WWII AAF A-2 Horsehide Leather Flight Jacket Stand Collar J.A. Dubow Mfg. Co

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 A-2 horsehide leather flight jacket J.A. Dubow, Army Air Forces

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"COLLAR STAND" CONSTRUCTION
RUSSET BROWN HORSEHIDE LEATHER
ARMY AIR FORCES, 1931-43
ORIGINAL CONTRACTOR: J.A. DUBOW MFG. CO.
$1225.00
38-48 Regular

 



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The extraordinary 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! 

As with our
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 B-2.

Prior to 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. 

During WWII 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 like.

"I received the A2 jacket a couple of days ago . I was quite surprised to receive a message from UPS that I had this package coming. That was a whole lot faster then I was expecting. I have hardly had it off for the last two days. I am a picky person , I just canít help it , it must be part of my nature . I have been studying this thing , its quality of leather , the craftsmanship with which it was made , the fit , the finish.  Its flawless!  This has been without question the nicest A2 I have ever seen. I have owned several in my life and some were pretty nice  too , but Non has ever surpassed my expectations like this one. It is such a wonderful jacket that I can not find any flaw or complaint I could make , except maybe I never want to take it off!! The fit is perfect , the leather is just perfect. It feels like REAL leather not too light or too soft, it even smells wonderful. I could not be more pleased with this jacket. I have always considered my Trojan MC jacket you made me my favorite jacket but now its my second with this one being #1. It is fantastic. You have totally spoiled me on jackets. Now I have to save up for a G1 And one of the wool ones. They are expensive , but well worth the price! Fast service, top quality materials, flawless construction, perfect fit. I just canít say enough of how happy I am with My A2. Everything you mention on your site about your jackets is more then true . These are jackets for your lifetime. Thanks so much for everything. You are the BEST at what you do..."
FN
Billings MT
12.19

 

"the jacket arrived yesterday...and WOW!!. it's stunning....ultra high quality and
fits like a glove. thank you so much for this treasure!!  I am very impressed with
your horsehide A2....thank you......."
R.G.
N.S. Canada
8.31.14

 

For a full description of the A-2 design and all LOST WORLDS A-2s specifications see:

A-2 Flight Jacket



J.A. Dubow Mfg. Co. A-2 Horsehide Leather Flight Jacket




LOST WORLDS J.A. Dubow Mfg. Co. A-2 Horsehide Leather Flight Jacket


 

J.A. Dubow Mfg. Co. A-2 Horsehide Leather Flight Jacket

J.A. Dubow Mfg. Co. A-2 Horsehide Leather Flight Jacket


A
-2 Horsehide Leather Flight Jacket, "Collar Stand" Detail:
Note Separate Horsehide Section Between Collar and Body: This is the "Collar Stand"


J.A. Dubow Mfg. Co. A-2 Horsehide Leather Flight Jacket
 
J.A. Dubow Mfg. Co. A-2 Horsehide Leather Flight Jacket

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