Vintage 1960s suede collegiate jacket by Ralph Edwards Sportswear
Original TALON zipper!
Ralph Edwards Sportswear held a contract for producing military G-1 for the United States Navy jackets from 1961 - 1964. One of these jackets was recently sold by Good Wear Leathers, who described Ralph Edwards as being a "well-known contractor" for leather jackets, a testimony which speaks well to the quality of their products.
This suede jacket also speaks well to the quality of Ralph Edwards products! Likely dating from the mid-1960s judging by the cut, label, and collar size, this is a lovely and utterly wearable piece of Americana. An elegant and minimalist suede jacket the vertical seams on the front produce the openings to the two deep handwarmer pockets that are lined in warm cotton drill. The jacket is zippered at the front with a Talon zipper; this still moves beautifully fluidly. The jacket can be tightened at the waist by the use of the buttoned waist adjusters; unlike many jackets this has both of its original buttons intact. This jacket also features a protective leather strip on the inside of the collar, the area where most suede jackets start to face or fray first. This has ensured that the collar of this jacket exhibits no wear to the suede at all.
The suede of this jacket is still beautifully supple, and, although it is slightly rumpled from storage, there are no major scuffs or marks to the suede at all, apart from the small blemish by the left-hand waist adjuster at the back, as shown. This jacket is thus in Very Good condition.
Although it is not labeled as such, it was also Made in the USA!
This is just $45, or offer, boxed and shipped in the USA.
Chest: 22 1/4
Sleeve: 24 1/4
Length: 24 7/8