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Donkey Jacket

Donkey jackets were an 80's trend. Worn for years by Miners up North, this was the only coat a lot of them owned.

They were either black or dark blue woollen mid length jackets with large plastic buttons and 2 big pockets up the front . The signature piece was the same colour plastic panelling across the shoulders.

These have recently come back into fashion with the likes of Paul Smith reviving the design. Although, they are much more expensive and possibly of better quality.


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Donkey Jacket Last post by stuckinthe80's
11 November 2010
Donkey Jacket Last post by remember
07 August 2009

Do You Remember Donkey Jacket?

Do You Remember Donkey Jacket?

  • Mr Pudding
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    Still got one! Lovely and warm with tartan lining. Prior to that, I had one with black PVC/leatherette on the back- love them to bits!
    • Anonymous user
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      That lining would have been bloody posh. They were used by manual workers, out in the cold, as they were warm and hard wearing. However, Up Norf, especially Newcastle they were seen as a fashion item!
  • Anonymous user
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    There where also quite alot of those jackets about with an orange patch on the back.
    • Anonymous user
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      Poor old GPO/BT workers had ones with a terrible white plastic patch!
  • Anonymous user
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    Hi, thats NOT a donkey jacket. Go to www.bennevisclothing.com to see original donkey jackets.
  • Anonymous user
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    As I recall, donkey jackets were heavy wool serge with a leather patch over both shoulders and across the back, usually worn by builders and often emblazoned with the constructions company's name on the back. The jacket in the illustration looks more like a bomber jacket to me!
  • Anonymous user
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    yes, had a black donkey jacket when i was in primary 6 or 7 back in 82/83