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The Bomber Jacket

Originally created for military pilots, the Bomber jacket, also known as the Flight jacket and very close cousin to the Varsity jacket, has gone on to become a bona-fide menswear classic and a modern-day must-own for any style-conscious gent. Comfortable, cool and effortless, the outerwear silhouette has been adopted by casual wear lovers for generations, still holding its own as a fashion staple to this very day. From high-end to high street, the bomber continues to be revived and reinvented season upon season, with little sign of stopping. For this Fall/Winter season, we have four equally sharp yet cosmetically different choices to cover all the bases.

Outclass - Bomber Jacket - Olive & Black

 

When that colder weather sets in, a bomber jacket may not be the most obvious choice to layer over formalwear, but it can look just as sharp as a blazer during the summer. If you want the smart bomber look, team your jacket with a crisp white shirt, slim-cut chinos and a pair of loafers/monk-straps for a dress-down look. Don't be afraid to pair a Bomber with a tie as well. The zipper or buttons should blend in and pockets remain empty of anything other than your hands. Stick to minimal collar and cuffs that echo the jacket’s body. But above all else, never do it all the way up. You need to spot the shirt and tie below to tilt your look towards the formal.

Dangerfield - Cashmere/Wool Varsity Bomber Jacket - Black



Born out of the American school system, the varsity jacket has gone on to cement its rightful place within the wardrobes of men worldwide. Traditionally, this silhouette features a wool torso, button fastening, ribbed cuffs and waistband, contrast leather sleeves and a boxy fit – yet the modern industry definition isn’t so rigid. Sidestep all preppy and Ivy League connotations by combining your modern varsity jacket with simple casual staples – think slim-cut chinos, selvedge denim, sneakers and neutral T-shirts.

STILL BY HAND - Wool Zip-Up Rib Blouson Jacket - Charcoal

One of the jacket’s many strengths is undoubtedly the breadth of versions designers can offer, and therefore are available at many price points. Men looking for an alternative to a blazer have quickly realized that a simple bomber shape in suede looks grown-up, expensive and goes with pretty much everything else in their wardrobe. Put simply, the bomber is season-less, ageless and adaptable to all manner of fabrics. If you aren't sure how to style it, when in doubt, go minimal. 

3sixteen - Stadium Jacket - Black

Introducing Country of Origin

Since 2014 up-and-coming British knitwear brand Country of Origin has sought to be “an antidote to fast fashion” by producing high quality lambswool sweaters and accessories using old-fashioned production methods. They use exceptionally high quality lambswool; all of their knitwear is fully fashioned. This is the traditional method of making knitwear and is dying out, in favour of cheaper quality goods.They do so from a small strip of land between two train tracks in South London. 

 

Its dedication to timelessness and durability are apparent in its signature looks, which include sturdy colour-blocked crew necks with eye-catching but not overwhelming pops of bright red, blue or yellow. Attention to detail is what the brand is best known for. They make all their knitted goods in-house. Brands usually outsource that to factories, and in their experience, it’s impossible to maintain the quality levels they strive for. Compared to pure wool (which is made from sweeping up the remains of other batches), lambswool is a much higher grade of wool - softer handle and more durable. 

 

Like everything at Muddy George, Country of Origin knitwear has a life beyond one particular season, and is intended to last the wearer for years, both physically and aesthetically. Their design decisions are informed by timeless style rather than the traditional heritage look. As co-founder and creative designer Ben Taylor puts it, “because we make everything ourselves, Country of Origin is about provenance. It's this intersection between the traditional methods of how to make knitwear and contemporary design.”

Kestin Hare "The Trainspotters" FW17 Collection

‘The Trainspotters’ is the new Fall/Winter 17 collection from Kestin Hare, which draws inspiration from Britain’s long standing fascination with railways and the cult British pastime of trainspotting. Outerwear has been influenced by durable, practical garments with hidden details which would have been suitable for long cold days on draughty platforms battling against the elements. Pull over-the-head smock parkas and technical seam-sealed hooded styles reference 70s kagool styles, with the idea that these can be layered over or under the other garments in the collection.

  

The bold colour blocked train exteriors of the 60s and 70s lend themselves to this season’s colour palette, with flashes of teal, burnt orange and burgundy mixed with a strong neutral base of navy, grey and olive. Texture and pattern across the selection of shirting and outerwear is reminiscent of the seat upholstery and carpets of the carriage interiors of the same period.

Considered design details are present across the range, with large map pockets on jackets, stitched pen pockets across shirting and striped woven tape used throughout the collection inside trouser waistbands and hanging neck tag details, again drawing parallels with the colour blocked train striped exteriors. Fabrics include a combination of Hare’s love for technical materials, off set with superfine Harris Tweed, boucle wool and tartan.