Cut from the same heavyweight 'crosta' suede as our Five-Pocket Chore Jackets, this A-2 bomber has a glut of terrific details, such as gold-plated Swiss hardware, genuine enamel snaps, and velvet-lined pockets. Aleks Cvetkovic has a closer look.
If, like me, you’re the most appalling nostalgist, you will doubtless associate the flight jacket with Blackadder-esque ‘Royal Flying Corps’ swagger. It’s a garment that at its most traditional comes with long-standing connotations of heroism, cavalier bravery and the derring-do of taking to the skies.
Admittedly I’m thinking of turn-of-the-century sheepskin bombers here, complete with jolly fellows smoking pipes and downing hip-flasks full of ‘Dutch courage’, but the flight jacket has taken countless (arguably less clichéd) forms over the years; another enduring image is the ice-cool jet pilot in his khaki and orange MA-1 and aviator sunglasses, for example. Whatever the term ‘flight jacket’ conjures for you, few pieces are steeped in a richer or more stirring history.