My New Ring Jacket A-1
This blouson by Ring Jacket from Japan is a wool version of the A-1 flight jacket using fabric made in collaboration with the Abraham Moon woolen mill in England. I’d been eyeing those Ring Jacket A-1 blousons for quite some time now but had been holding off because they never had my size and it’s also not a small amount of money to spend on a casual non-leather jacket.
Recently, though, they had some in my size (Alan See was a great help in addressing my questions regarding sizing). I finally thought ‘enough is enough’, bit the bullet and put in my order for a one in navy from The Armoury in Hong Kong.
The jacket itself is great - thick and warm but light. The wool is a little scratchy so I would wear something long sleeved underneath. It fits really well and I’m very happy with it. We’re still in the middle of winter over here in Australia so I’ll have quite a few more weeks of wear before I’ll need to put it away.
I’m finding that this is almost the perfect casual jacket for me - it goes well with khaki chinos, jeans and even thick wool trousers. Navy is, of course, a versatile colour and goes with pretty much anything.
This A-1 is gearing up to be one of the most used pieces in my wardrobe and definitely worth the investment. I’ll be wearing it for many years to come.
FWIW, I wear size 38 or 40 jackets and took an L in the A-1. The M would have been too tight for my liking.
When you’re buying something from overseas, you need to be dealing with people you can trust and I would have no hesitation whatsoever if I were to buy anything from The Armoury in future.