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Haven’t seen one of these in ages! I had one while I was in high school that a friend got for me in Canada. I wish I still had it. Sigh.
Back in the day, this item of clothing was almost as important as the Greb Kodiak. And if your parents wouldn’t buy one for you, you were sure to have a friend who would pass one along.
I had two of these given to me. One was red, the other green. I remember that the green one had an unusual flat cut along the bottom; whereas, the red was “shirt tailed.” The last variation that comes to mind was the purple (with pink?) version. It was ugly, but it didn’t matter… It was a lumber jacket.
I just found out that this pattern is called “Buffalo Check”.
If anyone out there knows where i can find that exact style in or around Toronto, please e-mail me I implore you.
I came across this site while desperately searching the internets in order to find out what happened to the beloved lumberjacket. Can you get them anywhere anymore? I see a vintage one at the North Bay Value Village now and again, but it’s always too small. I’d pay a premium to get an XL.
There are lots of plaid coats out there claiming the title, but this is the one, true lumberjacket.
I had one of each of the colour variations. If you touched a match to the fabric before the first wash, the entire jacket would go up in a huge ball of flame for a brief period, and then snuff itself out. It was either because of the fresh lint, or some kind of flammable vapour in the material.
I love you lumberjacket.
where oh where can I buy this exact jacket???
Hallo Pat, this is a shirt, not a jacket. But if you find out, where to buy, please contact me.
You can still get these at the “Army & Navy” on Hastings street in Vancouver. Made by “Storm Master” Sadly they are now made in China. I grew up calling this a “Mac Jacket”, did anyone else?
They didn’t have any at Army and Navy in Vancouver or Langley.
There are similiar styles but not the same old “mac” jacket I grew up wearing…
We used to get them from workwear world or Woolco.
I believe they were made by Champion and they were made in China back then as well.
If anyone finds a source please let me know.
This is Myrna Vercaigne writing to find out where I can purchase a lumber jackekt. My husband got his at Army and Navy in Calgary but they do not have them any more. I am wondering where I can find one that is not quilted, and is a jacket. Can you please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know where I can purchase this jacket in Calgary Alberta.
Wow – memories…
If anyone else knows where to get one, please let me know! – email@example.com
I had the 3 different colours in my youth, but no idea where they ended up. I laughed at Steve’s comment about the match – too true (stupid things kids do ;)
This is Myrna writing to find out if anyone out there found a lumber jacket. I have been looking at Army and Navy here in Calgary but they do not have any. If anone knows where to get this lumber jacket please email me and let me know. firstname.lastname@example.org
I love this jacket, I’ve had my dads since the 90’s and have just replaced the very well worn buttons. It was made by Champion and it was made in China, just to confirm what SH said.
These types of shirts, for those interested, can be found through Big Bill, a Canadian manufacturer. If you want the quilted, lined shirt-jac version, Carhartt makes them in the US.
Three years later and I’m still looking… Yes, it’s a shirt but we wore it like a jacket over whatever else. I remember the match trick, too. I would love to find an authentic lumber jacket.
Bryan Adams in his lumber jacket:
Great pic of Bryan Adams :)
Still looking as well. I finally found one at Value Village last week – much too small to wear, but bought it anyway just to hang in the closet :)
Hello everybody… LUMBERJACKET lovers.
Incidently ,i have been asked by an European friend of mine to make
a full historic on the origin of this great item
”The Canadian Lumberjacket”‘ origins ,fabrics and sewing details of the vintage Plaid Jacket used a long long time ago by our ancesters
As i gladly found out on this site here ,my friend and i are not the only one being interested in this Famous item and I really would apreciate
all the datas i could get of the birth of the ‘lumberjacket” an its particular
I am still looking for one of these… Red and black in an XL… I would even go for a Large.
OH… and the Value Villiage in Transcona (Winnipeg Manitoba) has a large… the cuff is torn…
I have some at the cabin in diferent colours… all made by “Champion”
My pride and joy was wiped out last year when my basement flooded… I had an XL with an Iron Maiden POWERSLAVE back patch :)
TO;I WILL BE INTERESTED IN BYING THE OLDEST PLAID LUMBERJACKET AS OUR ANCESTERS USE TO WEAR WHEN CUTTING WOOD IN OUR FORESTS.FROM WHICH YEAR ARE THE ”
CHAMPION JACKETS ARE MADE?ARE THEY CANADIAN MADE?
WHAT IS MY POSSIBILITY IN GETTING ONE?TORN OUT IS NOT A PROBLEM ,FOR AS LONG AS WE STILL COULD WEAR IT IN THE STREETS.IF ANYBODY CAN REPLY AND CONTACT ME ON email@example.com IT WOULD BE GREATLY APRECIATED.
