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The Sukajan

You’ve come a long way, baby. From humble souvenir to runway sensation, the sukajan has enjoyed quite the ascent. This letterman-style embroidered bomber, often sumptuously decked out in tigers, koi, dragons, and cherry blossoms, has its origins in WWII, when troops who had served in Asia wanted a memento of their time overseas.


They’ve since become something of a staple tourist buy, the province of countless thrift shops stateside when their novelty wears out. (Some may also remember the sukajan Katy Perry wore on the cover of her “Roar” single.) But with the Resort and men’s Spring ’16 collections, designers proposed lavish versions without a hint of chintz.


Chloé’s Clare Waight Keller spun a quilted take with blooms and prowling leopards, while Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri’s boasted a veritable ark’s worth of fauna, from frogs to the house’s famous butterflies. Men’s options were no less dreamy, like Kim Jones’ blush number with perching bird-of-paradise (courtesy of illustrator Gordon Flores) at Vuitton or Kris Van Assche’s lush white roses for Dior Homme.


The bomber’s back in a big way. Now the only question remains: How will you wear it?
KateSource: Resort, Spring 2016:

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