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  • Flame of Zaïre | Unisex Bomber Jacket
  • Flame of Zaïre | Unisex Bomber Jacket

Flame of Zaïre | Unisex Bomber Jacket

Zaire (/zɑːˈɪər/), officially the Republic of Zaire (French: République du Zaïre [ʁe.py.blik dy za.iʁ]), was the name of a sovereign state between 1971 and 1997 in Central Africa that is now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It was, by area, the largest country in sub-Saharan Africa, the third-largest in all of Africa (after Sudan and Algeria), and the 11th-largest in the world. With a population of over 23 million inhabitants, Zaire was the most-populous officially Francophone country in the world, as well as one of the most populous in Africa.

The country was a one-party totalitarian dictatorship, run by Mobutu Sese Seko and his ruling Popular Movement of the Revolution party. Zaire was established following Mobutu's seizure of power in a military coup in 1965, following five years of political upheaval following independence known as the Congo Crisis. Zaire had a strongly centralist constitution, and foreign assets were nationalized. The period is sometimes referred to as the Second Congolese Republic.

A wider campaign of Authenticité, ridding the country of the influences from the colonial era of the Belgian Congo, was also launched under Mobutu's direction. Weakened by the termination of American support after the end of the Cold War, Mobutu was forced to declare a new republic in 1990 to cope with demands for change. By the time of its downfall, Zaire was characterised by widespread cronyism, corruption and economic mismanagement.

Zaire collapsed in the 1990s, amid the destabilization of the eastern parts of the country in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide and growing ethnic violence. In 1996, Laurent-Désiré Kabila, the head of the Alliance of Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Congo (AFDL) militia, led a popular rebellion against Mobutu. With rebel forces successfully making gains beyond the east, Mobutu fled the country, leaving Kabila's forces in charge as the country restored its name to the Democratic Republic of the Congo the following year. Mobutu died within four months after he fled into exile in Morocco.

Add a little zing to your wardrobe with this vibrant All-Over Print Bomber Jacket. Wear it on a basic t-shirt, or layer it on top of a warm hoodie—it’ll look great either way. With a brushed fleece inside, and a relaxed unisex fit, this Bomber Jacket is just the stuff of the dreams, so be quick to grab yourself one!

• 100% polyester
• Fabric weight: 6.49–8.85 oz/yd² (220–300 g/m²)
• Brushed fleece fabric inside
• Unisex fit
• Overlock seams
• Sturdy neck tape
• Silver YKK zipper
• 2 self-fabric pockets
• Blank product components sourced from the US and China

Size guide

  XS S M L XL 2XL 3XL
Chest (inches) 34 ⅝ 36 ¼ 37 ¾ 41 44 ⅛ 47 ¼ 50 ⅜
Waist (inches) 26 ¾ 28 ⅜ 29 ⅞ 33 ⅛ 36 ¼ 39 ⅜ 42 ½
Hips (inches) 37 38 ⅝ 40 ⅛ 43 ¼ 46 ½ 49 ⅝ 52 ¾
  XS S M L XL 2XL 3XL
Chest (cm) 88 92 96 104 112 120 128
Waist (cm) 68 72 76 84 92 100 108
Hips (cm) 94 98 102 110 118 126 134
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