“I wear these trousers like pyjamas around the house, and with a smart jacket to dinner” 

Issey Miyake’s cool Homme Plissé trews are a multipurpose wonder

Issey Miyake Homme Plissé trousers, £305
Issey Miyake Homme Plissé trousers, £305

I bought my first pair of Homme Plissé trousers in Tokyo in 2014. I remember it well, because I was there to do a story on revered Japanese designer Issey Miyake for How To Spend It, and his new menswear Plissé label – a sibling to the globally successful Pleats Please women’s line – had just launched. I was unsure about them at first – they were plain black and quite sporty, but not an obvious choice for me. I wondered if the heat-treated permanent pleating was a little outré. Was I too old for them? I took a gamble and haven’t looked back.

The trousers are heat-treated for permanent pleating
The trousers are heat-treated for permanent pleating | Image: Hiroshi Iwasaki

I now have three identical pairs (£305 each) from the Basics line (which is perennial), and a fourth in a three-quarter-length version (£290). I live in them. They have become my uniform. I wear them like pyjamas around the house, and with a smart black boiled-wool jacket and black leather trainers by Feit to dinner. They are also the ideal in-flight attire. When I boarded a flight to New York recently, one of the flight attendants commented: “Those look like the most  comfortable pants of all time.” And actually, they are. 

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Beyond being chic, they are a wonder of industrial design – they are machine-washable, come out of the laundry almost dry, and the pleats remain immaculately impressed into the fabric. As I spend half the year living out of a suitcase, my Homme Plissé trousers are perfect for my nomadic capsule wardrobe – dress up, dress down, wash and wear. If only all things in men’s fashion, and my life, were so effortless and pleasing.

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