History is littered with genius things invented by the military and later co-opted into civilian life, from duct tape (developed in 1942 to keep water out of ammunition cases) to microwaves (stumbled upon in 1945, when it was noticed that the US army’s radar transmitters were releasing enough heat to nicely warm up a chicken tikka masala ready-meal). The pre-eminent style item in the military-civilian crossover is undoubtedly the bomber jacket, designed in the mid-50s as a sleek, practical, lightweight item to complement the new generation of streamlined fighter jets and their slick cockpits. It soon made its way out of the hangar and onto hangers, but it retained a dash of derring-do chic, from the red-for-danger model sported by James Dean in Rebel Without A Cause, to the off-white number immortalised by Ryan Gosling in Drive.
The Timothy Everest take on this wardrobe staple doesn’t boast a giant yellow embroidered scorpion on the back, a la Gosling, but the bespoke detailing means it still has a sting in its tail. It comes in a distinctive plaid of black & blue (as a tribute to my seventh favourite Rolling Stones album – Hey Negrita!), with knitted contrast cuffs and collar, and angled jetted pockets. A full length zip allows you to flash a little of the iridsecent purple-blue lining in our signature Spitalfields flower weave. Dress it up with some creatively-clashing check trousers, or dress it down with selvedge jeans for a bit of mood indigo bebop. Either way, you’ll have a blast. Chocks away!