Menswear Named After Real Men: 10 Jackets, Shirts, and Hats With Surprising Etymologies
No one can live forever, but having a garment named in your honor ensures that, in a certain sense, you're still walking around years after your demise. Read on to learn the historical origins of your favorite closet staples.
What: The Ike jacket
Who: President Dwight Eisenhower
Why: In the fall of 1943, then-General Dwight Eisenhower requested a shorter, waist-length version of the standard-issue M-43 field jacket. Ike's more stylish iteration—roomy enough to fit a sweater, flannel shirt, and wool-cotton T-shirt under it in extreme cold—was based on a British battle jacket, but with more distinctive style, including a nipped-in waist.