How To Get Souvenir Jackets Without Breaking The Bank

By P. on
June 24, 2016

One fashion piece has been all the rage so far in 2016: Souvenir Jackets. The jacket – sometimes referred to as a Sukajan Jacket – owes it’s origins to American soldiers who were in Japan following World War II. These soldiers wanted a commemorative piece of their experience, so they commissioned these jackets – often made with excess parachute silk – using the iconography of both Japan and America (i.e. dragons and eagles). Spring/Summer 2016 has seen these jackets become the “it” thing to own, however they can be staggeringly expensive for the runway versions from Gucci, Saint Laurent, and Louis Vuitton that range ($2,000-$4,000). Therefore, we found the best ways to get these fashion grails for less.

 
 

Diesel J-Oito Souvenir Jacket

 
 

 
 
 
 

Gucci Silk Bomber Jacket with Embroideries

 
 

Best Way To Buy One? Go Vintage!

The jackets have been popular for sometime, especially within the military during the 70s and 80s, thus sites like eBay and Grailed are littered with beautiful gems from the past, which typically will range from ($100-$400).

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  • Vintage Souvenir "Sukajan" Jacket
  • Vintage Souvenir "Sukajan" Jacket
  • Vintage Souvenir "Sukajan" Jacket
  • Vintage Souvenir "Sukajan" Jacket
  • Vintage Souvenir "Sukajan" Jacket
  • Vintage Souvenir "Sukajan" Jacket
  • Vintage Souvenir "Sukajan" Jacket
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I Like The Jacket, But The Designs...Not So Much

One problem that often arises when shopping for Souvenir Jackets is the embroideries. Not everyone is down with having wild dragons on their jackets. However, the luxurious sheen of the Sukajan still makes it an appealing purchase for your wardrobe, so what do you do? Vintage! But this time focus on a favorite sports team you have. One of the main things you want to look for is one that was made in the 1980s. The jackets from this era were cut slimmer and utilized a higher quality satin then the ones you’d find these days, think original L.A. Rams era – not the new one. The great thing about these jackets is that they still give off the regal vibe of the Souvenir Jacket, but also double as a great way to rep your team.

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  • Vintage Satin Sports Jacket
  • Vintage Satin Sports Jacket
  • Vintage Satin Sports Jacket
  • Vintage Satin Sports Jacket
  • Vintage Satin Sports JacketVintage Satin Sports Jacket
  • Vintage Satin Sports Jacket
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