Engineered Garments Olive Nylon Micro Ripstop BDU Jacket.
Words by Hugo Ross
Mar 13, 2019
Reimagining authentic and highly functional military attire is an Engineered Garments signature. They know how to do it and they do it well. It doesn’t get much more military than the field jacket, and it doesn’t get much better than this Engineered Garments take on it.
The history of getting dressed is in large part a story of borrowing from combat garb. The M-65 jacket is an early chapter in that story. Designed for US ground forces fighting in Vietnam, the name reflects the year the jacket came into service. Its colour pallet, rugged fabric and multiple pockets are all made for the trials and demands of jungle warfare.
Many US Marines brought their field jackets home with them after the Vietnam War ended. The M-65 field quickly became a counter culture icon, popularised thanks to films like Serpico, Taxi Driver and First Blood. Frank Serpico without an M-65 would be like superman without a cape.
But the field jacket fanbase is far wider than veterans, punks and anarchists. Like the bomber jacket and flight jacket, the M-65 has become a staple outerwear piece thanks to its crisp lines and incredible utility.
Creative license has renamed this item the BDU (Battle Dress Uniform), constructed in a lightweight micro-ripstop nylon rather than the standard issue 107 Olive Green drab cotton. Features include two patch chest pockets with hidden button flap fastening, two patch hand pockets with hidden button flap fastening and cuff cinching.
Made in the USA and available at the Bureau of Belfast.
Imagery courtesy The Bureau of Belfast.