Gramicci is available at asphaltgold now! The brand, whose name seems southern European at first glance and whose style could well have come from Japan, was founded in 1982 in a small garage in Ventura, California.
Origin of the brand took a trend in the 70s: among young Americans climbing became more and more popular, especially in the huge national parks. At that time, a new kind of climbing emerged in Yosemite National Park with a strong focus on speed and style. Of course, suitable apparel was needed - the old painter's pants and army clothing were no longer suitable. Too tight, too stable, not flexible enough. Mike Graham, founder of Gramicci, set out to produce the first climbing shorts that were really designed for this purpose.
He quickly found inspiration in Kung-Fu pants, whose wide leg allowed for a high degree of flexibility. To provide as much security and support as possible, he incorporated a nylon belt - strong enough not to slip, but also flexible to close with one hand.