Most of the clothing in the heritage world reflects the environment in which it was created. Dickies looks like it was made for a Texas shitkicker, Nudie for a string bean Scandinavian, Samurai for a Japanese rockabilly king. Which is why it’s a little strange that the latest jacket from Monitaly (a brand helmed by Japanese designer Yuki Matsuda and produced in Los Angeles) looks like it came off of the back of the coolest pilot at the recreational airport in Burlington, Vermont in 1953.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s a very good look, with its waxed cotton exterior, wool blanket lining with corduroy trim. It’s got a full zipper and snaps, and just look at those pockets: two slash pockets with exterior zips on the outside – brilliant! This jacket is like the meat of a barn coat, a bomber jacket, and a Barbour Bedale, but combined in the best possible way. Y’know, like something that might catch the eye of a semi-rural New England aviator. Tell me I’m wrong.
Take off for $635 at No Man Walks Alone.