LOST WORLDS recreation of the early production J.A. DUBOW MFG. CO. A-2,
"Collar Stand" Design. Workmanship, authenticity and fit which must be
experienced to be believed!
standard WWII issue collar construction, the benchmark for those who know.
The earliest A-2s
used a collar construction different from most WWII examples: a narrow leather
band, separately lined and top
stitched, attached collar to body (see above), as on many shirts. This more elaborate and
time-consuming design produced a slightly different collar shape and roll. A
similar early construction is found on our
WWII the AAF modified the A-2 with a direct collar/body construction.
Probable reasons: easier mass manufacturing, desired lower neck profile, better
soiling resistance (less lining exposed at neck). The
"Collar Stand" design was also inherently asymmetrical, causing pattern and production problems and errors. Many original Roughwears,
for instance, are truly unbalanced
-- displaying a short, compressed frontal collar with the rear extending an inch or more
past the neck seam in a fair approximation of the cowl on a clown's costume! Sorry
for the sacrilege, Shroud of
Turin Pennsylvania and all that
(where Roughwears were made) but this is simply not correct design.
several major contractors, for unknown reasons, continued to manufacture the
"Collar Stand" design, notably Roughwear and Perry Sportswear.
J.A. Dubow Mfg. Co. changed production to the standard collar construction.
Yet there's no denying the beauty, complexity and uniqueness of the older
design. One construction is not "better" than the other. More like vanilla
and chocolate -- different.
The LOST WORLDS
"Collar Stand" A-2, like the
original Dubow, is fully symmetrical. If something
isn't perfect and balanced, we
don't make it. Nor do we copy errors. Consider the beautiful shaping and roll of
the collar in the shots above. It was different during WWII: many operators in many companies made these
jackets and quality and standardization varied -- getting the jackets to airmen was the
priority. Ours is perfection. LOST WORLDS has a different perspective on
reproduction than some other mfgs. We conceive our jacket to emulate that
A-2 which Jacob Dubow had cut, then sewn by his best cutter and operator
to serve as a perfect production sample for the rest of his many workers, rather
than a Xerox of a flawed piece such as one stumbles on at a military show or the
For a full description of the A-2
design and all LOST
WORLDS A-2s specifications see: