Updated: Nov 27, 2020
From Hollywood to hip-hop stars, on-duty soldiers, gangsters and police, to off-duty models, into the 90s, bombers evolved their counter-culture genre by becoming the outerwear-of-record for the grunge and alternative rock scenes. Embracing the history and transition of bombers, we wish to give it its truly deserving and meaningful place in original art through sustainable fashion.
Designed and made in Canada by artists, our bombers are made for ethically fashion conscious art lover
Our art's goal is to add more life with meaningful style. We would like you to truly represent who you are than look like one in the crowd. We present purposefully designed unique products using only original art by various living artists. Our designs are limited edition art and artwear curated by a panel of professional consultants best in their areas of expertise from art and fashion to sustainability and ethical practices in the marketplace. Each item is handmade with love and care. Our designs are sold exclusively through our online shop and no other outlets/branches/franchises. We have a variety of carefully selected products, sourced through cruelty free channels and are made sustainably as per individual order.
Making this bomber brought us endless joy and we hope it warms your soul too.
A Brief history of bombers
Remember Tom Cruise (Top Gun, 1986), Bruce Willis (Pulp Fiction, 1994), Mark Renton (Trainspotting, 1996), Daniel Craig (Casino Royal, 2006), or Ryan Gosling (Drive, 2011)? What did they all do other than send our hearts soaring? They all wore bombers! Although this timeless trend took over the military, Hollywood screens and high fashion streets 100 years ago, the Instagram generation seems to know these jackets through Kayne West and Kim Kardashian, as the couple promotes this style through their sponsored allies.
The OG bomber jackets a.k.a flight jackets or bombers as we love to call them, were created by the US Army Aviation Clothing Board in 1917. WWI pilots had to fly in fighter planes with uninsulated, open-air cockpits. Early jackets were made in leather and lined with fur to keep out the cold. Various new styles were released subsequently and this paved way for the modern bomber jacket with its knitted collar, cuffs and waistband, though this one had a button-up closure. Soon the zip closure, a pen zip pocket on the sleeve and slash pockets on the abdomen were added.
Though invented in America, bomber jackets appeared in Europe during the late 1950s and in 1963, the jackets were popularised by European Air Forces and eventually the commercial consumer. Around the 1960s, the bomber jacket transitioned to civilian life. American company Dobbs Industries (later Alpha Industries) began producing MA-1s for the US Army in 1963 and subsequently the general population, selling surplus first to Europe and Australia before expanding to the rest of the world. Bombers jackets also became a huge trend among Japanese men, who were obsessed with Americana following WWII.
The jacket was made to withstand temperatures of 14 to 50 degree Fahrenheit — making it a popular choice among the po-po (police) who needed to spend long periods of time outdoors during fall and early spring chasing gangsters; who were also probably wearing one of the bombers; just like you see them in the movies!
The Ivy League college campuses also refashioned bombers into varsity jackets, all around the same time.
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