The TSPTR x Dawson Denim Fall Winter 21 capsule channels the tailor shop tradition of Okinawa during the Vietnam War. We’ve assembled a collection of period correct Vietnam War era garments and reinvented them in traditional Japanese fabrics, turning the classic 3 pocket USSF Advisor shirt into a casual Aloha style, repurposing Jungle combat pants into vacation wear and revising the archetypal 60s Ivy League blazer into an unstructured jacket.
During the Vietnam War, each soldier qualified for one week of R&R (rest and relaxation) at an approved destination outside of Vietnam. Those places available were Japan, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Australia, Hawaii, Taiwan, and Singapore. Military personnel had to be in Vietnam for at least six months before they could even add their name to the list. The timing for this “vacation” depended upon how many names were on the list for that destination when you considered adding yours – there were only so many allocations available every week. A long list could mean waiting a few months. The Army paid for the transportation and hotel, providing it was on the “approved” list. Reasons and choices for these destinations were many, but as a rule, those wanting cameras, electronics or quality hand made clothing went to Japan or Hong Kong. Hawaii attracted the married soldiers and engaged couples, who rendezvoused during that week.
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