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The 1950s Rider Jacket

In the new Lee 101 Spring-Summer 2021 collection, they added a premium version of their Rider icon. In fact, within the collection are two versions of the Rider jacket, a more modern fit, and this roomier 1950s fit.

Lee 101

The Fit Of The Jacket

The 1950s fit of the Rider has a classic silhouette, so it has a more short boxy fit compared to the regular version. This gives it an authentic and retro look. Originally this jacket style was produced with Cowboys and horse riders in mind. Therefore it features some special details as the inward breast pockets which made it easier for them to reach inside the pocket with the opposite hand, especially when riding a horse. It also has a wider waistband for a better fit making sure the jacket didn’t fold upwards.

Lee 101

Lee 101

The Iconic Details

As always, the Rider jacket features the details that make this jacket a classic for ages as the two breast pockets, zig-zag closure stitching, and the slanted yoke.

The buttons are Lee 101 branded, and on the back, there’re the typical Lee cat-eye buttons on the adjusters. The left breast pocket features the subtle Lee branding label on the pocket flap.

Lee 101

Lee 101

Lee 101

The Selvedge Fabric Of The Jacket

The jacket is made with a fine plain selvedge fabric from the Kurabo mill in Japan. It’s a 13oz rigid right-hand selvedge fabric made from 83% BCI cotton and 17% recycled cotton. BCI stands for Better Cotton Initiative, this is a global not-for-profit organization that is founded in 2009 and is the largest cotton sustainability program in the world. As the fabric is Sanforized, expect less shrinking after washing.

Lee 101

Lee 101

Availability

The Lee 101 Rider jacket is produced in Italy, and available at online retailer Cultizm here.

Lee 101

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Written by Wouter Munnichs
I'm the founder of Long John. Next to running this daily magazine, I'm working as a freelance denim specialist for the industry. Titled as 'Denim Influencer 2020' by Rivet 50. Celebrating my 10th anniversary with Long John this year.