Cult de Jour sources a variety of vintage military collectibles from around the world to create a unique, stand-alone piece for your wardrobe. Because the jackets are authentic vintage, they naturally have wear, tears and imperfections. Learn about some of the styles that inspire our work.
The M-43 Field Jacket was the first military jacket adequately equipped for winter fighting. It was primarily made for layering over heavier clothing and made its debut in World War II with the American Army. It has continued to be used by militaries around the world because of its versatility to climate and number of handy pockets.
The M-65 Jacket was developed for the American Army in 1965. It provided soldiers with protection from extreme weather because it is waterproof and has internal buttons to allow the addition of a jacket liner if needed. This jacket is mainly used in colder, post-monsoon months. This jacket made its debut in the Vietnam War and can be seen on Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver (1976) and Woody Allen in Annie Hall (1977).
The KL Dutch Military Shirt Jacket is a lighter military standard issue with handy pockets, primarily used in warmer conditions due to its 100 percent sateen material. This vintage Dutch jacket was originally worn by the Royal Netherlands Army, one of the oldest armies in the world. It was used in World War II, the Indonesian War of Independence and the Korean War. Its drawstring waist and adjustable wrists allow for a better and more comfortable fit, making it a popular choice.
Image sources: Top left (U.S. Archives); bottom left (Unsung Heroes Eduction); top right (CIA.gov), bottom right (Art of Manliness), bottom centre (African American Museum & Library at Oakland Photograph Collection).