1999 Vintage Sanded Denim Slim Lower 2-Pocket Jacket
IT 44: Best for an IT 46 - 36 Chest - S or a large IT 44 - 34 Chest - XS.
Helmut Lang distressed denim jacket from A/W 1999-2000. In excellent used condition. Made in Italy.
We have often argued that Helmut Lang's work was catalytic in the transformation of classic denim staples to sophisticated high fashion pieces. An examination of Lang's output reveals that American denim jackets were a strong source of inspiration for the Austrian designer, who in turn created countless garments influenced by their iconic detailing and proportions.
Drawing inspiration from mid-century jackets such as Levi's 507XX and Wrangler's 11MJ, this unusual lower 2-pocket version was first presented for A/W 1997 and was released in most 1990's collections that followed. Like the classic workwear designs it is based on, the jacket features two patch pockets with flaps positioned slightly lower on the torso. The similarities, however, end there: Lang's minimalist approach is apparent in the jacket's unembelished design. Yoke panels add shape to the upper body while the main part of the back is constructed from a single piece of fabric. Also available in blue denim.
The piece is crafted from the heavyweight denim we have come to expect from Lang, but in this instance the material has been washed and sanded to achieve a vintage look. The fabric has substantial weight, giving structure to the narrow silhouette, featuring high armholes, elongated sleeves and a tapered waist. The construction is exemplary like all Helmut Lang denim garments. Precise flat-fell seams protect the interior from undesirable fraying while making the jacket completely reversible. The hardware has a matte silver finish and is engraved with the Helmut Lang logo.
Combining 1990's minimalism with the heritage of American workwear, this rare jacket is a handsome demonstration of the Austrian designer's sophisticated take on classic denim icons. Its timeless details and interesting fabric will make it one of your favourite go-to casual jackets.