Valstar

Jungle field jacket in navy water repellent cotton & nylon

Regular price $735.00
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Valstar

Jungle field jacket in navy water repellent cotton & nylon

Regular price $735.00
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“A return of the Valstar jungle jacket, updated with some of our favorite features for the style. I’m particularly stoked to see those angled chest pockets with deep gussets make their debut. Although this version’s teched out in slick waterproof fabric and a detachable hood, the focus is on the high contrast from the polished zipper. You can hide it under the button placket if you’d like, but it’s a strong complement to any jewelry or eyewear in your daily rotation."---Ludwin
Details
  • 63% cotton, 37% nylon water resistant cloth
  • Stand collar with hidden snaps for removal hood
  • Four gusseted, buttoned flap pockets; one buttoned inside pocket
  • Hidden zip closure with external button closure, and button tab on placket
  • Internal drawstring at waist; adjustable button cuff
  • Made in Italy
Size & Fit
  • Fits slim; check measurements, and consider taking one size up from you IT size for regular fit
SKU: VLSOUT095-046

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About this Maker

Valstar

Iconic Italian Maker with a Sartorial Approach to Outerwear

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 in 1935 Valstar turned it into a sporty piece of outerwear, known as “Valstarino”, that civilian men could wear in the city. It is now considered an icon of Italian design and has been featured in design exhibitions alongside Achille Castiglioni’s Arco lamp, the Alfa Romeo Giuletta or the Bialetti coffee pot.

Before coming up with this blouson design however, Valstar was actually an English maker of raincoats. In fact, Valstar first did business under the name English Fashion Waterproof, and continued to do so until 1911, when it moved to Italy, changed its name to Valstar, and became the first Italian manufacturer of rainwear.

Today, Valstar is a relatively small operation with a couple dozen employees and prides itself on taking a “sartorial” approach to outerwear, always spending a considerable amount of attention on selecting superior materials, from water-repellent leathers to English tweeds or Millerain cloth, as well as on all the construction details and trimmings, making their products some of the best pieces of outerwear manufactured today.

This sartorial approach also manifests itself in a flexibility to make an wide variety of material combinations. We were of course impressed with the craftsmanship of Valstar’s seamstresses, and took the opportunity to have some Valstarino blousons and jackets made in English wools, with luxurious flannel linings, horn buttons and all the better trimmings we would expect to see on tailor-made clothing.

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