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Our iteration of the classic 1960s Ivy sack jacket includes all the right details like a soft shoulder, single rear hook vent, bluff patch pockets and of course the 3/2 collar roll. The mid/heavy weight fabric has a naturally soft handle, dyed with plant based indigo and organic cotton woven at a 200 year old mill in Hiroshima. Sashiko is a traditional craft that has been used in Japan since the 16th century, developed by sewing layers of cloth by hand to reinforce clothing and keep warm, along with a multitude of other hidden meanings it has since become known all over the world for kendo and judo clothing.
Each jacket is handmade in Dawson's Brighton, England workshop.
The TSPTR x Dawson Denim Fall Winter 21 capsule channels the tailor shop tradition of Okinawa during the Vietnam War. We’ve assembled a collection of period correct Vietnam War era garments and reinvented them in traditional Japanese fabrics, turning the classic 3 pocket USSF Advisor shirt into a casual Aloha style, repurposing Jungle combat pants into vacation wear and revising the archetypal 60s Ivy League blazer into an unstructured jacket.
Okinawa in Japan was a popular R and R destination during the war where numerous local tailors near the US air bases specialised in making custom garments and 'party suits'. These were usually worn while on R and R and on-base only for special social occasions in lieu of official dress uniforms, which were not commonly used in Southeast Asia. The most significant social occasion was the famous "Sawadee" party. Named for the Thai language greeting appropriate for both "hello" and "good-bye," this party welcomed newly arrived personnel and bid good-bye to those returning home. The party suit tradition, although superficially humorous, served an important role in Air Force organizations by promoting unit integrity and maintaining an esprit de corps under the most difficult combat circumstances, while being highly valued by those who served in Southeast Asia.
A percentage of each sale from this collection will go to www.warchild.org.uk the only specialist charity for children affected by war.