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Cockpit USA

Suppliers of Fine Civilian and Military Apparel

  • Cockpit USA X Krammer & Stoudt - The Taos Jacket

    Presenting our latest collaboration with one of our favorite brands, Krammer & Stoudt. We delivered a rugged yet sophisticated jacket that showcases both brands’ lifestyles, military with a classic western appeal.

    About Krammer & Stoudt

    Krammer & Stoudt is an East Coast label with West Coast cool by combining influences from the Southwest to vintage SoCal subcultures, Krammer & Stoudt offers a distinct perspective on modern contemporary menswear. Krammer & Stoudt incorporates the life experiences of creative director, artist, and head designer Michael Rubin. The brand combines nostalgic American styles with a modern take reflecting Cockpit USA's commitment to provide outerwear inspired by history.

    Foremost an artist, Michael Rubin roots started in visual arts from the age of 13 when he worked as a surfboard airbrush artist; he later pursued his passion in the field with a BFA diploma from Cal Arts in California in the '70s.  Michael's designs incorporate art as well as the attitude found in music. "As a teenager I was drawn to Rick Griffin’s surf comics and airbrush designs for the Pacific Vibrations movie posters. Later in art school, it was the German Expressionists of the 80’s and Performance artists of the 70’s that shaped my art sensibilities. Music of the late 60s, early 70’s rock and roll, early punk, and 80’s electronic music are things I listen to all the time while I’m working. They all possess a certain feeling and attitude that I relate to" (Bondofficial.com, Michael Rubin On Artistic Sensibility And The Importance of Consuming Less Product).

    We recently sat down with Michael to talk a bit about our collaboration and how  The Taos Jacket came to life.

    How did you first hear about Cockpit USA?

    We first saw Cockpit at the Born In The USA show at Pitti Uomo in Italy. We were both showing our collections there.

    Tell me about Krammer & Stoudt?

    We are a menswear brand that started in Southern California. Since 2003 we’ve been living and working in Brooklyn. And like cockpit USA we too are cut and sewn in the US. We’ve done full collections that were shown at Men’s Day in New York during fashion week for the past three and a half years. The brand focuses on reinterpreting classic and vintage menswear through my personal historical references to art, artists, designers, and music. 

    What inspired the collaboration?

    We were at a trade show in Las Vegas and were invited to go to dinner with some friends. Jeff and Jacky were at dinner. That’s how we met. We made plans to meet at their showroom in New York. I brought a jacket I designed to our meeting called the Western Bomber. And we re-designed it together.

    Cockpit USA’s President Jeff Clyman designing The Taos Jacket with Krammer & Stoudt’s Michael Rubin.

     

    How do you style your Taos Jacket by Cockpit USA & Krammer & Stoudt

    Lately, I’ve been wearing it with some four patch pocket Krammer & Stoudt trousers I made from wax cotton. Along with a wax cotton newsboy cap l made from the same fabric. Underneath I wear a Krammer & Stoudt western yoke shirt made from thick brushed cotton from Portugal. And for shoes, I wear my caiman crocodile Luchesse western boots.

    About the Taos Jacket

    Inspired by Cockpit USA’s Division Commander’s Leather Tanker, Cockpit USA infused the Taos Jacket with the functionality of both the iconic A-2 Flight Jacket and the M-41 Field Jacket. We added a removable mouton fur collar, while keeping the traditional front bellowed pockets, featuring hidden side entry pockets.

    The Taos Jacket featured without its removable Mouton Fur Collar

    To maintain Krammer & Stoudt’s signature look, the jacket features classic western details, setting it apart from the typical leather bombers currently being sold. We characterized the Taos Jacket by featuring stylized yokes on the front and back, elevating the look of the garment. Krammer & Stoudt, like Cockpit USA, is proudly made in the USA, only using the finest materials for durability and comfort.

    The Taos Jacket style Z21B100 showcasing stylized front and back yokes.

    Krammer & Stoudt, like Cockpit USA, is proudly made in the USA, only using the finest materials for durability and comfort.

