Swedish prisoner jacket, surplus
Like a modern men's blazer, but even more like an early 20th century worker's jacket, which it sort of is! This jacket is very likely vintage prison wear, definitely Swedish. Garments like this just look better with use and wear. These are in excellent shape, and with a surprisingly good size selection too.
Unlined, open-collar design with three open pockets. Not at all formal looking. The fabric looks very peculiar, it changes colour when looked from a different angle. That's because the threads used in the weave are of different colours. Pair it with rusty red and brownish coloured stuff and it works like a charm. Wash in 40 degrees Celsius, about.
Sizes in standard EU sizes or straight-up centimetres because different size marking standards, but please pick the jacket by our recommended user's measurements (height & chest) seen in the brackets; our measurements are more accurate than the actual fit by the official size numbers! For example, normally in the Swedish system size 96 would be a long 48, but these are quite erratic.
Being prisoner issue, maybe even made by prisoners, possibly even inspected by prisoners, these are not the fanciest quality when it comes to details such as this.
Our model is size 175/96 cm and wears size 52 jacket in the pictures.
In excellent condition, most aren't even used. These do have a musty warehouse odour to them. This will fade away in use. These are probably made in the mid 1900's, so what can you expect!
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Tuomas T. 24.10.2017
Hiroki A. 29.12.2017
The rusty brown/grey/green colour blend is a nice change from the olive drab jackets that I usually wear, and the material feels like a hardwearing but light and thin denim.
Lastly, mine arrived in pristine condition, and the build quality is superb. Very happy with the product and service from Varusteleka.
Percy H. 10.04.2018
Despite being ostensibly a shabby bit of outerwear for prisoners, it's got a lovely neat finish to it; All the seams are pressed and felled (There's no raw edges of fabric showing) and other than the buttonholes being a little rough (They're cut open, but not frayed back; They will fray into a smoother shape over time though) it's a very well finished garment. It has a Fristads' workwear label in it, which I suspect could be used to date it exactly (Fristads was founded in 1925)
The sizing is true; I bought the same size as I would wear in any jacket, and other than the arms being slightly over-long, it fits like a glove. The arms are straight seamed and have a simple hem rather than a cuff, so they could be turned up easily anyway (and I probably will do so). Better that the arms are over-long than over-short.
Patrik K. 16.04.2018
Hieman ompeluvirheitä tästä löytyi, mutta kyllä se vangille kelpaa.
Valitettavasti takki ei istunut tarpeeksi hyvin päälleni, että kehtaisin käyttää kylillä.
Paul F. 26.04.2018
Sami K. 06.05.2018
Victor A. 12.10.2018
Fabric might have been imported directly from R'lyeh, as it's color doesn't exist on anything else and trying to desribe it makes you sound like Lovecraft.
Tim T. 01.11.2018
Daniel N. 28.02.2019
I am 5'6" 150lbs with a 36 chest. I usually wear a 34S or 36S in suit jackets and the 44 fits very well and looks like a blazer, but there's not much room for layering. I also got a 48 and that has a nice oversized fit for a casual jacket that I can layer a sweater underneath. The sleeves are a little loose and not tapered but I wear mine with the sleeves folded up.
Mine looks new and. Can't wait to see the patina this gets as it ages and breaks in.