Man, James Bond really does find some nice stuff on his adventures. Case in point: the Adidas Y-3 jacket Bond steals in Haiti in Quantum of Solace. Created in collaboration with designer Yohji Yamamoto, the Y-3 is a simple jacket based on a traditional design and it’s nearly impossible to find now (here’s a link to an old Ebay listing where you can still check out some pictures of the original). BAMF Style does a solid job of providing details on the whole Haiti look.
Back to the Y-3. The fit is everything with this jacket; while a lot of the possible alternatives get the details right, they’re cut like a box leaving you looking like either a 15 year old skateboarder or little league baseball coach. That actually leaves very few viable options for the more budget conscious among us, but there are a few on the market.
Features wanted for the Adidas Y-3 Jacket:
- Harrington or Eisenhower style jacket with zip front and spread collar with storm tab (the storm tab was hidden or removed for the film, so it’s not absolutely essential for a screen accurate look).
- Cotton/polyester blend material; should have a bit of sheen but not look like nylon
- Welt pockets
- Button side adjuster tabs and button cuffs
- No knitting on the cuffs or hem; while the original Y-3 did have a partially elasticized hem at the back, we don’t want the whole hem to be elasticized.
- Trim fit through the body and sleeves with higher armholes.
- No visible logos if possible
There are a few trusted replica manufacturers you may want to check out first.
Magnoli Clothiers offers their Solace Jacket on a made-to-measure basis for $350.00.
Royale Filmwear’s Quantum Haiti Jacket is $189.00. Currently sold out unfortunately, but I believe another production run is planned soon. Email them at email@example.com to get your name on the waiting list.
Logan’s Closet (snikt!) doesn’t show their version of the Y-3 on their website, but their work does get good reviews on this older filmjackets.com forum thread. You can also see some of their work on this AJB007 thread.
Best OTR Option:
SCOTTeVEST Sterling Jacket in Black: on sale for $150.00
Not the cheapest option. But the cotton-blend Sterling Jacket comes loaded with enough gadgets to keep Bond himself busy. Examples? Zip-off sleeves, 25 pockets, a dedicated RFID blocking pocket for your credit card and passport, dedicated sunglasses pocket with attached cleaning cloth, a built in cable management system …. Seriously, the list goes on and on. So is it the most SA option on this list? Probably not. Is it the flat-out coolest jacket on this list? Yes. Yes it is.
Alternatives Under $50.00
Dickies Lined Service Jacket: $29.97
This one’s a bit of risk. In some pictures it looks huge; in others more fitted. It also has the Dickies tag on the waist (seam ripper!). However, there are side adjuster tabs and button cuffs . Try it on first if you can or seriously consider sizing down. Those of you in the UK can see it on Amazon; they call it the Lined Eisenhower Jacket and it sells for £49.97 – £59.97.
H&M Canvas Jacket in Black: $39.99
A great suggestion from Nick in the comments. The jacket is part of their David Beckham line; fabric is 100% cotton so, as Nick says, it probably won’t have the sheen of the original. Thanks for the share!
London Fog Towne Microfiber Golf Jacket: on sale for $49.99
I’m going to add a “maybe” option here. This option from Kohl’s one has the elasticized hems at the side, so the fit could be a little “blousey”.
Alternatives Under $100.00
Quicksilver Billy Twill Jacket in Anthracite: on sale for $51.99
No side tabs and it’s 100% cotton, so you won’t get the shiny effect of the original’s material, but it is a slimmer cut. It also has a light fleece pile lining, so it will be better for colder weather.
OBEY Division Rose Jacket in Charcoal: on sale for $59.99
Coming to you from Urban Outfitters. Can’t say I’m too crazy about that. Fabric is a cotton/poly blend, and the jacket has button cuffs and a rose logo embroidered on the chest for good measure. On the plus side, it’s from streetwear brand OBEY, so we’re most likely getting a slim fit.
Looks like we have an updated, slimmer fitting option from Mr. Hilfiger. Polyester/nylon blend fabric with welt hand-warmer pockets and button cuffs. Available at Macy’s and all sizes are in stock. Nice upgrade!
Cutter & Buck CB Weathertec Mason Full Zip Jacket: $35.37 to $78.30
It’s coming to you from Amazon, which explains the price spread. Most regular sizes are around $60.00. No side adjuster tabs on this one, but it seems to have a trimmer fit.
Dockers Micro-Twill Classic Zip-Front Jacket: $35.84 to $64.00
Amazon has the Dockers Micro-Twill Classic Zip-Front Jacket on sale for $64.00 with a full run of sizes in stock.
Brands will be releasing their new fall lines soon, so I’m hoping more options will appear. I’ll keep adding them as I find them. As always, you can share your finds in the comments below.
This post was updated on August 9, 2016.