaty throughout the working day and with the stretchable material, it was also easy to move around.
The huge difference is that they look a lot more presentable than my worn, faded pants my mom usually complains about – I can get up during a Zoom video conference without feeling embarrassed.
The front pant pocket easily fits my phone and even a long wallet. For those who would like to have secret pockets, they have a small one on the front.
Like most people who work from home with children, Goh constantly has to juggle parenting and work. His 2 active boys demand that he be quick on his feet and this is where the stretch helps, and he wouldn’t look sloppy when welcoming visitors or if he needs to run to do shopping.
He mentioned that the pants were lightweight, which he sees as an advantage when it comes to packing for the family, as the pants won’t add a lot of weight.
He was impressed with the crease resistant characteristic of the pants, minimal ironing is required which is a plus for a busy parent.
Finding the right fit through trial and error
We are not alone in our positive experience with the products. When the brand launched in Malaysia in early 2020, the team were able to carve out a loyal customer base among those who love quality bottoms at an affordable price.
In developing the pants, the team went through over 100 samples and 6 months of R&D to perfect the materials and fit of the final product. They subjected the prototypes to several washes to ensure that there is no shrinkage afterwards.
In just one year, Bottoms Lab has succeeded in increase its turnover by 160%. On the profit side, the team shared the cost and benefit allocation of their products.
For example, with their Momentum Shorts (RM89), 70% of that retail price is spent on product and fulfillment (RM62.30), while 20% goes on marketing and post-fulfillment (RM17, RM80) and 10% (RM8.90) is their profit.
As for the future of Bottoms Lab, the team said they are actively looking for local brands to collaborate with, and that the collaboration will be an opportunity for both parties to showcase their respective strengths.
For future materials, the team is looking to add denim to their product line, but the process of combining denim and comfort is not an easy task, so it requires additional research and testing.
Could there be other stretchy and comfortable garments from Bottoms Lab other than men’s pants? Hopefully they are able to carry out a thorough R&D process.
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