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Moments In Time – Grizzly 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. 

We cover a lot of leather jackets here at Heddels, but the Grizzly Jacket is one that practically remains a relic in the heritage scene — so much so that you may not even recognize it. Why? Because it’s one of the most audacious and luxurious leathers out there. One that takes a fair bit of gumption to pull off in the modern market.

I remember the first time I saw a Grizzly Jacket. It was in a lookbook by cult Japanese streetwear/heritage label and personal favorite, The Tenderloins. Seeing as I wasn’t even 21, yet, I pretty much just said ‘ew‘ in my head, but as I’ve grown older and even more appreciative of heritage clothing, I think the Grizzly is just incredible. They never quite took off like other leather jacket styles which have become completely iconic, but that’s part of the charm of this piece of furry madness. It’s not accessible enough to be sold off the rack in a high street store, but it has a ‘those that know’ aura that makes it a covetable classic to those in This Thing Of Ours.

The Grizzly Jacket is a perfect fit for this series. A jacket from a time when menswear was slowly evolving, and one that has all but disappeared except for in dedicated circles of designers and enthusiasts. Let’s take a closer look.


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