For our latest collaboration, we have teamed up with Alpha Industries to create a unique N-3B parka. The durable cold weather parka features a nylon outer shell with reinforced elbow patches, a full-length storm flap with Patta x Alpha industries embroidery detail and inset knit cuffs for durability and protection against the elements. The N-3B parka's outer shell and fiber fill interlining ensures that no cold air seeps in. The hood is lined and trimmed with 100% sheep fur (detachable), complete with adjustable draw cord/take-up strap. The parka is finished off with branded lining, a large tonal Patta embroidery on the back, custom engraved buttons and the iconic flight tag on the sleeve pocket. Available in black and maroon.
Along with the Patta Winter 2016 collection, the Patta x Alpha industries N-3B Parka will be available in store at Patta Amsterdam, London and online this Thursday, November 3rd.
History of the Alpha Industries N-3B Parka
The first N-3B jackets were produced in the mid 1950s for USAF air crews who were assigned to transport troops in extremely cold climates. The parkas were originally made with a nylon outer shell and lining and a wool interlining. The interlining was changed to polyester batting in the 1970s. The long, sage green jackets became known as the “Snorkel Parka” because the fur-trimmed hood could be zipped right up leaving only a small tunnel for the wearer to look out of. The modern N-3Bs have slant pockets at the chest and flap pockets lower on the coat, and a panel that fastens with loops across the zipper to keep out wind. Today most use synthetic fur around the hood. The N-3B was the first jacket Alpha Industries made for the U.S. government in 1959 and Alpha Industries went on to produce it for the consumer market in the 1980s. In 1993 Alpha Industries introduced new colors including maroon, black and navy blue. Today they make several variations of the traditional N-3B.