Brooks leather cafe racer jacket

This vintage leather jacket was made in Detroit, Michigan by Brooks. It has Talon zipper and bi-swing shoulders.
Chest (pit to pit): 23″ (doubled = 46″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 17-3/4″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 27″
Length (base of collar to hem): 25-1/4″

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1960s Brooks leather racing shirt

This vintage leather jacket was made in the 1960s. It is missing its label, but with its late-starting zipper, one snap collar and plain back, it most closely resembles Brooks’s early cafe racers of the period.  It has bi-swing shoulders and zipped cuffs.  Pocket zips are Talon and cuff zips are Serval.  The main zipper has been replaced with a later YKK, It’s a very simple, stripped down racing shirt type pattern, with no extraneous seams or pockets. The cuffs are open style. With the wear and various repairs, this jacket’s clearly seen some action and some love.
Pit to pit:  22″ (doubled = 44″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25-3/4″
Length (base of collar to hem): 27-3/4″

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Cafe Racer vest
This vintage jacket was made in the 1970s, in a classic band collar two pocket cafe racer style. It has a two snap collar, with a two-way female snap that can snap the extension tab back when not in use. It has a wind flap, Serval zipper and bi-swing shoulders. At some point, the sleeves were removed, likely due to some kind of damage, along with the lining.

Chest (pit to pit): 23″ (doubled = 46″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 19″
Length (base of collar to hem): 24-1/2″

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Walter Dyer motorcycle jacket

This vintage leather jacket was made by the Walter Dyer company of Massachusetts. It is made of a thick, heavyweight leather, probably steerhide, perfect for motorcycle usage. I’ve heard this style of theirs referred to as a “Luftwaffe jacket”, but really, it’s a standard Cafe Racer style with a collar. There are two handwarmer pockets and two zipped breast pockets. There is an action back, and zipped cuffs. All the zippers are brass and were made by Talon. The jacket has a quilted lining, which has what looks to be an ink stain on it. Great wear and patina to the leather. The “Walter Dyer” tag is of the early leather style. It would have originally had the name in script, written in gold, but has mostly worn off.

Chest (pit to pit): 24″
Shoulder to Shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 23-1/2″


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Aljac leather cafe racer

I love a jacket with a good patina. It has a story.  It’s been places and seen things.  There’s a romance to it, an air of mystery and of the unknown. A jacket with a patina like this was not a casual fashion item, worn for a season and discarded.  No, to get this kind of wear, it had to be something that defined its owner.

This vintage leather cafe racer jacket was made in Montreal, Canada in the 1970s.  Its brown leather has a killer patina, and is still soft and supple.  It has a lightning zip, cigarette pocket on the sleeve, and side adjuster snaps.Chest: 20″Shoulder to Shoulder: 17″Sleeve (shoulder to cuff)” 23″    Photobucket







Wheels of Man suede cafe racer

This vintage leather jacket was made in the late ’60s or 1970s.  It is heavy roughout cowhide suede.  It has a talon main zipper and talon cuff zippers.  The top collar snap bears the logo of the maker, Wheels of Man.  The jacket has an action back, two handwarmer pockets and zippped cuffs.  There is general wear and staining to the suede throughout the jacket.  The left cuff is worn and the stitching at the end of the seam has let go.  The right cuff has similar damage, and several small tears around the zipper.  The lining also bears the logo of the company and is stained, especially towards the bottom hem.
Chest: 23″ (doubled =46″)
Shoulder to Shoulder: 19″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 26″
Length (Collar to Hem): 28″