Sunday, August 24, 2014

Abercrombie and Fitch utility jacket

Before they became what they are today, Abercrombie and Fitch outfitted presidents and sold such high quality goods as this beautifully simple utility jacket, made in the early 1950s.




Saturday, August 23, 2014

1941 Aviation Style jacket

Here's a step on the way to the motorcycle jacket.  1941, with zipped sleeves and a D pocket.  The epaulettes give it a bit of an A-2 vibe.


Friday, August 22, 2014

1941 Boyville Aviator jacket

These jackets must have been fun for the makers at the time. How many pocket and fiddly details can be tacked on? This one has handwarmers, a "chart pocket" and a small pocket, described on this one as a change pocket.


Thursday, August 21, 2014

1940 - Boyville JR aviator's jacket

I love seeing jacket designs in unexpected materials.  Case in point- the Aviator style, complete with D pocket and cigarette pocket (though I would guess they weren't used for maps or cigarettes in the 2-8 year old size range), rendered in blue plaid instead of the leather which is associated with the style.  Very sporty.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

1940 - Boyville Aviation Jacket

Boyville was Sears's children's and teen's line. Capeskin leather.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

1940- Ponyhide Aviation Jacket


Horsehide Suits - 1896

Listed in with the hunting clothing section, these horsehide jackets and pants were oil tanned and advertised as, "wind-proof, pliable and soft as kid".

Monday, August 18, 2014

Leather Jackets of 1896

I'm always on that quest to find the origins and the evolution of the styles we all know and love.  Here's a selection of leather garments from 1896. The leather on these is Sumac tanned, but is not named as to what kind of leather it is, other than the French Calfskin pants, which is nearly double the price of the standard version.  The cut of most of the jackets is similar to hunting or denim work coats of the period. It is interesting that many are reversible.




Sunday, August 17, 2014

1970s suede trucker jacket

The classic 1970s trucker jacket a-la-levis, rendered in heavy roughout suede. No-name wreath style snaps.



Saturday, August 16, 2014

1930s Pritzker Air-O-Coat cossack jacket

Pritzker is better known for their government contracted flight jackets, but also made jackets for the civilian market.  The name, Air-O-Coat conjures images of aviation, reinforced by the sporty back.  The collar loop and button design was found on sports shirts of the period.  The jacket lightweight and unlined suede in a bone color. The jacket has a grommet Talon zipper.





Friday, August 15, 2014

1930s ostrich embossed cossack jacket

This jacket was made in the mid 1930s from capeskin leather.  It was a short-lived trend to emboss leather wto look like ostrich, from about 1936-1937.  The jacket has a Talon grommet zipper and a really nice pleated, belted back design.



Thursday, August 14, 2014

1930s Californian suede leather vest

Talon grommet zipper.  Double adjusters.  California Sportswear.




Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Montgomery Ward Aviator Jacket

Here's another Aviator style cossack jacket to continue the research I posted on this style several months ago.  There will be another barrage of vintage aviation jacket ads coming soon, so keep an eye out.
This jacket was made in California and was sold by Montgomery Ward. The jacket is made out of pony horsehide, and has a asymmetrical zipper (Referred to as double breasted in many of the early ads), two zipper breast pockets and handwarmers.  The back has a sporty belted back and side adjusters.




This is another one I'm thinning from the collection
http://www.ebay.com/itm/281409286745

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Uranium mine rescue jacket

With its snap front and raglan shoulders, you don't even have to look up the Rio Algom Mine to know this is a Canadian jacket. This style of leather hockey jacket remained virtually unchanged for decades.