|From left to right: Momotaro, Big John, Rag & Bone, Pure Blue Japan; Bottom: The Hill-Side, Japan Blue, Naked and Famous, Iron Heart|
The iconic Levi's Type III Trucker is easily recognizable by the pointed flap pockets, tapered vertical double-line stitching, and slim fitting proportions. It's a style that has been carried forward in time so faithfully that it has barely changed, if at all, over the years - even when interpreted by more contemporary brands into their own translations.
|Type III Trucker - Levi's Vintage Clothing|
The Type II, entering the market in 1953, kept the knife pleats and basic makeup but added double chest pockets and replaced the cinch back with simpler waist adjusters. The jacket also featured bar tack stitched reinforcement for durability.
|Type II Jacket - Levi's Vintage Clothing|
You can find slightly different versions of the Type I, II, III through various denim specialist shops online, although the Type III design is the most common by far and usually carried in some form by most mainstream general clothing retailers.
|Lee 101J and Wrangler 24MJZ|
|Steve McQueen wearing a Lee 101J as a pallbearer at Bruce Lee's funeral|
|Kapital 101J style jacket, Thunderbird jacket, and Bing Crosby style tuxedo jacket (at Unionmade)|
Though this post was originally meant to highlight other options in the same genre of cropped denim slim riders, if you lift those restrictions the world opens up dramatically. Chore coats and other workwear-related outerwear, blazers, bombers - the options are almost endless and limited only by designers' imaginations. True to form, I tend to prefer vintage styling and Americana design, but there's truly something for everyone.
|Nigel Cabourn, RRL, Journal Standard, Kapital|
|Kapital 8 oz shop coat|
|Mister Freedom denim outerwear|
Like many things menswear related, the world of denim is deep - perhaps among the deepest overall, with a culture and heritage that can stand up to any other. The samples seen here are just a drop in the bucket, so if you have any personal favorites of yours or great brands I overlooked, drop me a line - I'd love to learn about some more, especially before a trip to Japan this fall.