Wool Gaba x Acetate Souvenir Jacket “KOSHO & CO” Special Edition "YOKOSUKA DRAGON"×“JAPAN MAP” - Navy
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“KOSHO & CO.” SPECIAL EDITION
The “Special Edition” collection is a superior version of Tailor Toyo Sukajan that is an absolute reproduction of vintage souvenir jackets originated in the early days of post WWII. The intricate artworks are depicted in details by the experienced craftsmen with the vintage embroidery machines. The 100% wool rib that is purposely knitted loose by the primitive knitting machine in the same manner the rib of vintage jackets was done. The zipper with two pullers meant for reversible jacket is duplicated by using the 50-year-old vintage fastener machines. The special jacket has a woven label of “Kosho & Co.” which is a predecessor company of Toyo Enterprise, all the details of the day built in.
The jacket that will be the main visual at the world's first sukajan exhibition "PRIDE OF YOKOSUKA sukajan exhibition" to be held at the Yokosuka Museum of Art.
The original vintage was embroidered in 1946, shortly after the war, as a custom order for US soldiers stationed at the Yokosuka base.
This is a valuable piece made in the earliest period of sukajan, and only this one in the collection of Tailor Toyo has been discovered.
Since Yokosuka is a naval town, the motif is a dragon rising to the sky.
The dark navy outer material is wool gabardine reproduced based on vintage.
It stands out from other sukajans in that it takes a lot of time and effort to make. The dragon's horns, mane, scales, etc. are expressed in detail and three-dimensionally with multiple layers of embroidery.
The vintage is a one-sided design, but in order to reproduce it as a special edition commemorating the exhibition, it has been changed to a reversible design, which is the biggest feature of Sukajan.
This reversible side is a special one-time exclusive combination of multiple vintage embroidery, and the fabric is all black acetate.
Yokosuka is a naval port, so along with a map of Japan and Mt. Fuji, a destroyer and a dragon symbolizing NAVY BASE (naval base), and seagulls instead of eagles are embroidered.