PARKAS: A PRIMER
- M-51: “Military 1951” - standardised for the Korean War. Composed of three detachable parts; outer shell, synthetic fur lining and hood lining. Distinctive “fishtail” back with tie strings.
- M-65: “Military 1965” - standardised features similar to M-51, but with removable quilted liner and a completely detachabland synthetic fur-lined hood.
Now, I have to boost up my favourite Mod shop Jump the Gun here: my old Parka was one of JTG’s slick black M51, with a golden Vespa badge on one sleeve. But my other two favourite examples of this are the cover of Oasis’ Be Here Now album, picturing Liam Gallagher in a smart chocolate brown M-51 and Pretty Green’s Lansdowne parka; navy blue with a fur hood. Both are strong looks that keep with the Parka tradition without losing you in the sea of green.
If you’ve got any other strong examples of a new Parka, post ‘em here or on twitter or fb!