Skip to main content

The other day we brought you news of the first collaboration between Taylor Stitch and Alpha Industries in the form of a recycled-nylon flight jacket. Alpha, founded in Knoxville, Tennessee in the 1950s, has been making jackets for the U.S. military for over half a century.

Now the partnership has produced another take on an army-issue icon—the TS x Alpha Industries M-51 in Indigo Reverse Sateen. The original M-51, released in 1951, was a rugged weatherproof field jacket that looked smart enough for parade duty when pressed. 

The fresh take keeps the details which endeared the M-51 to officers and enlisted men alike, with some serious upgrades. First of all, the fabric, which in the new edition is a soft yet resilient 10-oz 100% organic cotton reverse sateen, dyed deep indigo.

Reverse sateen is one of Taylor Stitch's newest innovations, derived from combat uniforms but responsibly produced and garment washed, which both softens it up and emphasizes its unique slubby texture. The jacket's liner meanwhile is made from 6-oz organic cotton which "adds just enough heft to keep things cozy without constricting your movement." 

Topping things off you get a wealth of storage options including expandable chest pockets and two internal zippered pockets, as well as antique YKK hardware and a storm welt along the front enclosure to "keep the elements at bay"—while you look your best.