Chinese New Year is fast approaching.
This Friday, February 16th, millions of people across the globe will ring in the Year of the Dog with festivities including bell ringing, firecrackers, and lion dances.
The Dog is the eleventh sign in the 12-year zodiac cycle. Those born in 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, and 2018 are known as Dogs, and they are seen as independent, sincere, loyal and decisive.
In celebration of this event, Alpha Industries designed an exclusive B-9 Thermo Jacket based on a WW2 USAAF (United States Army Air Forces) B-9 Parka.
The jacket relates to the year of the dog through the black faux fur lining and collar, as well as the thermo-sensitive nature of the fabric. Like you can see a dog's paw print in the snow, you can see a human's handprint on the fabric.
The B-9 was originally a quarter length parka used for pilots flying at high altitudes before there was heating in cockpits. It was also formerly made from a cotton nylon blend.For the Chinese New Year version, our design team first took the B-9 design and removed the hood, replacing it with a normal black shearling collar. Another highlight of the jacket is the special fabric. It's an Italian made cotton/nylon rip-stop blend that is thermally sensitive. So, the fabric will change color when exposed to heat such as body heat.
Additional details include a second back neck tag with a special fortune and a good luck ribbon.