Hey folks, Hope everyone is well and staying safe during the current pandemic. I’m interested in the history of the half belt back design seen on a lot of civilian jackets from the past and frequently replicated by our favourite established jacket manufacturers. Consequently I’m wondering how this design came in to fruition, my main understanding is that it allowed jackets to be constructed from multiple smaller leather pieces and this allowed manufacturers to better utilise their hide stock without requiring larger panels to be cut. Is this accurate? Or is there a practical reason for the design? I noticed that the side cinches sit higher on this style of jacket so pondered the idea that this allowed the ‘false belt’ to pull the jacket in at the back without causing the back to distort. I’m aware I could just ask Aero etc directly but I respect that they’ll be busy dealing with phone/email sale enquiries and don’t want to hold them up during these current times. Plus I hope it’ll give us all something to discuss.