The M-65 field jacket is a total classic. And, generally speaking, I think it’s pretty difficult to reinvent a classic. Successfully, at least. After all, it became a classic for a reason. However, every so often a brand comes along with a new take that catches my eye, and KATO has done just that with its File jacket.
Based on the original M-65 field jacket that was widely used by U.S. forces during the Vietnam War, KATO’s File jacket – available in a fetching navy or military green – is cut from a beautiful Japanese slub satin Cordura ripstop fabric that has been flipped over to reveal a texture unlike any other I’ve seen on a ripstop jacket before.
The jacket, which has been made in the U.S., features angled pockets for ease of use, KATO’s signature orange stitching, and durable, military-spec buttons for that added bit of durability.
Inspired by garments of old, KATO is a brand focused on combining the modern need for comfort with a love for vintage pieces. Born in Japan and made in Los Angeles, KATO is a brand focused on improving the unimprovable, something I can definitely get on board with.
Available for $398 from KATO