     

     

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  • Joint Forces featuring Eric Wertz from @BlueCollarPrep

    Joint Forces Collection with @BlueCollarPrep

    A leather coat is one of those essential pieces that everyone should own. There's so many different styles of leather jackets you can always find the perfect jacket no matter what your style is. When it comes to leather, quality to me, is one of the most important aspects in picking the right brand to go with. These jackets are an investment and if you treat them right they will be with you forever and are well worth it!

    Growing up I was always into military style pieces. My father worked at the docks in Brooklyn and we always visited Army/Navy stores together when I was younger. I think that's probably what really ignited my love for the armed forces kind of vibe. Unfortunately, I was never able to own a leather jacket growing up, so I knew that once I was in a position to get my own, it would have to be a quality leather!

    Cockpit USA is one of my all time favorite outerwear brands! Not only are they top quality, but I love that when I style them, their jackets just have this bit of edge to them that I like. Now their edge doesn't come from trying to be edgy, but it actually just comes from staying authentic to iconic American civilian and military design. Cockpit USA has been around for over 40 years, and they continue to make jackets that are suitable for pilots and guys like us that want bad ass jackets - like some of the styles I'm rocking here. Whether it's a bomber, sheepskin, leather, textile or a varsity jacket, they are definitely one of those brands, that just delivers such sick pieces with that top-notch quality that I love. I also love that they make kids jackets as well. When we visited the Cockpit showroom not too long ago, it was one of the rare times that I saw Nate actually get excited about a jacket! He loved the camo & leather bomber so we had to get them!

    I currently own 4 Cockpit jackets and Nate owns 3! I linked the ones that are still available here:

    Aces & Eights Flight Jacket

    M51 DMZ Fishtail Shell

    M51 DMZ Fishtail Shell

    Airborne Embroidered Fishtail

    Kids Top Gun G-1 Jacket

    Kids Top Gun G-1 Jacket & Camel Watch Cap from Blue Collar Perp

    KIDS Camouflage Field Jacket

    KIDS Camouflage Field Jacket

    Whenever I wear any of my Cockpit jackets, they pretty much just make the outfit. I usually keep it simple underneath and let the jacket be that statement piece on top. Whenever I share a look on my Instagram page (@BlueCollarPrep) featuring one, I always get such positive feedback and so much love for them. I cannot wait to get my hands on one of their sheepskin jackets! They are just so top-level, and the sexiness and quality is on point. I seriously need one!

    With such a love for this brand, I was super excited when they had an interest in my beanies from my brand BLUE. They'll be carrying a few select colors of ours on their website: camel, gold & neon orange! I've actually worn each of these colors with one of their jackets at some point and definitely agree these will fit perfectly in with the vibe of their brand. I couldn't be more excited that such an iconic brand, that is one of my all-time faves, will be offering the BlueCollarPrep Watch Cap to their dedicated customers.

    Watch Cap by Blue Collar Prep

    Watch Cap in Neon Orange by Blue Collar Prep

    If you're in the market for a quality jacket that you want to elevate your looks, and have that quality that will allow the piece to last forever, Cockpit USA is a brand to check out. I've always been a fan, and now my son is as well! Make sure to pick up one of my Watch Caps before you complete the purchase and tag my brand @Not.The.Color.Blue on IG if you rock it!

    Written by: Eric Wertz

  • Joint Forces With Dana Glaeser, founder of Slightly Alabama

    I first learned of Cockpit USA while in Florence, Italy for the Pitti Uomo men’s show where Cockpit and I were both showing our brands as a party of Liberty Fairs’ Born in the USA section. I met Jacky and Jeff and we quickly became friends. I fell in love with the quality and style of the brand and own several pieces myself. When I opened my store in the summer of 2018, I knew I wanted to carry Cockpit USA, which has done quite well with our local customers.

    Dana Glaeser wearing his Moto Vest. Find out more HERE

    The idea of collaborating with Cockpit USA on the Moto Vest came from a personal need to have the ideal leather motorcycle vest for myself and my friends who ride. With their expertise in design and manufacturing, I knew Cockpit would be the ideal collaborator. I couldn’t be happier with how the vest came out and look forward to seeing it on motorcycle riders around the city.

