Five Plus One is our weekly series of buyer’s guides. We pick a specific category and dig up five great options along with one that’s a little outside the norm.
Five Plus One is our weekly series of buyer’s guides. We pick a specific category and dig up five great options, along with one that’s a little outside the norm.
When people picture a denim jacket in their head, they most likely picture Levi’s Type III. Also known as a Trucker Jacket, the Type III is recognizable by the tandem trapezoid stitching on the front of the jacket, button closure, flapped front pockets, waist adjusters, and short body length. Beyond that, many different variations of Type III exist, and they are each great in their way.
Being that Trucker Jackets have such a cult following, there are a ton of options out there. No jacket is perfect for everyone, so we’ve put a list together of six great options: five that are pretty standard, and one that is a bit out there.
1) Unbranded: UB901 14.5Oz. Indigo Selvedge Jacket
It may have taken years for Unbranded to release a Type III jacket, but it was worth the wait. It’s constructed from the same 14.5oz. selvedge denim as their mainline jeans, which ensures that it will develop high contrast fades very quickly. Unlike traditional trucker jackets, the UB901 includes front hand pockets and does not have waist adjusters. If there is one thing keeping this jacket from being the next go-to Type III, it is the large front buttons. Although they are the same size as those on the waistband of UB’s jeans, they look substantially larger on the jacket.
Available for $128 from Unbranded.
2) 3sixteen: Type III Denim Jacket in Shadow Selvedge
3sixteen’s shadow selvedge is their most recognizable denim, and so it is fitting to see it pair with one of Levi’s most recognizable styles. Like the UB901 above, the Shadow Selvedge Type III Jacket also forgoes waist adjusters and includes front hand pockets. 3sixteen also opted to modify the back design of this jacket with their crosscut yoke, which gives it a bit more personality than most other trucker jackets on the market.
Available for $265 from 3sixteen.
3) Iron Heart: Type III Selvedge
Heavyweight denim jeans are one thing, but heavyweight denim jackets are another beast entirely. Iron Heart‘s Type III Selvedge Jacket is made from 21oz. denim. I can’t in good conscience suggest this as a starter piece, but it would make an excellent addition to any established denim collection. And hey, since it is the same denim used in IH’s 634s jeans, you can have a truly matching Canadian Tuxedo.
Available for $495 from Self Edge.
4) Naked and Famous: Selvedge Duck Canvas Jacket
A lot of denimheads worry about pulling off the denim-on-denim look, which is why a duck canvas jacket (in a non-indigo color) is such a sought after style. And if there is one thing that Naked & Famous is good at doing, it’s finding blind spots in the market and filling them. N&F’s Selvedge Duck Canvas Jacket is made from a 10oz. duck canvas, which may seem a bit lighter than usual; however, jackets are typically made with lighter weight materials, so it will still feel quite substantial.
Available for $180 from Blue Owl Workshop .
5) Burgus Plus: Type III Denim Jacket
For many denimheads, the thing that sets one denim piece apart from another is the uniqueness of the fabric. If that sounds like you, then you may very well be interested in Burgus Plus‘s Type III Denim Jacket, which is made from a very irregular 14.5oz. Japanese selvedge. The fabric is deadstock from the 1950s, so once it has been used up this jacket will not be reproduced. To match the vintage denim, Burgus Plus chose to use a vintage fitting Type III pattern from the same era.
Available for $340 from Tate & Yoko.
Plus One – Monitaly: US Army Tent Trucker Jacket
Monitaly consistently produces some of the most interesting pieces on the market, and their Trucker Jacket is no exception. It is constructed from deadstock US Army tents, which makes it unique, durable, and non-reproducible once the materials are used up. There are a lot of olive trucker jackets on the market, but this one is the real standout. They won’t be around forever, so pick one up while you can.
Available for $300 from Standard and Strange.