What got you interested in A2 type Jackets

Discussion in 'General Flight Jacket Discussion' started by Bombing IP, Mar 19, 2017.

  1. chamboid

    chamboid Member

    It's s utilitarian design classic, where style of the age meets design specs. Pocket design, collar shape and hide colour is always different. I got into A-2's from chancing upon a vintage G-1 in a vintage store in Brighton and being fascinated with the construction. The navy jacket is still my favourite, with more design and colour uniformity, but with subtle differences to catch the eye, the A-2 is the jacket that has become iconic. The simplicity and sheer style of something which has one purpose, as a uniform leather windcheater but the abundance of personalised artwork, attached stories and adventures which spans a vast period of time and history and historical interest which no other jacket quite does in the same way.
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  2. thekiyote

    thekiyote New Member

    A couple of things, the first is that when I was in middle/high school, my dad had an old civilian A-2 from the 80s that I would steal and wear. It was the first leather jacket that I wore, and still a style I like.

    The second is that I kind of came into the Americana style through a very roundabout way. I studied Japanese in college, and lived there for a while. I eventually got into the Japanese Americana style, with their attention to detail, via raw denim, and when I started looking for a leather jacket, I found they were already in the space. I also knew about Buzz Rickson through William Gibson, but only started connecting them with the A-2 design around this time.

    It's funny, I never owned a Japanese A-2, but that's what started me down the rabbit hole of learning about them.
  3. falcon_ib

    falcon_ib New Member

    I've been very interested in WW2 aviation for almost a decade but never forayed into the flight jacket world until recently.
    If they were still in shape, many WW2 vets I would meet would be wearing an A-2. The jacket is tied very closely to their identity, and the patches and artwork tell their story. Holding a jacket that endured dozens of missions over enemy territory is amazing, as is meeting the person that wore it. I find that representation of their identity to be really interesting, but also you can't beat the timeless style and looks!


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