1970s Ibex East West six pocket leather hippie jacket

http://www.ebay.com/itm/281512871868
This vintage jacket was made in England in the 1970s by Ibex of England – “Elegance in Leather”. It is made of what feels like lightweight deer, in a six pocket pattern made famous by East West Leathers. Aero Leathers made a version as the “Hippie Jacket” and Levis made one as the “Scorched Up” jacket. This is a real deal ’70s original. It has a six pocket front. The top two are open, the bottom four are pleated and flapped, and the bottom two have buckled belts assuring a secure closure. The back has side adjusters, and the sleeves have motorcycle jacket style zippers. Zippers are all English Clix brand. The jacket has a western style back yoke as well as pleats. The sleeve zippers have distinctive u shaped surrounds. The jacket is tagged a size 40.

Tagged size: 40
Chest (pit to pit): 21″
Shoulder to shoulder: 17″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25″
Length (base of collar to hem): 22-1/2″

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East West Musical Instruments style leather jacket

http://www.ebay.com/itm/271306455788
This vintage leather jacket was made in the late 1960s – 1970s time frame, and is one of the coolest from that era I’ve seen in a long time. The western pictorial theme, with a desert landcape and a bird (or is that a “Gilded Palace of Sin” era Sneaky Pete pterodactyl?) put me in mind of Nudie’s rodeo tailors. The western yoking and brass studs on the front further that western theme. This style of jacket was pioneered by California’s “East West Musical Instruments” although this jacket isn’t nearly as complex as most of their output. There’s no, or evidence that there was one, so who actually made the jacket is a bit of a mystery. There is a standard style for the era “Medium” size tag. My guess would be it was made by a small custom leather shop. The jacket is leather, sewn rough-out. It has a snap front.

Chest (pit to pit): 21″ (doubled = 42″)
Waist: 18″ (doubled = 36″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 18-1/2″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24″
Length: 22″

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Europa Leather Jacket

http://www.ebay.com/itm/271137528786

This vintage leather jacket was made in Uruguay the late 1960s through mid 1970s time frame by “Eropa Sport”. It has a classic short style, with three front patch pockets.  It has a 1930s influence to the back design, with its yoke, halfbelt with buckles, and pleats.  The jacket has a brass talon zipper and two interior pockets.Tagged size: 40Chest: 20″Shoulder to Shoulder: 16″Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25″   Photobucket

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