Whilst the upper classes dress down to go out, the working class dress up.

Dating back to the second half of the 19th century, and ever since, sub-cultures have been created and driven almost exclusively by those in the working class communities. Starting with the Scuttlers of Manchester in the 1870's and their monotony towards life in the slums, advancing through to the Teddy Boys, Mods and Rockers era of the 50's, through to the Punk and Skin scenes, Ska, Reggae, the 80's and 90's skate scene, right up to today's contemporary minimalism. They were all the brainchild of those fighting for an identity - an identity that correlates conclusively with fashion - so it makes sense to call these people heroes.

With this premise as his inspiration, Working Class Heroes was founded in 2006 by Thomas Bowden. The initial intent was to sell a range of skate and street clothing from all around the globe to the good people of Ulverston, Cumbria, from his tiny shop in a shady looking alleyway. Since 2006 the company has moved to a bigger, better, less creepy location, sweeping up new brands, stories and people along the way.

Our ranges of footwear, clothing and homeware is comprised of a brand mix that appeals to us. Not one that follows a particular genre or alignment, but one that we feel goes together, blurring the lines between distinctions and classifications in order to create something beautiful. 

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The Cords and Co. x Alpha Industries MA-1 Bomber Black

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The Cords and Co. x Alpha Industries MA-1 Bomber Black

An iconic silhouette from Alpha Industries, the MA-1 Bomber combines its rich heritage with The Cords & Co.'s contemporary mission to bring corduroy back into core menswear. 

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Season : AW17

Code : 80081542-290-

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The Cords and Co. x Alpha Industries MA-1 Bomber 

Alpha Industries was founded in 1959 in Knoxville, Tennessee. They began as a contractor for the United States military making flight jackets and vests with some of the latest advancements in functional fabrics (back then, anyway). Some real working class heroes, they began making their jackets with only a few employees using some leased sewing machines, but the company found massive expansion when the army demanded a higher level of quality control for their garments, and Alpha were one of the few able to maintain the constitution in their jackets that pilots needed. The MA-1 Bomber became the official flight jacket of the Air Force with its durable polyester and fireproof nylon canvas. Here we have that very bomber take flight with Britain's corduroy crusaders The Cords & Co. who are establishing the vintage material back into contemporary menswear. 

This edition of the MA-1 has all of the classic trimmings that it's known for. The 100% nylon lining is lightweight, durable, and sits comfortably to the skin. The fluorescent lining is paired with a thick, 8-wale 100% cotton corduroy in the shell, which is warm, tough and surprisingly flexible for its weight. These layers hold an extremely lightweight insulation of 100% synthetic polyester for winterized warmth. With a classic ribbed bomber neck, the jacket also has a ribbed hem and cuffs for a flexible fit. The actual fit itself is fairly regular, meeting hip-length, although the style of the MA-1 is baggy and relaxed on the torso and arms. 

The jacket has two button-up handwarmers as well as two security pockets on the inside, and on the arm it has Alpha's iconic zip-up pocket, which features two branded tags - Alpha's classic 'Remove Before Flight' slogan and The Cords and Co.'s proud name. This jacket is absolutely amazing for chilled weather and adds a sense of vintage style to your outfit. A small production, the Alpha collaboration is a limited edition, so make sure to grab it while you can. Not recommended for actual combat, however. You might ruin that sweet wale. 

  • Regular fit 
  • Baggy torso and arms 
  • 100% heavyweight cotton 
  • 8-wale corduroy construction 
  • 100% lightweight nylon lining 
  • 100% synthetic polyester insulation
  • Two handwarmers and internal pockets
  • Zip-up Alpha arm pocket w/ branded tags 
  • Dry clean only 

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