Binghams is Your Source for Bills Khakis in Columbia, Mo.

If you’re looking for khaki pants, Bills Khakis is the brand you should buy. They are high quality, comfortable and affordable. They are also something of an American tradition, with a story as American as apple pie.

Back in 1984, in an Army surplus store in Ohio, a college student named Bill Thomas came across a pair of original WWII khakis. Thomas was instantly enamored with his newfound treasure. “They were made from better cloth, the pockets were deep, the pocketing was made of drill cloth, everything about it was better,” recalls Thomas in this video. “That pair of khakis turned out to be the best pair of khakis that I’d ever found,” he says.

U.S. troops golfing. Photo courtesy of Bills Khakis.

U.S. troops golfing. Photo courtesy of Bills Khakis.

Thomas was so inspired by those pants that he started his own line of khakis, and in 1990, in Reading, Penn., Bills Khakis was born.

All of Bills’ khakis—and the apparel they added in 2007—are made in in the U.S. This makes sense, given the brand’s mission to pay homage to the American ideal of hard work and the country’s industrial history.

Learn more about Bills Khakis in this video (the same video linked to above):

Bills Khakis from n9 on Vimeo.

And a man doesn’t just feel patriotic when buying a pair of Bills. He also feels sensible, given the brand’s top-notch quality. You can feel the durability in a pair of Bills in its stitching, the slight heft of the fabric, and the way it feels on the skin.

Navy blue khakis

Photo courtesy of Bills Khakis.

Colorful array of Bills Khaki's shorts

Photo courtesy of Bills Khakis.

Classic Bills Khakis khakis on man lounging in a boat

Photo courtesy of Bills Khakis.

Bills Khakis are definitely a comfort fit, and a little looser than most pants you find these days. This doesn’t mean, however, that Bills has ignored the widespread skinny trend. They just incorporated it in a way that did not alter their core product.

In 2014, they launched Tea Label, a collection of slimmer fitting apparel geared toward the younger, trend-conscious customer.

“Men who buy Bills Khakis do so because of the fit. They know what they want, which is comfort and quality,” explains Dave Danuser, owner of Binghams. “I think having the separate collection shows Bills commitment to not changing a good a thing, and to their core customers.”

And, as much as we love trends here at Binghams, we equally admire a clothing brand that sticks to what it does best, regardless of fads.

See for yourself what has made Bills Khakis a lasting American brand by coming into Binghams today and trying on a pair of their excellent khakis. We are located here and look forward to seeing you.

What’s New (and Great) About Peter Millar’s Spring 2015 Collection

peter millar spring 2015

Spring is here, gents, and we couldn’t be more excited for it. Not only is winter in Columbia, Mo. over, but also Binghams has the new Peter Millar Spring 2015 collection in the store, so you can usher in the new season in style.

Peter Millar’s 2015 spring collection has delivered, once again. This time, they’ve taken spring’s signature pastels given them earthier, more grounded tones, which is a color trend you can expect to see often this year.

“More organic-looking colors are going to be really popular in 2015,” says Dave Danuser, co-owner of Binghams. “Peter Millar’s spring collection perfectly encapsulates the trend. For instance, their signature gingham shirt with the spread collar looks fresh with earthier purples and greens.”

peter millar spring 2015

L to R: Oxford Pane in Parade and White, Oxford Tattersall in Retro Pink, Patriot Navy and Parade

Fabric is also big part of the PM 2015 collection. Linen, in particular, is their focal cloth, and one that is, again, on trend for the season. “Linen is a big now,” says Danuser, and he praises the way the brand has worked with it. “It’s linen, but with Peter Millar’s southern-aristocrat style twist,” he says.

Peter Millar is based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and its founder and creative director, Chris Knott, is a native North Carolinian.

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Take a look: Peter Millar linen shirts in retro pink, liberty blue, parade and white.

We’ve said before on this blog that Peter Millar is aristocratic but not stuffy, and old-world elegant but modern day cool. It is the 12-year-old, single barrel bourbon, neat, of men’s casual and golf apparel. Now it’s all that with a spring twist.

To see our Peter Millar Spring 2015 inventory, come into the store today. You can find us here.

We look forward to seeing you.