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Uniform Work Shirts

By the cut and style of uniform work shirts, it’s not surprising that they have thier origins in military clothing.

After World War II, many of the G.I.’s coming home needed a sturdy and casual shirt to work in their new civilian jobs.  To fill this need, former soldiers would wear their old military shirts, which fit the bill for being well-made for hard labor, comfortable and not too fancy to mess up in their work environments.

As the trend spread, clothing manufacturers caught onto the need these blue-collar workers had and began making uniform shirts specifically for civilian jobs.  The shirts took inspiration for their tailoring and materials from military uniform shirts.  However, rank and division patches were replaced with the company’s insignia and the name of the worker.

To this day, vintage work shirts are a casual and sometimes ironic look for any urban hipster wanting to play tribute to America’s blue-collar workers.  Classics such as Red Kap, Dickies and Big Ben as well as newer brands such as Cintas, Aramark, Unitog and Flying Cross dominate the American market in uniform work shirts.

___________________________________________________________________________AMERICANA Classic Vintage has the best selection of blue-collar uniform work shirts this side of the Atlantic.

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Alpha Industries M-65 Field Jacket

Based in Knoxville, Tennessee, Alpha Industries has been making clothing and military gear for the U.S. Army since the 1940s.  One of the company’s most famous designs is the M-65 field jacket.  The famous jacket’s predecessor was the M-43, whose design was first drafted in 1940 and finalized in 1943.

In 1959, the U.S. Department of Defense requested that Alpha Industries redesign its military field jacket to meet the needs of aerial-based campaigns and rougher terrain.  Alpha met the challenge with a more technologically-engineered design and construction that was more durable, comfortable and reliable.

In 1965, the M-65 was introduced and is still the workhorse for the American Infantry to this day. The company manufactures the exact same garments for military use as it does for surplus goods, with the only difference being one bar (military production) or three bars (civilian production) on the label.  Other than this small detail, all fabrics, specifications and construction are the same.

The M-65 has made its way into popular American culture as the jacket Robert DeNiro’s character wore in the film “Taxi Driver.”

___________________________________________________________________________Yes Sir!  AMERICANA has genuine American military jackets of all types at our store on Gamla Brogatan in Stockholm

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