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Fade Friday – TCB ’50s Type II Jacket (3.5 Years, 12 Washes, 1 Soak)

They didn’t have Fade Friday back in the ’50s, but if they did, it would probably look something like this. If you’re on Superfuture, or in the loop with denim culture on Instagram, you might be familiar with Volvo—a hardcore denimhead and TCB Jeans enthusiast from Italy. Considering it his masterpiece, Volvo submitted his TCB ’50s Type II Jacket to us, and it’s not hard to see why it’s his grail.

As far as raw denim jackets go, this is about as good as it gets. Volvo’s been wearing this Type II for three-and-a-half years, only hanging it up during the hot Italian summers. We’re seeing all the classic hallmarks here—a vintage-style blue tone to the denim after 12 washes, and solid roping all over the jacket, even on the tips of the collar! And of course, there’s the coveted elbow honeycombs, which in this case are stacked and defined.

There’s been some repairs to the cuffs and back panel already, and the elbows look ready to blow. However, Volvo is committed to the cause, and we’re sure he’ll  do whatever it takes to carry on rocking this one for many more years to come.

To see more shots of Volvo’s denim collection, you can check out his Instagram.

TCB Jeans ’50s Type II Raw Denim Jacket

  • Fabric: 100% cotton selvedge denim
  • Fabric weight: 13.5 oz.
  • Fabric source: Japan
  • Made in: Japan
  • Additional Details:
    • Red tab
    • Paper patch
  • Available at: TCB for 20,365 Japanese yen (~USD$183)