    Written by: Dana Glaeser

    About The Moto Vest

    Written and photographed by: Harlam Rodriguez

    Cockpit USA x Slightly Alabama's Moto Vest is designed for and by motorcycle riders. The made in USA vest uses the finest deer tanned calfskin leather and includes all the features necessary for the everyday motorcycle rider's needs. Features include:

    • Two front chest pockets deep enough for a cell phone or wallet.
    • Additional slit-pocket on the upper left chest for easy access to store headphones, or sunglasses.
    • Two interior pockets, one horizontal, the other vertical for secure carry needs.
    • Zip open access linning for storage or easy access to the leather's shell for customization.
    Featuring front pockets with side entry zip, two front chest pockets, additional slit-pocket on the upper left chest for sunglasses or headphones.
    Inner pockets for secure concealed carry needs, and a lining with zip open access to the leather jacket's shell for easy customization or storage.

    The Slightly Alabama retail store in NYC carries a collection of Cockpit USA items hand-selected by Dana himself. Items like the Vintage Roughneck Oil Driller, M-65 Field Jacket, Authentic MA-1 Bomber Jacket, and the Wool Lined WWII American Tanker Jacket are some of the many interesting pieces found at the Slightly Alabama store located at 350 Bleecker Street (corner store) NYC; shop the look here.

     

     

  • Introducing the Off Duty Profiles With Benjamin Steele

    Off Duty: A spotlight on like-minded individuals that share their favorite Cockpit USA items, while telling their personal stories on what it truly means to be a Cockpit USA brand ambassador.

    Semper Fidelis America by Benjamin J Steele

    Although I cannot help feeling inadequate when speaking publicly in connection to the United States Marine Corps, my friends at Cockpit USA asked me to share a few thoughts, so I’m going to give it my best try. This inadequacy doesn’t come from a lack of training or knowledge, but from the immeasurable respect that I feel towards those that have served in the U.S. Armed Forces before me. It’s the selflessness of these men and women who have fought and died for freedom that enables us to live free every day. I am forever grateful to them.

    Picture: Me on the left and three of my best friends to the right.

    I grew up in a small town in Colorado, was often surrounded by military members, and had considered joining from the time I was a teenager. Many of my good friends in high school joined and I nearly contracted to do Army ROTC at my University, but the timing didn’t feel right. While in college I had professional experiences that were quite different than those of the military including founding, building, and selling my own clothing company. These few years with the fashion world is when I first came across Cockpit USA and fell in love with their products and mission.  

    So there I was, less than a year from graduating college having sold my little company and wondering what I should do next. After much research and debating, the calling to serve in the Armed Forces resurfaced itself from the back of my mind and I knew that it was likely now or never. Rather than the Army, I decided to try for the Marines and shipped out to Officer Candidate School in winter of 2017. 

    Picture: Good times in Quantico at Officer Candidates School.

    Over the past few years I have undoubtedly had some of the most powerful learning experiences of my 26 year life and am incredibly grateful that I took the leap to serve back in 2017. The first year of training was exceptionally challenging, but it was some of the best training of my life (you can read about some of my experiences on my website here or here). I now serve as a Logistics Officer with an Infantry Battalion in Camp Pendleton California and am continually learning new things everyday. Knowing my personality and personal goals, it is likely that I will leave the Marines after my four year commitment, but regardless I cannot put into words what it has meant to be able to serve. 

    We live in a wonderful country and are blessed with freedoms that many people in the world lack. What a blessing it is to be able to determine our own destiny, to decide what religion to practice, to choose how to raise our families. I love America and I love Americans. In my mind, all of these things are worth protecting. 

    Picture: No caption necessary.

    As mentioned earlier, I’m a big fan of Cockpit USA. Not only are the products exceptionally made and designed, but the brand aligns with a lot of the things that I believe in.  

    Here are three of my favorite jackets to date: 

    "Vintage Motorcross" Jacket Style: Z21A026 Featured in Cockpit USA'S "Off Duty" Selection

    The “Vintage Motorcross” Jacket in black. I really love the old school vibe of this one and the thickness of the leather. Maybe not for a warmer day, but in the winter this is a game-changer. I wear a size Large.

