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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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  1. Valstar Butterscotch suede Valstarino bomber jacket, fully lined (restock)

    Regular Price $1,195.00 Special Price $896.25 You Save 25%
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  2. Calabrese 1924 White faille silk bow tie

    $95.00
  3. Calabrese 1924 White pique silk bow tie

    $95.00
  4. "Special Ceremony" tuxedo studs, mother-of-pearl finished with black epoxy On Sale

    Samuel Gassmann "Special Ceremony" tuxedo studs, mother-of-pearl finished with black epoxy

    Regular Price $245.00 Special Price $196.00 You Save 20%
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  5. "Special Evening" tuxedo studs, grey mother-of-pearl On Sale

    Samuel Gassmann "Special Evening" tuxedo studs, grey mother-of-pearl

    Regular Price $265.00 Special Price $212.00 You Save 20%
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  6. "Special Day" tuxedo studs, white mother-of-pearl On Sale

    Samuel Gassmann "Special Day" tuxedo studs, white mother-of-pearl

    Regular Price $255.00 Special Price $204.00 You Save 20%
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  7. Eveningwear "Special Evening" cufflinks, grey mother-of-pearl On Sale

    Samuel Gassmann Eveningwear "Special Evening" cufflinks, grey mother-of-pearl

    Regular Price $145.00 Special Price $116.00 You Save 20%
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  8. Eveningwear "Special Day" cufflinks, white mother-of-pearl On Sale

    Samuel Gassmann Eveningwear "Special Day" cufflinks, white mother-of-pearl

    Regular Price $155.00 Special Price $124.00 You Save 20%
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  9. Reversed Mother-of-pearl "Day Rustic" cufflinks, textured surface On Sale

    Samuel Gassmann Reversed Mother-of-pearl "Day Rustic" cufflinks, textured surface

    Regular Price $145.00 Special Price $116.00 You Save 20%
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  10. Mother-of-pearl "Day Shape" cufflinks, button design On Sale

    Samuel Gassmann Mother-of-pearl "Day Shape" cufflinks, button design

    Regular Price $145.00 Special Price $116.00 You Save 20%
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