MYBEST TO ALL READERS
they sell some great lumber jackets at Giant Tiger oct 2010
I purchased many from Honest Ed’s at Bathurst and Bloor in Toronto. They were made by Champion and are made in China.
In Windsor, Nova Scotia these are known as a “Chester Road Tuxedo” and should always be accompanied by your Chester Road dancing shoes and brief case (work boots and a Sobey’s grocery bag)
Five years ago I mentioned the pink and purple version of the lumberjacket. (Turns out it’s light purple, dark purple and red. The pockets differ from the picture at the top of this page, which could point to there being another manufacturer?) It makes an appearance in a video by Mononc’ Serge called Signe s’es boules at about 15 seconds. Find it on YouTube, but be warned that it may not be safe for work.
I literally gave the shirt off my back in exchange for a used lumber jacket……
Le Baron has some, they are the red& black design. They are wool (itchy) and not lined. The cost is $89 cdn, get them while they last!
I found a limited selection of lumberjackets at Black Market Vintage Clothing in Toronto… Champion, Rhinoceros and SweetWater (or was it SweetRiver?) brands for ten dollars. Sizes went from M to XL. (Looks like they restock them as they become available.)
Always had one growing up in the “Hammer” 70’s and Kodiak steel toe work boots real levis and a black tooke alway made by your Mom or Granny.As I understand it the shirt was called a Mackinaw made from a Blue tartan to keep men worm working in the cold Canadian winters.Anyway we used to lite them on fire to get rid of the fuzz.A total Canadian thing..Got a couple of Macks at Marks made buy Dakoda allmosts the same…Happy hunting Folks..
i picked one up at a yard sale in excellent condition, hardly worn. same size i wore in high school. i couldn’t believe my luck. i asked the girl how much she wanted for it … $5.00 CND … sold.
Still have the one I wore in High School, still in pretty good shape going to hand it down to my grandson, should just about fit him.
just picked a size 18 1/2 on ebay . see this thread with a few pics over here.
i love these these shirts oh ya it was red.
I remember this item well. I had countless red ones from 1980 to 90.
We called them “Lumber Jackets where I grew up in St Catharines Ontario..Some people called them “Mac Jackets, or Jack shirts but if my memory serves me correctly, Woolco carried them from mid seventies to sometime in the late eighties.. I think the tag on the rack called them a “Doeskin shirt” and back then, they were around $15.00 to $25.00 . Sears carried them too and Marks Work Wear-house .
I know there were two styles.. one with the flat cut tail and an overlapping pack piece and the other, my favourite was the long tailed shirt style. If anybody knows where these nostalgic items can still be found, Id love to own one again if the price is right! Its a real shame they stopped making them because really these were greatest shirts. A true iconic piece of the 80s.
The Mac jacket was a Canadian classic. Who knew we would all be wanting these as we got older. They were the best, but they did have a certain stereotype shrouding them. Here’s a little history.
I think I got mine new at Hercules on Yonge St. in the 80’s or some other surplus store, maybe King Sol on Queen. I remember washing it ’cause the red colour would stain anything it rubbed against. Then it shrank after that first and only washing quite a bit. Years later I noticed the warning on the Champion label that said colour may transfer and residual shrinkage 7 1/2 %. It was a drag losing a bit of length in the sleeve although the rest was of the shirt (we called them Lumberjack jackets) was fine in terms of fit. But I didn’t really wear it much after that. I hung it in my closet and forgot about it for more than 10 years. Then came across it at my parents’ house and really missed it. Pulled it out and started using it again. The sleeves aren’t perfect but not terrible and it is in great shape. I’ve come across them over the years and sometimes as dead stock or new old stock in little mom and pop stores, but never in my size 17, usually 15.
Last week I found about a dozen at a used clothing store and bought a size 19 for $10 marked down from $40. As you’d expect it’s bigger everywhere but strangely not in the length which doesn’t appear to be hemmed. The cool thing was that this was the only one with the same buttons. Seeing that many Champion shirts all together made me realize all the variances from button styles to cuts, especially on the pockets. It was a real representation of how the shirt has evolved over the years. Some of them had a sort of flap across the chest for the front pockets. I’ve been on a mission to find a green one, but they seem elusive.
anyone looking, Marks Workwear, has a pretty good representation of this old fav. its not the original, but its cotton doeskin and its in red, blue or grey checks, its listed as a doeskin shirt on the web page. it has the same feel, which is what i like… the colours dont bleed as much , which is not a bad thing,if you ever wore the red in the rain when it was quite new, bled for months