With supplies scarce in the South in 1865, brothers George and Joe O’Bryan had an idea to make work pants by repurposing surplus army tent material. As avid outdoorsmen, the sturdy canvas materials of tents seemed apt for creating quality clothing. They grew their business, making a name for themselves with their work clothing range, which led to a Government contract to make soldier uniforms for World War II.
As polyester became the most popular fabric, in 1978, Duck Head took a chance and bought 10,000 yards of surplus cotton fabric. With this, the VP of sales designed a chino design with a gold mallard logo over the back pocket, which became wildly popular with the students at Ole Miss. Since then, their products have become synonymous with their rich heritage.
Despite 150 years of American craftsmanship, it is only their Gold Glory Chino that is made in the USA.