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  • Bogard By Mike B - Joint Force Feature

    We recently caught up with Michael “Mike B” Barnett on how he became an ace stylist to today’s most celebrated hip-hop music artists. Transforming a styling career into a luxury fashion brand, Bogard by Mike B; join us below as he delves into his story of what it takes to survive 25 years in the business.

    1. Tell me about yourself?  What age did you break into fashion?

    I broke into the fashion game about 25 years ago. Working with Bad Boy Entertainment assistant to the in-house stylist Groovey Lew and personal liaison to CEO Sean “ Puffy” Combs aka Diddy. Basically, to me it was like a free  tuition training as if I were attending the University of Bad Boy; learning all that I could learn by being a sponge to every lesson to be learned. From styling the majority of the artists under this fast growing boutique, ie: Notorious B.I.G., Mase, 112, The Lox etc. As we were a heavily influential brand contributing to culture of Hip Hop.

     

    2. How did you first hear about Cockpit USA?

    I first heard about Cockpit USA, I would say late 90s early 2000s, when they had a store on Broadway and Bleeker Street. I was always a huge fan of the classic leather pilot bomber with the fur collar, from the brown, black & cream flavors of colors. But it wasn’t until later I was able to put one and one together, to then realize the brand Cockpit USA was the brand behind one of the most stylish leather bombers “Avirex”.

    Mike B wearing the Highview Shearling Trench

     

    3. Tell me about Bogard, and what it means?

    BOGARD is my brand. There’s BOGARD Management & Consulting LLC in regards to me the stylist, creative director, educator and also having a conglomerate for the next generation of the flyest creative talent. BOGARD by Mike B. is the collection of accessories and custom made apparel. BOGARD is an acronym for Building Organizations Geared Around Real Deals or Designs; depending upon the situation on hand.

    NBA Star Chris Paul featured in GQ's Best Dressed of the Week while wearing the Bogard by Mike B x Cockpit USA Stealth Top Gun Bomber Jacket

     

    4. What inspired the collaboration with Cockpit USA?

    What inspired the collaboration with Cockpit USA; around ‘99 I came up with an idea for Cockpit USA to produce an Avirex leather jacket for Puff ( Diddy). Those days we worked via phone and fax machine lol! So after a few calls with Jacky and Jeff Clyman ( the owners of Cockpit USA), a few sketches by me and a fax or two later. We ended up doing jackets for the entire staff and roster of artists for the company of Bad Boy Entertainment. Keep in mind, I had never met Jacky nor Jeff in person, until literally 20 years later we bumped into each other in Florence, Italy at a trade show Liberty Fairs at Pitti Uomo. We were being introduced by a mutual friend Ouigi of Bk Circus. Funny  we were both like wait; it can’t be! The rest is history. Now not only did the relationship with Jacky and Jeff help, buI just saw that there was a void in visibility/presence for Cockpit USA in the market of Hip Hop. I just basically thought to myself I wonder if Cockpit USA would have any interest in doing this collaboration with me as a stylist wanting to expand my brand to become known as a designer.

    @Michi-Mii_13 and @iXavierBanks wearing the Highview Sheepskin Trench

    5. When did you know you wanted to get into design?

    I’ve always known I wanted to get into design. From High School, I was always designing things for my friends in the neighborhood where they would come to my house which they called  “Bogie’s Basement”. Then as I became a fashion stylist in the game, I would design particular pieces for my clients. A bit earlier in my career, during which I was also a co-creative director for Sean John where I would give a lot of input on designs for collections and the fashion shows we produced back then. In addition, I also worked on collaborations with Adidas, NIKE, Sabit NYC, etc... However, later moving forward I was getting tired of not seeing what I wanted in stores for my clients from sizes to fabrics to colors. So I decided to just have things custom made for them. This partnership I have with Cockpit USA has been the first time where I designed products that actually went to retail, which helped my transition from stylist to designer.

    Starting from left: Rapper Quavo Wearing The Stealth Top Gun, recording artist Rihanna at the launch of Bogardbymikeb, and reggae artist Shaggy with Rock Icon Sting wearing The Greenburgh Shearling and Highview Trench.

