Ralph Lauren’s latest “creations” seem familiar

| December 9, 2020

Ralph Lauren has come out with some new gear. It’s clearly influenced by military garb, to the point it could end up getting the wearer accused of stolen valor. It’s so influenced in fact that it’s a clear rip off. The prices too are at least 10 times what the same item of legitimate military clothing would cost at any Army-Navy store or thrift shop in the country.

[W]hat the company calls a “Field Jacket & Reversible Liner,” a jacket featuring an “R. Lauren” nametape that, for the casual price of $498, can transform its unfortunate host from battle dress uniform fanatic to woobie devotee in a matter of seconds. Of note, the modeled photos of the item show an individual whose pursed lips appear to be paralyzed — a common side effect of camo-induced salivation.

M-65? Naw, M-$400. Ralph’s gotta eat.

Additional searching of Ralph Lauren’s catalog furnished a buffet of boondoggled military duds. So, for those who might inexplicably want to showcase a look other than that of the aforementioned 1990s pretend ground combat forces, there are options galore.

First, multiple jackets are available for fugazi aviators, each for $398. These items come replete with sewn on wings, another R. Lauren nametape, major or lieutenant colonel rank insignia, and a fictional unit patch dedicated either to the “Freedom Seekers” of the 5th US-RL or the 118th Division’s U.S.-R.L Air Squadron.

Top Guns

Ralph Lauren has faux mariners covered with the Wool-Cashmere Peacoat, a $3,495 peacocking piece of Navy outerwear that is sure to keep bodies warm — and ostentatiously fashionable — as counterfeit seamen brave the high seas alongside Captain Ahab in search of the white whale.

With this, you can just waltz into the goat locker.

The noticeable addition of “naval rank insignia enhances the nautical heritage of this classic peacoat,” Ralph Lauren’s website claims. Furthermore, the highest collar in the history of clothing is guaranteed to protect fashionable seafarers from both strong winds and wave after wave of insults by folks who have actually seen open water.

And yet, clothing styled after the big four military services sometimes just doesn’t cut it for Ralph Lauren stylists. Space Force aficionados come forth! Now you can satisfy your interstellar affinity with this $1,098 jacket the company touts as “one of Ralph Lauren’s most recognized ’90s-era designs.”

Ralph even gets “inspiration” from beyond the planet Earth

Thanks to ninja for sending this one in. Source; Army Times

Category: "Truth or fiction?", Exploitation, Guest Link, ninja

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  1. 5JC says:

    Hell yes, I’m stitching some logos on my old stuff and it is going straight to Ebay.

    • Ret_25X says:

      shiiiiiiiiiiiiiid…I’ve got 4 of those old field jackets in BDU and 3 in DCU!

      what kind of idiot would pay $500 for a field jacket?

      I’m betting it is going to be someone who thinks soldiers are stupid and icky…LOL

      • SFC D says:

        I don’t know who that idiot is but I’ve got a fortune in the garage if I find him. Between this and the PT Belt with skinny jeans, I’m gonna retire again.

        • Ret_25X says:

          wait until they see my Graf jacket and my ACU poncho liner!

          The girlie men with ducklips will go gaga wearing old milgear that smells like JP8 and break free!


      • Mason says:

        Better question is what idiot would pay $3,500 for a Navy peacoat?

        • MarineDad61 says:

          Sorry, gotsta type it out….
          A $3500 peecoat for counterfeit semen?

          • Ret_25X says:

            Here in DC, the “military chic” style has a certain…ummm….clientele.

            Mostly the children of the wealthy and influential who would never even consider military service unless it could lead directly to political power later.

            You know the type…soft, weak, and oddly whiter than bright white paper…

            • MarineDad61 says:

              I’ve seen it with male figure skaters…
              and Michael Jackson.

              Not that there’s anything wrong with that. (Seinfeld)

  2. KoB says:

    Hmmm… ‘pears like pursey lips up there may have found a loving feeling for those 2 Aviators. Maybe he wants to be topped and have their “guns”? Get a little upside down? I doubt if anyone will get pea green with envy over that coat, looks like it should be “underway” or “not at the pier.” And that stuffed goose look? Better put that idea on ice, man.

    • Ret_25X says:

      there is no doubt he is a “gun slinger”


    • Mick says:

      — GROAN —

    • AW1Ed says:

      Still hate you, and I can hear ninja snickering in the background.

      That being said, I can just imagine the wonder and awe that would be generated in any goat locker I know of, if Lips there sauntered in sporting that peacoat. It would be epic.

      • Mick says:


        Re: the Goat Locker, “epic” is an extreme understatement.

        And just imagine the fun that would ensue if those two pussified assclowns wearing those “flight jackets” somehow made their way into any Navy or Marine Corps fleet squadron ready room? Now that there would be a real barrel of laughs.

        • AW1Ed says:

          Heh. A/V equipment strictly prohibited. The only question really is, when the festivities are over, would a waist cat be OK or wait for a bow shot for the remains?


          • Mick says:

            Bow cat.

            That way the carrier can run over the remains and the ship’s propellers can then chop the remains into chum.

