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 is fully reversible. One side features an peach and silver body; the front is adorned with stunning embroidered mountains in pink and silver thread, and silver trim pockets. The back has an stunning large embroidered dragon and tiger with gold, pink, green and silver thread.
The second side has a sun faded blue and silver body with silver trim pockets, embroidered mountains in silver and pink on front and stunning large embroidered tiger on back.
Foam-backed silk/rayon construction, with striped red white & blue rib knit cuffs and hem. Raglan sleeves. Original TTS Tokyo double sided zipper. Handmade in Japan.
Some wear in the sleeves/neck that can be mended for free with purchase if requested.
Armpit to Armpit: 15“
Shoulder to Shoulder: ~12“ (raglan sleeves)
Sleeve Length: 20“ from neck (raglan sleeves)
Total Length: 17.“
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.