We've grown a touch weary of the ubiquitous Motorcycle Jacket--both on the sidewalk and on ourselves--but if one trend is guaranteed for fall, it's the unbeatable combination of shearling and leather. A classic, '40s-inspired bomber jacket (a la Burberry and Chanel), complete with shearling collar and rugged Americana 'tude, is the perfect update to all the biker garb of 2009.
In 1986, The Cockpit USA --formerly Avirex--supplied reproduction pilot jackets to the cast of Top Gun. Not all of our fashion choices are guided by Tom Cruise's '80s wardrobe, but this one definitely is. Who wouldn't want to look as he did in '86?
Conveniently, The Cockpit recently opened a flagship "general store" in Greenwich Village, where they peddle new and vintage military wares in shrunken sizes to suit the gals (thanks, guys). Their signature naval fighter jacket in vintage lamb leather boasts a real shearling collar, side entry pockets, and extra slim silhouette. For $495, this is the jacket you've always wanted to find in a thrift store, but probably never will.
The Cockpit General Store is located at 652 Broadway, between Bleecker and Bond.