Sunday, September 14, 2014

Jack C. Miles two tone halfbelt leather jacket

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

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

Abercrombie and Fitch utility jacket

Before they became what they are today, Abercrombie and Fitch outfitted presidents and sold such high quality goods as this beautifully simple utility jacket, made in the early 1950s.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

1941 Aviation Style jacket

Here's a step on the way to the motorcycle jacket.  1941, with zipped sleeves and a D pocket.  The epaulettes give it a bit of an A-2 vibe.

Friday, August 22, 2014

1941 Boyville Aviator jacket

These jackets must have been fun for the makers at the time. How many pocket and fiddly details can be tacked on? This one has handwarmers, a "chart pocket" and a small pocket, described on this one as a change pocket.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

1940 - Boyville JR aviator's jacket

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

1940 - Boyville Aviation Jacket

Boyville was Sears's children's and teen's line. Capeskin leather.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

1940- Ponyhide Aviation Jacket

Horsehide Suits - 1896

Listed in with the hunting clothing section, these horsehide jackets and pants were oil tanned and advertised as, "wind-proof, pliable and soft as kid".

Monday, August 18, 2014

Leather Jackets of 1896

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

1970s suede trucker jacket

The classic 1970s trucker jacket a-la-levis, rendered in heavy roughout suede. No-name wreath style snaps.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

1930s Pritzker Air-O-Coat cossack jacket

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

1930s ostrich embossed cossack jacket

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

1930s Californian suede leather vest

Talon grommet zipper.  Double adjusters.  California Sportswear.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Montgomery Ward Aviator Jacket

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

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Uranium mine rescue jacket

With its snap front and raglan shoulders, you don't even have to look up the Rio Algom Mine to know this is a Canadian jacket. This style of leather hockey jacket remained virtually unchanged for decades.

Monday, August 11, 2014

1941 Child's aviation jacket

Why should adults be the only ones to get in on the act.  Gabardine and knit cotton.

1950s Fringed Utility jacket

This leather jacket was probably made in Wisconsin by one of their deerskin leather processors/jacket makers.  It's fringed, but not in an over-the-top way.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

1950s Hercules motorcycle jacket

This jacket was made in the mid-late 1950s, and was sold by Sears under the Hercules label.  It has an enormous zipped map pocket on the front, a secondary hidden pocket with the zipper in the bi-swing back, and flapped cargo/handwarmer pockets similar to what was commonly used on "bomber" jackets of the period.

I'm currently selling this one to make more room in my collection.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

1970s Trumpeter D- Pocket

This 1970s jacket owes a lot to Aviator jackets of the 1930s.  Pointed D-Pocket and small cargo pockets like you find on early Cossack jackets.  Nothing is ever new.

Friday, August 8, 2014

1920s Leather LINED coat

Sometimes, it's what's on the inside that counts.  This '20s coat, wool on the outside with a sheepskin collar, has a leather lined body and sleeves for wind resistance.