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 sukajan is in incredible condition, with almost no signs of wear! Dated to the early '50s. Fully reversible, one side features a royal blue silk body with embroidered pink eagles at front chest; "Korea" and large pink eagle at rear.
The reverse side is an eggplant velvet body with embroidered gold and silver dragons at chest. The back features "Korea" across the top, with a map of Korea including the 38th parallel line, and dragon and tiger embroidery.
Foam-backed quilted silk/velvet construction, with rib knit cuffs and hem. Reversible Speed Tokyo zipper. Raglan sleeves. Handmade.
Armpit to Armpit: 21“
Shoulder to Shoulder: ~18“ (raglan sleeves)
Sleeve Length: 33“ from neck (raglan sleeves)
Total Length: 23“
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.