http://www.ebay.com/itm/271307306053 This vintage leather jacket was made in Toronto by either Score Sporting Goods of by its successor, Shields Sportswear. Without the label, it’s hard to say which incarnation of Harry and Lorne Shields’s company made it. The jacket has the interesting collar of this maker- a short rounded stand collar with a single-snap chinstrap. Most makers made the snap tab as an extension of the collar stand, rather than a second piece. The separate chinstrap is more of a holdover from 1930s leather jacket design. Side adjuster belts are another early style holdover found on this design. The elbows are reinforced with a second layer of leather. There are zip sleeves to keep wind and dust out when riding. Zippers are mismatched, with Canadian made Acme and Lightning zips on the pockets and sleeves respectively. The front zipper is a replacement, with a YKK tape and a vintage Talon slider. The lining is long since missing. The blue leather of this jacket sets it apart in a sea of black and brown leather jackets, as if the distinctive and rugged design wasn’t enough.
Chest (pit to pit): 22″ (doubled = 44″) Shoulder to shoulder: 18″ Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24″ Length: 23-1/2″
This vintage tailcoat was made in the 1930s by Finnish born Toronto based tailor A. Saarimaki. It has surgeons cuffs.
Shoulder to shoulder: 16-1/2″
I recently bought these two Montreal made D-Pocket motorcycle jackets. Both were made by different iterations of the same company, British Sportswear and British Cycle Leathers, which would later become Brimaco. It’s always interesting having similar pieces of vintage clothing like this at the same time to be able to do direct comparisons of fit and details.
The black jacket is a later model of the earlier silver one, which in turn draws heavy inspiration from the Harley Davidson Cycle Champ jacket.On to the comparisons.
Leather color aside, while the two jackets follow the same pattern, there are a number of differences between them. Some of these are due simply to the date of manufacture and the hardware which was readily available at that point. Others are subtle, yet distinct, changes in the pattern.
The design of the d-pocket changed, growing in size, with less tapered ends. The two pockets lost their clipped corners and single stitching replaced double. Hardware changed, with different patterns of Lightning zippers used from one to the next, and different belt buckles and studs, but that has more to do with availability than design. The belt on the newer jacket is backed in cloth, while on the silver jacket it has a backing of black leather. The belt buckles are inset in different ways from one to the next, with triangular reinforcement stitching on the black one. Epaulettes are false on the silver jacket, stitched to the shoulder. They are more conventional and snap down on the black one. The silver jacket has open cuffs that zip closed and have a snap tab at the end of the cuff. The black jacket also has zipped cuffs, but the leather of the sleeve is continuous and the zippers are there for adjustment of the sleeve diameter. The lining pattern is different one to the next, as is the collar shape
I’ve never seen another jacket like this. It’s brown corduroy with patch pockets and a dinner jacket style shawl collar. Part hollywood jacket, part tuxedo, part smoking jacket. It has a link style button closure with shiny brown sportswear style buttons. It is unvented and has no buttons on the sleeves. The jacket is fully lined, with one of the coolest labels I’ve seen. The label states that the jacket was styled by Devonshire of Toronto, and the brand is Du-Val (The Most Durable Values) established in 1924. There is a small spot on the left shoulder seam where the stitching has let go, but that would be easily mended.