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Vintage Finnish Leather Jackets

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by Mangrove, May 11, 2012.

  1. Mangrove

    Mangrove One of the Regulars

    Friitalan Nahkatehdas (1896-2010) was the largest leather factory in the Nordic countries and the only major leather jacket manufacturer in Finland. I have found little written information about the leather jackets the company produced during the 1930s so I had to do research of my own. Fortunately we have their catalogues digitized and I managed to find few model photographs from a period Finnish fashion magazine. Please comment if you feel so!

    1. Women's hiking jacket with silk and knit wool lining. 620-715 FIM or about 213-246€/$276-318 in 2011 money.

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    2. Men's hiking jacket with a zipper. 365-485 FIM or c. 126-167€/$163-216.

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    3. Motorcycle jacket, gloving leather with satin lining and a zipper.

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    4. Farmer's jacket, wool lining. Available with fur collar. 665-765 FIM or c. 229-263€/$296-340.

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    5. "Gentleman's leather blouse" from gloving leather. Satin lining and a zipper. 465-540 FIM or c. 160-186€/$207-241

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    6. Gentleman's jacket with cotton-wool mixture lining. 610-700 FIM or c. 210-241€/$272-312.

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  2. leopardstyle

    leopardstyle One of the Regulars

    Pretty cool stuff. I'd love to see more Scandanavian leather jackets. I dig a lot of these especially the leathers on the ladies.
     
  3. Edward

    Edward Bartender

    Lovely jackets! #2 looks very much like a denim trucker jacket - I'm surprised by this, as I have to admit I'd always thought that leather jackets in this style and cut only appeared in the Eighties!
     
  4. Metatron

    Metatron One Too Many

    Very cool. It's interesting how the women's jackets make no effort to look feminine, almost like 'boyfriend clothes'. :D
     
  5. Very nice jackets! any idea what type of hide?

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  6. Joel Shapiro

    Joel Shapiro One Too Many

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    #5 and #9 are my favorites. Very nice stuff. And the ladies stuff is gorgeous.
     
  7. Flat Foot Floey

    Flat Foot Floey My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Kiitos, Martti! The jackets look great.

    @Edward: Why os that? I think I have seen short wool jackets in a similar cut on american ebay from time to time. What makes them look 80s to you? Just askin. I was thinking about a reproduction of similar work wool jackets.
     
  8. Mangrove

    Mangrove One of the Regulars

    The factory only used sheepskins in its production. Some more:

    7. Women's car coat. Silk, wool or fur lining. Chamois pockets. Colours: Brown, blue, red, violet and green.

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    8. Women's skiing and/or hiking jacket of gloving leather and satin lining.

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    9. Women's suede blouse. Red-dyed upper and green lower part.

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  9. Edward

    Edward Bartender

    ...and somehow all the more feminine for it.



    I think it's as simple as I've just never knowingly seen a jacket of this pattern in leather pre-80s before. Not really a surprise that the Eighties version was based on something earlier - "Nothing new under the sun", and all that.
     
  10. great pictures.
     
  11. Superb pictures, very handsome yet natural models and great jackets! Thank you very much! If possible please post some more pictures!! I really dig those!
     
  12. Flat Foot Floey

    Flat Foot Floey My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Yes, I see. But which details? The pockets, the collar? the lenght? Now that I am browsing through my pictures on the harddrive I can't find jackets with all the features at once (of course) But my knowledge in leather jackets is limeted anyway. That's why I have to ask.


    Oh thats just finland. Maybe not all of them but many.
    The ladies know to walk very fast through the icy streets ...in heels. Very graceful. And I was struggling to hold my balance in normal shoes.
     
  13. Mangrove

    Mangrove One of the Regulars

    10. Men's hunting jacket.

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    11. Men's sport jacket.

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    12. Women's jacket no. 129.

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    13. Women's sport jacket.

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  14. Aerojoe

    Aerojoe Practically Family

    Nº 5 and nº6, nice "u-boat" jackets :)
     
  15. Mangrove

    Mangrove One of the Regulars

    Some winter coats from the same manufacturer for comparison.

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  16. Graemsay

    Graemsay Practically Family

    Is it just more, or is this a bit Tom of Finland? ;)
     
  17. Edward

    Edward Bartender

    This is the kind of thing I mean:

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    The classic modern jean jacket design, but in leather instead of denim. Course, now I think about it, I should also have realised they were around in the Sixties too... Elvis wore one on the 68 Special....

    Ello, Joe, been anywhere lately?

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    It's the shiny leather britches.... Too much overall leather for me, but I'd wear those britches with a military dress jacket... Takes me right back to my pre-vintage clubbing days.... ha...
     
  18. Worf

    Worf My Mail is Forwarded Here

    I'll take 3, 4 and 10 and I'll be straight. Good stuff! Thanks for posting!

    Worf
     
  19. Mangrove

    Mangrove One of the Regulars

    I mentioned earlier that Friitala used only sheepskin on their jackets. However I found a bit of information that the Finnish Defence Forces used also horsehide jackets during the early 1930s. It is likely that these were made specially for the Army by Friitala.
     

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