- Jun 14, 2007
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Looks like the timing is good for what I was going to post. Taylor's Leatherwear, which is a (non LARP) workwear leather provider, largely to police departments, had some pretty interesting jackets in their sale, and I ordered one. (Their normal price, too, is lower than most of the stuff we talk about.) By all accounts, their jackets and accessories are overbuilt, and the leather itself of high quality though fairly solid black, not the stuff the repro guys get super excited over.Gimme that elastic waist and 80s paneling. Nothing against the venerable and time-tested designs most frequently discussed here but I can't resist the pull of a few well executed more discutable or scabrous details.
The website is spartan, but they have a pretty wide range of styles and a long list of available modifications for most of them. A fair few have designs like the Lemaire stuff above, and could work for other oversized modern looks.
A few stood out to me especially: the Detroit Motorcycle Jacket, which seems to be the Buco police rider design (makes sense, since Buco was from Detroit) except with elasticated sides instead of a a separate belt, the New Orleans Motorcycle Jacket, which is a clean three pocket front with a nice action back and padded kidney panel [the back design as a whole reminds me a ton of 50s Sears motorcycle jackets which had an extremely detailed and functional action back], the Lynchburg Police Jacket, which is a really nice and simple single-breasted leather jacket in grainy soft navy cowhide and elasticated sides, the Cleveland Police Jacket, a really simple leather jacket with double zipper, two pocket front and action back, and the Passaic Cowhide Jacket, which is the one I ordered.
Oh and almost all of these have detachable Thinsulate liners. Good bang for your buck.