     

     

    The M-86  Flight Bomber Jacket in black. This is the first Cockpit USA jacket that I ever purchased and I loved it so much that I ended up getting one for my brother and best friend as well. It’s a lighter material, which makes it good for medium temperatures and can be dressed up or down. I wear an XL. 

    G-1 Flight Jacket with Removable Collar Style: Z2108M

    The G-1 Flight Jacket with Removable Collar. This jacket is absolutely incredible. I took it with me during my travels to the U.K. last winter and it was perfect in the colder temperatures. Seriously cannot say enough good things about it. I wear a size 44.  

    Left: Weathered Field Jacket
    Right: N1 Bedford Cord Navy Jacket

    Thank you for reading and I hope you gained some value from this short blog post. Have an exceptional week and Semper Fidelis. 

    You can learn more about me on my personal website at https://www.benjaminsteele.us/ or on my Instagram - @benj_steele

  • 75th Anniversary of D-Day

     

    American Troops-approaching the beaches of German occupied Normandy France.

    Midnight, 5thofJune 1944 turned into 6th of June 1944, and a huge formation of aircraft flew in the nighttime sky above the English Channel heading from the English airfields south towards the coast of France carrying over 13,000 American Airborne troops. The heavily loaded young paratroopers were on board their C-47 transport aircraft by 10 pm that night. As the formation of aircraft crossed the French coast, the night came alive with anti aircraft fire. Planes that were hit, headed down in flames taking troops with them. By 1 AM on the morning of the 6th    June, the men began parachute jumping from the planes and silently floated to the ground to meet the German enemy in total darkness. The Douglas C-47 transport brought the war to Hitler’s doorstep and the liberation from German tyranny- the beginning of the end of WW II.

    USArmy Pathfinders, June 1944

    As hundreds of C-47s flew in darkness, the largest naval invasion fleet ever assembled moved through the sea channels between England and France towards the French coast. Thousands of vessels, many designed specifically for the mission at hand, carried men and machines to be delivered to the beaches of France. As dawn broke on the morning of June 6th, 1944 German defense artillery cannon units woke to find the horizon blotted out by the advancing fleet. The Allies had caught the German Army by surprise. Hitler’s generals had expected the invasion to come ashore at Calais, France, over 150 miles to the northeast, the shortest distance between England and France. Instead, the Allies had invaded France at beach sectors over a 50-mile stretch of the northern French Normandy coastline, the farthest distance across the channel between England and France.

    American citizen soldiers crossing the English Channel, June 1944

    Never before in the history of warfare had there been a more ambitious plan. The invasion required the movement of hundreds of thousands of men across the English Channel. Nearly 500,000 vehicles from jeeps, tanks, and trucks to artillery were delivered to storage areas throughout England for loading onto ships. Ammunition, fuel, and medical supplies were also sent to provide troops on the beaches marching inland to fight the Germans.

    2nd Infantry Division on the East Side sector of Omaha Beach, D+1, June 7th, 1944

    At the dawn of June 6th, 1944, many would never live to see the sun set. Thousands would die with their first steps onto French soil and thousands more would be wounded. The determination and will of the American citizen soldiers proved too much for the German defenses and the Americans broke through. German generals knew that if they did not push the Allies back into the sea that day, Germany’s war would be lost and in less than a year, it was. By May of 1945, Hitler was dead, and the Allied armies of America, Britain, Canada, France, and Russia were in Berlin, the German capital.

    Paratrooper about to jump into battle.

    Seventy-five years ago, while the free world held its breath, young men dropped from the sky and stepped from landing craft into combat. Today on a hill above the Normandy beach at Colleville sur Mer, over 9,000 graves in the American Cemetery bear silent witness to the events of June 6gh, 1944. Their lasting legacy is our Freedom.

    Today Cockpit USA honors the men who made the ultimate sacrifice by partnering with the pilots, crews, and sponsors of the D-Day Squadron for the 75thanniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy France. The “D-Day Squadron” as they call themselves, is the largest assembly of authentic WWII C-47 military transport aircraft and paratroopers since that fateful day.

