Fashion Citizen Find : The Sukajan Jacket
One of the stand out pieces lately in menswear is the souvenir jacket. Brands like Louis Vuitton brought them back to our fashionable sights and people can't get enough. They've recently trickled down to our fast fashion friends like Zara.
Let's talk history of the Sukajan or the souvenir jacket. American GI's stationed in Japan near the end of World War II commissioned these jackets to commemorate their time overseas in the war. The designs that were stitched on the jackets were popular designs in Japanese and sometimes Chinese culture, including dragons, cherry blossoms and trees. These designs were very similar to today's baseball jackets.
Check out these three options to get your hands on a Sukajan jacket.
1. Vintage - You can own an actual Sukajan jacket from war time by searching sites like Etsy. Make sure that you read the listing for the piece and understand the condition of the jacket you're purchasing and if you have any questions about the piece, do NOT be afraid to message the seller. Ask questions and make them as detailed as possible, you don't want any surprises. A vintage Sukajan jacket will give you an authentic feel with the trend and it will be unique. Nobody will have your design, so if exclusivity is your thing, go vintage !
2. Fast Fashion - Companies like Zara are giving you a chance to get your hands on a Sukajan style jacket with nothing more than a mouse click and your credit card. The only downside to this option is you won't have exclusivity and you will be confined to the designs that the stores offer. If you're looking for a quick fix to the trend, you can find Zara's version here.
3. Thrifting - Now this option isn't for the faint of heart or those who want a Sukajan jacket right now. This may take you some time and some extensive searching but there is a possibility that you could find one. Thrift shops are a great place to find old school gems, it will require time, patience and a very well trained eye to look for the specific piece you want.