I asked Jojo the owner of Ragparade Vintage 162 Devonshire Street, Sheffield, S3 7SG, UK
http://www.instagram.com/ragparadesheffield would he be up for doing his top three jackets for us. I can’t imagine how hard it’s been for him to choose his Top 3. The amount of jackets that go through his hands is unbelievable. If you follow Jojo on Instagram you will see a lot of rare vintage jackets Jojo acquires.
1. 1950’s RAF Ventile Mountain Rescue Parka:- This jacket has been a true classic for me, I purchased it amongst a midst of RAF clothing but this really stood out. It’s build quality is fantastic with thick double layer Ventile, reverse buckle belt, fine wool lining & military issue brass zipper. Not only does this jacket look mega it really does do what it’s supposed to and can handle any terrain! I find the longer full length version a bit too bulky and heavy for regular use so this is perfect.
2. 1970’s Belstaff Chris Bonnington Endorsed Waxed Parka:- This jacket is almost the opposite to the first I chose regarding structure, it’s made up of a very thin unlined waxed cotton and is nice & simple in design. I just love the battered in colour the orange wax has gone and I’ve never seen another in the same colour. Along with this I’ve collected different wax, cotton & nylon versions along the way.
3. Unusual Design 1940’s Barbour Motorcycle Jacket:- I didn’t really want to choose two wax jackets but I had to in the end. The design is very similar to the famous officers Ursula jacket with the pleated pockets and low breast pockets but I’ve had several different experts telling me different reasons what this jacket was used for, personally I just think it’s an amazing early civilian motorcycle jacket. The greenish brown wax is beaten in just right creating this stunning patina. I’ve got a mate that asks me most weeks if I want to sell it but it’s another classic case of ‘try and find another one.