Levi's Is Bringing Back Albert Einstein's Signature Jacket

The Brilliant Style Icon Knew How to Rock His Leather

By Thompson Brandes ·
Photo: University of New Hampshire/Gado/Getty Images

Apparently, Albert Einstein wasn’t so much into fashion as he was being a genius. Which is fine. Some folks figure out what they want to wear in the morning, others try their hand at mass energy equivalence. That’s just the way it is.

But Einstein did have a liking for one particular piece—one that he wore damn near everyday from the time purchased it in the 1930’s: a Levi’s Menlo Cossack leather jacket. Here he is pondering all sorts of smart stuff in the signature piece:

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And here he is again in the jacket, sailing and smoking more handsomely than anyone has ever sailed or smoked before:


All of this is to say: it’s exactly the kind of addition your wardrobe needs as winter turns slowly yet surely into spring. And Levi’s, after winning the jacket in a 2016 auction, is finally bringing it back for a limited-edition run at the end of the month as part of the Levi's Vintage Clothing line. The rare Menlo Cossack will include a replica of the paddle used to bid on the jacket, a tote bag and a D.S. & Durga fragrance recreated to match the scent of Einstein (!!!), which is mainly just a warm blend of the aforementioned smoky pipe tobacco.

Only 500 of the vintage-yet-relevant piece are now available over at Levi's for $1,200.

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