So...I have a THING for 1950s flight jackets. Maybe it's Rock Hudson. It's definitely a strong combo of nostalgia, brylcreemed American masculinity, and how these jackets make men and women look SO DAMN GOOD.
This one has very little labelling in it - I googled the tag and nothing useful came up. But what it seems to be is a standard issue Airforce jacket. I have no idea which country it comes from. It is in perfect knick - apparently unworn, and crisp as the day it was (possibly not even) issued.
What you need to know:
- Women's 10
- MEASUREMENTS: Back = 67cm, Shoulders = 52cm, Chest = 53, Sleeve (outside, from shoulder to cuff edge) = 57cm
- Black embroidery
- 100% wool drill
- lined with black satin
Classic Flight Jacket Construction:
- 5 buttons hidden in the front placket
- two exterior patch pockets with hidden button closures
- two interior welt pockets
- belt and metal loop closure at waist
- curved sleeves for bent arms at ease
- reversed buttons in the cuffs (invisible)
- small belts at sides can be adjusted
- lapels are still stitched together to stop curling.
Not sure if the gold buttons on the epaulettes are original.
Given to me by Alison at Search & Destroy on Ponsonby Road, the only reason I'm selling this baby is that she's too firm in the shoulders (it's not the jacket; I have broad shoulders). She has been stitched with both the Big Badge and the Lightning Heart insignia, with a printed Force Majeure collar tag added. With over three thousand stitches, these additions were made with care by my local apparel embroiderers, Positive Image.
ABOUT THE SINGULAR RANGE:
I really love the embroidered FM design. I decided to put it on the back of an old denim jacket of mine after I saw a friend doing this in her business. She shared the name of her embroiderer with me and I loved the result so much I decided to put it on more second hand stuff. I'm a fan of shopping second hand and I love combining old and new, so the upcycled FM Singular line was born, thanks to my friend's creativity and generosity.