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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.