There’s something about a well-made bomber jacket that feels imminently timeless and endlessly wearable, so it makes sense that former President Barack Obama would wear one on a cool, late-winter evening.
But the Rag & Bone model, named the Manston, that he wore to the much-hyped basketball game between the University of North Carolina Tar Heels and the Duke Blue Devils Wednesday is a particularly good example, and it’s special for two reasons. One, it’s made from sharp Japanese nylon and uses top-of-the-line zippers from Switzerland’s Riri factory. Two: it’s embroidered with the number 44, Obama’s number in the timeline of people who’ve occupied the Oval Office.
If the $595 asking price isn’t too much for your budget, you can own one of these jackets, too. They’re available, sans embroidery, for pre-order on Rag & Bone’s website now and are expected to ship by March 19. But interested parties are advised to act fast. Like Meghan Markle carrying a handbag or Oprah putting a book on her Book Club list, we imagine the halo effect of celebrity sign-off is going to mean these things will be sold out before you know it.
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