Sunday, September 14, 2014
I find regional leather jacket styles very interesting. For example, the deerskin jackets made in Wisconsin have distinctive patterns which changed very little over the decades. Denver also had their own sense of style when it came to leather jackets, one which seems to be unique to makers in that city. Last August, I profiled one of these makers, A.T. Hendrick, whose history can be found at http://vintageleatherjackets.blogspot.com/2013/08/at-hendrick-leather-jackets.html
I recently was fortunate enough to buy another jacket, made by Jack C. Miles, a furrier and taxidermist operating on Broadway in Denver. The pattern, with its button front, boxy cut, zip breast pocket, and distinctive cuffs, is very similar to the one made by Hendrick. This one is two tone, which really pops all the detailing.
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Friday, August 22, 2014
Thursday, August 21, 2014
I love seeing jacket designs in unexpected materials. Case in point- the Aviator style, complete with D pocket and cigarette pocket (though I would guess they weren't used for maps or cigarettes in the 2-8 year old size range), rendered in blue plaid instead of the leather which is associated with the style. Very sporty.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Monday, August 18, 2014
I'm always on that quest to find the origins and the evolution of the styles we all know and love. Here's a selection of leather garments from 1896. The leather on these is Sumac tanned, but is not named as to what kind of leather it is, other than the French Calfskin pants, which is nearly double the price of the standard version. The cut of most of the jackets is similar to hunting or denim work coats of the period. It is interesting that many are reversible.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Pritzker is better known for their government contracted flight jackets, but also made jackets for the civilian market. The name, Air-O-Coat conjures images of aviation, reinforced by the sporty back. The collar loop and button design was found on sports shirts of the period. The jacket lightweight and unlined suede in a bone color. The jacket has a grommet Talon zipper.
Friday, August 15, 2014
This jacket was made in the mid 1930s from capeskin leather. It was a short-lived trend to emboss leather wto look like ostrich, from about 1936-1937. The jacket has a Talon grommet zipper and a really nice pleated, belted back design.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Here's another Aviator style cossack jacket to continue the research I posted on this style several months ago. There will be another barrage of vintage aviation jacket ads coming soon, so keep an eye out.
This jacket was made in California and was sold by Montgomery Ward. The jacket is made out of pony horsehide, and has a asymmetrical zipper (Referred to as double breasted in many of the early ads), two zipper breast pockets and handwarmers. The back has a sporty belted back and side adjusters.
This is another one I'm thinning from the collection