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7 Things You Didn’t Know About The M-65
By AlphaNews
9/14/2015 8:36:00 AM
M-65 50th Anniversary Field Coat

It works in any setting.

The M-65 is one of those items of menswear that somehow manages to look good in virtually every setting. You can layer it with almost any other garment, whether it’s your favorite t-shirt in the warmer months or your coziest sweater in the dead of winter. Use it as casual office wear – it makes for an eye-catching replacement for your basic blazer.

It’s great for that brooding 70s vibe.
The M-65 was the coat of choice for the anti-heroes of the burgeoning counterculture of the 1970s. The Taxi Driver himself, Travis Bickle (played by Robert DeNiro), brooded through the streets of Hell’s Kitchen in one. Al Pacino’s crusading cop in Serpico took on NYC police corruption while rocking the M-65. And Sylvester Stallone in Rambo: First Blood showed that the M-65 was always ready for action.

It was once monochromatic.
When the M-65 first came onto the scene it was available in just one color: olive green shade 107. But even though that green is as cool as it comes, hey, maybe green isn’t your color. Have no fear – the Alpha M-65 offers a variety of hues, including black, navy and woodland camo.

It was introduced in 1960s – but its roots go much deeper.
Military cred? The M-65’s got more than enough. Though the M-65 first saw action in the jungles of Viet Nam, it was an upgrade to the M-51 and M-43 field jackets, which were used by our boys in the Korean War and World War II.

It can change your whole style.
When Lindsay Weir, played by Linda Cardellini, wanted to go from Geek to Freak (on Judd Apatow’s cult favorite TV show Freaks and Geeks, of course), she donned the M-65. With one easy wardrobe change, she was saying bye-bye to the Mathletes and catching James Franco’s eye. Of course, the M-65 still has plenty of geek chic: uber-nerd Woody Allen fell for Diane Keaton in Annie Hall while wearing one.

It’s a high fashion runway favorite.
New York Fashion Week, here we come. Designers can’t resist the tough-but-elegant look of the M-65, with its clean lines and slim fit. Over the years, trendsetting fashion houses such as Patrik Ervell, Marc Jacob, Gucci and Michael Tapia have all sent their own spins on the M-65 down the runway. Of course, the Alpha original is hard to beat.

It was a gamechanger.
Its predecessors were good. The M-65 was great. Instead of cotton, the M-65 field coat was produced in NYCO, a newly developed nylon/cotton sateen fabric that was pretty much indestructible. The M-65 also added such necessary elements as a hidden hood, Velcro cuff closures and a very Cold War innovation: a hidden triangular cuff that could attach to gloves for protection against radioactive fallout.

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