Starting with the Raw Material
The raw materials used by Craftsman Clothing are sourced worldwide from Japan, India, and Europe.
The lambsuede used here comes from Santa Croce, located in Florence, Italy.
Handmade finishes in Hong Kong
This blouson is cut from a paper pattern and includes handmade details like buttons, and pick stitching. The A-2 flying jacket was standardised by the U.S. Army Air Corps as the successor to the Type A-1 flying jacket adopted in 1927. This model is most commonly seen as the jacket with paintings on the back; these paintings could be provocative pin-up girls, or comic cartoon characters such as Bugs Bunny. During WWII, many young men were enlisted in the Army Air Corps; these A-2 leather jackets became canvases for them to draw and express their rugged individuality. Some images included the name of the planes they flew, the mission they had accomplished and the number of missiles indicating designated missions flown.