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“Aviatore” B-3 Seal Shearling Jacket - Brown
Shangri-La - “Aviatore” B-3 Seal Shearling Jacket - Brown
Early on, we were the only brand carrying leathers from Shangri-La in America. Since then, they've been very good at growing their brand slowly in America and we're now one of a very few with a selection in their leather goods. These guys trust us to represent the brand in America and we appreciate them thoroughly for that. This B-3 was an instant "yes" when we saw it on the line sheets. Compared to ones we've seen and touched in the past, this one blows them out of the water. The shearling sheepskin is absolutely luxurious and feels like a blanket on the body. This will be your warmest and most stylish jacket. Most of the time B-3's are built to spec, meaning they are usually huge on everyone. It's nice to see one that is more tailored. There is also something that always gets us about leather jackets Made in Italy. It just feels right.
Inspired by early 40s type B-3 Flight jackets from the Second World War and revisited with a unique Italian touch, the “Aviatore” B-3 Shearling Jacket represents an authentic garment made of Italian Shearling Sheepskin reinforced with leather trimmings in vegetable-tanned Lambskin from Tuscany (Italy). The Shearling Sheepskin is the perfect natural insulator for cold weather. The soft sheep wool encases your body, ensuring maximum body warmth retention and at the same time wicking away excess moisture when the body generates it.
These are typically built-to-order, so we may be one of the only options for getting this jacket right now! Every Jacket comes in a high-quality 100% organic natural cotton Bag, laced with Havana rope and with screen printed logo.
- Fit: tailored fit
- Weight: mid-weight (lots of reviews have people referring to it as light because most b-3's are like wearing a backpack for your whole body)
- Sheepskin: Real Merino Shearling from Tuscany (Italy)
- Leather trimmings: vegetable tanned, drum dyed, full-grain Lambskin from Tuscany (Italy)
- Seam overlays for extra protection
- Single “Map” front Pocket in Lambskin from Tuscany (Italy)
- Single zipper front Pocket
- Zippers: antique brass with engraved markings
- Tab-adjustable waist
- Jacquard labels
- Breathable, Windproof and Waterproof
- Hand Made in Italy
- Designed and tested in Bergamo, Northern Italian Alps
Fit Notes: Shop owner Tommy is wearing a size medium in the pictures. This piece, in comparison to the "Café" is a little bit less tailored (though still tailored.) The arms have a bit more width and the body is built with more room, but it's quite a bit longer than the "chiodo" (the stripe shirt Tommy is wearing underneath is a large, and he usually wears mediums in a tee for length reference). You can easily layer under this piece whether you choose to stick with your true size or size up one. Tommy is 5'10", 162lbs with a 40" chest.
The "Zero" fabric has been on our radar from the beginning. It's one of, if not the most famous Samurai denim. This is the original 5-button edition. They love this one so much, they send out stickers and pins to commemorate it. This fabric was first introduced in 2004 after a long development period. It broke many looms and many needles along the way. It is their tried and true. They've used an uneven No. 5 yarn for both the warp and weft for maximum fading potential. These things have a sh*tton of character. They finished it off with the gold and red selvedge ticker. We can not wait to see these fade.
The "Zero" fabric has been on our radar from the beginning. It's one of, if not the most famous Samurai denim. Well, this round they've done it with the zipper - another thing not often seen from Samurai. This is no ordinary zipper, it's a Scoville "Gripper" zipper. This fabric was first introduced in 2004 after a long development period. It is their tried and true. They've used an uneven No. 5 yarn for both the warp and weft for maximum fading potential. They finished it off with the gold and red selvedge ticker.
You already know if Samurai produces anything, they're not playing around. So would they do a chino any lighter than 15oz? Most likely not. These things are bonkers. They honestly might as well be a pair of olive selvedge denim, but they have a chino cut. The metallic silver Lamé selvedge line will make them feel even more so like your favorite pair of jeans. These might be unsanforized, but they've had a factory wash to alleviate almost all of that shrinkage. We simply had to see what a Chino from Samurai would look like, and we weren't disappointed. We absolutely love the fabric and we're enamored with the looser, super comfy fit. This is a wardrobe starter for guys looking to get out of their super tight selvedge denim.
How could we say no to these jeans? They have custom hardware designed to pay homage to jeans from the 1940s/50s. Their Otokogi denim is 100% Texas cotton known for its rough texture and impeccable vintage fading qualities. It's a short fibre cotton that creates the rough texture you see. Normally, those fibers are removed to make the cotton smooth, but Samarui adds more to ramp it up even more. They've also used 100% Texas cotton sewing throughout, something we rarely see these days. This denim is for the purist at heart. As the denim is spun at a high tension, even post soak/wash they will become even more stiff (luckily they're only 15oz to start, and not 25). This will result in some of the best fading denim on the planet.
We are absolutely blown back by this fabric. For one, it's not your traditional wabash stripe. They've used throwing stars for the pattern - an incredible idea. To us, the raw fabric is pretty contrasting up front. It can be hard to imagine how it will age. But luckily, they've done that for us and we think it takes the perfect amount of sting out of that contrast. It makes this shirt perfect for comfort and aesthetics up front. That's all not to mention that it's an indigo x black denim. That's what gives this shirt is beautiful, deep, shadowy indigo color. And if you look on the inside, you'll notice the fabric is a few shades darker...so when you roll up your cuffs you get to see that wonderful character. This shirt is simply stunning. We're so glad we brought it to the shop.