Before bouncers, punks, skinheads and Yeezy started wearing Alpha’s MA-1 jacket it was the flight jacket of U.S. Air Force and Navy. The MA-1 jacket was the first military flight jacket to cross over into civilian fashion.
AI’s classic flight jacket includes knit cuffs, a knit collar and waistband, as well as a strong front zipper with storm flap for warmth. There are multiple snap-closure pockets as well as the utility/pencil pocket with the “Remove Before Flight” key chain. An addition to the jacket in the 60’s was the reversibility to show off an Indian Orange lining. The reason being if a plane crashed, the pilot could reverse the jacket to the orange side to signal rescue personnel, exactly what you need on a night out up North!
This classic version has been kept as close as possible to the classic specifications, it has been the subject of many colabs over the years but this in its purist version is pretty iconic.
uniform experiment and Alpha Industries link up to produce the Alpha Light MA-1 Blouson. Crafted with an indigo 100% nylon taffeta exterior, the jacket features a front zip closure, ribbed hem and cuffs, two snap button pockets and a pocket on the sleeve. Simple finishing touches include a striped rayon liner and printed joint logo on the left sleeve. The Alpha Light MA-1 Blouson is currently available for order through select uniform experiment outlets.
A Bathing Ape has long held an affinity for authenticity and in doing so has rightfully sought out some of the industry’s best including Alpha Industries. Having been an important purveyor of combat-ready apparel, Alpha Industries’s iconic MA-1 is modified by A Bathing Ape to reflect a more fashion-forward fit with a slimmer profile. Available in both black and classic olive, the jacket is available now at select BAPE STORES around the world.
With each consecutive collection, the range of Stussy apparel has developed better and better since its early years — each season adopting new styles and venturing into newer garment executions. For Autumn Winter 2012 the Stussy MFG range debuts a military-inspired MA1 Jacket that is mocked up in olive or black. Initially developed in the 1950s, the MA1 jacket taps the bomber jacket roots with both a classic execution as well as in two iconic colorways. Manufactured from a 100% nylon shell, the jacket features a bold orange interior lining, a zip front, snap button front pockets and is rounded out by a Stussy MFG embroidery tag near the lower cuffed hem.
Maharishi has a tradition of making a limited edition garment to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year. 2012 is the year of the Water Dragon and maharishi designed an auspicious MA-1 Tour Jacket to bring in some good luck. Surprisingly Hodgy Beats from Odd Future is seen here modelling the navy version, giving his approval of the military inspired jacket. Melton Wool 700 material is used for the black version but the other two colorways are made in the classic nylon material. These jackets are sold exclusively at maharishi in London and on their online shop.