The Cockpit USA Award jacket takes us back to the classic styles of the 1930s through the 1960s, when the evolution of the letterman’s sweater into the Classic Men's Varsity Jacket or Award Jacket became an iconic sportswear style. Worn first by high school, college, and professional athletes, the Award jacket soon found its way into everyday fashion and wear as the men's leather varsity jacket.
In the early 1980s, Jeff Clyman, the original founder of Avirex and now President of Cockpit USA, added another dimension to the collection of real Americana outerwear. He decided to add Varsity or Stadium jackets to the growing popular group of flight jackets he had recreated. He then added the large-logoed brand name to some of the first men's varsity jackets made-taking the totally new concept never seen before to new heights. Born were the “logoed” varsity jackets which soon became the “go to style” for the iconic Hip-Hop artist of that era and later for other brands to adopt. Fat Joe became the first celebrity to sport our varsity style!