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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
  • The Fishtail Parka

    Korea 1950, the U.S was at war defending South Korea from an invasion by North Korea and Communist China!

    Roads leaving to the Chosin Reservoir Roads leaving to the Chosin Reservoir

    On 14 November 1950, a cold front from Siberia descended over the Chosin Reservoir in the Korean peninsula, and the temperature plunged to as low as −35 °F. The cold weather was accompanied by frozen ground, creating considerable danger of frostbite casualties, icy roads, and weapon malfunctions. Medical supplies froze; morphine syrettes had to be defrosted in a medic's mouth before they could be injected; frozen blood plasma was useless on the battlefield. Even cutting off clothing to deal with a wound risked gangrene and frostbite. Batteries used for the Jeeps and radios did not function properly in the temperature and quickly ran down. The lubrication in the guns gelled and rendered them useless in battle. Likewise, the springs on the firing pins would not strike hard enough to fire the round, or would jam. In fact, it was the brutal Korean weather that gave birth to the fishtail parka.

    Rigorous Winter over the Chosin Reservoir Rigorous Winter over the Chosin Reservoir

    The M-51 fishtail parka hails its history from the US Army in Korea during the tough wet winters of the early 1950’s during the Korean War.   Like many iconic pieces of outerwear, “the fishtail” has roots in the military. The old M-43 field jacket and liner of WWII as well as the wool great coat were the standard outerwear provided to the military, but the notoriously wet and cold climate of the Korean peninsula necessitated a warmer coat for American troops in the Korean War.

    Cockpit USA M51 DMZ Fishtail Shell Cockpit USA M51 DMZ Fishtail Shell

    The Army designers first developed the M-1949 (Military 1949) and then the M-51 Cold Weather Parka as a result. The main concern for the US military during the Korean War was to keep the soldiers warm and mobile without wearing a robust and clumsy piece of outwear. The fishtail parka accomplished these needs with a three-quarter length, so it could keep someone’s entire body warm without hindering their movement, and constructed the coat out of waterproof cotton and then a nylon cotton blend, so the material would shed snow and freezing rain.

    In the 1960’s, the army surplus fishtail parka became a fashion staple on the streets of London, protecting the suits of working men that needed shield from the city’s elements. While fashionistas would have you believe the tail is intended to hang down like the back end of a fish, it’s actually function is to be tied around the wearer’s legs, from the back to the front, in order to seal things off from any unexpected wind gusts.

    London 1960's The Fishtail Parka becomes a fashion staple in the streets of London during the 1960's

    Our made in the USA M51 DMZ Fishtail with liner has adopted the architecture of the G1 issue shell and liner, and has now been modified to fit a zip in/zip out soft merino shearling hoody, which acts as a fur liner that can also be used as a beautiful and comfortable stand-alone piece. With its authentic water repellent military specification tight weave canvas, the 100% Mil. Spec cotton gives the wearer perfect cold or wet weather protection. Cockpit USA also offers an M51 DMZ fishtail shell and a U.S Army Airborne Parachute Wing insignia fishtail version that heralds the bravery of the military parachutist. Authentic, historic, and unique; the M51 Fishtail Parka is designed for those who demand the best.

    On The Left: M51 DMZ Fishtail W. Liner On The Right: Airborne Embroidered Fishtail On The Left: M51 DMZ Fishtail W. Liner
    On The Right: Airborne Embroidered Fishtail






  • 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.

  • Edit Trade Show SS15

    Having some fun at the Edit Tradeshow in NYC today. What do you think of our Spring '15 Women's Field Jacket?


  • Father's Day Sale 2011 :: Cool Dads Only

    Father's Day Sale 2011

    Cool Dads Only!

    Receive 20% off all purchase over $150 - Coupon # "CFD2011"


  • Pop-Up Archive Exhibit: Military’s Influence on Fashion

    Pop-Up Archive Exhibit

    View From Fashion Night Out Pop-Up Exhibit 

    Cockpit USA- transforms its NY General Store into a Military Fashion archive; paying homage to American history and its impact on fashion from yester years to today. With 35 years in the business, founder Jeff Clyman of Cockpit USA, is offering a sneak peek into his personal closet- a collection of memorabilia, vintage clothing, and utilitarian garments.

    September 10th (FASHION NIGHT OUT) – September 24th 2010

    Before entering the exhibit each visitor receives a pilot’s license experience a pilot’s perspective of military apparel. After an exciting walk through military fashion each visitor is given a brief biography on the historic endeavors of the pilot they assumed the role of.

    Special Thanks to Paul Zansler for gallery concept design.

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