The Bomber Jacket
Introducing the new, limited edition bomber jacket.
A bomber jacket has been on our bucket list for a while. Like the field coat and the chore jacket, it’s a garment that’s quietly become a cornerstone of modern dressing over the decades. Like so many others, the bomber is of military design. The original MA-1 (a reworking of the classic leather flight jacket) was created to keep US Air Force pilots warm and dry at high altitudes, and made use of an innovative new fabric called nylon. By the 1960s the bomber had been adopted by mods and punks, the latter of whom would often dye theirs a deep burgundy.
In 1980, Steve McQueen appeared in The Hunter (his final film before his death) wearing an olive green bomber, cementing its place in mainstream culture. – though it wasn’t until the turn of the millennium that the bomber became ubiquitous. Our bomber jacket began to take form last year during a week of surplus-spotting in Italy. We came across a roll of navy houndstooth wool – soft but sturdy, with a special wind-proof coating. Ideal, we thought, for some exciting new outerwear.
As with all of our new styles, the fit had to be exacting. The bomber was cut then recut, and cut again for good measure – removing bulk from the body and refining the shape of the sleeves. Much back and forth was had over the details: to use horn buttons or corozo? Which shade of navy cotton ribbing was best matched? A lengthy debate took place over pockets, with simple patch pockets winning the day, along with concealed-entry hand warmers. The final decision was to swap the usual lining out for moleskin, creating a lightweight jacket that manages to be incredibly warm.
A year’s worth of work went into producing the bomber, which arrives in an extremely limited edition (and is already selling fast). There’s also a second, equally lofty version which is slightly more plentiful, in surplus charcoal check. We won't waste time in telling you what to wear yours with, as it's very much a piece to throw on as you are.