Bills Khakis is headquartered in a quaint and largely nondescript brick building in Reading, Pennsylvania. Its previous claim to fame was that it housed the Reading Hardware Company; the building itself is now listed on the National Historic Register. It is a throwback, an American company that employs 20 and could easily fit inside the frame of a Norman Rockwell painting.
Just the way we like it.
In a world that covets nostalgia, lives in the present and dreams of the future, Bills Khakis embraces all three. It started when Bill Thomas was connecting to his past at an Army surplus store. It was a simple pair of khaki’s, hand-stitched, durable and comfortable,that caused him to lament the state of the khaki in the present. And that was when the future changed.
Like most American tales, his came with great risk. Quitting an advertising job in Chicago and moving home to Reading to start Bills Khakis in 1990 was the quintessential first step to his American dream. The next few steps included painting bridges and operating a ski lift for seed money; with time, the venture rocketed from car trunks to that aforementioned vacant hardware building. The rest was history, the future was now.
Bills Khakis are available throughout the United States in over 500 select men’s specialty stores. All of Bills products (pants, shorts, jeans, shirts and jackets) are produced in the United States with the same attention to detail and elbow grease of the proud generations before us. Bills Khakis has been named to Inc. Magazine’s Inner City 100 on five occasions as one of America’s 100 fastest growing inner city businesses.
At the end of the day, they craft one fine pair of khaki’s. And we know our forefathers would approve-past, present or future.