    Dynamic Aviations Crew wearing their Cockpit USA 75th Anniversary D-Day A-2 jackets while in front of the C47 Miss Virginia 2019.

     

    D-Day Squadron Flight Crews in Prestwick Scottland on the way to the Duxford England while wearing Cockpit USA's 75th Anniversary Limited Edition D-Day Jacket.

    Our 75thAnniversary Limited Edition D-Day Jacket  is conceived to honor the 75th anniversary of the service and sacrifice of the American citizen soldiers who risked it all to bring about the end of WWII in Europe.

  • Cockpit USA Returns to New York Men's Fashion Week

    New York Men's Day/ Fashion Week Fall/Winter Presentation

    Kicking off NYFW, Cockpit USA released a hand-selected capsule of their upcoming F/W 2019 collection at the CFDA approved New York Men's Day. Located at 55 Water St. in downtown New York. Here's a sneak peek of what's to come from such a wonderful event celebrating the creativity of some of the biggest names in fashion.

    The Cockpit USA Fall/Winter presentation showcased an avant-garde take on the brand's most iconic military design: a traditional N3B Long Parka style in a warm "ranch" russet sheepskin and a striking leatherized sheepskin flight suit,  both within the company's traditional DNA.

     

    A hybrid take on a historical tanker jacket, in heavy, motorcycle cowhide leather boasting fireman's clasps hardware closures. Other standout pieces included a wax coated waterproof parka in stark glacial white and a new take on the military nylon N2B short leather hooded bomber jacket in slick heavy-duty goatskin trimmed coyote fur to ward off the show.

     

    Since 1975, Cockpit USA continues to take pride in preserving American History by telling stories through the design of their garments, honoring those who have, and continue to fight for our country. Cockpit USA outfitted their F/W 2019 Collection items on servicemen of the US Military both active and off duty.

    Benjamin Steele, Marine Corps
    Kyle Spellacy, US Army
    Everet Weston, US Army Veteran

    Government contractor since 1980, Cockpit USA features but is not limited to WWII military jackets. Introducing Iconic styles in modern, yet functional designs that are deeply rooted in history.

    Presenting to just to the right of Cockpit USA, the brand Krammer & Stoudt, debuted the Humphrey jacket; a hybrid collaboration designed by the brand’s creator Mike Rubenstein and Cockpit USA's president, Jeff Clyman.

    The Humphrey Jacket

    Attendance was in full swing with favorite faces such as; Eric Rutherford, Tom Bull, and actor Billy Porter.

    Tom Bull and Eric Rutherford

    "We don't consider ourselves a 'fashion brand', but we are an authentic brand that is fashionable." Says Jacky Clyman, EVP of  Cockpit USA. The presentation was curated and styled by Cockpit USA's Rudy Gonzales, and also included accessories and highlights provided by Slightly Alabama and Allen Edmonds with whom Cockpit USA is collaborating in the "Artisans of Freedom" made in USA project. Stay tuned for the launch of these amazing styles just in time for the next big chill.

    Models from left to right: Sonny Dang, Amir Kureshi, Andrew Mark, Everett Weston, Kyle Spellacy, and Benjamin Steele. Curator and stylist Rudy Gonzales and Cockpit USA owners Jacky and Jeff Clyman

    Special thanks to:

    Lab Series Skincare

     

     

  • Celebrating the heroic life of John "Jack" Lyle, one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen

    John “Jack” Lyle next to his fighter jet named after his first wife Natalie during WWII.

    “I don’t consider myself a hero because a hero is somebody who does something beyond the call of duty, I never did anything beyond the call of duty, whatever I did I did because I liked it” Fox News Channel May 4th 2018

    On this Black History Month Cockpit USA pays honor to one of the last surviving heroes of the iconic Tuskegee Airmen group of WWII. The Tuskegee Airmen were a group of black soldiers that defied expectations in a segregated military during a time when it was believed African-Americans couldn’t be trained in aviation. Their bravery and contributions helped promote inclusion in the advancement of the United States military.

