Never too late for childhood dreams

October 21, 2022

If you aren’t an ace pilot by now you probably won’t ever be, but a least you can dress like one

Cast your mind back to the first time you saw Top Gun... That opening montage: steam rolling over the flight deck, goggled men scrambling around under the wings of hunched Tomcats, the afterburners lighting up, and Kenny Loggins kicking in… Into the Danger Zone! It still gets us every time.

By now, we have come to terms with not being dashing fighter pilots-cum-volleyball stars. We decided the next best thing we could do was to create the perfect Bomber Jacket, so we (and you) can live a little of that fly-boy dream whenever we want.

Not qualifying for flight school left us more time to get the B10 Bomber just right. More than just a jacket, it’s pretty much a boyhood dream machine, but we didn’t let that get in the way of it being a seriously sturdy piece of kit.

There are some real bogeys out there when it comes to the bomber jackets on the market - here are the let-downs that you told us about:

Problem 1: The fabric isn’t up to the task.

Problem 2: The cut is too baggy or too short

Problem 3: The fur collar is the weakest of them all

Problem 4: The colours don’t look great.

Any similarities are purely intentional

To awaken those dreams of sky-high heroism we looked to a legend: the B10 Flight Jacket. First introduced by the US Air Force in 1943, the B10 was made of heavy-duty cotton paired with a toasty alpaca lining and the now iconic woolly collar… Picture a dashing ace posing on the wing of his plane with his dog, and this is the coat he’s wearing.

We dived into the archives to bring the B10 up to date for you.

The long and short of it

You gave us a lot of pointers when it came to getting the Bomber just right: it had to stick with the type’s notoriously tough, hard-wearing credentials but required a little tune-up for the realities of life in 2022. So to get the ball rolling we sourced some top-notch material: a half-basket weave canvas, nice and dense, made of 100% organic cotton. It’s a reassuringly solid 360g/m2 which drapes well and is up to the task when it comes to going the distance. A technical fabric made just on Asphalte’s doorstep, by the belle équipe at Telatex.

Shrug off the rain

Even though this canvas is damn sturdy as-is, we played it safe and applied a water-repellent treatment to the jacket’s outer. We also made sure the treatment was PFC-free, which means it’s harmless for you, the workers and the planet. Nice bonus, right? So - all of that adds up to you getting where you’re going bone dry - at least above the trouser line.

A cut above

A lot of the bomber jackets out there fall flat when it comes to the cut. The older types were often over-baggy, and more modern examples can be too short, too long, or too tight. We put a lot of thought into fine-tuning the sizing of our B10 so that it sits just right: a tailored shape, but with enough room for a jumper underneath. Who wants a skintight bomber jacket anyway?

So that’s your comfort sorted. To make you feel really relaxed when out on duty we added an ultra-tough ripstop lining with recycled polyester padding. Between that and the heavy-hitting canvas, you should be more than toasty in there. And the bonus? It’s removable. Consider versatility ticked off the wish list.

Up to the neck

To keep your neck snug on those long winter missions to the shops, pub, work, or whatever… we opted for an off-white, 100% sheepskin collar. It packs all the characterful punch of the 40’s original, but because we are thoughtful types we decided to make it removable - so your bomber can be your wingman all the way into summer

B there at 10

We hope we made your childhood dream come true in style with the credentials you’ve come to expect from this iconic piece.

So the B10 Bomber will be available to preorder for 249€ from next Tuesday, that’s the 25th of October, from 10 am. (CET).

If you’re the kind to forget your boarding pass, just sign up for a reminder, so you can get first dibs (no extra legroom sorry) when preorders are live.

If it doesn't work out fear not, returns and exchanges are easy and the cost of the return is on us.

Need to know anything else? Drop it in the comments below or check our international Instagram page for the answer. Possibly.

Thanks,

The Asphalte Team

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