Father’s Day 2022 Gift Guide

Less than three weeks away from Father’s Day, it’s never too soon to start thinking about the gifts for the dad in your life… or to give your family some hints if you’re a dad as well!

Taking inspiration from a few recent (and classic) BAMF Style favorite movies and TV shows, I brainstormed a few favorites that he—or you—will actually want for Father’s Day.

The author’s own Paradise Found “jungle bird” aloha shirt, Alpha Industries bomber jacket, Persol sunglasses (albeit not the PO714 model), and SIS Training Gear shirt with a pile of highly recommended books for fans of movies, style, and the convergence of the two.

CWU-45/P Jacket as seen in Top Gun: Maverick

For the dad who chases adventure

Despite decades of screen heroes popularizing military flight jackets, the sage-green Nomex flight jacket had gone relatively uncelebrated on screen until receiving its due in this year’s blockbuster Top Gun: Maverick. Tom Cruise’s G-1 jacket and its profusion of patches made a brief cameo at the start of the movie, but the CWU-45/P (“CWU” meaning Cold Weather Uniform) eventually took over as Maverick’s USN-issued update.

Also known as the “MA-2”, a marketing shorthand that emerged to reflect the jacket’s succession of the classic MA-1 bomber, the most frequently encountered versions of these jackets are the standard CWU-45 and the lighter-weight CWU-36, both made from Nomex, a flame-resistant nylon-like material pioneered in the 1960s. Many civilian offerings are standard nylon, but some genuine Nomex jackets can be found at a worthwhile premium.

Tom Cruise recently wore an “MA-2” bomber jacket, likely the CWU-45/P, in Top Gun: Maverick.
The Alpha Industries CWU-45/P is currently available via Amazon.

Where to get it:

  • Alpha Industries CWU 45/P Bomber Jacket (Amazon, up to $190) (pictured)
  • Cockpit USA Nomex CWU Modified 36P Lightweight Jacket Z26P005 (Cockpit USA, $630)
  • Mil-Tec US CWU Flight Jacket Basic Olive (Amazon, $102.95)
  • Rothco CWU-45P Flight Jacket (Amazon, $56.99)

Top Gun tie-in jackets:

  • Alpha Industries Alpha x Top Gun CWU 45/P Bomber Jacket (Alpha Industries, $325)
  • Cockpit USA “Movie Hero” CWU-36/P Flight Jacket Z24A103 (Cockpit USA, $460)

SIS Training Gear as seen in Skyfall

For the active dad

Among the Tom Ford suits and Sunspel shirts of Daniel Craig’s tenure as James Bond, SIS Training Gear emerged as a wallet-friendly way to incorporate cinema’s most famous super-spy into your wardrobe.

Whether it’s by grabbing the warmup suit and performance T-shirt that Craig’s 007 wore while retraining himself or dozens of other products ranging from mugs and artwork to men’s and women’s T-shirts that pay tribute to the entire Bond series, SIS Training Gear has plenty to offer Bond fans.

Skyfall depicted Daniel Craig’s James Bond getting back into shape in a performance T-shirt that inspired one of many offerings from the impressive SIS Training Gear lineup.

RGT Supply Jacket as seen in No Time to Die, The Adam Project, and other recent productions

For the stylish dad

L.A.-based company Rogue Territory began in 2008 as a custom denim workshop, soon transitioning to a ready-to-wear lineup that has since vastly expanded to a collection of trendy yet timeless workwear. Arguably the most visible piece from their collection is the Ridgeline Supply Jacket… and you know the one I mean.

As detailed by James Bond Lifestyle, this waxed cotton jacket had appeared in several movies and TV shows over a half decade before it was elevated to a must-have staple after a tan unlined Ridgeline was worn by Daniel Craig during a brief—and I mean brief—scene in his final James Bond movie, No Time to Die.

Cut like a trucker jacket, the four-pocket Ridgeline fastens with five nickel rivet buttons up the placket in addition to Rogue Territory’s signature extra contrast-stitched buttonhole—a throwback to the days when men wore pocket watches. The Ridgeline can be found unlined, as favored by 007, or with a blanketed flannel lining, as worn by Ryan Reynolds in this year’s Netflix release The Adam Project.

Though it only appeared briefly, the Rogue Territory supply jacket worn by Craig’s Bond in No Time to Die quickly emerged as a fan favorite for its timeless style and wearability. The unlined Rogue Territory Ridgeline Supply Jacket in Tax Waxed Cotton is currently available from STAG Provisions.

Where to get it:

  • Rogue Territory Ridgeline Supply Jacket (Unlined) (STAG Provisions, $295) (pictured)
  • Rogue Territory Ridgeline Supply Jacket (Lined) (STAG Provisions, $398)

Red Jungle Bird Shirt as seen in Magnum, P.I.

For the vacation-loving dad

One of the most recognizable aloha shirts in history, Thomas Magnum’s red “jungle bird” shirt carries the rare distinction of being one of the only—if not the only—one of his fabled Hawaiian shirts to have appeared in all eight seasons of Magnum, P.I. The bright red tropical-printed rayon shirt became so iconic that one of Tom Selleck’s screen-worn shirts was even donated to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in 1988 after the show’s run.

True to the series’ sense of authenticity, the original shirt had been purchased locally, made by a Hawaiian shirtmaker appropriately named Paradise Found. More than 40 years after Selleck first leapt into that speedy red Ferrari, the “jungle bird” shirt can still be purchased from this original manufacturer, as well as a series of other prints and colorways featured on the series, offered via Hawaiian outfitter Aloha FunWear.

