Faculties offer alternative jackets

By Carolyn Flanagan
Assistant Blogs Editor

One of Queen’s most iconic symbols is getting a little sibling.

The Arts and Science Undergraduate Society (ASUS) is offering an alternative faculty jacket to students who either do not want to pay the high price of the traditional leather, or who want a more animal-friendly option.

ASUS is now offering a windbreaker modelled after an American Apparel design.

Kathleen Liu, services commissioner of ASUS, said the new style isn’t meant to replace the original.

“We kept the crest and colour, and students can till sew on the bars. The only difference is the material.”

Available for $100, the jacket is significantly cheaper than the $300 original. It also appeals to a new demographic.

“The windbreaker is a great alternative for spring. Besides, not everyone feels that they can pull of the leather jacket,” Liu said.

The custom-made jacket is currently available for ArtSci and CompSci students only. The first 50 jackets, offered at a promotion rate of $80, sold out in one hour at the campus bookstore. Jackets Director Alex Nicholson said there was demand for a vegan style since ASUS doesn’t sell “pleather” jackets. “We were asked a lot if there was a non-leather option for the jackets, so the response has been really positive.”

Nicholson said they hope to make the windbreakers available to other faculties as well in the near future.

Jackets will be available for order at the campus bookstore until tomorrow.

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