French cycling jacket aka luftwaffe jake

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by Charlie, May 6, 2013.

  1. Charlie

    Charlie Familiar Face

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    Hello

    Just a few picture taken during the "front populaire" in France (1936), the leather jacket was the jacket "par excellence" of the young workers of these days

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  2. Flat Foot Floey

    Flat Foot Floey My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Thank you for the pictures. I really like the "french workwear" style and found it difficult to research (since my french skills are very limeted)
    Apart from the leather jacket I really like those caps too!
     
  3. Fastuni

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    These French leather jackets are wonderful indeed - thanks for the photos. Rather ironic that an iconic garment of French workers now is mostly associated with the "Luftwaffe".
     
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  4. Based on my reading, leather flight jackets appeared to have been nonissue items in the Luftwaffe and thus were of civilian origin for the most part. As a great many Luftwaffe pilots were posted in France at one time or another it's most likely that their flight jackets were sourced locally.
     
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  5. bn1966

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    Fantastic original pictures, thanks very much for posting. Below is my ELC version:

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  6. Flat Foot Floey

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    Hah! Almost poststructuralist language theories at work here. I would never buy a "Luftwaffe" jacket. But French cycling jacket? Yes.
     
  7. Fastuni

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    If ebay search-term spamming hasn't already numbed one's sensibility towards semantics.:p
    What's worst are sellers who push hard the "Luftwaffe" angle for obvious sales-reasons and even attach Eagles, pins and other badges (or worse sewn on!) to any kind of civilian leather jacket - thus destroying it. :eusa_doh:
     
  8. Benny Holiday

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    From the days when even simple workwear looked great. Love the photos Charlie! Thanks for posting them.
     
  9. Charlie

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    some others exemples
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    I own myself two originals (not pictured) but they are quite rare to find nowadays, even in France !
     
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  10. Fastuni

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    Lovely. The leather-patches/mending at the rear bottom don't diminish the beauty of the first jacket.
     
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  11. Edward

    Edward Bartender

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    Agreed - I'd like to see a close-up of those... I'm fascinated by well-made repairs. I think it's the idea that something is worth repairing, and not part of the contemporary disposable society that appeals.
     
  12. Benny Holiday

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  13. hpalapdog

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    I saw a picture of a bomber crew stationed in France and they were wearing French cycle jackets. Not for flying duties but some sort of off-duty trophy. My guess is most were not owned by fighter pilots but all Luftwaffe personnel.

    Numerically most of the early private purchase jackets seen in Luftwaffe fighter pilot photos are of Austrian or German manufacture. Of those still with labels an address in Wein Austria crops up quite a lot. I think many were made there for various German outfitters. The same place was making latter war Government issue leather jackets like those bellow. Hungary was also making leather Luftwaffe gear.

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  14. Charlie

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    Some others examples

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    the FFI look during WWII (FFI stand for Force Fran├žaise de l'Interieur : the resistance to german/nazi occupation)

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    another style of jacket very praised during WWII "la canadienne"

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  15. Charlie

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    and the real stuff

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  16. Charlie

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  17. Great photos,Charlie.
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  18. Charlie

    Charlie Familiar Face

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    I found also a gall

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    a jacket made of wool and leather

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  19. herringbonekid

    herringbonekid I'll Lock Up

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  20. Metatron

    Metatron One Too Many

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    This is my kind of thread. My favourite is the first photo from post no.9 by Charlie.

    A similar jacket worn in post war reconstruction in Germany, late 1950s:

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    'La jour Se Leve' 1939
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    Dirk Bogarde in 'Despair'(1978) set in 1930s Germany

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