or Connect
Styleforum › Forums › Men's Style › Classic Menswear › Johnson Leathers, San Francisco - New Leather Jacket
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Johnson Leathers, San Francisco - New Leather Jacket

post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
New jacket from San Francisco based Johnson Leathers. I met with Alan in his shop in San Francisco and we went over some details of what I wanted in a jacket. Alan is a skilled craftsman and he is a wonderful resource not only for jackets, leathers, and the garment industry in general, but also for talking watches. We spent a good long while with measurements, ideas, and fitting of his off-the-rack jackets to start getting an idea of where I am with sizing. Measurements were taken, plans drawn up, and the order placed. I wanted something not too heavy but still sturdy, good looking and "modern", with the lightest possible lining for breathe-ability. The experience was really, really great.

Johnson Leathers has contracts to make all of the leathers for the local police and CHP. They also have large contracts with many Japanese designers, including Comme des Garcons (according to Alan their collaboration baseball jacket sold out within a few hours). They also do completely custom work, with any and all customization available - color, leather type, jacket design (move pocket here, angle it like this, etc.), zippers, lengths/widths/etc. Alan showed me several jackets that he is currently working on and some of them were really mind-blowing - crazy, heavy bison, horsehide, some interesting colors, mouton collars, etc. All completely custom. The best part, aside from the quality and experience, is that their pricing is completely reasonable, and downright a steal for what you get - high quality, made in the US (in San Francisco in his shop), completely custom jackets. His wait times for custom jackets are about 8-10 weeks.

The website is quite poor, and Alan will be the first to admit as much. However, look past it and give Alan a call if you have a leather jacket idea.

http://www.johnsonleather.com/

Specifications:

3.5-oz Horween Overdyed cow hide leather
Hidden pocket on the left side seam
Hidden pocket in collar
Bi-swing back
Heavy duty blacked out zippers, with dual way front zipper
Cotton lining on back/chest; cupro lining in the sleeves

Pics when brand new:













Pics after about 5-6 wears:



post #2 of 29
this looks amazing.
post #3 of 29
Thread Starter 
Thank you. smile.gif
post #4 of 29
Moo blew up the spot... joking, i am good on leathers atm... i think
post #5 of 29
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by sinnedk View Post

Moo blew up the spot... joking, i am good on leathers atm... i think

Never! smile.gif
post #6 of 29
That looks amazing! I've been a big fan of Johnson for some time, and love chatting vintage leathers with Alan. He once pulled out a WWI-era patchwork horsehide vest from the back that really blew my mind. I agree, for what they offer, their prices are more than reasonable compared to the wider market, if not downright 'cheap.' Wear that in good health!
post #7 of 29
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by jchosko View Post

That looks amazing! I've been a big fan of Johnson for some time, and love chatting vintage leathers with Alan. He once pulled out a WWI-era patchwork horsehide vest from the back that really blew my mind. I agree, for what they offer, their prices are more than reasonable compared to the wider market, if not downright 'cheap.' Wear that in good health!

Yes - Alan is a great guy. He definitely isn't shy about his work and talent, which is great. He showed me some really nice one-offs in person. And his prices seem kind of ridiculous, honestly (in a good way), for what you get.
post #8 of 29

Very cool, I'm hoping I'll get a chance to stop by tomorrow. Sounds like I'd learn a lot at the very least.

post #9 of 29
I had them make my motorcycle riding jacket with forcefield armor in the back, shoulders and elbows. I had them copy a vintage biker jacket I got off of ebay.

Excellent work.

8699728864_24bb931aac_o.jpg

On the bike:

9055857240_a8fbae3cea_c.jpg
post #10 of 29
Thread Starter 
That's pretty awesome, Trini. Are you on the East Coast? What made you choose JL in SF?
post #11 of 29
I love Moo's black Johnson.
post #12 of 29
The hidden collar pocket is an interesting detail. It was common in East West Musical Instruments jackets, which was a San Francisco made brand in the early 70's that catered to the local rock & roll scene and which is very collectible today. I wonder if he's familiar with those? I suppose he is.
post #13 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by dieworkwear View Post

I love Moo's black Johnson.

thats what she said
post #14 of 29
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by dieworkwear View Post

I love Moo's black Johnson.

Who doesn't? biggrin.gif
Quote:
Originally Posted by Baron View Post

The hidden collar pocket is an interesting detail. It was common in East West Musical Instruments jackets, which was a San Francisco made brand in the early 70's that catered to the local rock & roll scene and which is very collectible today. I wonder if he's familiar with those? I suppose he is.

Stash pocket FTW.
post #15 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr. Moo View Post

That's pretty awesome, Trini. Are you on the East Coast? What made you choose JL in SF?

I'm in Toronto actually.

I was looking for a biker jacket that was similar to the Lewis Leathers versions but with actual protection and competition-grade cowhide. I couldn't find one from any of the usual bike gear manufacturers so started looking into custom made.

I came across JL on the Fedora Lounge and saw that they had done something similar to what I wanted.

I reached out with my idea and Alan and co were more than willing to make it for me.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Classic Menswear
Styleforum › Forums › Men's Style › Classic Menswear › Johnson Leathers, San Francisco - New Leather Jacket