Looking for inspiration for a bespoke bike jacket

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by Nick in London, Oct 1, 2019.

  1. Nick in London

    Nick in London New in Town

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    I'm having a jacket made by BKS https://www.bksleather.co.uk/. It will be functional safety gear with an airbag in the lining but I have a fairly free hand in how it will look. I've decided on a lancer front and I'm leaning towards a plain, modern design in white leather with perforations. It won't be a Perfecto clone, I've already got one of those. Colours, adornments, pockets, hardware, laser engraving...the choices are endless. I've been looking for pics of interesting bike jackets for ideas. Below is a selection. I'd be grateful for any other inspiring examples!

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  2. Nick in London

    Nick in London New in Town

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    Some more....

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  3. Nick in London

    Nick in London New in Town

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  4. JMax

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    I bought a petrol blue BKS jacket that was seriously thick and heavy. I quickly gifted it bc it did not fit but came away knowing BKS makes some serious and top-level riding gear.
     
  5. Nick in London

    Nick in London New in Town

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    He (Mr BKS, aka Brian) prioritises safety and longevity. His gear takes a lot of breaking in but it stays looking perfect forever, unlike the Italian alternatives, which are comfortable right away and look a bit tired after one season. He introduced new standards to the British market. He made me a 2 piece suit 30 years ago but I can't get into it any more. Maybe it will fit when I'm a shrunken old man. I crashed it once and he resurfaced the damaged area somehow. It still looks fantastic. It got a lot of appreciation from women whenever I wore it to France....well worth the expense. There's nothing quite like having made to measure leather from a proper tailor...it's like a second skin.
     
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  6. red devil

    red devil One Too Many

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    They do, I have a riding suit from them.

    @Nick in London keep in mind that the tech air system is bulky, and will affect the appearance and feel of the jacket
     
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  7. Nick in London

    Nick in London New in Town

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    Do you have a jacket with Tech Air?
     
  8. red devil

    red devil One Too Many

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    Yeah
     
  9. Guppy

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  10. Nick in London

    Nick in London New in Town

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    It is Roland Sands! I don't know which one. I also like the other one...I think it might be Tom Ford.
     
  11. jacketjunkie

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    I wouldn't go over the top with design options. Rather keep it classic and play with colors instead. Black with stripes and stuff always looks good, see Easy Rider jacket. Or go for a two tone jacket. Look at vintage Bates for color combination inspiration. @ton312 owns the coolest CR ever, which is a blue/white Bates.
     
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  12. Seb Lucas

    Seb Lucas I'll Lock Up

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    Don't play with matches; don't mix your drinks, never start a land war in Asia and never take leather jacket advice from fashion designers.
     
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  13. Carlos840

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    This thread makes me feel like i clicked something wrong and ended up on the styleforum...
    What is happening, i am scared!
     
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  14. ton312

    ton312 I'll Lock Up

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    Oh you mean this little beauty. It is fantastic. Killed my need for any other CR.
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  15. Carlos840

    Carlos840 Call Me a Cab

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    It does look a bit tight on you... I think it would fit me just right!
     
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  16. ton312

    ton312 I'll Lock Up

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    That idea is worth a Schott;)
     
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  17. Guppy

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  18. navetsea

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    I have doodled several jacket models I wanted to custom order for myself but later decided to change the model before I went with snap buttons , some are lancer front zips, you can use it if you want for personal use
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  19. Edward

    Edward Bartender

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    It's exactly that. The particular surfacing on the oxblood - as well as the zipper being set in what is traditionally the female side, but for a man's jacket - are the real giveaways.

    I blow hot and cold on cafe racers as well as 'race replica' jackets, but that one just has something special.... it's almost like what a varsity jacket wants to be when it grows up.
     
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