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