New Mode 1950s leather utility jacket
This 1950s vintage leather jacket has classic styling of the time period, with a zipped breast pocket and handwarmers. Examples from the 1930s generally would have had a half-belt back and side adjuster belts. This one has a plain back, with elastic in the side panels. With a nod to motorcycle jacket styling, it has zipped cuffs. The hardware is somewhat unusual. The jacket has super-early YKK zippers, from when that Japanese company first came onto the American market in the 1950s. The brass slide fasteners are near clones of the Talon zippers made at the time, with the logo replaced. The jacket has a snap front leather vest sewn in, so that the jacket can be worn open and still offer some protection from the wind. At the bottom, there is a double snap fastened tab, a detail more commonly seen on European jackets. The panels between the leather vest and the zipper are lined in corduroy, and have a leather reinforced pistol pocket. The rest of the body of the jacket is lined in a velveteen material. The leather collar of the jacket has a knit collar inside of it to hug your neck and keep the wind out. There are marks from where there originally would have been knit storm cuffs in the sleeves. The jacket has an earlier style label which reads “New Mode – Special Product”. A secondary label, sewn directly above the main one, also reads “New Mode”. The underside of the collar has reinforcement stitching. With a 48″ chest, this would best fit a size 44-46, depending on how you wear your leather jackets.

Chest (pit to pit): 24″
Shoulder to Shoulder: 19″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 22″

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