With some of the coldest days among us, we feel it's only right that we feature one of our favorite garments of the past - The U.S. Navy N-1 Deck Jacket.
During the 1940's, the U.S. Navy developed and used many different styles of jackets that would meet the demands of working out at sea. When working in some of the most harsh working conditions, sailor's needed to warm, durable, and functional clothing. In addition to the classic navy pea coat, another winter jacket that became a popular staple among sailors was the deck jacket.
Most of the deck jackets used throughout WWII evolved from a blue zip-front design that can be seen in the U.S. Army "Tanker Jacket," and by late 1943 the second version of deck jacket was phased into use; the N-1. The N-1 Deck Jacket was still manufactured with the same dark blue corded-cotton outer shell and featured an alpaca fur lining & collar. Alterations were made to the torso length of the jacket to protect individuals from the elements. A new cuff design was also implemented, which incorporated a knit cuff hidden up inside the sleeve. The jacket also featured a drawstring at the bottom to keep wind out and help alleviate excess fabric from getting snagged while working.
As time has gone on, minor modifications have been made to the N-1 and new colors have been introduced, such as olive, khaki, and black. If you have the opportunity to get your hands on a vintage jacket we highly recommend making the purchase but for those less fortunate, reproduction N-1 jackets are available and do the trick just fine.
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