Cal-Leather

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by Americanaaa Mark, Jan 17, 2017.

  1. Guppy

    Guppy Call Me a Cab

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    Thicc! Love it!
     
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  2. technovox

    technovox Practically Family

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    A couple more pics -- a recent Cal Leather find...

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  3. navetsea

    navetsea Call Me a Cab

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    nice how the snap on the lapel is hidden inside, minimalist cool
     
  4. roadking04

    roadking04 One of the Regulars

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    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).
     
  5. JMax

    JMax Call Me a Cab

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    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.
     
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  6. roadking04

    roadking04 One of the Regulars

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    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.
     
  7. JMax

    JMax Call Me a Cab

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    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.
     
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  8. roadking04

    roadking04 One of the Regulars

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    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.
     
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  9. JMax

    JMax Call Me a Cab

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    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.
     
  10. Monitor

    Monitor I'll Lock Up

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    @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.
     
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  11. JMax

    JMax Call Me a Cab

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    Pretty sure my brown one (also sold) was purchased from Regius. Before I knew he was our Regius.
     
  12. ton312

    ton312 I'll Lock Up

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    Bates is one of my personal favorite jacket builders. Had quite a few over the years!
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  13. jonbuilder

    jonbuilder Practically Family

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    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. fullsizeoutput_3ad.jpeg fullsizeoutput_3af.jpeg
     
  14. JMax

    JMax Call Me a Cab

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    I do miss this guy...just a tad too snug in the end.

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  15. Gamma68

    Gamma68 One Too Many

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    I know this is the Cal Leather thread, but I have a Bates. Unlined racing shirt from 1968:

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  16. roadking04

    roadking04 One of the Regulars

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    Really nice Gamma.
     
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  17. sweetfights

    sweetfights One Too Many

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    Cal and Bates- Two top end leather jacket makers!!
     
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  18. roadking04

    roadking04 One of the Regulars

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    Is Cal still in business? I tried calling them a few times. It just rings and rings. No way to even leave a message.
     
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  19. ton312

    ton312 I'll Lock Up

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    I had the same experience. They still run an IG account, beyond that it doesn’t seem like they do much else.
     
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  20. Monitor

    Monitor I'll Lock Up

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    @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...
     
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