Following our article on THE REAL McCOY’S Lot. S003 WWII replica jeans, here’s our introduction of their partner in crime: the Lot. 003J denim jacket.
Like we explained about the Lot. S003, the production of jeans was seriously constrained during WWII as most of the economy was focused on supporting the war effort. Jackets were no exception, and those produced during that period particularly stand out as production limitations had very interesting consequences on their construction and design.
- Name: THE REAL McCOY’S Lot. 003J
- Fabric Weight: 14.3oz
- Release date: Soon
- Price: ¥30,000 excluding taxes (around $290)
- Availability abroad will depend on each shop
Production constraints basically meant that all unnecessary details had to be taken off. If you compare THE REAL McCOY’S Lot. 003J with Levi’s early 506XX Type I, you’ll automatically notice the absence of pocket flap and the difference in the number of buttons: 4 instead of 5.
One of the most interesting/inspiring detail that’s particular to WWII models is the laurel leaf donut buttons. Primarily because of the beautiful laurel leaf engraving, bearing a meaning of peace. But there’s also a more practical reason. You’ll notice that the donut buttons have a large hole in the center, which is said to have helped conserve material.
According to Kento Tsujimoto from THE REAL McCOY’S, denim items during WWII were made quickly, which resulted in imperfect stitching. Something the brand has strived to reproduce to make each piece even more interesting.
Keep in mind that as of now the jacket’s a prototype, therefore the fit isn’t 100% accurate yet. I’m 184cm and 78kg (6ft and 170lbs) and 42 was the right size for me: the shoulder mark matched my back’s width just as it should, whereas the sleeves fell perfectly on the wrists. The body is tight enough for you to wear a sweatshirt underneath and it contrasts well with the more loose fit of the Lot S003 jeans. It could also go well with a pair of WWII chino or khaki pants.
Make sure to check THE REAL McCOY’S in Harajuku if you’re in Tokyo. Address: Tokyo-to Shibuya-ku Jingumae 6-25-8. All photos by Yuri Matsuoka.