After years of performing in airshows, Jeff Clyman realized there was a demand for the type of aviator jackets he wore when performing and in 1975, he founded Avirex Ltd. A military fashion historian himself, Clyman was dedicated to work from original military designs to bring classics like the A-2 jacket and the G-1 back to life. After spending a month in a tannery in an attempt to get the finish right on the jackets, he successfully reproduced the original process and Avirex soon became the gold standard in leather aviator jackets. Avirex was particularly popular in the Northeastern part of the United States in the late-’90s and early-’00s, as rappers such as The Diplomats began to wear the jackets routinely. It’s hip-hop’s infatuation with the brand that led to Avirex collaborating with Palace.

What happened to Avirex jackets?
Avirex Ltd. is now part of another Clyman company, Cockpit USA.

Who founded Avirex?
Avirex was founded by Jeff Clyman.

When was Avirex founded?
Avirex was founded in 1975.

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