The colvinex flight suit was a one piece goatskin coverall electrically heated flight suit. Great for cold weather flying in WWII and Korea, not so great as surplus. Not a lot of call for the average joe for something as specialized as these. So out come the electrical coils, and out come the scissors, needle and thread. I’ve run across quite a few examples of these that were cut down post war for casual or motorcycle use, and each does it a bit differently.
This vintage leather jacket was made in California in the 1940s by Los Angeles Sportogs. It is a battledress/ Ike jacket influenced style, probably produced just after the war. It has stitched down epaulettes, a sptread collar and a front belt closure. The front is closed with a short deco sunburst talon zipper. The front pockets and label are missing, but I have seen one other example of this jacket sell about four years ago, and another example in a Japanese vintage leather book. I’ve rented this one out, and it has appeared on several album covers, including Deanna Bogart’s “Pianoland” and Merl Johnson’s “Better Man”.Chest: 23″ (doubled =46″)Shoulder to Shoulder: 19″Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 23″