The Rag & Bone Manston Jacket Is a Cult Classic You Need in Your Closet

rag bone manston bomber jacket

Timothy Mulcare.

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Every morning, without fail, I wake up to the sound of my alarm and put on a pair of sneakers and sweats to walk three blocks for my daily dose of caffeine: one large iced coffee and one piping hot, both with milk and two Splendas. On blistering days, all that’s required is the tee I slept in. In the dead of winter, I reach for a heavy-duty parka. But during the crisp in-between seasons, the sunny mornings of spring and dim forenoons of fall, a light jacket is essential.

I have myriad options hanging in my closet, from jean jackets to chore coats, but the best of ’em, the topper ideal for my early-morning jaunt, is the bomber jacket, a tried-and-true classic with cinematic qualities. It is a star. And the one that shines the brightest is Rag & Bone’s Manston. For the past few weeks, ever since I got my hands on the jacket, it has been my companion, a foolproof top layer for when I head out to get my two cups of joe. Here’s why.

rag bone manston bomber jacket

Timothy Mulcare

rag bone manston bomber jacket

Timothy Mulcare

It’s a cult classic.

The Manston debuted in 2015, but I first learned about it from the dear readers of Esquire. In the comments section and few DMs about a bomber jacket story I wrote, I was alerted to the style being excluded. That was not intentional. So, taking those opinions into consideration, I added it to the lineup. Soon enough, I saw that the Manston’s fan base is strong. The price isn’t the most inexpensive (it currently retails for $595), which is why I was a little surprised to see so many people snapping it up.

Fashion is big on novelty, often gravitating toward the next best thing, so to see this kind of staying power is rare. Like the Daytona, Gommino, and Ludlow, the Manston is steadily becoming a perennial, a one-name wonder that doesn’t succumb to the volatile nature of the industry. I just had to see what all the fuss was about for myself. Upon taking a deep dive, I found that its cult status is very much deserved.

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rag bone manston bomber jacket

Timothy Mulcare

rag bone manston bomber jacket

Timothy Mulcare

The design is timeless and timely.

As I mentioned, the Manston has been kicking around for a few years. The style was part of Rag & Bone’s fall 2015 collection, then designed by Marcus Wainwright and David Neville. For the season, the duo sought to present pieces that found common ground between old-school and new-school ideologies. They focused on Japanese motifs, particularly ninjas and the nation’s armed forces throughout the generations, updating those styles in a way that felt both timely and timeless. The Manston was a great reflection that of sentiment, a style that didn’t deviate from the bomber’s OG silhouette, but with a few tweaks, was made better for today’s consumer.

The jacket is made of 100 percent recycled nylon, and features a zipper closure, two hip pockets with snap closures, a zipper pocket on the sleeve with branded leather key ring, and ribbing at the collar, cuffs, and hem. It fits like classic bomber: the front and back panels contour the body, and the sleeves are pronounced. But owing to Rag & Bone’s penchant for unstructured tailoring, the silhouette has a bit of a slouch. There’s no constriction whatsoever. It is casual, comfortable, and effortless. And the standard colors—a dark gray and an army green with a bright orange lining—cement this vibe. The style worked in 2015, it works today, and will work a decade from now.

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rag bone manston bomber jacket

Timothy Mulcare

Get ready for all the compliments.

The first time I wore the Manston was at my local Dunkin’ Donuts, and before I could place my order, I was instantly greeted with a compliment. “Nice jacket,” the clerk told me. I then took it for a spin around the office, this time wearing dark skinny jeans and gray hoodie, and received the same response. Later that evening, I had dinner with friends at a pretty reputable joint. Though casual in nature, the Manston (mine is dark gray) is sleek enough to wear on a night out. I didn’t feel the need to change into a blazer. And my instincts were correct: Before I sat down, again I was graced with oohs and aahs—by jaded industry folks no less. Even the photographer who took the photos you see here was impressed with the style.

No matter the scenario, whether it’s a morning coffee run or a date at a restaurant, the Manston just won’t do you wrong. It is the quintessential throw-and-go jacket. I’ve worn my fair share of spiffy toppers throughout the years, and it’s not everyday I receive this kind of reaction. And I have the Esquire readers to thank for it.

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Photography by Timothy Mulcare. Prop styling John Olson for Halley Resources.

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