When you think of denim, automatically your mind goes to jeans. But what about the Jean Jacket? The stains, rips, patches, torn sleaves are all part of your jacket’s storied personal history, but the general history of the garment is far more complex. From chore coat, to cowboys, to a symbol for rebelion, to high-end fashion the Jean Jacket has a fascinating tale to tell.Following the route of Indigo dye, we come across the greatgreatgrandfather of the Denim Jacket. Hanten was the name of the chore coat used by firemen in 19th century Edo period feudal Japan. They were the first to ever use such a garment. Indigo found it’s way to Europe through the Silk Road. During Europe’s Industrial Revolution Indigo dyed chore jackets were used to denote a worker from a boss, who instead wore a white or a grey shirt or jacket.And then come the cowboys. At the dawn of the 20th century Levi Strauss starts producing coats for railroad workers, miners and all kind labourers of the new world. With a different cut from it’s predessecors but with the same principles in mind the first chore jacket that was made out of denim was born, the Levis Type 1 Jacket. After earning it’s badges while serving in the U.S. Navy and making things exciting with Bing Crosby, Levi’s Strauss updates it’s design with the Type 2 or Tracker Jacket, the silhouette we all know and love until this very day.While it underwent some more changes with the Type 3 Jacket, the Type 2 is the most characteristic of them all. From Elvis Presley and Steve McQueen to the mid 80’s-mid 90’s designer denim craze, the Denim Jacket has undergone a long and snaking path. Even so, it stayed true to it’s nature. Easy to style with virtually any other garment and for every occasion as high-end fashion designers like Diesel or Calvin Klein have illustrated. A must-have synonymous with timeless and effortless cool.
Always provocative, a symbol of breaking with the norm, of running wild, of beeing yourself.