As its name suggests, Cockpit USA produces classic all-American clothing and accessories inspired by aviation culture and history. Founded in 1975 by historian, collector, and American Airpower Museum founder Jeff Clyman, this New York-based label designs everything from plaid men’s shorts to kids’ satin jackets to luxe shearling flight jackets for female civilians. High-quality materials, comfortable fits, roomy pockets and other details add extra authenticity to Cockpit’s collection. Cockpit’s wares are so authentic, in fact, that the U.S. Air Force commissions the company to design its A-2 leather pilot jackets.
Winter’s still hanging on, so you’d better be sure you have some solid, stylish outerwear to stave off the cold until the thaw. Check out this selection—from sharp wool trenches to tech-y puffers—to kit yourself out for the days ahead. Casual or formal, we’ve got just the thing to keep you feeling warm and looking smart.
Here you'll find a fair share of jersey knit polos from three great American brands as well as a broad range of durable gear. L.A.-based Idol Radec offers short-sleeved dress shirts — like a poplin hiddenbutton Jacob shirt with straight hem — meant to be worn untucked but still elegantly. Though founded in 1975, Cockpit channels mid-century American styles with modern updates. And Relwen uses old-world weaving and embroidery techniques, durable materials, heavy-gauge knits and authentic military hardware to make long-lasting pieces.
America loves a military man, but even if you aren’t enlisted, Cockpit USA can make any guy look the part. These rugged sheepskin jackets, tough leather bombers and stylish apparel all take inspiration from military classics, with functional detailing and quality materials. Cockpit designs reference pilot apparel from the 1940s through the '60s, but their tailored fits and new fabrics bring their styles into the 21st century.
Our roundup of great picks under $50 is all about elevating your style without devastating your wallet. From footwear to shirting to accessories, we’ve got what you need to kit yourself out without breaking the bank.