Alpha Industries started off making military clothing in 1959, in a rented factory in Knoxville, Tennessee. Alpha’s outstanding quality quickly gained a reputation with the US Defense Department. Our reputation spread to civilians, propelled by youth subcultures, and the brand became a style of street wear: a special look that came from outside the normal world commercial brands. Alpha’s fame was built on the back of a few key designs, starting with the MA-1 bomber jacket, the classic U.S. Air Force flight jacket for over 50 years. Fashion designers have been customizing the MA-1 since the 1980s. Another popular icon is the M-65, which became the basic American infantry field jacket in 1965. But not only because it was worn by soldiers – curiously it was a big favorite among peace protestors too.