There Is a King of Pants

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Photo: Patrick McMullan

His name is Alvin Valley, and, as the Times writes, "a decade ago, he was selling as many as 40 pairs a day at stores like Kirna Zabête, but, alas, he overexpanded with sportswear and a lower-priced line, and wound up losing both his business and his name during the recession." Should've just stuck to pants, my man; however, as the Times also writes, the King is making a comeback. Private equity investor Alex Dulac purchased Valley's trademarks from the Moret Group in March, and alvinvalley.com should be up and running this week, selling 36 different styles of ... pants, priced from $195.

Eric Wilson visited Valley in his garment district studio, where the designer:

... was focused on perfecting the fits for which he is known, using a construction technique that was inspired in part by Bridget Jones. Inside the waistband of each pair is a wide band of fabric cut on the bias to hold everything in place, like a built-in compression garment. (He submitted a patent application this week.)

"I wanted women to feel they could take their pants off in front of a date and not have to show their Spanx," he said.

So, he's the King of Fancy Pants, then.