I have been developing some really hot women’s jackets of late. Because I am starting to get busy, and because blogging on all of the sites is time consuming, I have not been able to share the stages that got me to this final product. That being said, there has been quite a barrage of emails in my in box asking me when I am coming out with a women’s jacket. Well this is the finished product. Two versions have been tested so far, one longer model and one shorter one. This shorty that I made here is done in Canadian Buffalo leather with the camo lining and in goatskin with the black lining. The buffalo is a grainy soft slightly stretchy hand, and by contrast the goatskin is very very tough to the touch and has much less give. Each effect acts differently on the pattern but I am very very happy with the result!
I spent the better part of last week developing some new ideas for my jackets. I have a whack of designs that I am working out for some very exclusive retailers. A lot of my experience working and hanging out with other designers as well as my fascination with odd and old designs has led me down the road of mixed media.Â That is to say, the beauty of old world materials like wool, leather and oil skin cotton should be mixed and matched to create beautiful well balanced jackets. Usually I make smaller prototypes and have friends try them on. Winter is approaching and I wanted to make two jackets I could wear in the cold. I wanted them to be warm and in the case of the oilskin, moderately water proof.
This is Italian dark brown horsehide, with black oilskin and 1930s ball and chain chest zippers mixed with old stock lightning cuff zippers. The inside is thick heavy Melton wool body liner and cotton twill sleeves.
The second jacket is a perfect blend of European veg. tanned goat skin, in two tones, with plaid wool body and a beige flannel liner. Nice for mid weather, I used my deadstock 1930s urethane rimmed buttons and an nice simple tube cut. It really creates a balance of simple beauty and nice details. The A gusset stands out in leather against the dark rich greens of the plaid. I think these are really beautiful but I wont know until I wear them out in the world and see what my friends think!