Thursday, March 5, 2009
It is not often that as a Canadian I get to brag about vintage leather jackets and Canada. This week Joshua Jackson of Dawsons Creek fame is premiering in a movie called "One Week" in which he discovers that he has terminal cancer and decides to take a one week road trip on his motorcycle across Canada. I can't tell you how excited I was to see a life size cut out of Joshua in his Brimaco, British Cycle Riders jacket from Montreal. It is often believed that all of the early great motorcycle jacket companies and creative original designs came from the U.S.A. but this is not true. Brimaco was one of the earliest leather jacket companies in North America. I had the pleasure to interview the owner about his company 4 years ago. The man was 76 years old. He stated Brimaco opened before 1900 by his "grandfather". Brimaco's stock and trade was the clearly "British" style cafe racer, which they manufactured very early on. Though I cannot claim they invented the style, when I asked if he was aware of the other motorcycle jacket companies he claimed that there was fair trade on design and technique. Where it is clear that Brimaco copied the Harley Cycle Champ...it is possible that others copied the style and fit of their cafe racer...I'm just going to show a comparison of a Beck early cafe that I have on ebay with a similar Brimaco cafe racer in profile. Go Joshua I hope this movie does well and explodes on screens everywhere!