In October, 1959, more than 50 years ago, Alpha Industries began its operations making military clothing in the basement of a rented Knoxville, Tennessee factory using leased sewing machines and only a few employees. The first few years were very difficult for newly formed Alpha because it was a time of peace and the U.S. Defense Department purchased only small quantities of military clothing. However, the outstanding quality of Alpha’s clothing quickly came to the Defense Department’s attention and as America’s need for military clothing increased as the Vietnam conflict deepened, Alpha’s growth as a manufacturer for the Defense Department rapidly accelerated.
Alpha specialized in manufacturing many types of jackets and pants for U.S. military forces. As the years went by America’s Defense Forces came to rely more and more on Alpha’s expertise to produce U.S. Air Force and Naval Aviation flight jackets, Army and Marine Corps field jackets and a host of military pants and other clothing. During this time Alpha manufactured over 40 million garments for the U.S. military ranging from simple hoods to complicated cold weather Gore-Tex parkas.
Although Alpha made many different types of clothing the company became most associated with several jackets that became classics of American fashion. Two of these jackets— the MA-1 flight jacket and the M-65 field jacket– were almost exclusively made by Alpha for the military and Alpha was instrumental in working with the U.S. military designers to improve their performance and design. Subsequently when these garments migrated from their military roots into globally popular casual or street wear styles Alpha, as the authentic producer of the MA-1 and M-65 for the military, also became famous in the public’s mind for these styles.
In recent years, Alpha Industries has taken its more than 50 year old heritage and has grown into an internationally recognized global brand for military inspired casual wear. Building on its superior and proven manufacturing and Design abilities Alpha Industries extended its portfolio in the last few years and now produces jackets, shirts, pants, shoes and many other products worn by people worldwide along with jeans and other hallmarks of European and American casual styles.
Until today, Alpha Industries jackets are used by the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy.
At the really beginning from 1993 till 1997, only the basic and core styles were available in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. After that time period, in 1998, Alpha Industries started to create their own collection for the European Market, not only a Men’s Collection also Women’s and Kids got their own beside the basic and core styles that were already available.
Since 2009, after years of success based on the own Collection and selling it throughout DACH, Alpha Industries received the distribution for the whole of Europe which they established step by step till today.