The G1 jacket (Tom Top Gun Cruise, ring a bell?) comes from the American Naval Air Force. Since its creation in 1940 (known as M-422, became G1 in 1947), it keeps reappearing, that’s the thing about ultra-classicism. Recently seen on Kristen Stewart’s graceful shoulders, in the very sensitive Personal Shopper by Olivier Assayas.
The vegetal tanned goatskins acquire a patina over time and show golden brown reflections on frequent contact areas. This straight cut jacket is slim-fitting, which is a good thing. Classical detail, the two buttons on the pouch pocket. Made by Chapal in its original fit, the only exception to the history is that Chapal integrated a detachable borg collar.
The vegetally tanned goat skin patina overtime.
This jacket is worn close to the body by its straight cut. It is elegant with its two ventral pockets. CHAPAL still brought their touch with a removable sheepskin collar.
The Chapal Tannery saw the light in Crocq, in the Creuse region, in 1832. The house specialized in rabbit skins and its know-how was soon to cross over the Atlantic to Brooklyn, New York State, where the house inaugurated its American workshops, and the first Chapal hats and clothes were made.
Aviation was at its beginnings and Chapal looked after the men of the air, the house produced their cover-alls, closely following the history of flying and in a continuous spirit of innovation. The clothes were designed in function to the evolution of the winged machines. In World War One, Captain George Guynemer was equipped with a three-quarters double-breasted jacket, with a large collar in golden fleece, which became the 1914 Chapal model 1914. He flew a SPAD S. VII in the Stork Squadron, the most glorious of the French Fighter Units.
Charles – the Solitary Angel – Lindberg wore the A1 jacket with wrists, collar and waist in finished edge coast, designed by the Army Air Corp, a Chapal classic. A jacket takes up less room than a blazer a cockpit – when you decide to cross over the Atlantic non-stop, on the 21st May 1927, in a little less than 33 hours, on board the Spirit of Saint Louis loaded with 1700 litres of fuel.
In 1934, Chapal invented in Brooklyn, for the American Army it supplied, the process of waterproof / plastification which gave the B3, the famous bomber in Shearling Sheepskin, its specific aspect. From the official Olympic Games winter outfits in 1969 to their collaboration with Dior for two decades, magically directed by Jean-François Bardinon, their specific know-how is forever excellent, to the sky and beyond.