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The Bohemian Society's accidental switchblade-packing jacket

August 5, 2011 |  6:02 am

Formichetti Bohemian Society
Downtown Los Angeles label the Bohemian Society accidentally created a switchblade-concealing jacket recently, according to the brand's founder and designer Victor Wilde.

According to Wilde, Nicola Formichetti --the  longtime Lady Gaga stylist/collaborator and current creative director at Mugler -- recently pulled a leather jacket from Wilde's wares for a Japan Vogue photo shoot, during which Formichetti apparently took a liking to it, put it on, and wore it for the rest of the day.

That's how, Wilde says, he came to discover a switchblade had been sandwiched between a pocket and the jacket's inner lining, where it had inadvertently been stitched in some four or five months ago.

"I got a call about it Sunday night," Wilde told All The Rage, "and my first thought was: 'So that's where it's been!' I'd been looking for it for a long time, and I knew it was somewhere. The jacket's been sitting here in the showroom for months."

Wilde said the first thing Formichetti and his assistant wanted to know was if the inclusion of the switchblade was on purpose. "I told them no, but since they were keeping the jacket, they should keep the switchblade too. It's a leather motorcycle jacket and the [two pieces] really go well together. And after all, it's finders keepers."

Unless, of course, Formichetti had tried to wear that Bohemian Society biker jacket through airport security before discovering the stowaway blade.  

Photo: Mugler creative director Nicola Formichetti (above, far left, with menswear designer Romain Kremer at the men's spring and summer 2012 Paris runway show. Credit: Jacques Brinon / Associated Press) discovered a switchblade accidentally sewn inside a Bohemian Society jacket like the one pictured above right, according to designer Victor Wilde. Credit: Joe Rubinstein

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