    6. What has been a highlight for you as a stylist?The highlight of my styling career has a few moments, not just styling and designing for a few projects here and there, but now becoming an educator at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology). It’s something about giving back the knowledge of information and experiences I have to the next Mike B on deck to contribute or even change the world of creative art.

    Actor Eddie Murphy wearing The Greenburgh Shearling after hosting Saturday Night Live on NBC.

    7. How do you personally style your jackets?

    How do I personally style my jackets? Well, based upon my upbringing, the majority of what I see in fashion today all comes from somewhere in the past. It’s just been remixed, flipped or even duplicated. But I’ve been blessed to have come up during an era where originality of style and music in the streets has a heavy influence on me. So, I basically use that to my advantage and splash it with my modern taste of swaganomatry. Leather was always a sign of stature, style, confidence and sexiness all mixed together.

    8. Who and where can we find your most recent work?

    Instagram: @iBogard
  • Golf Legend Jack Nicklaus presented with Folds of Honor commissioned Cockpit USA Jacket

    Maj. Dan Rooney alongside PGA President Peter Bevacqua presented Golf Legend and 18 time champion, Jack “The Golden Bear” Nicklaus with a first edition hand painted Folds of Honor/Cockpit USA “Freedom isn’t Free” A-2 leather flight jacket. Maj. Dan Rooney alongside PGA President Peter Bevacqua presented Golf Legend and 18 time champion, Jack “The Golden Bear” Nicklaus with a first edition hand painted Folds of Honor/Cockpit USA “Freedom isn’t Free” A-2 leather flight jacket.

    Today Cockpit USA is excited to announce its collaboration with the incredible people at the Folds of Honor charitable foundation in support of our nations veterans and their families. Earlier this morning on TVs Fox and Friends cable news program live from PGA Headquarters in Florida Maj. Dan Rooney, founder and CEO of Folds of Honor, alongside PGA CEO Peter Bevacqua, presented Golf Legend and 18 time champion, Jack “The Golden Bear” Nicklaus the first edition of the hand painted Folds of Honor/Cockpit USA “Freedom isn’t Free” A-2 leather flight jacket. This first jacket, donated by Cockpit USA, was presented in recognition of Mr. Nicklaus’ steadfast support for the foundations upcoming Patriot Golf Day and fundraising campaign. This Jacket marks the beginning in a series of Cockpit USA special edition jackets for Folds of Honor to recognize those who have dedicated themselves to supporting our nations veterans and their families. Cockpit USA is truly honored and proud to support the Folds of Honor, and the upcoming Patriot Golf Day.

    The story behind this jacket’s creation is just as interesting as the jacket itself. Beginning in early summer 2017 Maj. Dan Rooney, FOH founder and CEO, and Maj. Scott Clyman, Cockpit USA Partner and son of Cockpit founders Jeff and Jacky Clyman, were introduced and began a collaboration to design a special jacket to be presented to those who have selflessly dedicated both time, and financial support to Folds of Honor and its mission. Both Dan and Scott are combat veteran F-16 pilots, who better to have collaborated on such a project than those that have served themselves. Watching two veterans work together to create a token of appreciation to the many people who selflessly have made a difference in a veteran, or veterans families life has been inspirational to all of us here at Cockpit USA.

    Rough sketch, mock up, and blocked out jacket ready for the next coat of paint. Rough sketch, mock up, and blocked out jacket ready for the next coat of paint.

    The Folds of Honor X Cockpit USA “Freedom Isn’t Free” jacket will become part of the Folds of Honor culture, being presented to major supporters of the foundation, and becoming a symbol of their patriotism. We look forward to many more presentations to the committed supporters of this great foundation.

    The finished hand painted Folds of Honor/Cockpit USA “Freedom isn’t Free” A-2 leather flight jacket The finished hand painted Folds of Honor/Cockpit USA “Freedom isn’t Free” A-2 leather flight jacket

    With the motto, “Honor their Sacrifice, Educate their Legacy”, Folds of Honor has committed themselves to changing the future of the grieving spouses and children of fallen American servicemen and women. Since 2007, Patriot Golf Day has raised over $38M, and awarded 7,000 scholarships to veteran families, FOH has given over 16,000 scholarships since being founded. Their Patriot Golf Day campaign held on Labor Day weekend raised $6.1M last year alone. Maj. Dan Rooney a PGA professional himself, has combined his time in the military, with his career in the PGA to provide educational support to our American veteran families.

    fox-friends-jacket-presentation

    Cockpit USA has always been and will continue be, a supporter of our American armed service men, women, and families. Working with Folds of Honor has been a fantastic experience, and an honor to participate in their educational support. Driven, patriotic people doing what they can, whatever they can aligns well with the core of our brand.

