Sunday, August 24, 2014
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Friday, August 22, 2014
Thursday, August 21, 2014
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
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Monday, August 18, 2014
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
Saturday, August 16, 2014
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
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
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Monday, August 11, 2014
Sunday, August 10, 2014
This jacket was made in the mid-late 1950s, and was sold by Sears under the Hercules label. It has an enormous zipped map pocket on the front, a secondary hidden pocket with the zipper in the bi-swing back, and flapped cargo/handwarmer pockets similar to what was commonly used on "bomber" jackets of the period.
I'm currently selling this one to make more room in my collection.
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Friday, August 8, 2014
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
This jacket was made post war- late 1940s into the early 1950s. It has a mouton collar, handwarmer pockets, knit collar and cuffs, a Talon breast pocket zipper and a spring loaded Crown main zip. Unfortunately, the liner and label are gone, although it would have originally had a sheepskin lined body and quilted rayon lined sleeves. More on the history of these post-war "bomber" jackets later.