The Playboy x Alpha Industries collection is back with some fresh new designs for the upcoming winter season.
Previously, Alpha Industries introduced the Vandy MA-1 flight jacket from our first collab with Playboy. A limited edition version of the Slim Fit MA-1, this jacket pays tribute to the VX-4, VX-5, and VX-9, the US Navy’s Air Test and Evaluation Squadrons, with the incorporation of special patches inscribed with the label Vandy-1 and the signature Playboy bunny insignia.
This insignia has been in use by squadron aircraft since 1971, when Playboy sent the US Navy official stencils of the logo to replace a similar bunny image painted on the tails of their F-4 Phantom II jets and other aircraft. To this day, the Playboy bunny remains an iconic piece of imagery for the Navy’s test and evaluation squadron planes. It is also used on the L-39 flight jets, known as Vandy-1, that are currently flown by the Warrior Flight Team, a non-profit charity that helps wounded veterans find career opportunities and performs flyovers at the funerals of fallen soldiers.
Alpha had also redesigned the L-2B Scout jacket, a lightweight version of the L-2B flight jacket originally produced by Alpha for military use. The L-2B Scout had been transformed into a Vandy bomber in honor of the Navy squadrons as well as the Warrior Flight Team.
All proceeds from sales of the Vandy MA-1 and the Vandy L-2B had benefited the Warrior Flight Team and its work for veterans.
Alpha is now releasing brand new flight jacket designs in collaboration with Playboy. The Playboy x Alpha Natus flight jacket is a slight variation of the MA-1, with new branding and the addition of a removable hood. A Playboy x Alpha patch in sage green appears on the front left chest, and both the Playboy and Alpha Industries insignias comprise a pattern running down the sides of both sleeves. Like all Natus flight jackets, this one is made with attractive sleeve shirring and water resistant material.
The second new design is a Blood Chit flight jacket that also features subtle Playboy brand touches. This jacket comes in sage green with a blood chit flag sewn into the inside lining, hence its name. The blood chit flag, which typically contains a message written in multiple different languages, was originally intended to identify a US aviator if they were shot down and help them return safely to US Forces. In keeping with the jacket design’s original function, the jacket is also reversible to reveal the blood chit and a bright orange exterior that can be seen across long distances.
The Playboy bunny logo and name can be seen embroidered in black font on the front left chest area. Both the Natus and the Blood Chit jackets feature the Playboy bunny and name on a black tag together with the signature red “Remove Before Flight” tag.
Alpha is proud to partner with Playboy Enterprises to honor Playboy’s unique and enduring legacy with the US military.
Written by: Aiya Madarang