    Photo of Tuskegee Airmen During WWII

    John “Jack” Lyle died on January 5th, 2019 at 98 years old in his home in the Chicago South Side. Lyle was a child musician, fighter pilot, cop, a sailor, an entrepreneur, and an amateur inventor. His wife Eunice Jackson-Lyle described him as an individual who loved to learn; “his home had a library stocked with encyclopedias and classic novels”. During his last days, Lyle spent his time at the Jackson Park Harbor on Lake Michigan, a perfect location for one of his many passions, sailing.

    “Captain Jack” as he was called by many loved ones was a highly skilled fighter pilot, "We flew 500 feet above the bombers to keep enemy fighters from hitting our guys," he recalled in a 2012 interview with Jet Magazine. "I loved flying, being up in the clouds, the scenery. I flew 26 combat missions, from southern Italy to Austria and southern Germany, over the Austrian Alps." Lyle also mentioned in the interview on how he was fired upon on several times and how he watched at first-hand other bombers being torn apart by the enemy. After the war, Lyle returned to his hometown of Chicago where he enlisted in college to then work as a skyscraper window washer. Lyle found other ventures after window washing; he worked as an insurance salesman to then owning his own fish and chicken restaurant and eventually a tree cutting service company.

    John "Captain Jack" Lyle, at his Chicago home, Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune)

    Lyle’s childhood dream came true in 1957 when he bought his first sailboat. The freedom he felt on the water fulfilled his competitive spirit. His intelligence and pilot experience made him an outstanding sailor, as he was quick to respond to any wind changes upon the horizon. The many years of practice paid off and Lyle eventually became a captain at the Jackson Park Yacht Club. Lyle's focus and love of sailing awarded him the title of  “Yachtsperson of the Year” by the Chicago Yachting Association at the age of 91, becoming the eldest person to receive the honor.

     

    John Lyle on Lake Michigan 2018

    With all of these recognitions none compare to the Congressional Gold Medal bestowed by then president George W. Bush in 2007, which acknowledge Lyle’s achievements and bravery during WWII. All of these milestones never deterred Lyle’s humbleness as he never considered that what he did was award-worthy.

    U.S. Capitol. Arrival. Greeted by Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Statuary Hall. Photo opportunity with 300 Tuskegee Airmen prior to Ceremony.

    Today we pay respect an honor the legacy of an American champion. Surviving though his wife and three children, John “Captain Jack” Lyle is part of history. Lyle and many other men during WWII risked their lives to ensure that our freedoms at home were protected during a time of adversity. His service and the service of all Tuskegee Airmen is an important piece of the Civil Rights Movement that influenced unity within the military. Here’s to a man who lived to be free in the skies and on the water, rest in peace John “Captain Jack” Lyle.

  • The Iconic Cockpit USA Collection, styles designed to withstand the Test of Time

     

    One could be forgiven for mistaking film classics such as “Top Gun” and “Pearl Harbor” as just box office hits that drove movie ticket sales sky-high! Fortunately, Cockpit USA is here to remind you there is more...

    Top Gun Movie and Cockpit USA's "Movie Heroes" Top Gun Jacket

     

    We remember stories of war and tales of loss. Moments of love, heroism, and redemption. A time when young men and women dressed in uniform fought for a country they called home-the United States of America.

    It’s there in the shield of armor we call American Style that we immortalize these historical events.

    Movie Pearl Harbor and Cockpit USA's "Remember Pearl Harbor A-2 Flight Jacket

    Eight decades have passed since Amelia Earhart’s ill-fated flight across the Pacific but it’s her courageous step into harm’s way as the first female pilot to fly over the Pacific that inspires the narrative. It’s Earhart’s legend that still encourages young women in aviation today and also inspires our Amelia Jacket and coat.

    Amelia Earhart in front of the Lockheed Electra Plane next to Cockpit USA's Amelia Jacket.

     

    100 Mission Bomber inspired by General George S. Patton

    “It’s better to fight for something than to live for nothing”, said General George S. Patton whose decisive command decisions took the lead in the great Battle of Bulge in 1944. Patton’s highly recognized image taken during that fateful battle gives historical meaning to our B-3 sheepskin styles launched back in 1977.

