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An M-65 50th Anniversary Celebration
By AlphaNews
10/14/2015 1:13:00 PM

UPDATE:  Missed the show? No worries, check out the video of the  M-65 50th Anniversary Celebration Fashion Show on Periscope.


In 1965 the U.S. Department of Defense started to develop the blueprints for what would become the replacement to the M-51 and M-43 field jackets. The specifications called for improvements such as a built-in hood that rolled and hid in the collar, two shoulder epaulets, extra pockets for carrying equipment, cargo, and accessories, and a brass zipper which would replace the button up style beforehand – allowing soldiers to quickly and effortlessly close and open their jackets for easy access. The new field jacket would also feature Velcro on both cuffs in case the soldier wanted to roll up his sleeves. The detachable liner allowed soldiers to adjust the jacket based on the fluctuating temperatures. It would be called the M-65 Field Coat.

Alpha was one of the first to produce the M-65 in 1966 and we went on to produce them for the government through 1990. Alpha made the first M-65 for the commercial market in the 1970s and by the 1990s they were available in a variety of colors.

Tonight, to commemorate this iconic jacket, Alpha Industries is holding a private celebration in Washington, DC, our global headquarters. Partners, wholesalers and media will all gather to pay tribute to the M-65 Field Coat and its role in both military and fashion history. As part of the event models will take to the runway to showcase the M-65 50th Anniversary and Fall 2015 collections. If you would like to watch the show live, just follow us on Twitter @AlphaIndustries. If you miss it, no worries, just check back for the video of the show.

Tags: M-65 Field Coat, 50th Anniversary Celebration, Fashion Show
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