Studio D'Artisan

Studio D'Artisan "Kurozome" MA-1 Flight Jacket


  • MA-1 Flight Jacket silhouette
  • One Wash
  • Garment dyed by Kyoto Montsuki
  • Utility pocket featured on left sleeve
  • SDA Original metal zipper opening
  • Leather pull tabs
  • Ribbed collar, cuffs and hem
  • Hand warmer pockets with snap button enclosure
  • Rayon lined body

The history of "Kyoto Montsuki Black" dyeing dates back to the Heian period, when black garments were predominantly worn by Buddhist priests and Samurai as formal attire. Traditionally, garments were first hand-dyed in either red or indigo, prior to being dyed to the deep black color using a natural pigment extracted from Betel nuts (Binroji).

Kurozome involves the base dye being applied many times before being introduced to the black pigment. The process involves these colors being layered over one another in order to achieve the deepest hue of black in the garment. This tedious dyeing process requires the expert skill of Kyoto Montsuki's craftsmen who individually dye each garment by hand, while subtly adjusting the temperature of the dye bath over time.

Developed for US Air Force pilots in the early 1950s, the new MA-1 design spec featured several changes to its predecessor - the L-2 model, as air combat moved into the Jet age.

Taking into account the tightness of the cockpit as well as the plethora of instruments that surrounded the pilot, the shortened hem length and trim design sought to improve comfort in flight while features such as the utility pocket featured on the left sleeve were added to reduce any unnecessary protrusions from the jacket.

Loved by mil-spec fans around the world, Studio D'Artisan have maintained all the bells and whistles of the MA-1 jacket and elevated a classic military garment by giving it the Kurozometreatment. Extremely easy to wear, the luxury does not end with the outer shell. Each jacket is rayon lined in order to maximize comfortability for the wearer.

*Model is pictured wearing a size 40. He weighs 75kg (165 pounds) and is 175cm (5'10") tall.

Size - CM Chest Shoulder Centre Back Sleeve
36 122 48.5 59 68
38 126 50 60.5 69.5
40 132 52 63 69.5
42 136 53.5 64 71.5
44 139 55 65.5 71.5
46 144 58 65.5 71.5
Size - Inches Chest Shoulder Centre Back Sleeve
36 48.0 19.1 23.2 26.8
38 49.6 19.7 23.8 27.4
40 52.0 20.5 24.8 27.4
42 53.5 21.1 25.2 28.1
44 54.7 21.7 25.8 28.1
46 56.7 22.8 25.8 28.1
Made in Kiryu, Japan