    As art imitates life, we recount the story of American Heroes on the silver screen. Actors such as Tom Hardy and Cuba Gooding Jr. recreate these events in renowned films such as “Dunkirk” and “Red Tails”. While some may be true and others “inspired by”, it is the people that wore them that give them iconic immortality…

    Tom Hardy Wearing Cockpit USA's R.A.F Bomber Jacket next to Cockpit USA's Dunkirk Hooded R.A.F Sheepskin Jacket
    Jeff Clyman wearing his "100 Mission B-3 Bomber Jacket, and Jacky Clyman wearing her "Women's Top Gun Flight Jacket". Photos by Jürgen Frank from WIC Interview "The Jacket of Heroes"

    Since 1975, our mission at Cockpit USA is to preserve and continue to share this history through quality garments that are timeless, classic and iconic.

    Women's B-15 Bomber Jacket inspired by Marilyn Monroe

    Iconic Photoshoot - Captured by Daniel D'ottavio

  • The Motorcycle Jacket

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    Cockpit USA Motorcycle Jackets

    The Motorcycle Jacket has reigned the “go-to” uniform for the rugged and the rebel since we can remember. Whether its the effortless style or the durable functionality, the notable look has become a must-have staple for any person who understands fashion, let me tell you why.

    Inspired by the rebels of yesterday, Cockpit USA has introduced a collection of unique and simplistic motocross designs. Most notable is our recent addition, “The Bullet Racer”named after the longest living motorcycle design in history, The Royal Enfield Bullet.

    Our Bullet Racer jacket (shown below), is a perfect complement to jeans and boots or just a white t-shirt and slim fit casuals. At home, on the street, or on the race track this windproof racer look dominated both the fashion runways and motorcycle riders alike for its flexible bi-swing feature and chic embellishments offer a polished yet tough look.

    The Dirt Track Racer, shown below, is patterned after the jackets worn by leather suited dirt bike racers of the 1950s. This racer shows modern features with a nod to a vintage moto racer designed in a contemporary fit.

    Finally, our innovative hybrid of a motorcycle jacket meets bomber flight jacket is aptly named, the “Motobomber”. Made of the softest lambskin leather for comfort and mobility, it is versatile enough to wear on a bike or donned on a night out with friends. Boasting shoulder details inspired by those worn by motorcycle racers; we also added an elastic waistband and cuffs, a typical flight bomber jacket detail that is also functional in keeping wind out.

    US Army Air Force 1944 in front of B-17. Tuskegee Airmen 1943 wearing sheepskin and A-2 Pilot Jackets. US Army Air Force 1944 in front of B-17. Tuskegee Airmen 1943 wearing sheepskin and A-2 Pilot Jackets.

    The motorcycle jacket became one of the items preferred by the rebels in music who became inspired by the iconic character of Johnny Strabler played by Marlon Brando in the film “The Wild One” in 1953. Brando’s ultra-masculine rendition gave bands like “The Beatles”, King of Rock n' Roll “Elvis Presley”, the Sex Pistols, and eventually Brooklyn’s own “The Ramones”, a passion to utilize this fashion trendsetter as a sleek and young statement. The motorcycle look represented the new generation’s desire to stand apart from the norm. The image of rebellion became a focus of people’s at a time when the younger generation fought the conservative upbringing of their parents.

    Marlon Brandon as Johnny Strabler from the film "The Wild One". Second the band "The Ramones" Marlon Brando as Johnny Strabler from the film "The Wild One". Second the band "The Ramones"

    Many other brands have their own take on the motorcycle jacket, from ultra sleek classic styles to ultra trendy interpretations with bright colors and intricate details. Nevertheless, the motorcycle jacket will forever be a contemporary item suited for almost every palate. Cockpit USA proudly adds to the design by using the most durable leather manufactured in the USA. The style will never stop being an iconic landmark of the transitional “item of cool”. No matter the decade, the motorcycle jacket is a must-have item in everyone’s closet.

  • Artisans Of Freedom Films

    "Born in America, raised in the skies" Fall 2018 saw the launch of Cockpit USA's collaboration with Allen Edmonds and the "Artisans of Freedom" project. Shot at the American Airpower Museum, watch The Cockpit USA story.

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