In 1948, the now famous ‘Rider Jacket’ by H.D. Lee hit the shelves and marked the birth of a classic. Originally available to members of the Rodeo Cowboy Association and Cowboy Association of America, it featured a fitted and waist length body, blanket lining, breast pockets on both sides of the chest and a corduroy collar. Even though the Rider jacket was a little less conventional than the Levi’s Type II or Type III, an enhanced fit and extra warmth secured its place as a western denim icon.
While it can be great to wear a vintage garment, it can be difficult to find the right size and even when you do, it might not be the contemporary fit that you’re looking for. Sometimes a modern day reproduction can tick all the boxes, especially when it’s made by one of Japan’s most well known Americana obsessives, The Real McCoy’s.
The Lot 002LJ is McCoy’s latest offering in a 14.5oz. sanforized denim and features custom shank buttons, as well as a warm blanket lining which is true to the original. As to be expected, the jacket is made in Japan to McCoy’s exacting standards. If you’re looking for that vintage aesthetic with a cleaner fit, look no further.
Available for $495 from Standard & Strange.