When picturing Tom Selleck in Magnum, P.I. one often pictures his Tigers cap, his mustache, and this bright red “jungle bird”-printed aloha shirt, originally made by Paradise Found and still offered by the company via Aloha FunWear.

Where to get it:

  • Paradise Found Original Magnum PI Hawaiian Shirt (Aloha FunWear, $69) (pictured)
  • Paradise Found Cotton Magnum PI Hawaiian Shirt (Aloha FunWear, $69)

Striped Knit Shirts as seen in Goodfellas

For the dad with his own Sunday gravy recipe

In addition to the silk suits, spearpoint collars, and gold pinky rings, Martin Scorsese’s mob epic Goodfellas popularized the image of mobsters dressing down in colorful and sleekly striped knitwear, sometimes buttoned up with a suit or left undone to show their undershirts and gold necklaces beneath them.

This year, Scott Fraser Collection released the two latest entries in their Icon Series: the Idlewild and Salerno knit shirts, painstakingly made from fine Italian merino wool to screen-match two beautiful shirts worn on-screen by the late Ray Liotta as the wiseguy-turned-witness informant Henry Hill.

Ray Liotta as Henry Hill, wearing open his blue striped knit short-sleeve shirt that Scott Fraser Collection recreated as the “Salerno Knit Shirt”.

Where to get them:

Read more about the shirts in my exclusive Q&A with Scott, and listen to the episode of From Tailors with Love where I joined Scott and host Pete Brooker to talk Goodfellas style and this new collection.

Steve McQueen’s Persol Sunglasses

For the dad you’d crown “King of Cool”

Whether your dad knows his way around a ’68 Mustang or at least carries himself with the confidence of a guy unafraid to take on a muscle car racing through the streets of San Francisco, these blue-tinted, tortoise-framed acetate specs with the signature Persol temple logos would instantly upgrade his eyewear on par with the star of The Great Escape and The Thomas Crown Affair. Especially if he’s still wearing those 20-year-old Oakleys you’ve been begging him to replace.

Steve McQueen favored these blue-tinted Persols both off and on screen, as seen here in The Thomas Crown Affair (1968).
Persol recently reintroduced the frames, capitalizing on their connection to the King of Cool, and available from Amazon, Cettire, and Shop Premium Outlets.

Where to get the Persol PO 714:

Carhartt Baseball Cap as seen in No Time to Die

For the non-fussy dresser

There are plenty of James Bond fans who don’t have any desire to wear the secret agent’s expensive dinner jackets or drink his shaken, not stirred martinis. For decades, 007’s on-screen style may have felt worlds apart from these viewers, and then No Time to Die‘s depiction of a retired Commander Bond dressed him in a Tommy Bahama shirt and Sperry boat shoes… just like many dads may have in their own closet.

For a brief sailing scene from Jamaica to Cuba in No Time to Die, Bond supplemented this outfit with a Barbour jacket and a plain navy cotton canvas Carhartt baseball cap. Costume designer Suttirat Anne Larlarb explained in an interview with The Bond Experience that the hat was chosen to reflect one of Steve McQueen’s casual outfits in The Thomas Crown Affair, with the Carhartt branding patch removed for production.

While Carhartt knit beanies have become the favorite headgear for Instagram influencers, it was quite a breakthrough to see even a cinematic style icon like 007 wearing gear from this classic American workwear brand.

Long removed from the trilbies that Sean Connery, George Lazenby, and Roger Moore flung onto Miss Moneypenny’s hat rack, Daniel Craig’s 21st century 007 embraced the practicality of a de-badged Carhartt baseball cap in his final Bond movie, No Time to Die. (Screenshot sourced from Bond Lifestyle.)

Where to get it:

  • Carhartt Men’s Canvas Cap (Amazon, $19.99)
  • Carhartt Men’s Visor (Amazon, $19.99)

Reading Material

From Tailors With Love: An Evolution of Menswear Through the Bond Films
by Pete Brooker and Matt Spaiser

From Tailors With Love by Pete Brooker and Matt Spaiser

Amazon, $24.49

Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli: The Epic Story of the Making of The Godfather
by Mark Seal

Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli: The Epic Story of the Making of The Godfather by Mark Seal

Amazon, $21.49

A Man & his Car: Iconic Cars and Stories from the Men Who Love Them
by Matt Hranek

A Man & his Car: Iconic Cars and Stories from the Men Who Love Them by Matt Hranek

Amazon, $27.45

A Man & His Watch: Iconic Watches and Stories from the Men Who Wore Them
by Matt Hranek

A Man & His Watch: Iconic Watches and Stories from the Men Who Wore Them by Matt Hranek

Amazon, $28.99

The Man with the Golden Typewriter: Ian Fleming’s James Bond Letters
edited by Fergus Fleming

The Man with the Golden Typewriter: Ian Fleming's James Bond Letters edited by Fergus Fleming

Amazon, $26.32

This Was Hollywood: Forgotten Stars and Stories
by Carla Valderrama

This Was Hollywood: Forgotten Stars and Stories by Carla Valderrama

Amazon, $17.99

All prices and availability current as of May 30, 2022. As an Amazon Associate, Kutoku affiliate, and ShopStyle Collective affiliate, I may receive commissions from qualifying purchases made through links in these posts. That said, this is not a paid or compensated post, and I’ve chosen all of the above selections based on my opinions alone.

One comment

  1. Elaine J. Swindell

    Hi, I love reading your informational detailed history of John F. Kennedy. My grandmother and her friends thought he was the answer to everyone’s questions for our nation. Recently while going through a box of memoires, I found two instant camera photos, maybe a Polaroid, not sure. The photos are of JFK and a group of men and women, I’d love to see if you recognize where or who these people are, thank you. Elaine

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