This faithful reproduction of an ALL-WEATHER SWING JACKET was originally designed in 1945 for golfers playing in inclement weather. That design was itself inspired by the ‘Harrington’ jacket of the late 1930s as ‘a functional rainproof jacket for the English modern working man’, and became popular among Golfers in the U.S., not just for its durable and weather-repellent cotton/rayon twill fabric’s composition, but for its wearability beyond a spell of rain. Throughout the 50s and 60s the Swing jacket was worn in various interpretations by the celebrity Golfing fraternity and was closely associated with Bob Hope and Bing Crosby through the height of its popularity; that was bookended by outings with James Dean and Steve McQueen in Rebel Without a Cause and The Thomas Crown affair respectively. While back in Britain it came to be adopted by a succession of youth subcultures.
Details like a spread collar, dual piped-seam patch pockets with welted openings, zipper front placket, button tab collar, “cape style” back yoke, and adjustable cuffs have contributed to the timelessness of this simultaneously functional and casual design.
The cotton/rayon blend has been custom developed by thoroughly analyzing the material and yarn count to emulate the fabric seen on an original jacket from the 1950s. As the garment ages, the cotton surface will fade to reveal a silken finish, as with the vintage design.
Pioneer of Ivy fashion in Japan, Kensuke Ishizu of VAN, coined the name “SWING” Jacket, after the sporting functionality of the original design.
- Cotton/Rayon Twill
- MCCOY Hardware
- Urea Buttons
- Elasticated Waist
- Adjustable Cuff
- Front Pockets
- Made in Japan