I’ve been thrifting for almost 10 years now and throughout that time, I’ve come across some straight gems for dirt cheap. One of the most sought-after pieces I would always be on the lookout for were these Member’s Only bomber jackets. I had no idea who Member’s Only was but I swore they designed the most perfect bomber jacket, pure clean lines and a no-fuss approach to a quality staple. Every time I found one at a thrift store, I felt like I scored BIG and slowly started building up my collection of MO Jackets. I remember showing my dad the new pieces I would find and he’d reminisce how he would wear that same jacket back in the 80’s. Well, clearly good taste never goes out of style. I’m up to 5 MO jackets and counting!
It’s still crazy to me how fashion ALWAYS comes around full circle and what was once huge 30 years ago is now such a booming trend. Bomber jackets started having their moment about two years ago and since they’ve been brought back into the limelight, they’ve been adapting and growing with each season. But one thing is constant: the same bombers that I thrifted back then were still being lauded as one of the must have pieces year-round, and I couldn’t agree more.
But what is it about Member’s Only that makes them such a sought-after brand, especially in the vintage fashion community? Aside from being a heritage brand and the creators of the original bomber jacket for everyday style, it’s a brand rooted in bringing uncompromising quality at a fair price point with timeless design in every color (that’s a mouthful).
Member’s Only started in 1975, originally known as Chief Apparel. It wasn’t until the owner’s son, Herb Goldsmith, came on board his dad’s business and pushed the brand to grow and extend into other markets across the country, that the brand really started to gain a following. Fun fact, Herb was color blind but still had such a strong pulse on the men’s fashion industry (how the hell, I have no clue).
It was Goldsmith that changed the name of the company to Member’s Only (after a trip to his favorite country club) and started pushing the product out into television and movies, including features like Anthony Geary on General Hospital, Corey Feldman in The Goonies and even on the final episode of the Sopranos. This exposure grew the jacket into a status symbol for men in the 80’s and solidifying its place in ready to wear fashion.
Since then, the company has revamped its offerings. Aside from still having the OG jackets available for sale on their site or at places like Urban Outfitters, Member’s Only has some really sick new styles that fit perfectly with today’s times including the MO1 Bomber found in the men’s section (but best believe I still shop that section) or the new satin bombers for a more elevated feel. If you don’t already have one of their pieces, I definitely recommend grabbing one as part of your capsule wardrobe.
I know these jackets will last me the next 30 years until the day I pass them down to my kids and start off their vintage collection strong, naturally haha. For more on the latest collections, visit www.membersonly.com or check out their Instagram @membersonlyusa
*This post was sponsored by Member’s Only but all thoughts are 100% honest and my own*