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2002 Raw Denim 2 Slash Pocket Jacket with Turn Up Sleeves

Helmut Lang

2002 Raw Denim 2 Slash Pocket Jacket with Turn Up Sleeves


IT 42: Best for an IT 44 - 34 Chest - XS, a Women's UK 12 - US 10 or a UK 10 - US 8.

Helmut Lang raw denim jacket with elongated sleeves from A/W 2002-2003. In brand new condition without tags. 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.

One of Lang's most iconic creations is undoubtedly the 'turn up' jacket, constructed with extra long sleeves that can be either cuffed or let down to achieve an exaggerated silhouette. This detail was introduced for A/W 1995 and has since then become one of the brand's most recognisable signatures. This version from A/W 2002 has Lang's 'slash pocket' design. Introduced in 1997, it is a bold reinterpretation of mid-century trucker jackets, streamlining many of their original features to their structural essence: The torso is constructed with a simple horizontal yoke panel, while the long diagonal lines typically seen on denim jackets have been omitted in favour of a cleaner shape. Likewise, the chest pockets have been abbreviated to simple slits with rectangular storage compartments whose stitching creates a militaristic element.

The jacket is crafted from substantial raw denim in a gorgeous black-on-white weave. The unwashed fabric's crisp finish and considerable weight give structure to the jacket's fitted silhouette, with narrow shoulders and skinny sleeves. Lang has used military drab thread that works beautifully in juxtaposition with the unsaturated colour of the fabric. This colour combination is one of the most uncommon in the designer's denim repertoire, and certainly sets it apart from typical denim jackets. This piece is also available in grey raw silk denim.

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. The waist is finished with adjustable tabs and upon a closer inspection, we can see that selected details such as the buttonholes are sewn with black instead of orange thread, demonstrating the designer's attention to detail.

A true modern classic, this jacket captures Helmut Lang's hard-edged minimalist precision at its finest. Its unique detailing and high quality fabric will make it one of your favourite casual jackets, and its appearance will only improve with age.

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