The Mysterious D-Pocket: Myths and Legends

The most amazing jackets I have seen over the years have a d shaped pocket on the front. This pocket configuration almost never shoes up on European jackets. I makes me wonder who came up with this design feature first? It shows up on the earliest jackets of the 30s. I asked the founder of a motorcycle jacket company about the "d pocket" and he referred to a jacket that he produced in the forties as having a curved patch pocket with a zipper, lol. Legend and common terms for this pocket often refer to it as a map pocket or a gun pocket. It often looks to have the perfect shape to hold a pistol, with a surface pocket to hold ammo. Others use map pocket implying that navigational papers might be stored there. The canvass jacket in the pictures is an actual WW 2 Japanese flight jacket with what was referred to as a "map" pocket. Patch pockets typically appeared on early jackets as a simple external pouch or wallet like device. Perhaps unique to North America the instinct to attach an external money pouch translated into the simple d pocket. What ever its origins, it is one of the coolest features of the North American Leather Jackets!


  1. I'm going to have to post a pic of my old leather. It's dope. I wonder how i can get my link's of other peopls blogs to POP Out like your's do?

  2. The original Schott leather motorcycle jacket with zippers and a D pocket, came out in 1928. I don't know of any D pocket jackets prior to this.

  3. That is likely a Myth spread by Schott...there are many d pockets that predate that well I have yet to see any documented pamphlet or other dated evidence that verify Schotts claim to a 1928 d pocket jacket


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