Johnson Leathers, San Francisco - New Leather Jacket

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  1. Mr. Moo

    Mr. Moo Boxercise Toughguy

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    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:

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    add911_11 Senior member

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    this looks amazing.
     
  3. Mr. Moo

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

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    Never! :)
     
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    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!
     
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    Mr. Moo Boxercise Toughguy

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    TRINI Senior member

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    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.

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    On the bike:

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  10. Mr. Moo

    Mr. Moo Boxercise Toughguy

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    That's pretty awesome, Trini. Are you on the East Coast? What made you choose JL in SF?
     
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    I love Moo's black Johnson.
     
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    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.
     
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    thats what she said
     
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    Who doesn't? :D


    Stash pocket FTW.
     
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    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.
     
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