WTF IS WALE ?
Well, there are baleen whales, sperm whales, and killer whales, which are actually dolph – oh, you mean wale! Well, that’s easy enough.
Corduroy, as you may know, is really a form of tufted velvet, with a gap running between each ribbed cord (or wale). “Wale count” relates to the number of wales per inch. The lower the number, the thicker the wales are, with the actual number varying from anywhere between 1.5 and 21. Generally, a high wale count is more refined and luxurious, while a lower count is sturdier and more casual. Most of the cords men wear these days fall somewhere in the middle – at Bonobos, our dressier Italian-milled Milanese Cords are 18 wale, while our slightly more laid-back 5-pocket French Corders (pictured above) are 14 wale.
So, ready to go wale watching? Good. Just grab your cords and jump on board.