ROUGH, TOUGH & READY

Esquire (Malaysia) - - STYLE -

Like many great menswear sta­ples, the shear­ling bomber jacket has its roots in the mil­i­tary. Dur­ing World War II, Bri­tish pi­lots wore the Irvin fly­ing jacket, while Amer­i­cans had their equiv­a­lent, the B-3, but both looked and per­formed much the same. Made from shear­ling (sheep­skin with the wool still at­tached), they were de­signed to keep air­men warm for hours inside chilly cock­pits, and it was per­haps a bonus that the boxy cut—most likely de­signed to be as eco­nom­i­cal as pos­si­ble—made the wearer look es­pe­cially broad and bo­da­cious. Decades on, the shear­ling bomber is still the go-to-jacket for those want­ing to keep their cool in the cold, and as we slide into a new win­ter, none come close to this ex­am­ple by Dior Men. Cut from 100 per cent shear­ling, it is not only sleek, moody and a lit­tle bit men­ac­ing, but it will block out the bit­ter­est of gales.

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