It doesn’t matter which stalwart sparked your fancy! It might have been the slender yet impressive frame of Olivia Palermo rocking a bomber jacket with towering stilettos. Or it might have been the lean and taut body of Mick Jagger poured into its loving embrace. One thing is for sure! Are you obsessed with bomber jackets? You might just be on to something. Because judging by their growing street style popularity and the homage paid by the Autumn/Winter runways, these humble and nostalgic war mementoes are here to rule.
The Origin of The Bomber Jacket
There are wonderfully evocative nuggets of history that make a cult item what it is. And the satin embroidered Bomber Jacket being no different has its own story to tell. The Flight Jacket or Bomber Jacket as we know it today was originally created for military pilots.
The story begins at the end of the Second World War with one American GI stationed in occupied Yokosuka, Japan. He decided to take his bomber jacket to Tailor Toyo in Japan, to have his proud badge of valour, embroidered with the delicate and exotic symbols that represent the orient.
Soon his fellow GIs followed suit and hundreds of military and war heroes were sporting silk bomber jackets which were a masterful tribute to the war. This cult became known as the ‘souvenir jacket’, or Yokosuka jumper which was later abbreviated to the Sukajyan.
These war mementoes were handed down to the next generation, which included the flower children and creatives who ruled the 60s and the 70s. And the cult trend of iconic bomber jackets became symbols of individuality, non-conformance and personal freedom.
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The head-turning oversized variant in pure military olive or fully fitted sequins bomber in a vibrant hue will instantly set you apart from the crowd. Opt for the vintage silk variant Sukajans, and you bring back the air of mystery and intrigue that shrouds the Far East.
Or you can opt for a more deconstructed version of the iconic bomber. My absolute favourite has to be this structured design by Tsotetsi KL. No matter how you choose to embrace the bomber jacket, you just can’t go wrong.
The Rebirth of The Iconic Bomber Jacket
Bomber jackets have always been on the fashion radar. No 90’s hip-hop video is complete without it. This cult jacket has been making big waves over the past few years. It has captured the attention of fashionistas and celebrities who are swearing by its versatility and chicness.
Alpha: The Original Bomber Jacket
The Alpha Industries MA-1 happens to be the original design and brand worn by the US Air force, and that makes it a bona fide must-have classic. Capitalising on some fresh silhouettes and unusual colours the line gives buyers the choice of going supersized or embroidered because the magic obviously lies in the details. If you fancy the pieces worn by Kevin Hart and Kayne West, the Alpha is your pick. Effortless and seamless, in true iconic style.
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