Satin bomber jackets blew up this season! Everyone from my fifteen-year-old sister to the hottest street style stars are wearing them. Aside from their funky embroidered designs, what I find most interesting about this fashion item is that we can trace back its origins to WWII. This garment served a real utilitarian purpose for the U.S. Air Corp circa the 1930s. Understanding the story behind this garment makes wearing a bomber jacket today that much more meaningful. I find that if a garment has meaning to it — whether that is cultural, emotional, historical, or environmental —I place a higher value on it. Case in point, I fell in love with this recycled bomber jacket from Urban Outfitters’ Urban Renewal collection for two reasons: its inspired historical design and because it was made sustainably.
Urban Renewal is a collection designed by Urban Outfitters’ in-house experts who not only source special vintage pieces and update them, but also recycle fabrics to create new products. This fairly new phenomenon in fashion called upcycling has picked up speed in the recent years, especially with the growing environmental concerns the industry is facing. It is part of the regenerative design culture which essentially restores, revitalizes, and renews sources of materials creating sustainable systems that integrate the needs of society with the integrity of nature in mind. Upcycling alone can divert 85% of this waste that ends up in landfills! And Urban Renewal is a creative way for the company to give these unwanted clothes and fabrics and afterlife.
The more I move away from trendy throw-away fashion, the more I realize why I am purchasing clothes and what purpose they serve in my closet. This recycled bomber jacket serves as the perfect transition piece between Summer and Fall. Its lightweight and versatile design make it a useful item to have for those chilly temps we sometimes experience in these months. I also love that I have the opportunity to customize this recycled bomber jacket with my own patches and embroidery just like the soldiers personalized their jackets back then. And as soon as I do so, I will be sure to share the finished product. Thank you, Urban Renewal for making my closet that much more meaningful!
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