The bomber jacket arose out of a sense of necessity — pilots in WWI began wearing heavy-duty zip jackets with cuffs and fur to keep warm when flying (bombing) at high altitude. It wasn’t until later when pop culture and movies like Top Gun brought the jacket to the mainstream eye. Now, the bomber is most certainly a wardrobe staple, with its return in many designer collections. See our picks below for the best styles of the season.
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A.P.C. designer Louis W. has his own label which has become known for making some of the best and most iconic jackets out. Blending the line between classic MA-1 style bomber and a varsity, this contrast leather jacket is a winner. ($1,079)
Alpha Industries Burnett Flight Jacket
As manufacturer for the army in the ’60s, Alpha became famous for their military spec garments, especially the iconic MA-1 Flight Jacket. Originally used in open cockpit planes, flight jackets were incredibly thick to keep the pilot warm at high altitude. This modern Burnett Flight Jacket is made from a lightweight nylon that’s a bit more practical for everyday wear. Find this and other colors here.
Public School Nylon Bomber
Bubbling New York-based menswear label Public School offer this contemporary bomber in a classic olive/black colorway. We like this one because of the unique neckline — it’s missing the typical elastic collar. Pick it up here.
Our Legacy Bomber Jacket
Our Legacy produce timeless, vintage-inspired garments meant to fit us now, as modern wearers. This updated MA-1 style jacket is made from 100% linen with tonal details. It is a good option if you want a traditional M1 without the classic baggy fit. ($399)
Engineered Garments Aviator Jacket
Engineered Garments is known for drawing heavy influence from American vintage and it doesn’t get more American than the M1 bomber jacket. This is an updated rendition of the original. ($600)
Stone Island Shadow Project Bomber
Shadow Project is an experiment with tech-wear label Acronym, so expect classic garments with a touch of the unexpected. The body is made from “CYON 3L,” a triple-layer performance fabric that is breathable, and water/wind resistant. ($765)
Aspesi Jet Jacket
Aspesi offer this modern Italian-made jacket in a cotton-resin blend. This lightweight option should do fine in spring showers. ($560)
Brooklyn label QC // WC offer this understated black leather bomber with heavy-duty zippers. We have one in the office we’re still breaking in — a classic in the making. Make sure to keep updated with the brand here.
FSC Golden Bear Lamb Suede Jacket
Freeman’s Sporting Club work with iconic jacket producer Golden Bear to produce this lamb suede bomber in Khaki. This is a bomber that can easily be dressed up with a tie, or compliment your old Levi’s on the weekend. ($849)
Gant Baltimore Jacket
Here is another all-leather option for those that are looking for some things special. Gant offer this desert leather jacket with classic elasticated cuffs and waistband for a true bomber fit. ($1,250)
YMC Cotton Linen Tonic Bomber
London’s YMC (You Must Create) make great staples like this Tonic Bomber in a lightweight cotton linen. The unique Italian fabric gives the piece a two-tone appearance. ($531)
Needles Deer Suede Jacket
Common Arvid Jacket
This brown bomber from young Swedish label Common is of the more traditional shape and form but with a flattering modern fit. Look for heavy gold zippers and their signature left sleeve pocket. Find it here.
Paul Smith Jeans Blue Leopard Jacket
Paul Smith makes one of the louder options from the pack, but a solid option nonetheless. Other than the great leopard pattern, we love the button-up closure — a unique detail for a bomber. ($525)