As you might know the A-2 flight jacket is one of the signature pieces of The Real McCoy’s. This iconic jacket is a continuing item in their collection. They offer different versions of these jackets, as a result of the contracts put out to different manufacturers by the U.S. Army Air Corps before and during World War 2 (think of famous names like J.A. Dubow Mfg. Co., Rough Wear Clothing Co. and others). The Real McCoy’s are known for their excellent reproductions of military clothing, workwear and other Americana related items. Occasionally they like to make something that combines the skillfully made authentic reproductions with some creative and fresh new insights.
This is one of those (once in a lifetime) interpretations! An A-2 flight jacket, made according to the high standards of the artisans in Japan, combined with a fantastic color. The color is special, in darker light it looks like a dark brown, but when the light becomes brighter or more natural the color changes to a reddish brown (a bit like #8 Alden uses for its cordovan shoes and boots). Another detail is the lining: it’s made of silk. Further details are the horsehide (Shinki) is vegetable tanned, special Yume Korozen dye (as mentioned before), the ribbings are made of wool, a 1940’s Talon zipper and of course: Made in Japan!
This is really a one time offer. Very few are made and it will likely take many years before the people at The Real McCoy’s will even consider bringing out this version again.
- Horse leather outer
- Rayon Lining
- Korozen Dyed
- Talon zipper
Made in Japan
Born in Kumano City, Mie prefecture in 1950 to a mother from a long line of dyeing teachers, textile dyeing is definitely in Yusai Okuda's blood. After first learning the intricacies of painting and engraving, Okuda went on to study both Western and Japanese garment design, and Kyoto-style dyeing techniques. In 1980, he created the Yusai Dyeing Laboratory in Kyoto and perfected a number of new techniques throughout the decade, before rediscovering the long lost art of Korozen dying in 1990!
During the Heian period (794 to 1185), Emperor Saga decreed that Korozen was to replace purple as the color for formal garments used at royal ceremonies. Korozen is characterized by truly amazing hue changes such as those seen in an opal. Known also as the 'dye of the sun', madder red appears the moment light passes through it. The dyeing technique was handed down from generation to generation by a few select artisans, and was the color exclusively worn by emperors on solemn occasions. However, all knowledge of the Korozen recipe was eventually lost.
Shrouded in mystery for centuries, Okuda unraveled its features, and finally succeeded in reproducing it following an in-depth study of the garments worn by former emperors, which are preserved at Koryuji temple in Kyoto. Yume-korozome features a new color which is more appealing to the modern eye, while maintaining the dignity of the original Korozen.
It changes color from black to deep red, from dark blue to burgundy, from green to brown, or from brown to reddish brown, constantly concealing and revealing! Okuda believes that this fabulous phenomenon is part of Japan's color culture where, for instance, the beauty of the changing seasons is highly appreciated. Expressing the beauty of ever-changing nature can be called a special aspect of Japanese culture. Okuda considers Yume-korozome a technique born of the aesthetic value placed on color change by the Japanese. Absolutely unique, Yume-korozome, an exquisite dye, is something Japan can proudly present to the world.