In The Closet

FANCY PANTS

We've been hearing about nanotechnology for years, but this fall it finally landed in our lap--literally. These pants look and feel ordinary, but they have undergone a special chemical treatment to give them "nanowhiskers"--millions of tiny fibers one hundred-thousandth of an inch long--that help them repel spills. Eddie Bauer and Lee, among others, are gambling that the fabric will give them a leg up on the competition. INVENTOR Nano-Tex, LLC AVAILABILITY Now, $35 for Lee Performance Khakis TO LEARN MORE www.nano-tex.com

LET IT RAIN

Ah, cashmere. It's toasty warm, deliciously soft, wonderfully luxurious--and now water repellent. Every...

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