  3. 11B-Mailclerk says:

    Are people really stupid enough to buy …


    Idiocracy, indeed.

    • FuzeVT says:

      The kind of people that would pay $400 for it are.

      This is the “we went down to the local Army/Navy store for you so you don’t have to” line of clothes.

  4. USAFRetired says:

    My teenage daughter will be pillaging my stockpile of old field jackets and such. I can see her searching the interweb for Ralph Lauren labels to attach for the name brand look.

    Sort of like the five dollar Members Only jackets in Korea in the early mid 80s and you could buy a roll of the logo labels for a buck.

    • Martinjmpr says:

      I know, right? I mean there’s nothing worse than a “members only” jacket being worn by someone who is clearly NOT a member!

  5. MI Ranger says:

    The material almost looks like Ripstop (or maybe it is just so dirty and worn it looks that way), so not sure if it is the same as my Field Jackets. Interesting two sided smoking jacket!
    I will definitely have to invest in short (not regulation length) R. Lauren name tapes though so my daughters can be in fashion. Of course he used the cheap printed name tapes like from Basic Training issue, not the sewn version everyone has. I see he was also too lazy to put anything on the opposite side like Peace or Love!
    Glad I saved them instead of dropping them off at Goodwill.

  6. OldManchu says:

    God I fucking hate trendy beta male hipster bullshit.

    And why is mr. “plays with balls” doing ducklips?

  7. Herbert J Messkit says:

    We’re getting ready to move and I just hauled a bunch of stuff to good will ( after removing all patches}

  8. E4 Mafia '83-'87 says:

    500 bones for a Poser-flage jacket? Well, the Beta-cucks do want to identify themselves more easily. Like the mask on the car by themselves wasn’t enough. RL is laughing all the way to the bank.

  9. David says:

    Reminds me of when after my Dad passed, and my niece asked for his dog tags and Bronze Star because they would be cool. Probably to wear clubbing with a see through top when she was getting commode hugging drunk and stoned. Uh, no.

  10. Ex-PH2 says:

    What? Nothing for us girls? Awww….!!!!

    I’m sticking with my black Eisenhower-type jacket. Fits nicely along with ripstop nylon surplus pants from the surplus shop, the kind with lotsa pockets.

    And I got something these bozos don’t got: Space Shuttle Doorguner certified!!!!

  11. President Elect Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH B Woodman says:

    All mine are all gone. Patches et all removed, and given to children & g’children over the years.

  12. Green Thumb says:

    $498 bucks for a smoking jacket?

    I am in the wrong business.

    I also cannot recall one time that I was allowed to wear a field jacket. To me it was just a useless piece of equipment that’s only purpose was to be laid out on a TA-50 or locker inspection.

  13. Deckie says:

    If you wear the real thing the fashionistas will accuse you of wearing the low income knockoff.

    For years I wore a second pattern blue Navy deck jacket, from around 1943, with hook closures. Some companies made hip modern versions of it, and I ran into a guy in NY City wearing one in the winter. He was freezing his ass off and I walked with mine open to cool down!!!

  14. A Proud Infidel®™️ says:

    I still have a couple of Field Jackets, hello ebay!!! As to those who purchase that overpriced military surplus, they’re a fine example of people with far more money than brains!

  15. Wireman611 says:

    Are those EGA symbols on the buttons for the Pea Coat? If they are, watch the marines get involved.

  16. Dennis - not chevy says:

    When I was a kid everyone had a pea coat with the fouled anchor buttons. However, we were kids and the coats didn’t cost thousands. Any grown-up who would wear faux-militaire should be ashamed.

  17. Cameron says:

    No thanks. If I really wanted to look like a spaceman, I’ll just dress up like Buzz Lightyear.

  18. USAFRetired says:

    As a kid in the 70s I remember folks wearing field jackets and pea coats to High School as a style. Also one of the Great Santini’s kids wore the top to a set of dress blues.

    Me I wore a fishing vest with lots of pockets

    • timactual says:

      The only folks I can remember seeing wearing military gear back then were folks who had never served in the military. Funny how chic field jackets and such got after the draft ended.

  19. Messkit says:

    Somewhere, a supply guy with a conex overstuffed with 1990’s uniforms that never got turned in, is pissing his pants in anticipation of the riches to be.

  20. Sailorcurt says:

    I’ve always wondered in amazement whenever I saw someone wearing a civilianized version of a peacoat. I hated those things when I was in the Navy.

    A true peacoat is 100% wool, which, although warm, makes it stiff, incredibly scratchy and if you get it wet, it smells like (unsurprisingly) a wet sheep.

    And now you can buy a brand-name version of possibly the most uncomfortable coat on the planet for the bargain basement price of $3500?

    What a deal.

  21. Ex Coelis says:

    The asking prices of all of these garments are beyond ridiculous but there is one detail that’s correct – the designer name – owing to the fact that every single one of these jackets makes me want to ralph…

  22. ChipNASA says:

    The last item offends me.
    Oh wait, I’m not doing it hard enough.

    Now, I’m offended at being offended by being offended, by the offence of offensiveness.