You can trace the origins of Souvenir Jackets shortly after the end of World War II. The American GIs who spent their time in Japan got their jackets embroidered with symbols like dragons and cherry blossoms. The silk and satin fabrics were commonly used fabrics and they were cut in a baseball jacket style. The GIs were given the pieces as souvenirs, hence the name that is known for today. We’ve picked out three of our favorite souvenir jackets you should consider adding to your autumn wardrobe.
If you want an authentic souvenir jacket, look no further than to Japanese label KAPITAL. This piece is crafted a velvet material that looks vintage-esque. Meanwhile, an intricate embroidered coconut tree motif is seen at the front. What is best about the jacket is that it’s reversible. On the other side is a clean collegiate aesthetic.
This blouson jacket from Saint Laurent features a Western-inspired slant that shows off pink carnations. The body is made from soft cotton that gives off a satin like shine. To add to the luxury, the interior is silk-lined, while two front pockets add some functionality.
This year, Gucci has enjoyed a renewed popularity and with pieces like this souvenir jacket, it’s no surprise as to why. They have contemporized the jacket to have a cleaner fit and concealed zipper. At the front is a single flower, at the back is an intricate snake, bird and flower pattern.