Another reason to love R. Riveter: lightweight, water-resistant nylon.
Translating the functionality and feel of the iconic bomber jacket into everyday accessories.
This season we’re welcoming a new icon to our fabric collection – nylon. Inspired by the classic and functional bomber jackets of military fighter pilots throughout history, our new nylon fabrication brings an adaptive element to your R. Riveter accessory.
Lightweight and water-resistant, our new nylon R. Riveter bags are ready for all weather and for the wear and tear of everyday adventures. Perfect for travel, these accessories are easy to carry and clean.
Join us as we explore the evolution of the bomber jacket throughout history – from the military to the streets – and the functionality of our new nylon collection.
The bomber jacket’s iconic history
The first traditional bomber jackets were created in 1917 by the US Army Aviation Clothing Board. Made out of necessity, these fur-lined, leather jackets kept pilots warm in the bitter cold of open-air fighter planes in World War I. For the next few decades, these jackets underwent design changes and material shifts that kept up with changing aviation designs and combat and training needs.
After years of using leather and sheepskin material for military pilot bomber jackets, the iconic MA-1 jacket entered the scene. Featuring a knit collar and easy-to-clean nylon material, the MA-1 kept pilots warm and dry in the now-closed-in cockpits. Although originally made of navy blue nylon, the design switched to an olive color for camouflage purposes.
The MA-1 was eventually retired from military dress and replaced by updated and modernized models, but it remains the inspiration for bomber jackets in mainstream style. The bomber jacket rose in popularity in the civilian fashion world in the 70s, 80s, and 90s – solidified by actors in movies like The Hunter with Steve McQueen and Top Gun with Tom Cruise.
Bomber jackets live on as practical military uniforms and through creative iterations in the fashion industry, and now their inspiration has landed at R. Riveter. Shop our new nylon R. Riveter creations this fall and sport our version of the bomber jacket.
Nylon and your R. Riveter Accessory
Our new nylon accessories are perfect for life’s adventures. Protect your belongings from the seasons and everything else life throws your way with a new nylon tote, pouch, or purse.
A durable, water-resistant fabric, our nylon comes in khaki, fatigue, and black fabrications.
Riveter nylon is lightweight and easy to carry for all of you on the go. Nylon joins our other signature, durable fabrics – canvas and leather. We pride ourselves on creating accessories with long-lasting materials and our new nylon is no exception.
Join in on the R. Riveter mission
Shop the new nylon collection today and help aid the R. Riveter mission – supporting military spouses and families.
Each R. Riveter bag, pouch, or purse journeys across the fifty states before arriving on your doorstep. Military spouses across the nation craft individual components and ship them to our Fabshop where our in-house team then assembles each piece into a one-of-a-kind product crafted with love, honor, and pride in our country.
Thank you for helping support military spouses and families!