COMME DES GARÇONS HOMME 'SAFETY ORANGE' LEATHER WORK JACKET – SS2004
Measurements: Pit to Pit: 20.5 in”/ 52 cm, Shoulder Width: 17.4 in” / 44 cm, Sleeve Length: 24.5 in” / 62 cm, Length: 24.4 in” / 60 cm
Recommended Size: M / 48 Condition: 8.5 / 10 – see the intentional distressing on the arms and pockets
Material: 100% Cow Hide Leather (exterior) 100% Cotton (lining)
2004 – Junya Watanabe took over the Comme des Garçons Homme line alongside Rei Kawakubo. This was following Keichii Tanaka’s departure from the label after a 10 year stint as the head designer. Rei claimed that she wanted the label to make a return to form. Much of the DNA of Tanaka was kept during 2004 – 2005, which is probably why I still gravitate towards to some of these pieces. This piece specifically is tagged an ‘S’ or Small but fits closer to a slim Medium. The color of the cowhide has faded on the arms and around the pockets, but I am under the impression this was intentional in some of the areas, either way it creates a great affect. It has a standard work jacket fit otherwise, with button closure rather than a zipper. The inside lining is soft with an added layer of warmth. I haven’t seen to many leather jackets from the ‘Homme’ label, but this is an area that Junya would go on to explore in the coming years under his own line. A beautiful piece and a great example of a key menswear basic – the leather work jacket – with a twist, this time being the rare color.