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Want: Buzz Ricksons A-3 Cap



—01. Military stamp.
—02. Washed olive herringone.


This hat just looks great. Especially with spring/summer around the corner, a nice worn out cap is a handy thing to have around. This Buzz Ricksons version has a nice washed out look to it. Hopefully the stamp would continue to fade out over time, but its a nice piece of military re-production work.

Available at Mr. Mudd and Mr. Gold

Reader Comments (12)

Yes, you are correct - I nice "worn" cap is nice to have around. Why don't you try wearing one out yourself.
January 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterUlysses have been selling these caps for years. I've worn this cap usually in the summer for the past seven or so years. Not trying to boast, I'm just saying.
January 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterwayne pate
What are your thoughts on re-appropriation of military insignia/sigils? I find that wearing of branch gear where I haven't personally served to be slightly unorthodox.
January 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJosh
I nice? :)

I do love worn items that are still brand new. Why? Because my Boston cap finally looks awesome but it is literally hanging by a thread.

Just because you have not served for a particular branch of the military does not mean you can't support them by wearing their gear! I wear my grandfathers USN jungle cloth coat all the time and I never served for the Navy.
January 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTim
Wish it came in a navy w/ white logo
It's a military reproduction there aren't any more "colorways".
January 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterhi mom
I'm pretty disappointed at the missed opportunity to plug a "local" business rather than a store in Europe.
January 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterhi mom
^Actually The Real McCoy's make it in an indigo color for this spring. What is the 'local' store that carries this hat?

I don't personally mind wearing something with military insignia on it. It's fairly well accepted that these 'fashion' items can bare these logos, and they look really cool. I don't feel its hurting or insulting anybody.

January 28, 2011 | Registered CommenterRyan Willms
I think it's much more interesting to wear and appreciate the aesthetic of military gear and be explicitly anti-war. Cool kids have been doing that since Vietnam. I'm not sure that's even 'slightly unorthodox' anymore unless you live at an army base...
January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJorden
Although there's nothing wrong with Buzz, their prices are pretty competitive considering the costs of manufacturing in Japan, it's worth mentioning that good condition, wearable original AAF A-3 caps and the identical Navy version ( called N-3 if I'm not mistaken) still show up regularly at ebay for roughly half of what the Buzz R. repro retails for.

Army Air Forces were disbanded in 1947, so you'd have to be over 80 years old to have served with them. Unless you're in that age group it would be pretty hard to be considered a poser for wearing their gear.

And what's wrong with highlighting a store in europe, europeans are reading this blog too.
January 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterF.H.
I was talking about History Preservation, The US distributor for Buzz Rickson. If you want to "value products and clothing for more than just their appearance", then order from the people who have a direct connection to the brand rather than anonymously over a European website.
January 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterhi mom
^Thanks. Mr Mud and Mr Gold is a good shop that we do have a relationship with, as you can see they carry our magazine. They have better product images as well, so its only fair to credit them if we use their photos.
January 29, 2011 | Registered CommenterRyan Willms

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