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Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by Americanaaa Mark, Jan 17, 2017.
Thicc! Love it!
A couple more pics -- a recent Cal Leather find...
nice how the snap on the lapel is hidden inside, minimalist cool
Any pics or info of brand new Cal's? I would love to see some pics of these suckers straight out of the box (especially the horsehide).
The only ones I have seen that new were on Cal’s FB and IG accounts. I posted a brown HH jacket picture a while back that was amazing.
I am surprised no one has ordered one of these bad boys brand new lately. I am not a big fan of the "police" jackets, but these are bad ass. Come on J, I know you are a big fan, I know you really need another one. lol.
I’ve considered it, and may do it one day, but the vtg jackets are enough for now. You need to start a hunt for one in your size.
I love the way their leather ages. All the vintage pics have amazing patina. I am also surprised we don't see more Bates jackets on this forum. I think you are about the only member with one. I really liked the patina on that jacket.
I actually sold it a few months back. And instantly regretted it. I am looking for another one...It seems that I have developed a small case of Tonitus lol.
@ton312 has a Bates jacket and had a few and @regius had a few jackets made by them in recent years. On my list of best leather jacket makers, Cal and Bates share the first place.
Pretty sure my brown one (also sold) was purchased from Regius. Before I knew he was our Regius.
Bates is one of my personal favorite jacket builders. Had quite a few over the years!
I have a Bates I choose because the colors went with my Ducati Multistrada. Unfortunately at taged size 46, the jacket is too large on me. This is the only Bates I have handled. The jacket is well made with nice Steer hide, but I would place it in the same level as Cal Leather, Langlitz or Buco jackets I have handled. I believe my Bates is newer (late 60s or 70s) than the Cal Leather and Buco jacket I've handled.
I do miss this guy...just a tad too snug in the end.
I know this is the Cal Leather thread, but I have a Bates. Unlined racing shirt from 1968:
Really nice Gamma.
Cal and Bates- Two top end leather jacket makers!!
Is Cal still in business? I tried calling them a few times. It just rings and rings. No way to even leave a message.
I had the same experience. They still run an IG account, beyond that it doesn’t seem like they do much else.
@ksozay , might know more? He's ordered a couple of jackets somewhat recently from Cal.
I have been trying to reach them a few months ago but never got a reply. The email they've replied to me through before doesn't exist anymore. I hope they're still in business. It'd be a damn shame to lose them...