[Blem] German Polizei Sommerblouson Bomber Jacket
[Blem] German Polizei Sommerblouson Bomber Jacket
[Blem] German Polizei Sommerblouson Bomber Jacket
[Blem] German Polizei Sommerblouson Bomber Jacket
[Blem] German Polizei Sommerblouson Bomber Jacket
[Blem] German Polizei Sommerblouson Bomber Jacket
[Blem] German Polizei Sommerblouson Bomber Jacket
[Blem] German Polizei Sommerblouson Bomber Jacket

BLEMS: May have minor aesthetic defects from manufacturing, hanging threads, weak velcro etc. Excellent overall condition, but not flawless cryogenic-baby-skin-perfect.

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Snuffed out by the EU. Banned in Germany. Nearly 30 years after the Fall of the Wall, one of the Cold War’s most iconic jackets is pretty hard to track down.

The German Police “Sommerblouson” is a lightweight, front zip bomber based on the American issue MA-1. Cut in a utilitarian, no-nonsense style it is unfussy, sharp, and damn near unobtainable.

The Sommerblouson, and its famous Förstergrün (forest green) coloration occupy an important place in the history of Germany. Introduced in 1972, Förstergrün hit the streets right as the Cold War turned Europe upside down. With the eyes of the globe on Berlin, Germany’s green-clad Polizei were given the Sisyphean task of maintaining order in the cultural, political, and military chaos that was West Germany. If a punk show ran late, Förstergrün jackets shut off the lights. If a spy needed chasing, Förstergrün jackets were hot on their heels. From the evening news to morning cartoons, forest green Polizei became a quirky, unique part of German national identity.

The iconic green uniform persisted for nearly three decades. That was, until the EU got wind of things and issued a 1998 “recommendation” that “all member nations” switch to an internationally recognized dark blue color.

For the full story, I highly recommend reading our full-length article on the subject. The process of phasing out the uniforms was anything but smooth for Germany. If anything it sparked a miniature culture war — with several German states openly defying the EU mandate.

It’s not much of a spoiler to say that the EU won out in the end. Förstergrün was largely off the streets by the mid-to-late 2000s with the last uniforms formally exiting service in 2016. By the time surplus Sommerblousons worked their way through the German state auction system and into the hands of US and EU collectors, it was far too late to get more.

Inspired by the history of the jacket and repeated requests to source it, we spent months researching the bomber’s supply chain. There were a lot of dead ends, but we were lucky. The manufacturer was still in business — even better, the original factory, original tooling, and original fabric dyer were all still around.

[Blem] German Polizei Sommerblouson Bomber Jacket

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BLEMS: May have minor aesthetic defects from manufacturing, hanging threads, weak velcro etc. Excellent overall condition, but not flawless cryogenic-baby-skin-perfect.

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Snuffed out by the EU. Banned in Germany. Nearly 30 years after the Fall of the Wall, one of the Cold War’s most iconic jackets is pretty hard to track down.

The German Police “Sommerblouson” is a lightweight, front zip bomber based on the American issue MA-1. Cut in a utilitarian, no-nonsense style it is unfussy, sharp, and damn near unobtainable.

The Sommerblouson, and its famous Förstergrün (forest green) coloration occupy an important place in the history of Germany. Introduced in 1972, Förstergrün hit the streets right as the Cold War turned Europe upside down. With the eyes of the globe on Berlin, Germany’s green-clad Polizei were given the Sisyphean task of maintaining order in the cultural, political, and military chaos that was West Germany. If a punk show ran late, Förstergrün jackets shut off the lights. If a spy needed chasing, Förstergrün jackets were hot on their heels. From the evening news to morning cartoons, forest green Polizei became a quirky, unique part of German national identity.

The iconic green uniform persisted for nearly three decades. That was, until the EU got wind of things and issued a 1998 “recommendation” that “all member nations” switch to an internationally recognized dark blue color.

For the full story, I highly recommend reading our full-length article on the subject. The process of phasing out the uniforms was anything but smooth for Germany. If anything it sparked a miniature culture war — with several German states openly defying the EU mandate.

It’s not much of a spoiler to say that the EU won out in the end. Förstergrün was largely off the streets by the mid-to-late 2000s with the last uniforms formally exiting service in 2016. By the time surplus Sommerblousons worked their way through the German state auction system and into the hands of US and EU collectors, it was far too late to get more.

Inspired by the history of the jacket and repeated requests to source it, we spent months researching the bomber’s supply chain. There were a lot of dead ends, but we were lucky. The manufacturer was still in business — even better, the original factory, original tooling, and original fabric dyer were all still around.

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Fits great, looks great, is great.

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Absolutly amazing

One of the most sort after jackets and you stock them thanks. The sizing is a bit confusing at first but just ask one of Ivans warehouse bards and they will help you with the sizing all in all I bought one of them (blem) ones and I see no problems at so all. 10/10.

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Looks Good, Feels Good

I happen to own an original non-reproduction version of the jacket as well, there are some notable differences with these reproduction ones. The material feel is different, could possibly be due to years of wearing my old one. The patch on the original is sewn into the jacket as opposed to being velcro backed. The font of the lettering on the back is different, I prefer the old look over the new. The collar of the new one is slightly longer in length and feels sturdier, could once again just be because the old one has been worn out. The new one is missing some strap thing in the front left breast pocket. And the last difference being the price point. I paid $13 for the original and $85 for this one. I understand there were manufacturing and shipping costs involved for the reproduction of the jacket, so this isn't a complaint, simply a difference. Overall, I believe this to be an extremely well made jacket, just like the old one. The old has lasted me through abuse for years, time will ultimately tell with the new. There are those few effay posters who may look down at those who don this jacket, but you can feel them seething, wishing it were them instead who walked through town with this piece.

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Best of the best!

This jacket surpassed all my expectations! Although because of the New Year holidays I had to wait a parcel for a very long time, but I got exactly what I wanted. Use the table to determine the size and with this does not occur. Now this is my favorite jacket. From Russia with love. Русские вперёд!

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Order received in two days Awesome

Quality jacket. Great fit and material. Will order from again.

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