Zach’s Box: Nylon Bomber, Selvage Flannel, and more

I’ve been finding a lot of selvage fabric lately, the kind where the maker never thought selvage was meaningful. There’s no “ID” stripe, no exposed selvage, no label on the neck, just a self-edge of the fabric under the placket. Consider this a friendly reminder that vintage selvage fabric exists for no other reason than it was convenient and economical to produce. Remember also, that vintage nylon bomber jackets are incredible.

Hi Zachary,

Thanks for subscribing to Comma, the vintage menswear subscription service! Here’s what you get:

A Nylon Bomber Jacket: I found a big lot of these on a buying trip recently, and far as I can tell they’re unworn. (I think this one may even have the tag on it.) Crisp and bright, but without any graphics or names or logos. I like the cleanliness of it, though if you have found an old Houston Oilers Patch I’d insist you sew it on there. Warren Moon, after all, is a stud in Super Tecmo Bowl and it looks like this jacket is from about the same era.

A Printed Flannel: Unfortunately the label has been removed here, but there’s a still few details worth sharing. First is the sewn in collar stays. They keep it pointed and give it a slightly more refined look than a traditional workshirt. I like the button pockets, too, as opposed to the more common flap pockets. My favorite detail, though, is found under the button-hole placket. If you’ll look, you’ll see that it’s made with a selvage fabric. Note how the fabric just sorta ends—it’s not sewn shut or fraying. A cool detail found only on older, high quality shirts.

A Vintage Tie Clip: Well, why not? Everyone gets a tie clip this month.

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