Valstar is mostly known today as the Italian company who came up with a casual, sporty take on the classic A-1 blouson – a type of flight jacket with a button front and stand-up, knitted collar. The A-1 was originally a military flight jacket worn by American fighter pilots, but Valstar turned it into a sporty piece of outerwear that civilian men could wear in the city.
This weekend, Floyd Mayweather will fight Canelo Alvarez in the biggest boxing match of the year. Ringsides are going for just under $25k each; Mayweather makes over $40 million just for showing up. As is prize fight tradition, the ringside announcer, broadcasters, and scattered spectators will be wearing black tie. Finery in the seats and fury in the ring go together like a bloody steak and single malt scotch.
Much of denim culture today owes itself to Japan. There are many theories about how this quintessentially American garment was introduced to the Far East, but it’s most widely believed that they came with the American soldiers who decided to stay in Japan after the Second World War. By that time, jeans had evolved from being a workwear garment to a fashion item.