Pockets have always been major players for me – which is one of the reasons I loved that '90s sports-casual chemistry between Liam and Damon so much. I may as well admit that I had the pleasure of meeting the former one night in Hull, a week or two after the release of their debut ‘Supersonic’. Me and my pals had paid a couple of quid to see them play at the Adelphi – a grotty, living-room sized club with the world’s warmest beer and filthiest toilets. Sanitation aside, it was a good night and we ended up gassing to Liam, Noel and the others at the bar afterwards for a few hours (I’ll stop that part of the story there). Anyway, as a big Blur fan, what struck me most about Oasis' stage presence was how none of them removed their coats. Four songs in, their mop tops were dripping with sweat, but still they swaggered about with buttons fully fastened and zips pulled up to the chin.
With cinched in drawstring waists, pockets galore, and hefty collars they could pop for added drama, they’d managed to make that Ivy League 60/40 staple look, dare I say, cool? If that’s a bitter pill to swallow, perhaps I should explain it like this – they’d taken something you’d be more familiar seeing an off-duty J.F.K. sauntering around in, and made it look ‘street’. Those double-barrel pockets at the chest and hip were home to 20 Marlboro Lights, some bird’s landline number scrawled on the back of a beermat and a dog-eared packet of Durex. Thanks to the Gallagher brothers (and to some extent, Blur) the wearing of jackets and coats indoors became commonplace – a uniform for blokes of all backgrounds, shapes and sizes.
Little wonder(wall) then, that Drake’s have kicked off Spring 2021 with a remodelled, souped up D-43. Enter, stage left, the D-43 'Sport' edition. Like a Ford Escort with spoilers (or an Audi Quattro if ‘Country House’ was the single for you), this combines all the key components you’d expect from a military classic; epaulettes, buttoned cuffs, draw-corded waist and generous chest enhancing pockets, with a snazzy technical performance spin. Made from Japanese ‘ottoman’ weave fabric, the D-43 'Sport' is drizzle resistant due to its 69% cotton, 31% nylon fibre mix (a nod to the 60/40 fabrics of old), making it ideal for days when the weather can’t make its bloody mind up. Available in Navy, Olive and Ecru, it nails the tricky balance between modernity and nostalgia, which makes it the perfect jacket whether you're doing the big weekly shop, going on a socially-distanced first date, or playing your hit single to an army of fans at Wembley.
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