I’ve been waiting for ages to post a preview shot and give my intial take on the Flying Dominator by Lewis Leathers for Garbstore. I was waiting on the actual release of the FW 2010 lookbook to drop it, though (I came by advance knowledge of the piece through personal channels and didn’t want to step on any toes).
Now that it’s out though? Fuck it. Fair game! So feast your eyes, try to ignore the styling in the shot (which ain’t doing it for me) and read on for my take on the piece.
One note before I continue on to my thoughts: please keep in mind that there are some aspects of my description you can’t see in the above shot, so you’ll have to take my word. I assure you, I’m doing my level best to be 100% accurate.
On to the Flying Dominator!
To my eye, the look of the jacket as a whole is a modernized and pared-down take on the classic A2. You can see the knit cuffs, and the hem is done in a rib knit as well. Pair that with the brown leather, the shirt collar, and the “Flying” moniker, and it’s a pretty short leap to flight jacket associations.
There’s definitely a solid list of changes, though. First, it’s now slash handwarmer pockets instead of the traditional patch pockets with top entry flaps. There’s also no storm flap, epaulets, or snap-down closure on the collar. And obviously, the bright red quilted lining is all Lewis Leathers and zero military in terms of influence. One of the biggest differences is the slimmed down fit all around (trimmer body, higher armholes, etc). That lean silhouette is probably not great if you’re actually flying a plane, but I love it.
The Flying Dominator is sort of a highly civilianized hybrid piece. Perfect for someone with an appreciation for the general A2 vibe, but whose wardrobe doesn’t have the requisite “heritage” feel to work an actual reproduction or vintage piece into the works.
All in all, I think it’s a win. Very wearable and modern, but with the appropriate homage paid to it’s sartorial forbears.
It’s all made in the UK of British-tanned sheep nappa that’s been treated for a vintage look. Hopefully it holds up in person. From the shots I’ve seen, I’m thinking it’s gonna be a beauty.
The price should come in around the mid $800′s when it hits store in September. I’ll be saving my dollars for that very day.
(Image courtesy of Garbstore)