Sukajan, or souvenir jackets, originated in Japan during the post-WW2 occupation, popular amongst American GIs to bring home as souvenirs - hence the name. The jackets were styled after baseball/varsity jackets, colourful and often reversible, and made of rayon, silk or sometimes the remnants of parachute capes. Soldiers had various designs handstitched onto their jackets, usually a blend of Japanese and American cultural themes, often approximating tattoo designs in style. Vintage sukajan are highly sought after.
This beauty is dated to between 1945 and 1953 and has a maker tag from Mount Antelope. Fully reversible, one side features an emerald green and pearl body with coral piping and embroidered dragons at chest. The rear of this side features an eagle and dragon with a map of Japan and Korea. The map is quite interesting as it features a number of odd misspellings.
The second side features a quilted burgundy/pearl body with navy/yellow rib knit and dual Mount Fuji scenes at chest. Rear features large embroidered tiger and "Japan".
Foam-backed diamond quilted silk construction, with striped rib knit cuffs and hem. Striped multicoloured silk pocket bags. Raglan sleeves. Original TTS Tokyo reversible zipper. Handmade in Japan by Mount Antelope.
Some wear/damage to rib knit trim, and some staining on sleeves, consistent with age.
Armpit to Armpit: 21“
Shoulder to Shoulder: ~17“ (raglan sleeves)
Sleeve Length: 31“ from neck (raglan sleeves)
Total Length: 25“
Head to our Sizing Guide to see if this will fit you.
*Please note, all of our items are vintage and used and will naturally have some wear. We think it all just adds to the piece’s charm. We’ll always do our best to properly document any obvious imperfections.
**Colors may vary slightly between photos on screen and actual piece.