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USAAC B-2 flying jacket - Buzz Rickson Reproduction

USAAC B-2 flying jacket - Buzz Rickson Reproduction

Code: J25027

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U.S.A.C. Jacket, Flying, Winter,Type B-2 by Buzz Rickson.  Size 44.  This rarely found jacket was developed from one-piece leather flying suits of the 1920s and procured by the Army Air Corps for just two years prior to the introduction of the far more well-known B-3. A fabulous jacket reproduced in exacting detail in seal brown horsehide (imported from Italy) with full alpaca style wool lining and oversized mouton fur-faced horsehide collar.  It features a single flapped pleat fronted pocket with button closure on the left breast, half belt at the waist with single pronged buckle, and super 'Hookless' zip fasteners to the front and on both sleeves.  It fastens at the neck with a single ball stud and the collar can be closed with two buttons.  The taffeta weave label replicates that of an original B-2 manufactured by The Werber Leather Coat Co. Inc.  Believed to have been manufactured during 2008, purchased via Eastman Leather who are the European agents for Rickson, then never worn.  The Rickson B-2 is no longer in production and relatively rare to find.  A superb jacket in unused condition.  Stock code J25027.

Approx. sizes Pit to pit 23" (46”), Pit to waist 14” Pit to cuff 20.5/21” Shoulder to cuff 25.5”, Waist 43”, Collar seam to waist (rear) 25 - 26”

The Buzz Rickson brand is owned by the Japanese manufacturing company Toyo Enterprises, Ltd. (established in Tokyo c.1965 by Susumu Kobayashi. The company was created with the intention of manufacturing clothing for US military bases in Japan after the US invaded Vietnam). The Rickson brand was established in 1993 with a focus on stitch-for-stitch reproductions of iconic vintage military clothing and accessories made to the highest degrees of quality, authenticity and precision, including the use of custom-made fabrics produced on costly, slow-moving vintage looms, with the finished goods assembled using vintage sewing machines for ultimate authenticity.  It is part of the brand philosophy that ultimate authenticity is only achieved when goods are recreated not just to look the part of the vintage item being copied, but to also function as dependably as the vintage item was intended to function.