1950s-1960s German motorcycle jacket

This vintage jacket was made in Germany in the late 1950s-early 1960s. It is a classically German double breasted cut, with a wide collar and concentric stitching on the shoulders and elbows. The bottom portion of the jacket is quilted. There is a zipped breast pocket, partially under the lapel, as well as zippers on the sleeves and at the side vents, where there would be laces on an American made jacket. The jacket appears to be made from an imitation leather product from its stamped grain pattern. The jacket is lined in a heavy moleskin, and there are two interior pockets. The zippers are all marked with sailboats. The inside of the jacket is embossed with the maker’s name, VEB, Freiberger Leder Bekleidung, which translates to Freiberger motorcycle leathers.

Tagged size: German 48 = US 38
Chest (pit to pit): 22″
Shoulder to shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24″
Length (base of collar to hem): 25″

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Double Breasted German leather motorcycle jacket

This vintage leather jacket was made in Germany in the 1960s. It was made by Erlmeier Ledermodelle. It started out life as a hip length jacket and was at some point cut down into a waist length motorcycle style. The conversion was well executed. It is double breasted with a button front, and buttons for shoulder boards. There are double-snap breast pockets. The back has a scalloped yoke.

Chest (pit to pit): 22″ (doubled = 44″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 26″
Length: 23″

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1950s Swedish / German Goatskin utility jacket


This vintage leather jacket was sold by Albackens of Malung, Sweden. The design is typical of what was coming out of German shops of this period. It is made of black goatskin, in a classic utility jacket style. It has a zipp zipper. There are a number of teeth missing on the zippers, but it still zips up well. There are buckle adjusters on the sides, and button tabs on the sleeves. The leather has a wonderful patina.

Chest (pit to pit): 19″ (38″ chest)
Shoulder to shoulder: 16″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 22″
Length: 23″

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WWII German leather breeches


These vintage leather breeches were part of an American GI’s estate, a bring-back from the war. They are leather with a sheepskin lining, designed for cold weather usage. I’m not sure whether they were intended for motorcycle or for aviation usage. Distinctively German yoked front. Fishtail back. Broadfall design with buttons on the hips. Back adjuster belt, button calves. The back cinch belt is broken, and there is some damage to the leather at the crotch and at the back, but overall, these are in very solid shape.

Waist: 16″
Inseam: 22″