Golden Bear Varsity jackets and seasonal outerwear made exclusively for Unionmade. Started in 1922 on the waterfronts of San Francisco, Golden Bear first created tough, durable leather jackets for longshoremen, who carried cargo, literally, on their backs. Golden Bear gained fame during World War II, when pilots of the Flying Tigers, The P-38's, Hellcats and the Flying Fortresses, wore their jackets. Sixty years later, they remain stylish and practical. A family-owned enterprise, Golden Bear is one of the few companies that virtually manufacture almost everything by hand.