Alpha Industries

ALPHA INDUSTRIES are one of the most legendary equipment suppliers to the US Army. They specialize in the manufacture of army jackets and bomber jackets destined to the US Air Force and the Navy. Alpha Industries are direct descendants of three companies: Superior Tags Corporation, Rolen Sportswear and Dobbs Industry which joined together in the ‘40s to honour a contract with the US Ministry of Defense.

Alpha have continued ever since manufacturing flight jackets, in collaboration with the most prestigious among them, and are without question THE reference in flight jackets. In opening up to the wider public, the manufacturer has always preserved the historical links with the US Air Force, as in the original military codes: B-15, M-A1, M65, B3...

Thanks to Alpha, the flight jacket in its many forms has become the recurrent element of the male wardrobe. It embodies both the history of aviation and that of pop culture.

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Quilted lining. Zipped closure. Zipped pockets. Welt pockets.
Inside pocket. Ribbed cuffs. Logo on sleeve.

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100% nylon.

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Sizes: from S to 3XL.

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MA-1 Bombers

179,00 €

The Bombers, in military terms called the MA-1, is the quintessential flight jacket.

This genuine flight jacket, designed by and for the pilots of the US Air Force has been manufactured continually by Alpha Industries.

  • Size: from S to 3XL.
  • Colour: green.

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Worship side

Le Bombers MA-1

This jacket, an essential of the male wardrobe, has been cornered by the fashion business to such an extent we often forget its origin. Unlike the Harrington which is a sports garment designed for golfers, the Bombers is a work garment designed for pilots.

Thanks to the British underground movement, it will conquer the world and acquire “street cred” in its second incarnation, a welcome bonus to the traditional image of bravery and sex-appeal.

The MA-1 as it is called in the military, was designed by and for the pilots of the US Air Force and manufactured continually by Alpha Industries. It has kept its original look, whose primary purpose was to equip jet pilots.

Of course, the jacket has evolved with technological advances in textile manufacturing, but the main concern is as ever, performance: suppleness, warmth, waterproofing. The Nylon used is high quality, designed for very low temperatures (-5C) and lined with a polyester layer, ideal for warmth and light combined. Without the collar of its ancestor the B-15, and thanks to the improved aircraft and cockpit design, the MA-1 will seduce the wider public in the 60s.

First, the Vietnam war was brought home by the media in a crushing blow to many young Americans (never a war was filmed as much); and second, the paradox of the massive anti-militarist movement that it triggered, in solidarity with the young soldiers lost in the rice paddies, resulting in many young people wearing the military jacket in sympathy with the soldiers returning home. Soldiers and civil youth share the same musical culture and the same sense of “cool”, the anti-heroes that deeply move America and become icons. The Bombers and the M65 jackets have become must-haves, bought in secondhand shops and used in new ways.

Alpha Industries, becoming aware of this success decide to market the jacket to the wider public and other European armies. This is the start of the Bombers legendary arrival in popular culture worldwide and its anchoring in the fashion of the 60s.

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At the end of the 70s and early 80s, cult films appear after the Vietnam war (Apocalypse Now, - F.F. Coppola, The Deer Hunter – M. Cimino, Platoon – O. Stone, Full Metal Jacket – S. Kubrick etc.) which will immortalize the MA-1.

Urban fashion in England was THE reference in avant-garde fashion for a long time and designers have continued drawing on its styles, the Bomber jacket being one of the best examples. As fashion brings it into the mainstream, it slowly loses its bad reputation as a “Skinhead” piece of gear stolen from the enemies the Mods.

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The Bombers jacket makes a strong comeback in Hollywood in the 80s, on Steve McQueen in The Hunter and Tom Cruise in Top Gun, who improve its image and bring it into the mainstream. Taking pride of place in glossy fashion magazines and worn oversize by the Hip Hop movement leaders, the Bombers has acquired general respectability and regularly comes back into fashion without losing the elegance of its origins as a pilot jacket. It has become an icon of pop culture.

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Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Jay Z, Beyoncé, Cara Delevingne… it is an essential for all, straight from Alpha!

At deToujours, our model comes in green only, with orange lining and is reversible.