Embroidered bombers—so peacock-ishly, aggressively retro—are among the pieces I most closely associate with late 1970s vintage style. And since that was pretty much the exact moment in time when I became aware vintage style was a thing, they made a big impression. The marriage between East and West is a big part of the appeal: they were originally made by members of occupying forces as mementos of their time in Asia, and the American-style bomber shape with the traditional Asian stitching is just so unexpected and cool.
I could never pull one off—I’d feel too much in costume somehow—but that’s totally a personal thing. I once spied Mary-Kate Olsen looking like a million bucks as she slouched about the Citarella cheese section in one, and have seen others make them happen similarly fabulously as well. This remarkable specimen is from Ruby Lane, and is so Velvety Winter Goddess.
So annoying! This Zara jacket appears to be at least temporarily sold out online, and—I am reliably informed—in short, short supply in stores here in New York. Zara’s pretty good about reissuing popular styles—that’s their whole thing—so if you’re interested at all it’s probably just a question of holding tight.