    Maj. Dan Rooney of Folds of Honor, and Maj. Scott Clyman of Cockpit USA, both USAF veteran F-16 pilots Maj. Dan Rooney of Folds of Honor, and Maj. Scott Clyman of Cockpit USA, both USAF veteran F-16 pilots.
  • Kelly Bensimon wears Cockpit USA

    Kelly Bensimon, former model and star on The Real Housewives of New York City, spent a sunny day in April walking around New York City in our Sun Washed Cotton Peacoat styled by Cory Martin. A great lightweight option for the Spring, Kelly wears our jacket in a way that reminds us of warm weather and the feeling of light hearted Summer nights.

    'The Real Housewives of New York City' Kelly Bensimon seen doing a photoshoot outside her apartment in Soho, New York, USA. photo by Splash News 'The Real Housewives of New York City' Kelly Bensimon seen doing a photoshoot outside her apartment in Soho, New York, USA. photo by Splash News

    Get the jacket Kelly wears on our site here: Sun Washed Cotton Peacoat.

  • T.I. wears our jacket in 'Turn Up'

    Get ready for the weekend with T.I.'s new song Turn Up. In the beginning and end of the video you can see him wearing our Cockpit USA China Lake Jacket.

    T.I. wearing our China Lake Jacket in the beginning of his music video, Turn Up. T.I. wearing our China Lake Jacket in the beginning of his music video, Turn Up.
  • In the News: Tracy Morgan in a B-3

    Reading the New York Times Magazine this weekend we found an article about comedian, Tracy Morgan. Not only do we think he is funny, we love his style. Our B-3 Shearling Vest is a fine fit for him. Keep up the great work!

    Tracy Morgan for New York Times Magazine in our B-3 Shearling Vest Tracy Morgan for New York Times Magazine in our B-3 Shearling Vest

    Check out the full article here: Tracy Morgan: 'You Got to Watch What You Say'

     

  • Stars in Cockpit USA

    Cockpit USA leather aviation jackets have long been a favorite among stars of the silver screen and sporting world. From Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Selleck and Ronny Turiaf - we have fans in all realms of the world of the glitterati! We're proud to announce a whole host of new Cockpit USA followers! Kicking off a trend, Hank Haney, golf pro and Tiger Woods' former coach wore our Antique Lamb A-2 Jacket at MD golf tournament and since we have taken orders from rock legend Alice Cooper, Hollywood actor Kyle McLaughlin, golfer Jim McLean and the brother and manager of Academy Award winning actress Catherine Zeta Jones. Be sure to grab your iconic leather flight jacket here... As seen on celebrities!

  • Celebrities in Cockpit USA!

    Last week Cockpit USA HQ welcomed Kyle McLaughlin, star of a whole host of all time favorite TV shows including Twin Peaks, Law and Order and Desperate Housewives. Here he is in our New York showroom with our very own Kelly Grunther wearing the Cockpit USA Vintage Motocross 'Goodwood' Racing Jacket!

     

  • Nick Jonas Shops Cockpit USA in NYC!

    Nick Jonas Wearing Cockpit Cardigan #z66g011

    Nick Jonas Wearing Cockpit USA Cardigan with hidden hood. Style # z66goo1

  • Leonard Nimoy

    signed "Avirex" in the 80's while Avirex was under Cockpit's Wings

     

    Autographed photo gifted to Cockpit USA.
    Leonard is a consistent customer at Cockpit USA stores.

  • Jerry Seinfeld

    Jerry Seinfeld Autograph

    Dana was manager of the Little Sana Monica Cockpit store. Circa 1990

    Autographed photo gifted to Cockpit USA.

    Jerry purchased several pieces of leather outerwear.

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