The Frankie Shop Gelso trousers in gray are one of the best purchases I’ve made this year so far. Personally, I think they’re a bit more expensive than what they price themselves, and I’m talking about things by The Frankie Shop. I only own these trousers, so I can only judge from this one purchase. They’re more like COS or Arket quality, but I understand the upcharge. They’re a much smaller brand compared to H&M which owns both COS and Arket. I’ve worn them too many times, and by now, I’ve made my money’s worth.
THE FRANKIE SHOP
If you’re not familiar, the Frankie Shop also carries many brands such as Rachel Comey, Caron Callahan, LOQ, Karen Walker, and many hard-to-find international selections from Australia, Korea, Russia, Ukraine, Spain, and many more.
I did make a purchase of a trench coat from The Frankie Shop a few years ago, and it was from a brand that wasn’t mentioned on their website at the time. I still have it and am considering letting it go. It’s got a decent fit. I like that it’s long, but the quality is cheap (in person). It’s from a Korean brand I didn’t sign up for. At the time, I was pretty mad that The Frankie Shop didn’t disclose the brand, and I thought that was sketchy of them. For things made in China, they’d say it’s imported. Unless it’s from a well-known brand with a more expensive price tag, they wouldn’t note it down in the description.
Owners of The Frankie Shop don’t make themselves known on the website. They claim themselves as a brand that offers affordable luxury-looking basics. I never had a good experience shopping at their NYC stores, and I don’t know why. I didn’t feel welcoming, and the interior of the shop was also pretty meh.
These Gelso trousers were an impromptu purchase. They also come with a matching vest and matching blazer. Initially, I didn’t have high hope for them knowing my previous purchasing experience. I just wanted to give it a try again because I had been looking for a pair of gray pleated trousers like these for such a long time. They came back in stock, so after seeing the email notification, I bought them immediately off from The Frankie Shop website. They came in a couple of days from their New York address
Brand: The Frankie Shop
My sizing: XS – XS- 25″ Waist, 38″ Hip, 13.5″ Rise, 32″ Inseam
Color: Dark Grey Melange
Fabric: 65% Tencel 25% Rayon 10% Wool
Made in Korea
Care: Dry clean
They fit me so well from the waist to the legs, and I for once look great in them regardless of how baggy and long they are. I’m 5ft5, and I did have to hem them 2 inches up. I could have taken another inch up since my inseam is a 29. I love the little deep v cut in the back of the waist. The pleatings and fit overall are very flattering. They’re the pair that I can easily dress up or down, great pair of trousers to wear any time of the year. The fabric feels thin, but at least, it doesn’t get wrinkly as easily. I do have to steam them occasionally, but other than that, they’re still in pretty good shape regardless of how often I wear them.