This is the Trophy Clothing navy reinterpretation of the hook deck jacket; a recognised classic, timeless garment.
Introduced in 1943, the N1 soon became the cold-weather coat of choice for the U.S. Navy. Today it has become a classic among repurposed army clothing. The jacket was developed by the U.S. Navy to meet the exacting requirements of sailors fighting at sea in all kinds of harsh conditions. A recognisable improvement incorporated in the 1943 Deck Jacket was the new style frontal closing method. The earlier jackets closed via a metal zipper. During icy weather conditions, any collected water spray on the zipper would immediately freeze, making the zippers very difficult, if not impossible, to operate. Likewise, deck personnel wore heavy gloves in cold weather, the wearing of which often made operating the zipper slide unduly hard, and if the zippers were ice-caked with frozen spray, more often than not they would simply fail. The solution to this problem was found in the typical fireman’s coats of the era. Naturally, firemen wore heavy gloves and were often coated in water from head to toe, and in winter, this water froze to their coats, yet they could fasten or unfasten their coats without great difficulty. The fireman’s coats, however, fastened not with zippers but with a metal hook-style clasp fastener that pivoted on a hinge pin and folded around and through a metal bracket. It was this same fastener design that the U. S. Navy incorporated into the 1943 Deck Jackets.
These days, certain mainly Japan-based brands are reproducing the USN deck hook. The Trophy Clothing version is one of our favourites thanks to its details and extra warmth. It is made from a high-quality, corded cotton windproof and waterproof shell and as an intermediate fabric, Trophy Clothing has opted for a high-performance Thinsulate® layer. Thinsulate® insulation is warm yet lightweight, powerful yet thin. It helps trap body heat while allowing moisture to escape. Even wet, it is still quite warm. The breathable, ultra-fine microfibers trap warm air more efficiently than larger, generic synthetic fibres.
The jacket has a lot of superior-quality details such as high-quality vintage-style hooks, Two external “D-style” hand-warmer patch pockets and ribbed hem and collar.
Trophy Clothing is a small Japanese label founded by Masaki Egawa, an enthusiast of vintage clothing and motorbikes. With durability as the prime objective and under the slogan of “Satisfaction Guaranteed”, the garments produced by Trophy Clothing are made from resilient materials and each one of their elements, from the fabrics to the last of the buttons, are made in Japan according to Japanese artisan textile tradition.
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