Though female soldiers gained the right to participate in combat last year, the U.S. Army is licensing an official, menswear-only collection, launched by retailing company Authentic Apparel Group.
This army-inspired line is surprisingly wide-ranging, consisting of jackets, flannels, hoodies, sweaters and cargo pants and shorts—many of which rep that predictable camoflouge print. The fall collection pieces, exclusively sold at Zappos for now, are actually, well, kind of cute, in an industrial, Sunday-afternoon-boyfriend way.
Authentic Apparel—alongside the U.S. Army—aimed to represent the styling and attention to detail represented in the U.S. Army’s official uniforms over the decades. That means, yes, almost all of the collection’s pieces are inspired by those articles of clothing actually worn in the field. Sales go to a good cause, too, benefiting the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Program, which supports active and retired soldiers and their families.
Next up for Authentic Apparel is U.S. Army womenswear, which begs the question: Would you don official U.S. Army-inspired gear?