In celebration of its 55th anniversary, American outerwear brand, Alpha Industries, has launched a capsule collection featuring the iconic styles that have defined this military brand’s heritage. A look back at this company seems fitting on this Veterans Day.
Founded in 1959 by Samuel Gelber, who had a lease on factory space and skilled workers ready to go, Alpha Industries was subcontracted by the U.S Department of Defense to manufacture the MA-1 flight jacket. The MA-1 had a 100% wool knit collar, discarding the mouton fur collar of its predecessor, the B-15, as it interfered with the parachute harness worn by aviators. An Indian Orange lining was later added so that if a plane crashed, the pilot could reverse the jacket to the orange side to signal rescue personnel. The N-3B parka soon followed, and was the first jacket for which Alpha was awarded a contract to manufacture by the U.S. Department of Defense. Commonly known as the snorkel coat, it is distinctive for its funnel shaped fur trimmed hood.
In its 55 years, Alpha Industries has evolved from exclusively supplying the U.S. Department of Defense with outerwear products, to becoming the most recognized military-inspired fashion lifestyle brand. While this capsule collection features mainly mens products, most of the iconic styles are also available for women including, the classic MA-1 Flight Jacket.
It’s the must have coat of the season. The fur trimmed parka is everywhere from outdoor and designer brands alike. Warm and rugged, with the added chic and functional flair of a fur trimmed collar and hood, these jackets are made to take on the cold with style. Available in bomber and longer cuts, in great fall colors like military greens, earthy browns, vibrant oranges and even city blacks, check out our favorites for the season!
ROW 1: BURTON SNOWBOARD BARGE JACKET $219.95. Mountain ready but street smart, this long quilted parka is water-repellent and warm, featuring full length breathable insulation and faux fur trim at the hood. High hand warmer pockets, water-resistant zippers, brushed tricot lining are added bonuses along with an internal media pocket and headphone cable port.CANADA GOOSE CHILLIWACK BOMBER $595. Developed as a nod to post-war bush pilots in Canada’s north, the Chilliwack Bomber provides the durability, warmth and mobility these pilots needed working on Arctic runways. The Chilliwack is one of hot brand Canada Goose’s most popular jackets and is available in host of colors for both men and women. FJALLRAVEN SAREK WINTER JACKET $425. This lightly insulated jacket has that classic long cut trekking style for rural or urban excursions. It features tough G-1000 coating for reliable protection against water, wind, and snow and is torso lined with a high-loft mesh for breathable warmth.
ROW 2: MONCLER ARRIOUS FUR TRIMMED PARKA $2065. This season, Moncler takes on the classic parka with the Arrious. Made with lightweight khaki-green twill, it features a quilted down lining, detachable racoon-fur hood trim, and chic pleated back. ALPHA INDUSTRIES N-3B W PARKA $180. The original snorkel jacket, the N-3B was first produced in the early 1950’s for USAF air crews assigned to transport troops in extremely cold climates. Now available for women too, the N-3B features a water resistant nylon shell with a warm poly-filled orange lining, full-length storm flap and adjustable fur lined hood. JOE FRESH LIMITED EDITION EXPEDITION PARKA $349. Joe Fresh has created a special collection of premium, down filled parkas this season ready to take winter on. Water-resistant with a detachable interior faux fur lining and hood, this parka provides protection from the elements with a whole lot of style.
ROW 3: WOOLRICH WHITE COLLECTION PATROL DOWN SHORT PARKA $395. The White Collection is a more modern interpretation of this iconic American brand. This arctic parka is fully insulated with premium warmth-trapping goose down and features a two-way concealed zipper and storm flap to keep the cold out. The shell is waterproof and breathable, and the hood features a Woolrich Mill wool lining and adjustable drawcord with a removable real coyote fur ruff. SAM CABIN PARKA $695. Tough enough for the woods, but with chic city style, this fab parka is just one of many we love from SAM! Crafted from a fine Egyptian cotton twill, it is wax coated with a triple layer wind and water repellent, and features a raccoon trimmed hood, buffalo plaid lining, 3M thinsulate padding, and adjustable drawstring waist and hem. RALPH LAUREN RLX HOODED DOWN PARKA $695. This super-warm hunter orange parka features an oversized hood with detachable faux-fur trim, cinch drawcord waist, and mockneck with a soft interior fleece lining. Details also include multiple oversized fleece-lined zip and snap-flap pockets for functional style.
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