Remember the leather jacket fad of the 70's?

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  1. tropicalbob

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    I still have one of those. I took it out of the closet recently and noticed it was from "The Leather Shop" at Sears and that it was made in Newark, N.J. (I grew up right next-door in Elizabeth). Funny, because I'd just finished reading Phillip Roth's "American Pastoral," which has a lot of fascinating info on the Newark leather industry. Roth goes into great detail on the making of fine leather gloves: everything from the sourcing of the leathers, the tanning processes, and right down to the fine stitching. I couldn't help thinking that some Loungers might be very interested in the book.
     
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  2. jonesy86

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    Hey Michael
    Found a couple Grais Angel skin Cabretta in brown with lots of fancy stitching like sunburst, both front and back. Not exactly what I was looking for, but they are going for a song. A little fancy looking with all that stitching. Are they made out of goatskin as the name Cabretta implies? I think Cabretta means little goat, probably in Italian. The sellers didn’t know.
    Thanks for the tip.


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  3. Michael A

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    I took a few photos of a couple of Grais Angel Skin Cabretta coats today,
    [​IMG]Brown Grais Angel Skin Cabretta by Michael A2012, on Flickr
    [​IMG]DSCN7442 by Michael A2012, on Flickr
    [​IMG]Black Grais Angel Skin Cabretta Coat by Michael A2012, on Flickr
    [​IMG]DSCN7453 by Michael A2012, on Flickr
    [​IMG]DSCN7454 by Michael A2012, on Flickr
    I think these both have quite a few hours on them and they are developing a little character. If you click through a photo to my flickr page there are also photos of a Sear Leather Shop, a Lakeland, a Sklar, and maybe one or two others.

    Michael
     
  4. Michael A

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    I think cabretta is from an animal called a hair sheep. They look rather more like a goat than a sheep. It's supposed to be a tough leather and I think it used to be the high end choice for glove making.

    Michael
     
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  5. jonesy86

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    Hey @nick123
    Loved the video of Focus ll Moving Waves. The guy on organ must have been a bit warm in that cool sheepskin jacket. Certainly not "garage", or punk music. They sound more like Jazz musicians with classical training. Lots of time signature changes. Love the guy playing what looks like a Gibson Les Paul standing in front of a big stack of Fender amps. Must have been a big sound for such a small room, but the sound and the video were done very well. That music could hold up to anything today. No added computerized techno gizmos, just a band playing live in a room.

    And wearing leather jackets, and 70s style. Cool!
     
  6. jonesy86

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    Simply love the black one. Simple but stylish cut, wonderful grain, and you rock the lapels, which are a not to ridiculously 70s size. If you ever see one like the with 27" sleeves let me know. 44L
     
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  7. jonesy86

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    Looking at this Grais. It is certainly not something "the boys" would have worn in the old neighborhood. What do you think of all that fancy stitching?

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/142623589381?ul_noapp=true

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  8. Michael A

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    The stitching looks like it was meant to evoke the straps on a Norfolk jacket. Those had something of a comeback in the late '60s to early '70s I believe. Looks like nice leather in it. The cabretta is very supple and comfortable to wear.

    I would say the black one of mine has the most hours on it. It's the only one that shows any actual wear to the finish. I'll keep my eyes open for a 44L. These jackets aren't terribly uncommon and I usually see at least a couple of them a year, often in long sizes.

    Michael
     
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  9. Cyber Lip

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    I also bought a Wilson's on layaway once LOL. This would have been in 81 or 82. I was a Jr in high school. It was a short waisted style in black with zipped sleeves that were long, running up past the elbow. All zippers were black plastic
     
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  10. jonesy86

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    Anyone have an experience with Skully. Hard to find a vintage jacket in my size, as usual the arms are a problem.

    Looking at this:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/322935085128?ul_noapp=true

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    Auction ends in 2 hours. Don't know the quality the maker or leather.

    Thanks.!
     
  11. GHT

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    You are not wrong, here's Mick Jagger taken in 2003, I'm sure he wore that coat in the 70's, or something similar, but I just can't remember where. The guy never puts on an ounce, I've seen more fat on a butcher's apron, no wonder he can recycle his clothes.
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  12. scottyrocks

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    haha, iced tea out the nose!
     
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  13. jonesy86

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    Pretty nice grain on those old Grais. Got a couple coming in the mail, they are dirt cheap. Just can't find one in black just like yours. Hard to find long sleeves, as usual. Thanks for the tips, and great photos!
    :)
     
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  14. Michael A

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    Cool. Hope you like them and will look forward to seeing the photos when you get them. I only buy locally, but they do fit a poor mans budget going that route. They were a Chicago company so maybe they are more common here in the midwest.

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    The mail carrier had to come to my place twice today with 2 different jackets.
    This Grais certainly has the late 60s early 70s vibe. Very soft, lightweight, and comfortable. Sure, it's not FQHH, CXL, 4 oz., or Shinki, but the leather seems pretty sturdy. A bit to fancy for my taste with all that stitching, but very clean lining, and solid stitching, in excellent condition. What do you want for $67. :)

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  17. GHT

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    If you can get to New England in January, the third to be exact, this 1972 racing jacket is being auction at Saco River auction house. It has a reserve of five grand, must be something special:
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    John Lennon's Racing Jacket.
     
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  18. Seb Lucas

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    That's cool Jonesy86 - I like it, it has a bit of retro flair - the price and the serendipity of finding it is my favourite type of leather jacket purchase.
     
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  19. jonesy86

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    Picked up a 70s Black Gap Car Coat. Its pretty heavy, probably cow hide. Going really cheap these days. $38.

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  20. Seb Lucas

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    Pretty sure that's a 90's car coat, Jonesy. I had one of those. That basic design was huge in the mid to late 1990's and is based on a early 1960's style.
     

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