How did a fabric that saved WWII fighter pilots become the outer shell fabric for one of America's finest mens outerwear?
Posted by Bert Pulitzer on 23rd Mar 2020
The goldfish bowl was the English Channel. The
Year 1941. Eddie Thorpe a young RAF lieutenant,
kept his date at the Red Lyon because of a remarkable
new material developed in the early stages of WWII
by the Royal Air Force.
That material made it possible for flyers to stay
alive in the Channel for up to 10 hours, where
formerly their chance of surviving the dunking was
only one hour.
Today, with the addition of modern pressure dying
and other ingredients, that very life-saving
material has evolved into what is now called
Survivalon®, The cloth that itself is a fine weave 2 ply cotton
treated with silicone. It is a breathable, water repellent, wind
repellent as well as being non porous.