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Moments In Time – The Cossack Jacket

Moments In time is a new series exclusive to our Heddels+ community. In this series, we will take a closer look at specific pieces and silhouettes from the past which have had a lasting impact on our niche today. From unsung-but-iconic vintage pieces like the Cossack Jacket and Karakoram Parka to modern heritage staples like the Guayabera shirt and Monkey Boot, we’ll be dissecting these classics to find out how they made their mark and where we can find both vintage and contemporary articles today. 

In our collective lexicon of leather jackets, the biker styles probably ring the most bells. Popularized in the 1940s-1960s, they were a mainstay amongst motorcyclists, rock ‘n rollers, and of course, Hollywood’s biggest stars both on-screen and off. But why were they such a hit? Well for starters, it has a ubiquitous aura that seamlessly evokes a whole spectrum of feelings. And obviously, they look straight-up awesome.

But the plot’s about to thicken like a pair of 32 oz. denim, because it’s the motorcycle jacket’s staying power that has all but buried its predecessor, the Cossack Jacket. Attitude-laden styles like the Perfecto and Cafe Racer have overshadowed the laid-back Cossack Jacket to the point of fossilization, leaving it a criminally underrated silhouette that is only faithfully reproduced by a handful of makers.

 

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